This tour is ideal if you only have a short time frame but don’t want to miss the famous Banaue Rice Terraces – stunning 2,000-year-old terraces carved into the mountains of Ifugao in The Philippines by ancestors of the indigenous people.
Banaue Rice Terraces
the Tappiya waterfall
Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Destination: Banaue Rice Terraces
Price: 385 usd /pax
Day 1 – Manila-Banaue
06:30 – Depart Manila for Banaue via Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya and stopping at San Jose for lunch (at own expense). We then stop at one of the scenic lookout points along Dalton Pass followed by late afternoon arrival in Banaue. (Optional tour ) Yamashita surrender site, Kiangan Shrine and the Ifugao Museum.
Day 2 – Banaue – Batad Village
08:00 – We have an early breakfast and then you depart with your English-speaking local guide. From Banaue Batad is approximately 16 kms away, the first 14 kms of which will be traveled by our privately chartered local jeepney. The rest of the distance is on foot using a mountain trail. The trip to Barangay Batad in Banaue, to witness the amphitheater shaped terraces located at 3600 ft., takes only a 30 minutes hike (*).
(*) Provided you have a good level of physical fitness (expect unpaved and narrow mountain trails with steep irregular terrain, usually under a hot sun) and should you wish to trek for three further demanding hours we can offer you:
a) the Tappiya waterfall after Batad. With a phenomenal 70 metre fall in rainy season and a naturally formed pool at its bottom suitable for a cooling swim ( dress conservatively), Tappiya waterfall is an unique location in the area.
b) Banga-an village instead of Batad. Banga-an village showcases a typical Ifugao community. Wet weather causes damage so the steps need constant renovation. You are rewarded with spectacular views.
We stop at the panoramic Banaue viewpoint at 4800 Ft. that provides a perfect experience of the enormity & extent of the terraces followed by a visit to the Banaue Museum. Banaue Museum features decades-old books by anthropologist Otley Beyer and Igorot artefacts collected by his son William. The museum is on two floors featuring weaponry, jewellery, traditional dress and photographs of Banaue 100 years ago.
Time permitting we can stop at the market and souvenir shop before dinner.
Day 3 – Banaue-Manila
Leave at 08:00 am after breakfast, arriving in Manila at approximately 18:30 pm, depending on traffic and weather conditions.
Itinerary may change due to weather conditions.
Price: : 385 usd / pax
-Roundtrip transportation by luxury airconditioned vehicle Manila- Banaue-Manila (FREE WIFI onboard for first 3 bookings) with English speaking driver to and from your hotel / home in Manila.
-Fuel, toll fees, parking fees & registration fee
-2 Nights best available, run of the house, accommodation (twin sharing basis. Single supplement applies ) with hot water shower incl. 2 breakfasts, local taxes & service charges
-1 day mountain trail hike to a local village including a local English speaking guide and partly using local jeepney. Choice of Batad or Banga-an village.
-Viewpoint & Museum visit, including Museum entrance.
Customized extensions of this tour, eg Mount Pinatubo Crater Trek, are excluded, but available upon your request.
Additional Information about guide:
The local regulations insist on the need of a local guide in Banaue and Sagada. Our Banaue Tours include already local guide hire (with basic English language skills) in Banaue. Should you wish a German, Dutch , Spanish, Russian or French speaking guide ( on top of the local guides) throughout your whole tour, this can be arranged by us upon your request in advance and costs approximately Php 4,000.00 additional per day. Food and accommodation for this guide comes still on top of this. Please indicate this as a request in your Booking Form.