This trip was an absolute experience of a lifetime! Vagabondpinas provided me and my wife with an amazing experience in the mountain towns of Banaue and Batad. Their entire team was nothing but professional and courteous throughout the entire trip. They were so warm and welcoming to us foreigners as we came in to experience their lives and culture. JP, Jay, Marvin, Beatrice, Brian, John and Mike were all amazing, and they will ensure that you enjoy every second of your trip.
JP and Jay were exactly on time when meeting us at our hotel to pick us up for our trip, and Jay ensured we were comfortable for the entire ride from Manila to Banaue (9 hours with stops). Once we arrived at our homestay in Banaue, we were warmly welcomed by Beatrice and her family. They showed us to our room which was very comfy and had its own private bathroom. Marvin (our guide) met us that evening to go over the plan for the next morning. The next morning we were met by Marvin, Jay and Mike for our Jeepney ride to Batad junction. The ride was absolutely stunning! Be sure to ride on top! Once we arrived to the junction, Marvin guided us on the hike to Batad and our next homestay. The hike through the rice terraces of Batad was beautiful and serene. Definitely a once in a lifetime experience! You will also have a chance to hike to Tappiya falls and you should not pass up this opportunity! It’s a tedious hike but well worth it!
Overall, we had an amazing experience with the Vagabondpinas team and couldn’t recommend them more to anyone looking to experience the culture of the rice terraces.
Sundin ang puso po!