Banaue Rice Terraces

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Banaue Rice Terraces
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Spectacular terraces were carved out from mountain ranges some 2000 years ago with primitive handtools.
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Mike
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What an amazing experience to get to trek for 3 days around Banaue in the rice terraces. From spectacular views to long nature-filled walks it's definitely an experience to remember. We got Jercy Cabbigat as a guide, who was recommended by some of our friends, and we do recommend him as well. You can contact him on through Facebook Messenger. He's thoughtful and patient, he always told us when to be more careful all of which really helped because it's not an easy trek. Most importantly he's great company and he knows the place. So he told us jokes (in several languages) and a lot about the history, the region, the people and the culture. At night after tiring but great days we stayed in local villages (Cambulo and Batad) to get some rest and meet some of the people before moving the next day. Through it all Jercy was here, organising everything and making sure we were having a great time. Do go to Banaue and do contact Jercy you'll love it.
Written 21 May 2022
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Martin H
Hong Kong, China581 contributions
We took a guide and a jeepney to get here and it was well worth the money as we wouldn't have found the location we ended up in by ourselves. Very beautiful on a clear day.
Written 14 April 2022
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Chloé R
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Batad is pretty. The whole 30km trek is tough. Don’t do it if you don’t like hiking. Just do the small walk from Batad.

We did the tour with Franz. We found his services terrible. He was high on drugs and drunk all the time. Drinking beer as much as he could, and gin on the evening to the point he was sleeping on the table. We heard from locals it is usual behaviour from him.

We were expecting private services or a small group but we ended up being 10.

The food was absolutely terrible and very small. Serving instant noodles is not okay. We never saw his mother’s delightful cooking your read about on the forums.

He completely useless, giving absolutely no explanation. We had 2 other guides with us. One gave us 1 explanation on the first day, got wasted on the second day. The third guide was at least walking on front, a shame his English wasn’t so great.

On the way back, we were dropped at a restaurant with no other explanation than have dinner and shower. All other people were staying at his. If the ladies in the restaurant weren’t here we would have missed our bus as Franz completely forgot about us, but still sent someone to catch us before we left to collect the money. Money that paid countless beers and 10 bottles of gin...

The guides were in such no hurry that we left late both mornings very late despite everyone waiting for them. Every break was at least 45 min so they could drink their beers. The first evening, we ended up walking in the complete darkness despise walking at a good pace.

We much would have preferred to hear they had too many people than going through that catastrophy.

We very much regret coming to Banaue. If it wasn’t for Batad view, it would have been terrible on every single point.

What a waste of money and time.
Written 28 February 2020
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Sue S
Bishops Stortford, UK213 contributions
As a wonder of the world this does not disappoint. Be prepared to walk down 300+ steps to the village and find out about rice growing in this area. You can borrow/ire a walking pole at the top to help you over the uneven surfaces. The people of the village are warm and friendly and will show you around. A briliant morning.
Written 23 February 2020
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MHL
London, UK257 contributions
Friends
Stunning picturesque views
Nice hike around the monumental rice fields terraces
Green, green, green mountain surroundings.
Must do activity on nice sunny day
Written 9 February 2020
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Maya R
London, UK13 contributions
Having read all of the reviews on the Banaue Rice Terraces, I can see why most would rate the Batad Rice Terraces to be far more beautiful. This review is for the 3 day trek that my boyfriend and I completed, which was organised by Denwil who we found through another postive recommendation via trip advisor. We wern't disappointed - he was friendly, really helpful and the prices quoted were reasonable.

The trek covered the following:

Day 1
*Banaue/Pula village/Cambulo village
*Overnight stay

Day 2
*Cambulo village-Batad village
*Tappia water falls
*Overnight stay

Day 3
*Batad village via Naggor village +Bangaan village
*side trip to Snake River view point + Ducligan rice terraces

We booked our overnight bus ticket separately online (via Ohayami Trans). We recommend you also book the bus back fairly qucikly once you have agreed with your guide on the return time, as the return leg gets booked up quickly.

Although Denwil arranged the tour for us, we had a different guide- called Oliver.
Oliver was fantastic and very experienced. He brought hiking sticks for us - which I cannot recommend enough (as the tour was muddy and raining along the way, and you will be walking along some narrow edges of the rice terraces with quite a long drop, if you were to slip) - so this helped with our balance. We found Oliver to be a perfect match for us as, he gave us space when we needed (e.g. not too in your face), but was chatty and just a nice decent guy. We were lucky to have had him as our guide.

Although the weather was not entirely sunny throughout, it was still very beautiful and scenic. Batad is definitely far prettier than Banaue and they recommend the rice paddy field colours are best from April to May (which we missed), but still worth the trip.

Other things to note:
The accommodation that they put you up in is clean and fairly basic. You will need to pay extra small fees if you need to charge you phone, require a towel and for a hot shower for example. You also pay for your meals.

When you arrive in Banaue, you will be picked up and taken to a local lodge where you can store your larger piece of luggage and you will be required to take a smaller rucksack for you clothes and essentials for the trek.

Day 1 was probably the toughest leg! You have to be reasonably fit to do the trek as it takes a minimum of 7 hours to the first village.We enjoyed the challenge, although some who have less time just do the short trek around Batad which might be easier if you didn't want to do the long walk! Also if you have a fear of heights, some of edges around the rice terraces can be a bit testy - but fun still if you get past that initial fear.

Once you've completed the trek, they collect you and take you back to the lodge to pick up your luggage and will then take you back to the bus stop for your journey back to Manila.

Contact details for Banaue Tour Guide:
Oliver B. Tundagui Tel: # 09977858975
Denwil: denwil123@yahoo.com
Written 18 January 2020
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Przemyslaw F
Chorzow, Poland7 contributions
Friends
Breathtaking site. You will find many friendly homestays. We spent our time in Lhoren's Homestay. Very friendly atmosphere 🙂
Written 17 January 2020
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Joe V
Washington DC, DC55 contributions
Our tour spent most time at the Batad rice terraces because our guide said the Banaue terraces, while impressive, were too likely to have bad weather during the time of year we visited. He was right. But the Banaue terraces, although shrouded in misty rain, looked even more massive than Batad. I was glad that we at least had the time to see them briefly from a distance.
Written 30 December 2019
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Jon G
Perth, Australia355 contributions
Solo
The Banaue rice terraces make for a good photo on a clear day.
Most people just pull over for a quick photo on their drive through town.
It’s nice, 4 view points along the main road in town then it’s over.
But the Batad terraces just down the road are world class
Written 29 December 2019
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Nico Samneil Sy Salado
Cebu Island, Philippines584 contributions
Friends
Can you imagine? This is manually tilled by our ancestors? You could really find hard workers here since they plant and get the output by steep walkways and high flight of stairs with heavy items. It is still amazing even though its raining
Written 19 December 2019
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