Banaue, A True Wonder of the World

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I have been waiting all my life to visit the Banaue Rice Terraces. I see it on the 1000 peso bill and numerous advertisements and tourism sites. Since I was headed to Sagada and was on the same way, I took the opportunity to drop by and feed my curiosity.

Yes I do have a high expectation for Banaue Rice Terraces, famously known as the 8th wonder of the world? there must be something special right? 

Hagdan-hagdang Palayan ng Banaue

These terraces are more than 2000 years old and is still being used for planting rice and vegetables. Towering at approximately 5000 ft. and covering a total of 10,360 square kilometers of land (well someone did his research!) it sure does offer a jaw-dropping view! They said the perfect time to check out the rice terraces is during the month of April or May which is just before the harvesting season but hey I don't mind, I reckon it is beautiful at any season. The sad fact is that the young Ifugaos are no longer that interested in planting and preserving the rice terraces, a negative effect of technology maybe?

For only ten pesos you could be a bad a*s biker, Banaue Style. This scooter, made of wood with different creative carvings are also showcased at the Imbayah Festival annually.

You will also find a few shops that specialize in selling locally-produced products like souvenir items and handicrafts. I got some key chains for only 15 pesos each. 

Have your picture taken with the Ifugao natives in their traditional dress for a small donation. Boy, these guys sure know how to pose for the camera! :)

With Journeying Jane.

How to get there?

located at Sampaloc, Manila

Make a reservation as there are only few buses available everyday.

The town of Banaue serves as a starting point to many amazing spots worth visiting in Ifugao. 

The town of Banaue.
Drop by at any of the lodges or restaurants in the town and you will meet a lot of tour guides willing to offer their service. Check out their standard rates here:

My favorite guide is Kuya Dandy Umhao. you may contact him at 09103465310 or email him at I did not stay here that long that's why I did not post any details about my expenses. I chose to stay at Batad, Ifugao and will be blogging about it later.

A happy and satisfied traveler.

Banaue did not fail me, the scenery is absolutely awe-inspiring! It was a dream come true and now I can proudly say "Iv'e seen that beauty!" while looking at your 1000 peso bill at hand.

You can check out more pictures of my Banaue Trip here: Banaue, Ifugao or watch out for my upcoming posts.

Breakaway! :)

Jan Ashlee

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