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One of the nine (9) towns of Ifugao Province, Banaue, is world-famous and a must-see place. Its Rice Terraces considered as the "Eighth Wonder of the World" and declared as a World Heritage Site, are beautiful stairways to the sky that ascend steep mountain sides. The guest in this hiker's paradise will have an outstanding preview of the beautiful countryside, surrounded by mountains and tribal villages. These rice terraces were built by the Ifugao tribes 2000 years ago using only their bare hands and the most primitive tools. It is said that the length of the terraces, if connected end to end would encircle half of the globe. Going around Banaue involves walking up or down mountain paths that a visitor should be wearing comfortable footwear. The best time to see many wonders in Banaue if you want to see the green terraces is from April to August. Rainy season is from July to January, cool months are from November to February.

Points of interest

  • Tam-an Village - A typical village situated 240 steps down the Banaue Hotel's swimming pool. Here, woodcarving and hand woven products are sold to travelers.
  • Tappiya Waterfalls - About 30 minutes from Batad Village is a cascading waterfalls with its enormous natural swimming pool. A visit to Batad would be incomplete without seeing this beautiful waterfalls.
  • Banaue Rice Terraces - A leading tourism destination in the country and considered the "Eighth Wonder of the World". The rice terraces starts from the base of the mountain range and reach up to several thousands feet high. Streams and spring found in the mountains were taped and channeled into irrigation canal that run downhill through the rice terraces.
  • Batad Rice Terraces - These rice terraces are tried and take the shape of an amphitheater and is located in Barangay Batad. It can be reached by a twelve-kilometer ride from Banaue Hotel and a two- hour hike uphill thru mountain trails.
  • Mayoyao Rice Terraces - This spot is 44 kilometers away from Poblacion, Banaue. The Poblacion of Mayoyao lies in the midst of these rice terraces thus upon arrival in the town, one is awed in a breath taking view of the rice terraces where all the dikes are tiered with flat stones.

How To Get There

From Manila, Banaue is 333 kms. North along Maharlika Highway passing the provinces of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Cabanatuan and San Jose cities. There are air conditioned buses from Manila going direct to Banaue.


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