Batad, Banaue Rice Terraces and Tappiya Falls

Batad Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces, Sagada and Mt. Pulag are just three of the famous tourist spots in the Cordillera region. I usually see them on the post cards before but please don't calculate my age. Honestly, traveling to these gorgeous spots is a bit challenging because of its geographical location; seven to twelve hours are needed just for transportation. In the contrary, let's proceed to the reason why you should visit the Cordilleras, especially the Province of Ifugao. Here are a few of the photos I captured during our visit for you appreciate the magnificence of nature hidden in this region.

Backpacking Batad and Ifugao
 This travel was organized by Jae from Take Five Outdoors, my Mt. Guiting-guiting buddy. Met at the Trinoma and traveled more than nine hours (including stop over) to Batad, Ifugao. After the challenging road trip was a twenty minutes sweaty trek to the place we stayed overnight. The time that I got off the van, I was astounded by the surroundings and ambiance; everything is luscious green, fresh air, and a cool weather.

Mt. Amuyao

Ifugao

Rice Terraces

Batad Itinerary
After an hour rest at the hotel, we proceeded to our first destination, the stunning Tappiya Falls. Getting there was certainly a full of fun and adventure because the trail has a combination of forested mountain slopes, so tourists need to trek through a jungle trails, walking on the pilapil, and the most challenging part was walking on  a cemented stairs with more than a hundred steps.

Tourist Spots in Banaue

Tourist Spots in Batad

Tappiya Falls
From afar, the sound of the rushing and crystal clear waters flowing on the river are very noticeable. Like what I saw online, Tappiya Falls is truly a description of natures beauty. It is surrounded by trees and plants making a more calm ambiance in the area. The river is abundant with boulders and towering limestone that added an excellent shapes on the frames. The pressure of the water falling creates a wide pool on the ground with a relaxing cool waters perfect for your tired muscles.

We stayed by the falls for more than thirty minutes and left because the rain started showering. That time, going back to the hotel was more challenging because of the stairs and the wet and slippery trails; we even stopped by one of the stores because it was raining hard. We met different people while walking on the trails and we were all amazed by the spectacular surroundings.

Take Five Outdoors

Banaue Trek
The next day, before going back to Manila, we passed by Banaue Rice Terraces another world class beauty and one of the scenic in the country. It is one of the UNESCO Heritage Sites in the Philippines and is printed on the back of a twenty peso bill. Like Batad, the rice terraces here are perfectly created; the rice boxes and pathways are parallel. The wind is fresh and the ambiance is really cool. It is evident that ancient people who created this world class site has  an advance thinking about agriculture and how to use the rich soil of the mountains.

Banaue Rice Terraces
 I can't move on. Love his accessories made of animal bones.

Banaue Itinerary
Another factor why Banaue is a must visit in the Cordilleras is their unique and colorful costume usually worn by the elders. I was starstruck for few seconds because it's my first time to have a personal encounter with them so can't leave without photo ops. This place is definitely a must visit! Everything is just perfect.  I can give my two thumbs up for this place. The people are great, friendly and approachable. To Take Five Outdoors, thanks for this life changing experience.