Welcome to Banaue


The Ifugao people, once headhunters, built the terraces and were as skilled at carving wood as they were at carving terraces. Their carved bulol (sacred wood figures) are a Philippine icon, albeit a misunderstood one: bulol are rice guardians, not rice gods, as many would have you believe.

While Banaue remains the cultural and tourism centre of Ifugao culture, it’s easy to leave the crowds behind by escaping to remote villages such as Cambulo and Pula, which have their own incredible rice terraces.


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$220 Outdoor Activities

Small-Group Weekend Hiking Tour to Banaue-Ifugao from Manila

Day 1: Travel to BanaueThe group assembles in Manila in the evening and you get some shut-eye while you travel through winding mountain roads. When you wake up you will be in Banaue, home of the famous rice terraces, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world.Day 2: Cambulo and BatadYour trek through the Ifugao mountains begins at the town of Kinaking. You stop by the Banaue Rice Terraces view deck on the way there. You hike 4 hours to Cambulo, the first Ifugao village. The rice terraces of Cambulo are characterized by their pyramid-like appearance, with the terraces cut almost 360 degrees around the mountains. From Cambulo it is another 3-hour hike to Batad, famous for its amphitheater of rice terraces. The night is spent at a village inn with a spectacular view of the terraces.Day 3: BangaanIn the morning you hike 3 hours to visit Tappiyah waterfalls and explore the village and rice terraces of Batad. After lunch, you hike 3 hours to Bangaan, the final village of your adventure. On the way, you pass through more rice paddies and see picturesque villages and rice terraces in the distance. you reach Bangaan in mid-afternoon and drive back to Banaue to get some well-deserved food and booze before catching your evening bus to Manila.Day 4: Arrival in ManilaAt around 4am you arrive at the same bus station where your trip started.

$590 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Heritage of the Cordillera: Banaue, Batad, Sagada

Day 1: Travel to Banaue The group assembles in Manila in the evening and you get some shut-eye while you travel through winding mountain roads. When you wake up you will be in Banaue, home of the famous rice terraces, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. Day 2: BatadYou trek to Batad, a village within an amphitheater of rice terraces. You hike amidst the rice paddies to a spectacular waterfall and spend the night in the village. Day 3: Travel through Bontoc to Sagada You hike out of Batad then take the scenic road to Sagada. You stop at Bontoc where you learn about the customs of the indigenous people of the mountain region. In Sagada you do a preliminary tour of the village and its picturesque surrounds. Day 4: Sagada highlights You do plenty of hiking to see the many attractions of Sagada. These include a sacred waterfall, hanging coffins, an underground river and local handicrafts shops. Day 5: Sagada caving You've saved arguably the best for last. You spend an exhilarating morning underground traversing a bizarrely beautiful cave system. In the afternoon you say goodbye to the Cordillera mountains and take an overnight bus back to Manila. Day 6: Arrival in Manila At around 2AM you arrive at a bus station in Manila.

$17 Transfers & Ground Transport

Manila to Banaue VIP Bus

This bus is a direct super deluxe service from Manila to Banaue. The bus departs from Quezon (greater Manila area) to the village of Banaue in the Ifugao province. This is the  Super Deluxe bus service, which means the bus is modern and very comfortable.  Bus features: Seat type : Reclining Vega Seats with foot rest with CR. Drivers : 2 alternating drivers Amenities : DVD/TV/Stereo/Wi/Fi/BlanketThis is a night bus which leaves every day at 22:00 and you can easily book it from the site and plan your trip in advance.  Stops - the bus does not pick up on the way, however it a stop over at Aritao Pink Pantry.  Toilets - this bus has a toilet.Drop off point (Banaue) - Banaue tourist information. This is fairly close to village center, and you can easily get to the hotels area from there.  Usually representatives of hotels will meet you there and offer you their servicesNo stations on the way - it's not possible to board the bus on the way, only at the departure station. 

$17 Transfers & Ground Transport

Banaue to Manila VIP Bus

This bus is a direct super deluxe service from Banaue to Manila . The bus departs from village of Banaue in the Ifugao province  to the. This is the  Super Deluxe bus service, which means the bus is modern and very comfortable.  Bus features: Seat type : Reclining Vega Seats with foot rest with CR. Drivers : 2 alternating drivers Amenities : DVD/TV/Stereo/Wi/Fi/BlanketThis is a night bus which leaves every day at 22:00 and you can easily book it from the site and plan your trip in advance.  Stops - the bus does not pick up on the way, however it a stop over at Aritao Pink Pantry.  Toilets - this bus has a toilet.No stations on the way - it's not possible to board the bus on the way, only at the departure station. 

$23.50 Transfers & Ground Transport

VIP Bus from Manila to Sagada

This bus is a direct service from Manila to Sagada. The bus departs from Quezon (greater Manila area) to the village of Sagada in the Ifugao province. This is the super deluxe bus service, which means the bus is modern and very comfortable.  Bus features:  Seat type : Reclining Vega Seats with foot rest with CR. Drivers : 2 alternating drivers Amenities : DVD/TV/Stereo/Wi/Fi/Blanket Before arriving to Sagada  the bus stops at Banaue.  This bus is a direct service from Manila to Sagada. The bus departs from Quezon (greater Manila area) to the village of Sagada in the Ifugao province. This is the  super deluxe bus service, which means the bus is modern and very comfortable.   USEFUL INFOStops - the bus does not pick up on the way, however it makes 3 stops for toilet and food.   

$1139.64 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4 Days at Banaue Heritage Tour

Visit the remote and exotic village of Sagada – with its mysterious cave and underground river. The forebears of the current residents practiced an unusual burial practice by hanging and stacking coffins, hewed from tree trunks, in the limestone karst cliffs and caves near town.Day 1:0700H – Early departure to Banaue via North Expressway.Rural towns markets, verdant farm lands and mountains are mosaic images that encompass the day. Stop in San Jose town for lunch.Continue drive to Banaue. En route, photo opportunities at Dalton Pass, the culminating point between the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Viscaya. Late afternoon arrival in Banaue. Overnight at Banaue Hotel.Day 2:Breakfast at the hotel.Board a local non-aircon jeepney and we will drive about an hour to Banga-an town’s main road. Banga-an Village, a traditional village nestled in a panoramic valley of terraces. From the main road, the 20-minute walk in a descending trail permits a closer look into the inner lives of the Ifugaos. Mingle with them to discover how their daily life goes on.Trek up to the main road and enjoy the panoramic view by the rustic road side restaurant.Return to Banaue and proceed to Banaue View Point. Banaue Rice Terraces is acclaimed as one of the “8th Wonder of the World” – an engineering work built over 2000 years ago on mountainous terrain. Visit the wet market and witness a typical Ifugao market day.Overnight at Banaue Hotel.Day 3:Early morning breakfast.0800H – Early morning tour of Sagada, approximately 2.5hour drive from Banaue.Passing by the mountain province’s capital and crossroads – Bontoc, visit Bontoc Museum founded by a Belgian Sister which houses varied collection of authentic artifacts and photos from the tribes.Continue drive to Sagada. Sagada is a municipality that embraces many villages a top the rocky mountains of Benguet Province. It is popular for its legendary system of burying the dead and their system of mummification. Here visit ancient burial caves and see coffins of the ancient tribes locked in between rocks.Return to Banaue late in the afternoon.Overnight Banaue Hotel.Day 4:Breakfast at the hotel0800H - Depart Banaue for Manila via the Philippine-Friendship Highway, passing through the Central Plains of Luzon, the biggest rice farming province in the Philippines. Arrive and check-in at the booked hotel.