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.

$18 Transfers & Ground Transport

Manila to Banaue VIP Bus

This is a night bus, comfortable and suitable for sleeping. Two departures every day, at 21:00 pm and 22:00 pm. Bus features:  2 alternating driversReclining seatsToilets on boardDVD/TV/Stereo on boardFree WifiBlanketsUseful Information: Stops - the bus does not pick up on the way, however it makes resting stops.  No stations on the way - it's not possible to board the bus on the way, only at the departure station. Pick-up Point (Manila): Coda lines bus terminal Monte de Piedad corner Maryland St., Cubao, Quezon.Drop-off Point (Banaue): Banaue Hotel & Youth Hostel, Ilogue, Banaue, Ifugao.*This location is fairly close to the 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 services

$18 Transfers & Ground Transport

Banaue to Manila VIP Bus

Two departures every day, at 13:00 PM and 17:30 PM Bus Features: Reclining Seats with foot rest. Toilets on board.Air Conditioning  DVD, TV and Stereo on boardFree WiFiBlankets are provided. Useful Information: Stops - the bus does not pick up on the way, however it stops over at Aritao Pink Pantry.   No stations on the way - it is not possible to board the bus on the way, only at the departure station. Pick-up point (Banaue): Banaue Hotel & Youth Hostel, Ilogue, Banaue, Ifugao.Drop off point (Manila) - Coda lines bus terminal Monte de Piedad corner Maryland St., Cubao, Quezon.The bus station area is not a very touristic area, however when you arrive there at around 3am, there are taxis waiting around.

$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.   

$1100 Outdoor Activities

8 days 7 nights Luzon Adventure

Day 1: After your landing in NAIA airport, your driver will be waiting for you at the arrival terminal to take you to your Hotel and have a relaxing day or night near the Manila Bay. Day 2: In the morning, you will visit Intramuros, the old Manila before hitting the road to go to Pampanga. Day 3: Next day will be the first adventure: trekking to the crater of Mt. Pinatubo. For a start you will be taking a 4x4 jeep to get to the starting point and from there you will need to walk 7km, depending on the season, you might have to cross the river a few times to reach the crater, dont worry it will be easy and worth it ;) . Picnic lunch will be provided. After your trekking adventure we will head to Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines. Day 4: After breakfast, you will visit the Market of Baguio and then head to Sagada, a town in the Cordillera mountains. Day 5: you will hike and see the Echo valley's century old hanging coffins as well as caves. After Sagada we will be heading to Banaue. On the way, you will stop by Bontoc to visit its museum run by the nuns and see the replica of an old traditional village and Ifugao artifacts. You will reach Banaue in the late afternoon where you will be staying in a comfortable hotel, with the view rice terraces that was build around 2000 years ago by the ancestors of indigenous people. Day 6: The following day be ready for another big adventure, we will be walking 3-4 hours from Bangaan, an old village to reach another village and walk in the huge rice terraces of Batad, Batad is a remote village of about 1500 people in Ifugao province, said to home of the best and well preserved rice terraces in the cordillera province. You will be staying there for one night to feel, learn and understand the culture in the village. Day 7: it's time to leave the mountains and head back to Manila or Clark. Day 8: End of your tour.