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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$50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Banaue Batad Day Tour

This Experience Tour brings you to explore Batad amazing way you can’t do on your own. We start from banaue with a ride in a Nissan Elgrand E51 or in a Jeepney depending on how many you are. This will be a 40mins or is an hour drive from Banaue to Batad. We will stop in some amazing stop points for a view and pictures. Upon arriving Batad, We will have 15-30mins trek to the view point. After a rest and picture taking, we will hike/trek the rim e terraces to the waterfall for about an hour. Arrive the waterfall, take a rest and swim. Note: All guests are advice not to swim to the falls. Always stay one meter away from the falls)From the waterfall, we will hike to the native village where you’ll have the opportunity to cook, eat, chat and drink native rice wine with the old folks and locals. There will be a culture and ancient story tell. (This depends on what package you avail).After exploring the village, we hike/trek back to the saddle and ride back to Banaue.

$900 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Banaue rice terraces and Sagada

Travel from Manila (8hours) and stay at Banaue hotel.  2nd day Visit Batad, Bangaan and Hiwang in Ifugao With local guide and jeepney ride. Hike to the terraces and experience local culture.  3rd day Bontoc museum, Sumaguing and Lumiang caves, Hanging coffins and Pongas or Bomodok falls. Stay at Lodge Labanet Sagada With local guide and jeepney ride if applicable. Shopping for souvenirs at Sagada weaving and Sagada pottery. Bonfire night can be arranged.  4th day  Travel back to Manila via Baguio city (8 hours)  Tour guides will provide the narratives of their customs and traditions. Please note that there are restrictions and taboos to be observed. Drinking and socializing with the locals is highly encouraged. A cultural show is included at the Banaie hotel                  … .................................................................. 00000.......0000000000.........00000000000,,......

$800 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Banaue - Sagada PackageTour

Mt. Province to be found in the heart of the Grand Cordillera, known to be the Philippine's biggest and highest chain of mountains. The central and western areas of the province are characterized by rugged mountains and steep cliffs, while the eastern portion has generally sloping landscape. Visit Bontoc which is the capital of Mt. Province and one of the must see museum of artifacts and proto-types is called Bontoc Village Museum. Witness the picturesque town of Sagada, stop and see the famous Burial caves an olden burial grounds full of coffins. On the next day after breakfast, using local non-air-conditioned jeepneys visit the picturesque town of Hapao where you will view the Banaue rice terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The terraces are just a few of extensive stoned-walled terraces built centuries ago. It is believed that it is in this place where the origin of the terraces culture of the ifugao’s started. It is located 9 kms. From Poblacion, Hungduan and 17 kms.northwest of Banaue.Spread out over the valley floor, the rice terraces in Hapao is dazzling.  Walk in a small pool beside a river in Hapao (population 2000), It has concrete steps behind the viewpoint and turn left to the bottom. Follow the irrigation canal for about 10 minutes and you reach a small group of houses and in about 15 minutes to the river where you can cool off, take a dip and swim in the refreshing Water

$220 Multi-day & Extended Tours

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 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: 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 SagadaYou 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 highlightsYou 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 cavingYou'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 ManilaAt 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 drivers • Reclining seats • Toilets on board • DVD/TV/Stereo on board • Free Wifi • Blankets Useful 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