First Stop, Banaue!

It was last year when I did a solo trip to Sagada. I didn’t have any itinerary then, even contact persons in Sagada. I can even remember the time that I was searching about places to go then the next thing I was doing was packing my things. That was an exciting moment. After all, I survived the trip and there I was back in Sagada. But this time I was with sands and Patrick.

Since my route when I went to Sagada before was Manila-Baguio-Sagada, we tried another route this time, which is Manila-Banaue-Sagada.

Day 01: Banaue

Me, sands and Patrick met around 7pm for us to catch the 9.00PM/10.00PM bus trip to Banaue. We have no bus reservations but still we were able to get comfty seats. The travel time was around 9-10 hours. At the bus, we had a little chat first until we dozed off. I was able to sleep for 3-4 hours only, it was cold and freezing inside the bus. At 08.00 AM, we arrived Banaue.

The woman who did some talk at the bus approached us and asked if we want to have a tour at Banaue. We are hesitant at first but the woman told us that even if we go to the Tourist Information Center of Banaue, sya pa din daw ang makakausap namin because she’s a staff there. So, what more can we say then let’s go.

We rode a jeepney that took us to the restaurant near the Banaue Tourist Information Center. Ate told us that we can use the restaurant’s toilet to freshen up. We washed then had our breakfast. So, here’s our first meal after a long bus trip.

 Anyways, I have learned from Ate Guide that there are lots of rice terraces in Banaue, I thought there’s only one like on the 1,000 peso bill. I’ve been longing to see the famous rice terraces lalo na nung elementary pa ako habang nagaaral ng sibika at kultura. Anyways, I asked our Ate Guide that we’re just going to have a side trip at Banaue, at least we can see the famous rice terraces. But she told me that it will be a long trip before we can go there so I just asked her to take us wherever is more convenient to us. And here it was, our rice terraces sighting. This was the most convenient to us since the bus going to Bontoc will pass on the viewing deck.

We attempted to go down, but it was a long way to go. We backed off and just took pictures. It was a nice view, indeed. I’ll go back here someday, someday!

At around past 11:00 AM, the mini-bus arrived. We moved. It was a bumpy and thrilling ride. The road was narrow. And from the window you can see how deep the cliff was. Driver must be cautious when driving.

After 2 hours, we arrived at Bontoc. It was already pass lunch time, and we’re hungry. We passed by an eatery first and had our lunch. Afterwards, we took a jeepney going to Sagada. The travel time is 1 hour.

Trip Tips

  • Florida Bus Line going to Banaue (form Manila)
    • Fare: Php 650.00
    • Travel time: 8 – 9 hours
  • Banaue Tourist Information Center is located at Poblacion, Banaue
    • NOTE: Avoid negotiating or coordinating your tours with unlicensed guides at bus terminals instead get first hand accurate information at the Banaue Tourism Information center established by the Local Government Unit and the Banaue Tourism Council at the town center.
    • Environmental fee of Twenty Pesos (P20.00) to be used for the conversation programs of the beauty spots and natural resources of the place. 
  • Banaue Viewpoint Terraces
    • This point looks down on mud terracing. It is a perfect spot on top of a plateau for taking pictures of the rice terraces with a larger deeper magnitude. Several souvenir shops selling wood carvings and hand wooven items are found in the area.
    • How to get there: Lies only four kilometers along the road from Banaue town center to Bontoc
  • Mini-Bus going to Bontoc (from Banaue)
    • Fare: Php 100.00 (estimate)
    • Travel time: 2 hours
  • Jeepney going to Sagada (from Bontoc)
    • Fare: Php 35.00
    • Travel time: 45 minutes
Other Sight Seeing in Banaue:
  • Bangaan Village and Rice Terraces
    • The panoramic view of the village and rice terraces can be seen along the side of the road. This heritage site is an alternative for those who cannot make the two (2) hour trek to Batad. Here you can idle your time gazing at the fascinating environs or walk for thirty minutes to reach the village.
  • Museum of Cordillera Sculpture 
    • A privately owned Museum which houses a fine collections of rare range of antiques and historic artifacts that include tribal sculpture, pottery, and woodcrafts. It displays more than a thousand antique and cotemporary tribal sculptures curved in the mountains of the North. All depict various aspects of Ifugao history and culture.
    • Contact: Fe B. Ida 0919-8913455
    • How to get there: A short walk or tricycle ride from the Banaue town proper.  

Florida Bus Line
Sampaloc, Manila Terminal: Lacson St. Corner Espana (near UST) Manila 
Tel. No: (+63 2) 731-5358 / (+63 2) 912-5354 / (+63 2) 743-3809 / 7433809/7315358/4933667 731-4473 

 

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12 Responses

  1. marxtermind says:

    @Batang Lakwatsero, wow! I'll let you know if I have enough funds to do a a trip to Sagada! 🙂

  2. marxtermind says:

    @Batang Lakwatsero, wow! I'll let you know if I have enough funds to do a a trip to Sagada! 🙂

  3. wow.. this is nice.. binasa ko palang yung sagada series mo 🙂

    me and some PTB bagets will be going to Banaue-BATAD-sagada by the end of October.. baka gusto mo sumama 🙂 PM mo lang ako 🙂

  4. wow.. this is nice.. binasa ko palang yung sagada series mo 🙂

    me and some PTB bagets will be going to Banaue-BATAD-sagada by the end of October.. baka gusto mo sumama 🙂 PM mo lang ako 🙂

  5. marxtermind says:

    @Camille, oo naman! dami ng girl jan nag sosolo travel like chyngreyes.com 🙂

  6. marxtermind says:

    @Camille, oo naman! dami ng girl jan nag sosolo travel like chyngreyes.com 🙂

  7. Camille says:

    hm.. nainspire ako dito.. ok lang ba magsolo trip kahit girl ako?

  8. Camille says:

    hm.. nainspire ako dito.. ok lang ba magsolo trip kahit girl ako?

  9. marxtermind says:

    Yes Chyng, na-miss ko talaga ung solo trip ko na un, gusto ko na ulit magtravel. Hahaha!

  10. marxtermind says:

    Yes Chyng, na-miss ko talaga ung solo trip ko na un, gusto ko na ulit magtravel. Hahaha!

  11. Chyng says:

    wow! nagsolo trip ka din sa sagada. mahusay! daig mo ko.. ako this year lang, ikaw last year pa.

    regards to SF. super friedns?

  12. Chyng says:

    wow! nagsolo trip ka din sa sagada. mahusay! daig mo ko.. ako this year lang, ikaw last year pa.

    regards to SF. super friedns?

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