Home of the world-renowned Rice Terraces, Ifugao is a land-locked area that boasts wonderful views of rugged terrains, river valleys, and massive, lush forests. The name of this scenic place is coined from the term “i-pugo” which means “people of the hill.”
With their rice terraces carved by the ancestors of the indigenous people, Ifugao is a treasure trove of the Philippines’ ancient culture and tradition. Besides their monumental green agricultural stairways, the Ifugaos are also famous for their native huts, among the world’s first built houses that did not use any nails or metal to fasten and secure their parts.
Day 1 (Thursday) Manila-Banaue
At seven in the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel to leave for the idyllic Banaue via North Expressway by 7:30 a.m. As you arrive at the living cultural landscape that is Banaue, you will check in at the cozy, nature-themed Banaue Hotel where you can rest and get your energy back for tomorrow’s adventures.
Day 2 (Friday) Banaue
Friday marks the beginning of your journey to the 2,000-year-old, hand-carved rice terraces of Banaue. This world-renowned landscape is a living legacy of the harmonious relationship between man and nature. The wonderfully carved rice terraces follow the natural contours of the Ifugao Mountains, making it a perfect place to get away from all things modern and urban. Once you have feasted your eyes on what is widely considered the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” you can immerse yourself in the unique life and culture of mountain tribes at Bangaan Village through a 20-minute trek downhill. Located at the foot of the terraces, the village will show you the Ifugao tribes, their houses, as well as their rice terrace farming. The Banaue Town Center and the View Point will give you the chance to see a breathtaking panoramic view of the rice terraces.
Day 3 (Saturday) Banaue-Sagada-Bontoc-Banaue
In addition to the beautiful rice terraces, you will also find natural wonders in the town of Sagada. This town is nestled in a valley and is famous for its “hanging coffins,” a traditional way of burial still followed by the tribes to this day, Burial caves and waterfalls will also greet you in Sagada. Once done, you will be given the opportunity to see important and historical artifacts of the Cordilleras on a visit to the Bontoc Museum.
Day 4 (Sunday) Banaue-Manila
Now that you have seen all you need to see to fully experience Banaue, you would be taken home to Manila with wonderful memories of your trip and the delicious anticipation of coming back!
- Four days, three nights standard room accommodation at Banaue Hotel
- Daily Breakfast
- Roundtrip transportation (Manila to Banaue and back)
- Tour Highlights: Banaue Viewpoint/Banga-an Village/Sagada
- Services of an English speaking guide