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Batad, Banaue Travel Guide (Commute and Where to Stay)

Batad, Banaue Travel Guide (Commute and Where to Stay)

Waking up wrapped in a dawn chill, that is thousand meters above, overlooking a seemingly natural man-made creation which size is as colossal as the mountain that holds it is truly remarkable. Reaching it may be a frowner to some, however, you’ll forget all about the difficulties when you finally see Batad Rice Terraces, the most popular among the rice terraces of the Cordilleras.

Batad, along with 4 other rices terraces in Ifugao, are considered as national cultural treasures with great historical significance. These rice terraces (Batad, Bangaan, Hungduan, Mayoyao Central, and Nagacadan) are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Batad Rice Terraces

Batad Rice Terraces

How to Get There

From Manila, take a bus to Banaue.

Ohayami Transit [Address: J. Fajardo St. cor Lacson Ave., Sampaloc, Manila | contact: +63 927 649 3055 / (02) 516 0501] leaves Manila at 10:00PM daily. Additional trips are added on peak seasons. It is advisable that you book your tickets in advance which will cost you ₱450.

Dangwa Tranco Inc. [Address: Dimasalang Street (near Dangwa Flower Market), Sampaloc, Manila] also has trips to Banaue. Please visit their terminal or call (02) 781 5849 / (02) 743 3809 for more details.

From Banaue Town Proper or Jeepney terminal, you can ask for jeepneys going to Saddle Point. I believe there are two jeepney trips available; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Travel time is 30-45 minutes and the fare is ₱50.

If you miss the direct trip, you can hire a jeepney to Saddle for ₱1500 good for 20 individuals. Alternatively, People’s Lodge and Restaurant can arrange a trip for you or include you to another group traveling to Batad. You contact Marcial at +63 916 864 2988 for inquiry.

From Saddle Point, you need to trek for less than an hour to Batad. The trail is quite easy though, just follow the signs.

There are also buses that offers Baguio-Banaue route and vice versa. If you are coming from Sagada, you can take a jeepney to Bontoc then a bus or jeepney from Bontoc to Banaue.

Ramon Home stay's Native Hut

A Native Hut at Ramon’s Home Stay

Where to stay in Batad

You can’t find any flashy hotels in Batad. Remember that it is a remote, hillside village. However, there are hospitable residents who offer humble home stays. We stayed at Ramon’s Native Home Stay and Restaurant during our visit. Some rooms offer a majestic view of the terraces, including the restaurant. At ₱250/person, you can have a decent place to keep you from cold at night. If you are lucky, you can also join their activities.

For bookings, you can contact +63 935 130 2911 / +63 930 962 7348. If you want your stay to be lot noteworthy, you can sleep at their native Ifugao huts which can house up to 4 individuals. To reserve, book it via Agoda [www.Agoda.com/RamonsHomeStay].

Other places to stay in Batad are:

Tappiya Falls

Tappiya Falls

How to get around

Batad has a mountainous terrain so you can’t get any transport to move around. You can reach every spot by foot. Get yourself ready with a lot of walk, trek, and some uphill climb.

For safety, you need to get a guide especially if you want to experience Tappiya Falls, Bangaan Rice Terraces, Awa View Deck, etc. Guide fee starts at ₱700; you can ask your home stay to get one for you.

Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces

Some Notes and Tips

  1. The last area with cellular signal is Saddle Point. You’ll be disconnected once you reach Batad.
  2. Bring enough cash; you can’t find any money dispenser in the area.
  3. Most home stays offer good meal options, a bit pricey though.
  4. Bring comfortable layers (jackets, jogging pants, and socks) if you are not used to temperatures below 20°C.
  5. Allocate time to explore the other rice terraces in Banaue. The main view deck of Banaue Rice Terraces offers an awesome view (photo above).