The Town of Banaue and the Treasure It Hides
We’re almost through August. The -ber months, as we Filipinos want to call it, will soon start to roll. Not only does this mean Christmas is just around the corner, it also means students get to enjoy a much-deserved break before school starts again. Although AccuWeather says that September is going to be a little stormy, that doesn’t mean we can’t go on a trip, does it?
If your family is planning to go on a little adventure, here’s a place in the North you wouldn’t want to overlook.
Must-Visit Tourist Attractions in Banaue
Banaue, Ifugao, is a real paradise on earth. And there’s a lot more to it than the famous rice terraces. Here are five tourist attractions in Banaue you should stop by.
1. Banaue Rice Terraces
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Undoubtedly one of the most famous tourist attractions in Banaue and even in the whole Luzon island, Banaue Rice Terraces was, for some time, the image that represents the whole country, a form of art seemingly created by nature itself but actually the work of Ifugao people who shed blood, sweat, and tears to perfect it some two centuries ago.
Described by the UNESCO a “living cultural landscape of unparalleled beauty,” the site serves as home to Ifugao farmers who live off the rice and vegetable produce they can sell throughout the year.
A visit to the terraces allows you to go on a traditional sightseeing. Now guests are also treated to a more immersive trip, as they can now visit the tribes at the foot of the terraces.
2. The Banaue Museum
Now if it’s an educational trip you’re up for, the town has a museum you can visit too.
Just a short walk away from the town center, the Banaue Museum is home to Cordilleran artifacts collected by American anthropologist H. Otley Beyer, the father of Philippine anthropology.
3. Batad Rice Terraces
It’s almost unheard of, considering it has a counterpart that is getting all the attention it equally deserves. But Batad Rice Terraces is still very much there and just waiting for people to pay it some attention.
A rather small village in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Batad boasts what can be considered the most well-reserved terraces in the Ifugao province. In fact, it was also given the UNESCO World Heritage Site accolade. The trip to the terraces only takes fifteen minutes, a rather short one compared to the more than an hour long hike people had to endure before vehicles were accessible in the area.
4. Tappiya Falls
The Batad Rice Terraces isn’t the only wonder you can visit in the village. It has a good number of equally picturesque attractions, one of which is the Tappiya Falls.
It will need you to take a two- to three-hour trek, but when you get there, you will know it’s all worth it. Located at the bottom of the terraces, Tappiya Falls is the place to be for those who want a good swim after a long day of exploring Banaue.
Ifugao isn’t the Philippines’s largest province, but it sure is one of the most-packed when it comes to tourist destinations. It’s like a whole different world.
Every corner of this landlocked province is filled with attractions you wouldn’t want to miss. To be able to marvel at all these, you might want to go on an all-day hike. Which is possible, if you follow the Awan-Igid-Pula-Cambulo hiking trail.
Take a jeepney to the Awan-Igid dropoff then proceed to the village of Pula, from where you will be taken to Cambulo. You can expect that this is going to be quite a long journey, but you can trust it’s an experience you won’t ever trade for anything—just like your whole experience in Ifugao, to be honest.
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