Banaue is tucked in rugged terrain brimming with spectacular scenery – breathtaking mountains ranges, ancient pine forests, tumbling waterfalls, and fern-filled glades. It’s also home to some of the most spectacular, 2000 year old, World Heritage Listed rice terraces in the region.
Banaue Rice Terraces
Sometimes known as the “giant stairway to the sky”, these rice paddies provide one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the mountain provinces.
Batad Rice Terraces
Challenge yourself with a two-hour uphill hike to the village of Batad and you will be rewarded by the priceless sight of its amphitheatre-shaped rice terraces. Row upon row of perfectly-sculpted, emerald rice terraces make Batad a hike that’s truly worth it.
This picturesque town nestled among pine forests and limestone cliffs is popular among backpackers, especially those who are looking to see famous Hanging Coffins of Sagada for themselves. These coffins which are hung high on limestone cliffs, belong to the elders of the local tribe and some are even centuries old.
Sun bathe on the rocks or swim in the cool refreshing water after a 40 minute hike across the terraces. This 30m high waterfall, is the perfect way to end a day of hiking in Banaue.
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