Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue

4.8
#2 of 16 in Historic Sites in Cordillera Region
Take in the spectacular views of Batad Rice Terraces, inscribed on the World Heritage List and shaped like a gigantic natural amphitheater. Over 2,000 years old, these terraces remain in use to this day, engineered to perfection and providing livelihood for many. Be prepared for a strenuous hike up to the best vantage points. There are plenty of opportunities to buy necessities and bottled water along the way. Plan to visit Batad Rice Terraces during your Banaue vacation using our convenient Banaue sightseeing site .
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  • Interesting place, friendly people, very reasonable price for trekkings, hotels ... Regular rains, but this does not prevent travel.
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  • Wander through the rice fields of Batad, climb, descend, admire, lift up in front of this beauty. You won't be disappointed to get there. We went to Banaue on the roof of a bus. We surveyed the mountains and exalts is in front of this beauty that is mother nature. Once arrived, a small market of about thirty minutes brings you to the entrance of the terraces and it is from the start of the show. You'll browse the terraces, and probably go to an impressive waterfall or you can cool a little. What wonders these rice terraces.
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  • We had a guide that was arranged through Filipino Travel Centre, would definitely recommend going with a guide. We took a Jeepney from Banaue to the entrance and hiked in. Walking sticks were provided...  more »
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  • It's amazing. I cannot imagine how they built those rice terraces, it's is so steep! It's so impressive and it is really old (like 2000 years ago) that's why it is UNESCO heritage. It is also a real peaceful place as there is no vehicle. However it is not quiet because of the high population of chickens! It is hard to access but it definitely worth it.
  • Banaue looked more beautiful. Due the reparations on the streets it takes around 30 minutes to get there from the drop off point. The Batad rice terraces looked not so nice because it was already harvested. But it made a lot of fun to walk trough the terraces and I can highly recommend to do so.
  • Unforgettable & amazing to be in this place!!! ❤❤❤ it should be on your bucket list...must see places to see in the Philippines!😚❤
  • We were afraid that our Batad trip would be ruined because it had been raining and foggy in Banaue since we arrived. Thankfully, we continued because it seems the area of Batad is more resistant to rainy weather. i.e. it was all clear when we got there. At this point, the road had been extended quite a bit so vehicles are able to make it way past the old saddle. It doesn't look like road work is complete so the hike to the outskirts of Batad might continue to get shorter. At the end of the road there is pay parking, pay toilets and a place to buy snacks, souvenirs and to rent walking sticks (which I personally recommend). The initial downhill hike may present some challenges for smaller kids and those with weak knees but it wasn't too bad for our 6 year old who just needed some help and my father-in-law. On the way, you can see a small cluster of terraces that acts as a sort of teaser. When we got to the outskirts of the village, we could see the classic view of the terraces which did not disappoint. Our guide from the hotel offered to stay behind with my kid and father-in-law while we proceeded further towards the terraces. However, we didn't really know which way to go. It is here where we met manong Vicente, who agreed to be our guide. From then, this 67 year old machine proceeded to put me to shame as we went down to the village then straight up the terraces. This included narrow walkways at the edge of the terraces and small rock steps lodged into the side of terrace walls for climbing. We mostly climbed over and across what i think was an irrigation channel. After a while, I was half-dead, so he took my backpack to lighten the load. Even more amazing, his dog and puppy followed him all the way. So he had to carry this puppy with one hand because it hadn't yet learned and/or was too small to traverse the rock steps. So he was doing all his climbing with just one hand. He later told us he would take that same path while carrying a sack of rice. A walking stick is recommended because it helps keep you weighted towards the "safer" side away from the 6-10 foot drop. There are times when it can be a hassle though, like when we were climbing the rock steps (where losers like me need both hands) and when there isn't any soil to anchor your stick on. Please remember that the stick will not work on wet rocks. Also, be careful not to jerk the stick out of the mud too hard, you might lose your balance. Before the trip, I've been trying to research if it is safe to bring small kids to the terraces and I've got conflicting answers. The answer I've come up with is this: If your child can listen to and follow instructions and pay attention to his/her surroundings, then MAYBE. This describes our 9 year old. Our 6 year old, not so much. Even with our 9 year old I'd be very nervous while watching him walk the narrow walkways. I suppose the guide would be ready to help and may adjust the route accordingly and/or you could hire an extra guide focused on the kids. But personally, I don't think I would have enjoyed the hike as much if we had brought our kids along on the terraces. Because the rest of the party who did not do the hike were waiting for us for a while now, we did not proceed to Tapiyah Falls (not that I had the energy). Another time I guess. I do hope there will be another time.
  • Hired a moped from Banaue to get there as at the time landslides prevented cars. 50 Pesos Heritage Fee. Misty when I visited, added to the atmosphere but not the quality of my pictures!
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