4. From Manila: 4-Day Sagada and Banaue Rice Terraces Tour
Time to go on an adventure and explore the aesthetic creations in Sagada & Banaue Rice Terraces! Sagada, a fifth-class municipality in the Mountain Province, as of 2015 had only 11,000 inhabitants. The life of this small community is pretty calm and simple but it features an all-year-round cool climate that is far colder than Baguio, which draws domestic travelers. Aside from that, it has a lot to offer travelers, history fans, and adventurers alike. Travel using public transportation from Manila to Cordillera Region located approximately 400km North of Manila. The journey begins in Sagada, a town in the Mountain Province known for its stunning scenery, delicious cuisine, imposing caves, and intriguing hanging coffins. Feel the ambiance of Sagada at night with its simplicity and peace, fantastic selection of restaurants, local craft brews, and you shouldn’t miss the renowned Sagada Coffee. Sagada claims itself to be a walking town as a result of the residents’ desire to stay away from many vehicles. Visit Sumaguing Cave, also referred to as the “Big Cave” due to its huge cave chambers, and get a taste of the renowned Igorot tribes’ culture and traditions. From the Mountain Province, we’ll take a private vehicle to Ifugao Province, home to the famous rice terraces – part of five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, that are still being preserved and used by the locals for farming. Today, the province draws thousands of tourists because of its rich culture and traditions. You will get to experience the best of the Ifugao rice terraces over the course of the following two days, as well as the chance to witness a sunset and awaken to a vista of the Batad Rice Terraces. Our first day in Ifugao included a four-hour journey to the Tappiya Falls and the Batad Rice Terraces, as well as a few stops to visit both traditional and modern Ifugao homes in Batad Village. On our second day, we make a three-hour climb to Bangaan Terraces, where there was an adorable tiny community with preserved Ifugao homes. According to legend, if the terraces were put end to end, they would encompass half of the world. The Ifugaos’ dedication to working hard to make a living is evident in the rice terraces. After lunch at Bangaan Village, we will drive 45 minutes on a privately hired jeepney to the town of Banaue, where we will have the option to shower and rest, before we get on the public bus back to Manila and voilà, it’s the tour of your life that you don’t want to miss out!