BanaueLuzon, in the Philippines. It is mainly visited for its stunning rice terraces, which are designated a National Cultural Treasure.
phone: +63 2 516-0501address: corner of Lacson Ave & Fajardo St, Sampaloc, ManilaProvides trips directly to Banaue. They have two daily trips leaving Manila at 9PM and 10PM with an additional trip during the holidays. Wear warm clothing, the air-con can be quite strong and the trip takes 9-10 hr.
- Manila-Solano, Nueva Vizcaya-Banaue ifugao - buses heading to Tuguegarao (e.g. Baliwag Transit, Victory, Florida Transport) pass by the town of Solano. Several jeepneys ply the Solano-Banaue route or the Solano-Lagawe, Ifugao route. From Lagawe, one can then take another jeepney to Banaue.
- Manila-Tarlac-Solano-Banaue - buses heading for Baguio pass by Tarlac. Vizcaya liner plies the Tarlac-Solano route at 5AM.
- Banaue to Bontoc or Banaue to Solano (Philippines). many Jeepneys or Minivans.
- Dangwa buses from Manila
- Coda bus line from Quezon City at 8PM or 9PM, takes 9 hr.
Best day to travel is on good Friday of Lenten season, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. It will take about 7 hours only by car with a reliable driver.
There is a public jeepney plying the Banaue-to-saddle-point (start of trek to Batad village) route daily. See Get Out, below for more info.
- Rice terraces. Sometimes called the "Eighth Wonder of the World", the 2000-year-old Banaue rice terraces are a designated National Cultural Treasure, and while many are still in use today, the outer rims are showing signs of deterioration. They were created by the Ifugao (local native people), in a massive engineering project to cover the sides of the valleys (probably 200 m from floor to rim) for several miles, irrigated by means of mountain streams and springs that have been tapped and channelled into canals that run downhill through the rice terraces.
phone: +63 919 774 8507The Museum of Cordilleran Sculpture was founded by George and Candida Ida Schenk over 30 years ago, and evolved from a small antique store in Manila, into dream to preserve a culture that is slowly dying. There are over 1,000 pieces in the collection of the museum, ranging from large-scale, carved wooden Bululs, masks to smaller scale figures, textiles, utilitarian objects, and composite objects.
ViewpointOn the road to Bontoc, there are a lot of viewpoints with beautiful panoramas on the rice terraces. Walking from Banaue up to main view point will take 1 to 2 hours, depending how often you stop to enjoy the superb view. Try to go as far as possible from Banaue: the higher you will go, the more beautiful it will be! Count by tricycle from Banaue. From there it's possible to go down by foot to Banaue through the rice terraces (2-3 hours) but the way is quite difficult and you may need a guide for this walk.
Hot SpringA geothermal hot spring next to a river can be reached via walking across rice terraces starting from Hungduan Elementary School. The road to the school however is not yet paved. Arrangements to visit will likely need to be made in town.
- Many kinds of carved woods.
ATMThere are no ATMs in Banaue. the most near Visa Card ATM is at the PNB bank atm in Lagawe one hour Jeepney ride from Banaue.. or for Master Card Metro bank in Solano (Philippines). 2.5 hour jeepney ride from Banaue. there is also a PNB bank Visa Card ATM in Bontoc.
phone: +63 74 386-4085address: Banaue Trade CenterIndoor and al fresco dining on a wide veranda with great views. Filipino, Asian & Western dishes. Set meals start at .
Ilob Village InnNative Ifugao house with restaurant, surrounded with rice terraces. You can also request to see a traditional Ifugao show.
Kibenaddress: Nueva-Vizcaya-Ifugao-Mt. Province Rd.Local eatery. Good local food provided by friendly family. Main dishes usually , sometimes . Tea and coffee .
Closer to town, there are a multitude of hostels and guesthouses offering much more reasonably priced accommodations.
- Banaue Hotel & Youth Hostel. +63 2 812-1984/ dorm .
- Fairview Inn. +63 74 386-4002
- Spring Village. +63 74 386-4037. /
- Terraceville Inn. +63 74 386-4094
- Cozy Nook Inn. +63 74 386-4003
phone: +63 74 386-4022No power outlets in the rooms, charging for a fee at the reception. Free Wi-Fi and drinking water. Restaurant is open 6AM-9:30PM.
phone: +63 929 197 4242address: Poblacion Banaue IfugaoBasic but comfortable rooms view views of Banaue rice terraces. Some rooms with shared bathrooms. Has small restaurant for all meals. Allows for luggage hold before bus leaves. 200 m up the road from Ohayami Bus dropoff/pickup
phone: +63 74 386-4085Nice balcony at the back with pleasant views. Basic but comfortable rooms, plus a dormitory.
Banaue View Innphone: +63 74 386-4078single/double/triple with inside/outside bathroom and good views.
phone: +63 74 386-4082Offers private rooms for 2 with shared bathroom or private bathroom.
Stairway Lodge & Restaurantphone: +63 9164567346
Peoples's Lodgephone: +63 935 189 5455
phone: +63 917 577 20101 km from center/bus stop. Includes pickup, free breakfast.
7th Heaven'sphone: +63 9084674854
phone: +63 916 405 6743address: Uhaj village, 9 km from BanaueLovely views from traditional bungalows. The road getting there is not yet paved so make sure that you have a ride going to the area and back to Banaue Proper prior to checking in. There is not a lot of available transportation going through the area, so it's important to make sure you have proper transportation arrangements. Tours can be arranged at the Inn, and food is served at the restaurant. Credit card is not accepted so bring sufficient pesos.
- Batad. While the rice terraces of Banaue are mud-walled, those of Batad are stone-walled. They form an amphitheatre and are an impressive sight. 15 km on bad roads, followed by a 40-minute downhill hike, but worth it. There are a number of hostels and guest houses in the small village there, overlooking the rice terraces. If weather and time permit, Batad is probably a better place to spend the night than Banaue. There is a public jeepney plying the Banaue to Saddle Point (start of trek to Batad village) route daily. Banaue to Saddle Point is around 2 to 4PM while the Saddle Point to Banaue jeepney is around 9:30AM to 10:30AM. They may take extra trips during the peak season (e.g. Holy week). Head on to the Banaue public market and ask around. Fare is to for tourists while the locals pay .
- Baguio - A major town that several bus route through on their way north from Manila. Ohayami Trans has a daily trip to Baguio at 5:30PM and takes about 9 hr for + fees
- Metro Manila - Ohayami Trans has a daily trip to at 7PM and takes about 9 hr.
- Bontoc and Sagada. By hiring a van in Banaue (ask in your hotel) you can visit these two centres as a day trip. Bontoc is a busy town but has an excellent museum of Ifugao culture. Sagada has the impressive Sumaging limestone cave (take a change of clothes and leave your best shoes in Banaue), burial chambers and hanging coffins. En route to Bontoc you pass the incredibly beautiful Bayo terraces. Make sure that your driver has the correct licenses before leaving however, as there are checkpoints in and around Bontoc and without the correct licenses you may be forced to turn around before your destination.
- Hapao. A half-day trip from Banaue. More terraces. Steep steps lead down to some, giving easy access for a close-hand inspection.