First Stop, Banaue!
It was last year when I did a solo trip to Sagada. I didn’t have any itinerary then, even contact persons in Sagada. I can even remember the time that I was searching about places to go then the next thing I was doing was packing my things. That was an exciting moment. After all, I survived the trip and there I was back in Sagada. But this time I was with sands and Patrick.
Since my route when I went to Sagada before was Manila-Baguio-Sagada, we tried another route this time, which is Manila-Banaue-Sagada.
Day 01: Banaue
The woman who did some talk at the bus approached us and asked if we want to have a tour at Banaue. We are hesitant at first but the woman told us that even if we go to the Tourist Information Center of Banaue, sya pa din daw ang makakausap namin because she’s a staff there. So, what more can we say then let’s go.
We rode a jeepney that took us to the restaurant near the Banaue Tourist Information Center. Ate told us that we can use the restaurant’s toilet to freshen up. We washed then had our breakfast. So, here’s our first meal after a long bus trip.
We attempted to go down, but it was a long way to go. We backed off and just took pictures. It was a nice view, indeed. I’ll go back here someday, someday!
At around past 11:00 AM, the mini-bus arrived. We moved. It was a bumpy and thrilling ride. The road was narrow. And from the window you can see how deep the cliff was. Driver must be cautious when driving.
After 2 hours, we arrived at Bontoc. It was already pass lunch time, and we’re hungry. We passed by an eatery first and had our lunch. Afterwards, we took a jeepney going to Sagada. The travel time is 1 hour.
- Florida Bus Line going to Banaue (form Manila)
- Fare: Php 650.00
- Travel time: 8 – 9 hours
- Banaue Tourist Information Center is located at Poblacion, Banaue
- NOTE: Avoid negotiating or coordinating your tours with unlicensed guides at bus terminals instead get first hand accurate information at the Banaue Tourism Information center established by the Local Government Unit and the Banaue Tourism Council at the town center.
- Environmental fee of Twenty Pesos (P20.00) to be used for the conversation programs of the beauty spots and natural resources of the place.
- Banaue Viewpoint Terraces
- This point looks down on mud terracing. It is a perfect spot on top of a plateau for taking pictures of the rice terraces with a larger deeper magnitude. Several souvenir shops selling wood carvings and hand wooven items are found in the area.
- How to get there: Lies only four kilometers along the road from Banaue town center to Bontoc
- Mini-Bus going to Bontoc (from Banaue)
- Fare: Php 100.00 (estimate)
- Travel time: 2 hours
- Jeepney going to Sagada (from Bontoc)
- Fare: Php 35.00
- Travel time: 45 minutes
- Bangaan Village and Rice Terraces
- The panoramic view of the village and rice terraces can be seen along the side of the road. This heritage site is an alternative for those who cannot make the two (2) hour trek to Batad. Here you can idle your time gazing at the fascinating environs or walk for thirty minutes to reach the village.
- Museum of Cordillera Sculpture
- A privately owned Museum which houses a fine collections of rare range of antiques and historic artifacts that include tribal sculpture, pottery, and woodcrafts. It displays more than a thousand antique and cotemporary tribal sculptures curved in the mountains of the North. All depict various aspects of Ifugao history and culture.
- Contact: Fe B. Ida 0919-8913455
- How to get there: A short walk or tricycle ride from the Banaue town proper.
Florida Bus Line
Sampaloc, Manila Terminal: Lacson St. Corner Espana (near UST) Manila
Tel. No: (+63 2) 731-5358 / (+63 2) 912-5354 / (+63 2) 743-3809 / 7433809/7315358/4933667 731-4473