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TAPPIYA FALLS: A Hidden Jewel Beyond The Rice Paddies Of Batad

Waterfalls are my first love so when I learned that a beauty as exquisite as Tappiya Falls is lying unperturbed within the extraordinary village of Batad, I wasted no time to see it. We were almost at the end of our 5-Day Baguio-Sagada-Batad Adventure which started off in the City Of Pines and I could tell my energy was already wearing down yet I also knew it would be a miss I surely regret if I let the opportunity of seeing this hidden gem pass. Hence in the morning of our 2nd day in Batad, off we went to hike the precarious trail leading to Tappiya Falls hoping I will survive the challenge with whatever vigor I have left.

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The trek started off early at 6 in the morning through a narrow and steep up and downhill concrete footpath from Mang Ramon’s Homestay where we stayed for the night. Ten minutes after, we passed by a fresh water source where we took a short breather then continued on until we reached the first resting camp. The resting camp was in one of the local houses and it has a souvenir store that sells carved woods, beaded purses and bags made from the same fabric of the Ifugao’s traditional clothing. After taking some time to admire the amazing craftsmanship of the natives, we then headed for the trail leading down to the rice terraces.

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We probably walked a hundred meters from the house before finally going down the pile of huge rocks which led to a concrete footpath at the side of the rice paddies. For the first time I noticed that each level of the terraces were carefully bound by rocks piled intricately together that, from what it seemed was designed to withstand anything even the worst of tremors from the Earth. I marveled in awe at the genius and creativity of the Ifugaos and the amount of work they had put into this magnificent creation. The amphitheater terraces of Batad is one heck of a beautiful and wonderful work which is definitely worth those hundred miles of painstaking journey.

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We continued trekking westward along the concrete footpath, going down the rocks following the trail leading to a couple more resting camps. We took some time to snap us photos of the golden sun which had slowly chased the cold of the morning away. I realized we were in a bit of a hurry since we were after catching the passenger jeep back to Banaue but there’s just this thing about sunrise that compels us to stop and savor the glorious ascent of the sun up in the bluest skies. We then resume trekking and after what must have been 30 minutes, we reached the local house situated atop one of the hills in the middle of Batad. There we rested for another 10 minutes before continuing with the descent to Tappiya Falls.

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Going down from the lone house atop the hill was a concrete ladder. It stretched to about another 200 meters. Although it was an established path, it was still too steep and slippery as some part of it were covered with moss. Passed the concrete ladder is another resting camp which leads to another concrete ladder going down. There we rested for another 10 minutes. In normal days. there would be vendors selling souvenirs, snacks and drinks but at that time it was empty. A warning sign was placed before the concrete ladder going down the trail to the falls. It read “Falling debris. Landslide prone area. No stopping at anytime.” I asked Kuya Tarzan, our guide, what it meant and he said that part of the trail leading to Tappiya Falls had just eroded. He reassured us that it was still passable but as the sign says there is no stopping for selfies and whatnot.

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We continued trekking down the concrete ladder which stretched to about 200 meters or so before it switched to yet another concrete footpath. The concrete footpath was then again a series of up and downhill trek until we reached the part where the earth have eroded causing a massive landslide. Passing by it was another struggle as it was filled with scattered rocks and we were literally at the edge of the cliff and ever the earth gives in, we would surely fall to our death. I followed closely our guide keenly observing as I mimic his every steps. Rhea followed behind me. Both of us letting out a sigh of relief after getting passed the most treacherous part. We continued with the up and downhill trek until we reached another concrete ladder going up which Kuya Tarzan said leads to the viewing deck.

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We might have taken 150 to 200 steps up the ladder before we finally reached the viewing deck. From afar, Tappiya Falls’ mightily pounding at its catch basin was such an alluring sound compelling us to hasten up but as we near the viewing deck, it was easy to tell that this gem of a waterfall is a powerful kind as it sings no lullabies, instead, like a tiger its voice is like a roaring thunder reverberating around the luscious forest.

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I was lost for words upon seeing Tappiya Falls. It was undoubtedly beautiful that the mere sight of it freed me from worries and exhaustion. While staring at the incredible beauty that was in front of us, I told myself just how lucky were we to make it that far. The hike to Tappiya Falls was probably the most exhausting part of our 5-Day Adventure but it was arguably one of the most rewarding. It made me wish we had more time to spare to discover some more hidden gems Batad has to offer.

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We took some time to snap us photos of Tappiya Falls but none of our shots could give justice to the beauty that it was but it didn’t really matter as its allure will forever be marked in my memory. As we traveled back to Banaue, I was thinking how short of a time we had in Batad that it made me look forward to coming back real soon.


THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE HIKING TAPPIYA FALLS


  • The hike to Tappiya Falls is physically demanding so make sure that you are fit enough to do it.
  • Bring water during your hike as you will badly need it.
  • The hike to Tappiya Falls doesn’t require a guide but if you are not too familiar with Batad then you are best to secure one from the Information area which will set you back P600.
  • The catch basin of the falls is deep so if you’re not much of a swimmer I would suggest you stay in the shallow part near the banks where the current is weak.
  • Hiking during rainy days isn’t really advisable as part of the trail leading to the waterfalls is prone to massive landslide.

Have I triggered your curiosity and made you pack your bags and see Tappiya Falls? You might find my Batad Travel Guide post useful or if you are to visit the other gems of The Cordilleras then our 5-Day Baguio-Sagada-Batad Adventure might just be another great read.

Until next time lovelies. Ciao. 🙂

BATAD: Travel Guide, Budget, Itinerary & Useful Tips

Batad is a secluded community up in the heart of The Cordilleras. It is home to the remarkable amphitheater rice terraces which is one of the UNESCO Heritage Sites in the World. Surrounded by formidable mountains such as Aya and Amuyao, Batad for a long time is a paradise safely tucked away from the prying eyes of the outside world and only those who brave the unknown knew what an exquisite beauty it once was. It still is a marvelous sight today and what made it so interesting is that their culture has remained untouched. The locals still practice their olden rituals, speak their olden tongue and remained unchanged amidst the surge of foreign influence.

Batad is definitely a priceless treasure, a remant of a great culture which has once thrived in the mountainous Ifugao province and is a vital part of our civilization. In the moments when the bright light of our cities make you lose sight of your essence as a proud Filipino, look beyond the skyscrapers obscuring the evening stars and simply remember that up in our mountains, our cultural heritage lives on.


HOW TO GO THERE


  • From Manila – Ride an Oyahami Bus from their Sampaloc Terminal to Banaue (P450; 10hrs). Once in Banaue, charter a tricycle or a van whichever suits you to take you to Batad (1hr). Another option is to wait for the public jeep which ply Banaue-Batad scheduled to depart at 3PM everyday (P150). From the drop off point, walk for 20 minutes to Batad village.
  • From Sagada – Ride a jeep to Bontoc (P45; 1hr). Once in Bontoc, ride a bus or a jeep to Banaue (P150; 2hrs) then follow remaining instructions above.
  • From Baguio – Ride a bus to Banaue (P450; 7hrs) then once in Banaue, just follow remaining instructions above.
  • From Tabuk – Ride a jeep going to Bontoc and get off in Banaue. Follow remaining instructions above.
  • From Tuguegarao – Ride a bus going to Baguio and get off at Bagabac Junction. Ride a jeep going to Banaue. Follow remaining instructions above.

THINGS TO DO


  • Trek to the view deck – A trek for over an hour will enable you to marvel at one of the best views you’ll ever see in your lifetime which features the genius of the Ifugaos.
  • Trek to Tappiya Falls – A 2-hour trek to this gem may be the toughest you’ll ever experienced while in Batad but I assure you it is totally worthwhile.
  • Visit the main village – A great way to know the more about the people and traditions of Batad.
  • Trek Mt. Aya or Mt. Amuyao –  If you are craving for some wild but rewarding adventure then a trek to these two mountains is certainly the answer.
  • Join the bonfire session with the natives  – Learn more about their culture by interacting closely with the natives as they narrate some of their interesting folklore through a cultural show over a bottle of beer and the blazing bonfire.
  • Sleep in the Batad’s traditional hut – Go local and spend the night in the traditional huts made of cogon and other native materials.

WHERE TO STAY IN BATAD


Cellular signal in Batad is weak and there are parts wherein it is completely not available so you would do best to reserve you accommodation in advance with booking websites such as AGODA especially if you are going on high season. Here are the list of budget accommodations and their corresponding contact details.

IN BATAD

705902_14082014590021380342Mang Ramon Homestay

Contact #: 0975615541 | 09975683317

Check Rates & Book with AGODA

951212_16121511410049690795Hillside Inn and Restaurant

Contact #: 0917 757 4411

Check Rates & Book with AGODA

930079_15070212580031549982Batad Transient House

Contact #: 09351302911

Check Rates & Book with AGODA

720559_14090312210021799808Batad Top View Point Homestay and Restaurant
Contact #: 09975683317
Check Rates & Book with AGODA

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Contact #: 09169848380
Check Rates & Book with AGODA

785547_14122315010024135173Batad Pension and Restaurant
Contact #: 09177574411
Check Rates & Book with AGODA

IN BANAUE

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Uyami’s Green View Lodge
Contact #: 09175910981
Check Rates & Book with AGODA

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Banaue Wonder Lodge
Contact #: 09991813031
Check Rates & Book with AGODA

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Terraceville Inn
Contact #: 099165070126

Check Rates & Book with AGODA

 

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Banaue Hotel
Contact #: (074) 386 4088
Check Rates & Book with AGODA


USEFUL INFO


  • Ayangan is the local dialect in Batad but Tagalog and English are also widely spoken.
  • You might find the prices in Batad over the top but please bear in mind the tremendous effort the locals put just to make these commodities available for you.
  • Activities in Batad require a great deal of trekking and can be physically demanding so make sure to prepare in advance.
  • Public jeep leaves Batad at 9AM and returns from Banaue at 3PM so make sure to take this into consideration while doing your itinerary unless you don’t mind paying for a more expensive transfer.
  • Please consider dropping by the Tourism Office of Banaue so you will be assisted with arranging you Banaue-Batad transfer to avoid being overcharged as there are still some locals who have bad habits of exploiting tourists.
  • Mobile signal in Batad is weak or worse may not be available in most areas so let your loved ones know where you’re headed and that you might be out of radar for a while before going there.
  • The best time to go to Batad is during the summer months of March – May.

SUMMARY OF EXPENSES, ITINERARY & OTHER USUFUL INFO


Our trip to Batad was part of our 5-Day Cordillera Adventure which started in Baguio. You may refer to my other post ^^ for the full itinerary.

  
SUMMARY OF EXPENSES (Coming From Sagada)Jeep Sagada-Bontoc > P45
Van Bontoc-Banaue > P200
Jeep Banaue-Batad > P150
Native Hut @ P800/2 > P400
Guide (Trek to Tappiya Falls) > P250
Van Batad-Banaue @ P500/2> P250
Batad Environmental Fee > P50
Day 1 Dinner > P150
Day 2 Brunch > P150
Bus back to Manila > P450

Total <<>> P2495
SAMPLE ITINERARY (From Sagada)Day 1

1000 ETD Bontoc
1100 ETA Bontoc. Ride van to Banae
1300 ETA Banaue Lunch
1400 Ride Jeep to Batad
1500 ETD Batad
1600 ETA Batad Drop off point. Trek to the village
1630 Batad Village. Pay environmental fee. Trek to chosen accommodation
1700 Hotel. Settle in. Rest
1800 Dinner
1900 Bonfire Session
2200 Lights Out

Day 2

0500 Wake Up. Freshen Up
0600 Breakfast
0700 Trek to Viewpoint
0800 Viewpoint. Photo Ops.
1000 Tappiya Falls. Bathe.
1200 Lunch
1300 Trek to Batad Main Village
1400 Batad Main Village. Rest. Interact with the locals
1600 Trek back to hotel
1800 ETD Hotel. Wash Up. Dinner
1900 Get a massage
2200 Lights out

Day 3

0600 Wake up. Freshen Up.
0700 Breakfast
0800 Pack Up. Trek back to the drop off point
0900 Depart for Banaue
1000 ETA Banaue
1100 Banaue Rice Terraces Viewing Deck
1200 Lunch
1300-1800 Free time.
1900 Bus back to Manila

***Please note that this itinerary was made considering the time of public jeep to and from Batad. You can also visit Batad in one full day. Just be ready to shell out some extra cash for transpotation.
TOURS AND COST IN BATADPlaces & Viewpoints

Batad Information to Highest Viewpoint > P400
Batad Information to Main Village > P400
Batad Information to Tappiya Falls > P600
Batad Information to Hanging Bridge > P600
Batad Information to Tappiya Falls & Main Village > P800
Batad Information to Hanging Bridge & Best Viewpoint > P1200
Batad Information to Highest Viewpoint, Tappiya Falls, Main Village, Hanging Bridge & Best Viewpoint > P1500
Batad Information to Patpat (The furthest sitio in Batad) > P1500

Trek To Other Villages

Batad to Bangaan > P1200
Batad to Cambulo > P1200
Batad to Cambulo and Kinakin > P1500
Batad, Cambulo & Pula > P1500
Batad, Cambulo, Pula & Banaue (2-Day Trek) > P2400
Batad, Cambulo, Patyay, Mt. Amuyao, Barlig, Bontoc and Banaue > P1200/day

***Getting a guide is not mandatory however in a place as remote and as complicated as Batad, I'd say you would be best to have one for yourself.
TRANSPORTATION COST & SCHEDULEManila-Banaue-Manila

Oyahami Bus
Time of Departure from Manila: 8PM-10PM
Manila Booking Station: Cor. fajardo St., Lacson Ave Sampaloc, Manila
Contact #: 09276493055 | 025160501
Time of Departure from Banaue: 6PM-7PM
Banaue Booking Station: Poblacion, Marker, Town Center, Banaue,Ifugao
Contact #: 09058814361

Fare: P450/way

Bontoc-Banaue

Public buses and vans available at designated stations in both Bontoc and Banaue from 7PM - 4PM
Fare: P150-P200/way

Banaue-Batad

Public Passenger Jeep
Departure time from Banaue - 3:00 PM
Departure time from Batad - 9:00 AM
Fare: Locals P50, Non-Local P150

***Only has 1 trip for each day.

Private Van - P2500 2-way good for 10
Tricycle - P1500 good for 5



There you have it folks. Batad is such an exceptional place. It surely is a must see place while you are in the mountains of Ifugao. If you are planning to visit Batad soon, feel free to ask me some questions.

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BAGUIO-SAGADA-BATAD: 5-Day Budget Travel Guide & Itinerary

For the yuppies of today’s generation, Baguio City has been a quick respite out of the hustle of Metro Manila primarily due to its refreshing and cool climate althroughout the year. The “City Of Pines” which is a melting pot of different ethnicity and culture has always captivated the interest of those looking for an easy break out of the city jungle without breaking the bank or flying long hours. Going there is a minimum of 6 hours but has been made more convenient in the recent years due to many options made available by transport operators such as Victory Liner which offer top of the line facilities for a more comfortable trip.

Baguio City is not just a much-coveted destination but what’s even more lovely about it is that it is a gateway to unknown treasures hidden in the Cordilleras and other places up North. Two hiking favorites, Mt. Pulag and Mt. Ulap are just stone’s throw away from the city center, making a sidetrip to the city a must after every hike. Over the years, more and more communities further North have opened their doors to tourism and Baguio City has also been the go-to place to access them. Two of these places are Sagada of the Mountain Province made more famous by the movie “That Thing Called Tadhana” and Batad which is home to one of the UNESCO Heritage Sites Of The World, the amphitheater rice terraces of the Ifugaos. These places may not be that easy to access but certainly worth those seemingly endless and precarious bus rides and we happened to be blessed to be able to see them.

Before the end of 2016, on the last week of November, I, together with my bestie ventured into a 5-Day journey to Sagada and Batad kicking off our adventure in Baguio City. We planned to cap off our adventure with an ink to our skin from Apo Whang Od but as what we all know, everything doesn’t turn out the way we wanted to most of the time. It was still one heck of an epic adventure though and I am happy to share it with you. So here it goes!


DAY 1 – BAGUIO CITY: Food Hunt, Mountains & Pine Trees


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I have been to Baguio several times but in almost all occasions, I always find myself falling in love again and again. There’s just something about the pine scented air of the city that makes it so irresistible. For our recent visit, we didn’t have a specific itinerary but one thing we were certain of doing is getting to taste more the flavors of Baguio. Yes! Food was the priority. Touring to places we haven’t seen yet was the far second.

We took the Victory Liner bus at midnight and we arrived in Baguio at 5AM. We felt beaten up during the trip so we decided first to rest at our hostel (AJ’s Pension House). At 8AM, we woke up to an empty stomach and thought it was about time we get started with our food hunt. One of the many restaurants on our list was the Choco-Late De Batirol. We were both craving for a cup of hot chocolate so we figured a trip to Camp John Hay was just what we needed.

Soon after we have eaten brunch, off we went to tour the city. BenCab Museum and La Trinidad Mural were on top of our list. I, as you may know is a cheap ass chick but at that time, I was not in the mood for jeepneys and uncomfy rides so we decided to hire a cab instead. The cab cost P200 an hour and it took us to PMA, Lion’s Head, Lourdes Grotto and La Trinidad Mural, dropping us off in 50’s Diner for an early dinner and taking us back to our hotel to rest a bit. The night was young and cold so we decided to heat it up with a visit to Baguio Brewery to get a taste of their crafted beers.

DAY 1 
SUMMARY OF EXPENSESBus to Baguio - P455
Cab to AJ's Pension House - P50
Room @ AJ's Pension 900/2 - 450
Brunch @ Choco-Late De Batirol - P400
Dinner @50's Diner - P350
Baguio Brewery - P525
Rented Cab @ 200/hr X 4 hrs / 2pax - P400
Cab Baguio Brewery @ P100/way/2 - P100

Total <<>> P2730/pax
ITINERARY0000 ETD Baguio
0500 ETA Baguio
0530 AJ's Pension House. Rest.
0800 Breakfast. Choco-Late De Batirol
1000 Tour. Camp John Hay, PMA, Lion's Head, Lourdes Grotto, La Trinidad Mural Houses
1500 End Tour. Snacks 50's Diner
1700 Back to hotel. Rest
1900 Drinks @ Baguio Brewery
2300 Back to hotel. Lights Out.
ACCOMMODATIONAJ's Pension House
Address: 18, Jungletown Road, Salud Mitra, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Phone: (074) 442 2206

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DAY 2 – Artsy Fartsy Tour In BenCab Museum And The Long Journey To Sagada


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Supposedly, we were to take the first bus at 5AM to Sagada but decided to take the 1AM sched instead to see BenCab Museum before heading out and so we could also continue with our Baguio Food Hunt. Breakfast was over our favorite sandwiches and a glass of hot minted chocolate at Cafe By The Ruins which was a perfect starter to our day. Soon after we finished our meals, at 9AM, we hailed a cab to take us to BenCab Museum.

BenCab Museum was surprisingly impressive. Art pieces displayed were a collection of some of the masterpieces by known local artists and of course Ben Cab himself. There was also a collection of Ben Cab from known foreign artists displayed in one of the sections of the museum. The museum also features an ecopark and a cafe that we would have loved to try if only our time wasn’t limited. Overall I would say a visit to BenCab is certainly a must at least once when you go to the “City Of Pines”.

Soon after our visit to BenCab was finished, we dropped by shortly at our hostel to get our bags and headed to Dangwa Market to catch our 1PM trip to Sagada. The old rusty bus that we rode departed exactly as schedule which we were happy about. The bus ride was uncomfortable but it was a scenic one with the views of the mountains keeping us occupied until dark. At exactly 7PM, we arrived in Sagada, checked-in at Ganduyan Inn, grab a quick dinner and off we went to bed before 9.

DAY 2 
SUMMARY OF EXPENSESBrunch @ Cafe By The Ruins - P350
Taxi to-fro BenCab @ P120/way/2 - P120
Entrance Fee BenCab - P200
Bus to Sagada - P250
Snacks - P100
Dinner - P120
Sleep for 2 Nights - P700

Total <<>> P1870/pax
ITINERARY0700 Wake Up Call. Freshen Up
0800 Breakfast @ Cafe By The Ruins
0900 BenCab Museum
1130 Back to hotel. Pack Up
1230 Dangwa Market, Sagada Bus Station
1300 ETD Sagada
1500 Snacks
1900 ETA Sagada. Hotel Check-In
1930 Dinner
2100 Lights Out
ACCOMMODATIONGrandma's Yellow House & Cafe
Address: South Road, Sagada, Mountain Province
Phone: 0919 411 6289


DAY 3 – Orange Picking, Hanging Coffins, Caves, Waterfalls & Sunsets


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On our first day in Sagada, the plan was to see the sunrise first thing in the morning but it rained the entire dawn so we decided to stay in bed until 7AM. The gloomy skies didn’t help to set us in the mood either that we still felt lost in our dreams while we walked to get us breakfast. Restaurants nearby our hostel were still closed so off we went to find luck at Rock Inn Cafe riding ourselves the bus and getting off in a ghostly alley that leads to it. We walked for about 20 minutes unsure where the road leads to until we finally found what we were searching for. Soon after we had a filling breakfast, off we went orange picking where we might have eaten too many oranges.

We met a couple in Rock Inn Cafe whom we agreed to tour with in the afternoon. We took the Echo-Valley Tour which started off in St. Joseph’s Church, continuing to the town’s cemetery, then to Echo Valley, Hanging Coffins, Underground River capping off the tour with a trek along rice paddies which led to Bokong Falls. We thought it was just going to be a chill hiking tour but the muddy trail made it extra challenging which I wasn’t really prepared for.

We finished the Echo-Valley Tour at 4:30PM allowing us time to still grab dirty ice cream on our way back to the tourism office where we arranged our Lake Danum Sunset Tour. As soon as the arrangements were made, off we went to Lake Danum, dropping by the pottery shop shortly and spending the rest of the afternoon basking at the glorious sunset. Soon after the sun had finally bid us goodbye, back were we at our hostel where we unexpectedly dozed off for couple of hours until we woke at 8PM hungry and craving for a bottle of beer. We would have wanted to join in a bonfire session but didn’t have any idea where to find it that we didn’t have a choice but to content ourselves with a sumptuous dinner at Log Cabin.

  
SUMMARY OF EXPENSESBus to Rock Inn Cafe - P10
Breakfast - P300
Orange Picking - P50
Echo Valley Tour @500/4pax - P125
Potter Fee - P30
Sunset Tour @ P500/4pax - P125
Dinner @ Log Cabin Bar & Cafe - P340

Total <<>> P980/Pax
ITINERARY0700 Wake Up Call
0800 Breakfast. Orange Inn & Cafe
0900 Orange Picking
1000 Free Time. Played basketball with the local kids
1100 Rest
1200 Light Snacks
1300 Echo Valley Tour
1700 Lake Danum Sunset Tour
1800 Back to hotel. Rest.
2000 Dinner & Drinks @ Log Cabin
2200 Lights Out
ACCOMMODATIONGanduyan Inn
Address: Sagada - Besao Rd, Sagada, Mountain Province
Phone: 0918 965 9192


DAY 4 – Sunrise And Dreamy Clouds In KILTEPAN PEAK & The Rice Terraces Of BANAUE And BATAD


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Ask if there is one thing Sagada is famously known for, I think many people would agree that it’s the sea of clouds in Kiltepan Peak during every wonderful sunrise. That even when temperature drops to 0, there will always be a pack full of hopeful souls waiting to marvel at its splendor and so were we. On our 2nd day, we happened to be lucky to witness it despite the chilling breeze of the dawn. Me and my bestie along with the couple we met the day before at Rock Inn Cafe happened to be the first ones to arrive at the scene letting us secure the perfect spot to view the sunrise. This isn’t my first sea of  louds but it always is a treasure to see one in every place I visit. It was also a surreal moment for my bestie as it was her first that I was just glad the heavens permitted a wonderful weather that day. The transitioning of the sky from purple grey dotted with the million stars to the firy red orange as it battles the blue was simply breathtaking.

As soon as the sun was up the morning sky, we headed back to town to have breakfast in Salt & Pepper Diner but they were still closed along with Yogurt House that we ended up in Lemon Pie House. The place was cozy and simple that it easily was one of my favorite spots to chill but their lemon pies appealed less to my liking. I love their omelet though and their prices were also reasonable. After a sumptuous breakfast, at 8AM, we walked back to town to arrange our Sumaguing Cave Tour however we felt so beaten by yesterday’s activities that we decided to give our bodies some rest and headed back to our hostel instead. We dozed of the remaining hours of our stay and headed for Bontoc at 11AM.

Travel to Bontoc was a swift 45 minutes and the jeepney driver dropped us off in a spot where a van bound for Banaue was parked. We were a little famish but we didn’t see any decent place to have lunch so we decided to leave it for later when we arrive in Banaue. The journey to Banaue offered some of the most awe-inspiring views that we didn’t mind it taking more than 3 hours due to the van’s engine failure which happened for a few times during our travel. Upon reaching Banaue at 2PM, we immediately rode the passenger jeep to Batad, afraid of paying more if we are to hire another van going there.

Batad is now more accessible to travelers due to the newly constructed roads. Nowadays reaching Batad is just a quick 15-minute walk from the drop off point unlike before when travelers have to get off the saddle point and walk for almost an hour just to reach the entrance to the village. It was 4PM when we had our first glimpse of the captivating rice terraces. It was such a great experience to discover a jewel abound by towering mountains we never really knew existed. The view was totally out of this world that it kept our minds away from our empty stomach. Dinner was served early at 5:30PM in Mang Ramon Homestay while we were entertained by the colorful sunset.

  
SUMMARY OF EXPENSESKiltepan sunrise @ P500/4Pax - P125
Brunch - P150
Jeep to Bontoc - P40
Van to Banaue - P150
Jeep to Batad - P150
Native Hut Ramon Homestay @800/2 - P400 (1 Night Only)
Dinner - P200
Massage - P150
Environmental Fee - P50

Total <<>> P1415/Pax
ITINERARY0400 Wake up
0500 Kiltepan Peak. Wait For Sunrise
0700 Breakfast @ Lemon Pie House
0800 Back to hotel. Rest
1000 Check Out
1100 ETA Bontoc. Lunch.
1400 Banaue
1500 Jeep to Batad
1600 Batad Drop Off. Trek
1630 Batad. Register
1700 Check-in
1800 Dinner & Bonfire Sesh
2100 Lights Out


ACCOMMODATIONRamon's Homestay & Restaurant
09975615541 | 09975683317


DAY 5 – TAPPIYA FALLS: A Jewel Beneath The Mountains


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We were a little pressed with time while we near the end of our adventure that we planned to just explore Batad quickly early in the morning of our 5th day and leave at 9AM to catch the passenger jeep back to Banaue since other mode of transportation there is just insanely steep. We knew that it was too short of a time to get to know the exquisite Batad but we didn’t want to miss the visit to the legendary Apo Whang Od either. However, our guide didn’t arrive until 7AM instead of the initial plan of 5AM that we were left with no choice but to pack up but Mang Ramon persuaded us to stay. Out of courtesy, we finally decided to stay and cancel our planned perfect ender. Afterall this humble old man did us a huge favor that we thought why not give ourselves the chance to get to know his homeland.

We took off to see Tappiya Falls at 6:30AM after quickly speaking with the jeep driver to wait for us until 10AM. Trek to Tappiya Falls from our homestay may take a little over an hour per way so if we manage to finish it in that given span of time then we still have plenty of time to catch the passenger jeep bound to Banaue. However, the trail leading to Tappiya Falls was insanely difficult that we didn’t make it back to the homestay until 10:30AM. We could be wallowing into our missed chance of meeting with Apo Whang Od that we consider the epic ending to our adventure but the food we were served for brunch was just too good to take our minds off it.

We planned to explore the village and go to the viewing deck after brunch but the drizzle which lasted for over 2 hours limited  our adventure to talking about all our mishaps during the past 5 days. At 3PM, we headed back to the jeepney drop off point which took us 45 minutes. Yes! Going back is another pain in the ass kind of uphill walk. Another dilemma we were faced was haggling for a transfer back to Banaue. Offers started off as steep as P1500 just for the 2 of us until we were lucky to have closed the deal to just P500. An hour passed, we arrived in Banaue where we let the hours past over coffee. At 8PM, my bestie headed for Manila whereas I was headed to Sta. Ana Cagayan Valley.

  
SUMMARY OF EXPENSESGuide Tappiya Falls 500/2 - P250
Brunch - P200
Van back to Banaue @ 500/2 - P250
Early Dinner - P200
Bus Manila - P470

Total <<>> P1370/Pax
ITINERARY 0500 Wake Up Call. Breakfast
0600 Trek to Tappiya Falls
0800 Tappiya Falls. Photo Ops. Bathe
1000 Viewdeck
1200 Batad Village. Lunch.
1400 Back to hotel. Snacks
1500 Pack Up
1600 Trek to drop off point
1700 Jeep to Banaue
1800 Banaue. Dinner
2000 Bus back to Manila
ACCOMMODATION (In case, you are not yet headed back to Manila)Uyami's Green View Lodge
Address: Ifugao Poblacion Village, Banaue
Phone: (074) 386 4021


USEFUL INFORMATION


  • Bus bound for Sagada in Dangwa Market has an hourly schedule from 5AM until 1PM. For a hassle free travel, drop by the terminal and buy your tickets before you go on with your tour in Baguio to avoid running out of seats especially in high seasons. Make sure to make it on time for your schedule to avoid penalties of rescheduling your trip or worse forfeiture of your paid tickets.
  • Touring Baguio can be done through commuting but if you’re not into uncomfy rides then you can hire a cab to tour you around. Rate is at P150-250 per hour and can seat 4 people which is ideal for those travelling in groups.
  • Touring in Sagada is mostly done on foot. There are no tricycles or pedicabs in town that you can hire to take you to places so prepare to shed those extra pounds when you’re there.
  • Jeep bound for Bontoc has an hourly schedule from 7AM to 1PM and fare is 40 with travel time taking about 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Buses plying Bontoc-Banaue route has an hourly schedule from 7AM to 2PM.
  • Passenger jeep plying Banaue-Batad only has one schedule and that is at 3PM. The jeep leaves Batad at 9AM. Fare is P50 but they charge P150 for non-locals/tourists. Other mode of transportation is available but they can be pretty steep. One is tricycle for P1000 which can fit 4. Another is van usually priced at P2500 or more which is ideal for bigger groups. Be warned that some locals can be really mean with their prices. To avoid getting ripped off, drop by the local tourism office and let them arrange you transfer for you.

MEMORIES OF AN EPIC ADVENTURE


ALL THESE FOR P8365!! Quite steep? Yes! But you’ll never get anything better than that. Anything less is less the thrills too. 


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