4 Days at Banaue Heritage Tour

4 Days at Banaue Heritage Tour
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$1137.17
Duration: 4 days
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Description

The Banaue Rice Terraces are 2000-year old terraces that were carved into the mountains of the Cordilleras by the Ifugaos. The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to as the "Eighth Wonder of the World”, and a Unesco World Heritage Site. The terraces, built by hand are located approximately 1500 meters (5000 ft) above sea level and cover 10,360 square kilometers (about 4000 square miles) of mountainside. They are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces. Have a close encounter with the village folks in Banaue, and a glimpse of their way of life. Private Tour is limited to a maximum of 15 travelers.

Visit the remote and exotic village of Sagada – with its mysterious cave and underground river. The forebears of the current residents practiced an unusual burial practice by hanging and stacking coffins, hewed from tree trunks, in the limestone karst cliffs and caves near town.

Day 1:
0700H – Early departure to Banaue via North Expressway.

Rural towns markets, verdant farm lands and mountains are mosaic images that encompass the day. 

Stop in San Jose town for lunch.

Continue drive to Banaue. En route, photo opportunities at Dalton Pass, the culminating point between the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Viscaya. 

Late afternoon arrival in Banaue. 
Overnight at Banaue Hotel.

Day 2:
Breakfast at the hotel.

Board a local non-aircon jeepney and we will drive about an hour to Banga-an town’s main road. Banga-an Village, a traditional village nestled in a panoramic valley of terraces. From the main road, the 20-minute walk in a descending trail permits a closer look into the inner lives of the Ifugaos. Mingle with them to discover how their daily life goes on.

Trek up to the main road and enjoy the panoramic view by the rustic road side restaurant.

Return to Banaue and proceed to Banaue View Point. Banaue Rice Terraces is acclaimed as one of the “8th Wonder of the World” – an engineering work built over 2000 years ago on mountainous terrain. Visit the wet market and witness a typical Ifugao market day.

Overnight at Banaue Hotel.

Day 3:
Early morning breakfast.
0800H – Early morning tour of Sagada, approximately 2.5hour drive from Banaue.

Passing by the mountain province’s capital and crossroads – Bontoc, visit Bontoc Museum founded by a Belgian Sister which houses varied collection of authentic artifacts and photos from the tribes.

Continue drive to Sagada. Sagada is a municipality that embraces many villages a top the rocky mountains of Benguet Province. It is popular for its legendary system of burying the dead and their system of mummification. Here visit ancient burial caves and see coffins of the ancient tribes locked in between rocks.

Return to Banaue late in the afternoon.
Overnight Banaue Hotel.

Day 4:
Breakfast at the hotel

0800H - Depart Banaue for Manila via the Philippine-Friendship Highway, passing through the Central Plains of Luzon, the biggest rice farming province in the Philippines. Arrive and check-in at the booked hotel.

The Banaue Rice Terraces are 2000-year old terraces that were carved into the mountains of the Cordilleras by the Ifugaos. The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to as the "Eighth Wonder of the World”, and a Unesco World Heritage Site. The terraces, built by hand are located approximately 1500 meters (5000 ft) above sea level and cover 10,360 square kilometers (about 4000 square miles) of mountainside. They are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces. Have a close encounter with the village folks in Banaue, and a glimpse of their way of life. Private Tour is limited to a maximum of 15 travelers.