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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Battad Rice Terraces, Ifugao, Philippines

How to get to Battad Rice Terraces?

We have to wake up early in the morning and eat a good breakfast so that we have enough energy to go to the famous rice terraces in Battad. We also bought our food (lunch and a lot a water) before the trip. From the hotel, we hired a tourist guide and a tricycle to take us which ever the place it could reach to reduce our hiking distance. Then we started the hike at around 7 am, it was a long and tiring walk. But it was all worth it, we reached the place at around 11 am so more or less 5 hours including a few rests and sight seeing along the way. The terraces are steeper and has a wider area and you will have a chance to actually walk along the "pilapil" or terraces (I couldn't find some of my nice photos on my old computer, sorry!). You can also find Tappia falls which I be posting next time. We went back to Banaue the same day, but it would be nice to stay overnight at Battad since there are also accomodations there. You will see a lot of water springs along the way and our tourist guide drinks from it. I don't normally drink water from anywhere whenever I travel, but out of curiosity and because the water is cold so I was tempted to drink just a little. Unfortunately, the water may not be safe since I vomitted when we went back and I experienced some stomach problem for 2 weeks. So, I have learned my lessons the hard way! So if you will go to Battad, be sure to bring lots of water altough they sell water along the way but they are very expensive.

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