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How to reach Banaue Ifugao

The Best Ways to Get from Manila to Banaue, Ifugao

Rice Terraces in Banaue Ifugao

How do I get to Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao?

Banaue is one of the major tourist attractions in the Philippines. It is a mountain range on the northern side of Luzon Island in the Philippines. The most important among the list of attractions in Banaue is its Rice Terraces because it is regarded as the eighth wonder of the world. Banaue rice terraces stretch to as long as a maximum altitude of 4920 feet.

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Trekking is one of the travelers’ most common activities while visiting the Banaue Terraces. Locals and tourist guides are available to assist the visitors all along their trip within the area.

Other common attractions of Banaue include the Museum of Cordilleran Sculpture, which showcases the traditional art and culture of the locals. Another major attraction is the Viewpoint which provides visitors with a spectacular view of the town and a beautiful natural amphitheater.

NFA Rice in Banaue
NFA Rice in Banaue

Banaue Rice Terraces has become a popular trekking destination in the Philippines. In Batad, The effort to lay down those huge stones in the terraces, especially with their bare hands, is quite astonishing. Banaue Terraces has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site.

Sufficient transportation facilities are there for travelers to make their journey to Banaue. Visitors can get direct buses from Manila to Banaue; the trip will take nine hours.

Gasoline Station in Banaue
Gasoline Station in Banaue

Ohayami Trans is the only Bus company that offers Banaue transportation service. It is located in Lacson Ave. (formerly Forbes) cor. Fajardo St., Sampaloc, Manila. You can call Ohayami Mobile Phone Number (+63)09276493055.

Toploading from Banaue Pobplacion to Bangaan
Toploading from Banaue Pobplacion to Bangaan

Ohayami provides direct trips to Banaue. They have three daily trips – 9pm, 9:45pm, and 10pm. It also has to be noted that no daytime bus services are available to Banaue, mainly because the increased daytime traffic adds hours to the overall trip. Now, bus service or traveling by land only seems to be the way to reach Banaue.

Rice terraces at Cambolo near Banaue (courtesy of Wikitravel)
Rice terraces at Cambolo near Banaue (courtesy of Wikitravel)

If you want to drive your own car, the distance between the Balintawak Cloverleaf, in north Manila at the beginning of the North Luzon Expressway, and the Welcome to Banaue sign is about 332 km. The road is paved all the way to Banaue. Travel time can be as long as 9 hours due to the several blind curves through the mountains. The best day to travel is on the good Friday of the Lenten season, Christmas day, and new year’s day. It will take about 7 hours only by a car with a reliable driver. (Wikipedia)

Melo in Batad
Melo in Batad

Jeeps are also available from Bontoc, a nearby place from Banaue, which will take a maximum of the two-hour journey from Bontoc to Banaue. Farming is considered to be the major means of employment in the province. Travelers can see most of the people doing the plantation of rice and vegetables on some of the terraces during the planting season. Visitors can also visit the traditional tribes after trekking once they reach the top of the Banaue terraces.

Accommodation is also not a concern for travelers since many lodges and hotels are available in Banaue. Even the homes by locals also accept tourists for a lesser charge, especially during the peak seasons.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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