The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines (Updated Oct 2016)

The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines (Updated Oct 2016)

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  1. Erwin Gentiles at 2:14 pm

    Hi JB, I came across your blog when I was gathering info for our planned trip to Banawe and Sagada this coming Feb 6 to 8. Will definitely include the spots you featured in our itinerary.

    Thanks a lot.

  2. joann at 10:31 am

    Hi! Thank you so much for your post, it is very informative. Would you recommend Batad to kids aged 10,12, & 15? Thank you!

  3. joann at 10:33 am

    Thanks a lot for your very, very quick response! Appreciate it so much!

  4. Gloria at 10:00 pm

    Hi JB,
    I really enjoy reading your travel blog to Batad. I been wanting to see the Ifugao Rice Terraces for ages. Thank you so much for the amazing infos and suggestions you provided on your blog. My question is as I am planning to go for a long drive in North of Luzon and i will make the effort to visit Batad this time around Feb or March 2016, is it possible to use a private car up to Ramon’s Place in Batad? If not, up to what part in Batad I can drive my car?

  5. JB Macatulad at 7:03 am

    Hi Gloria, happy you found the guide useful! You can actually drive your car all the way up to the Saddle. The road’s been paved. There were jeepneys and tricycles parked there last time we went though I’m not sure what the local policy is on parking. It may be ok but best to check with the Banaue tourism office upon arrival. At worst, you may have to park your car in Banaue and arrange for transportation to the Saddle. Hope that helps and have a great trip! πŸ™‚

  6. fatima at 6:31 pm

    Hi JB, is there a direct public transpo from Banaue going to Clark?

  7. Kristin at 3:58 am

    Hi JB,

    In your opinion, do you think it’s possible to make Banuae rice terraces a day trip?


  8. JB Macatulad at 7:23 am

    Hi Kristin, it’s possible. If you take the overnight bus from Manila then you’ll get there by 7AM the next morning. The bus back doesn’t leave until 7PM so you’ll have the whole day to explore. If you go to Batad, just be sure to arrange for private transportation back to Banaue since public jeepneys only leave once a day I believe. Have a good trip. πŸ™‚

  9. Rebecca Yang at 12:29 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing.

    I will visit Manila on April 1 and will go straight to Banaue/Batad alone for trekking.
    This is my first time there. Hope I can meet some your readers there and share the cost for a guide or jeep. πŸ™‚

    My Email:

  10. Clare Jensen at 5:34 pm

    Brilliant, informative blog thank you, which we will be using when travelling next month. We will stay at Ramon’s for 1 night and probably only trek to the waterfall. What sort of clothing/footwear is advisable? Would just shorts and trainers be enough? Many thanks

  11. JB Macatulad at 7:02 am

    Happy you found the guide useful Clare. Yes, shorts and trainers will be perfect. Have a great time in the Philippines. πŸ™‚

  12. Kristin Ulmer at 1:59 am

    Hi JB,

    Do you know know any contacts you would recommend for arranging private transportation to and from the Banuae to Batad? Also do you know we could find a guide to hire?


  13. Leigh at 6:35 pm

    hi i would like to ask if how much is the jeep or bus from banaue going to Batad?

  14. JB Macatulad at 9:06 pm

    Hi Kristin, the tourism office in Banaue can help arrange transportation for you to Batad. You can make arrangements with the driver for the return trip to Banaue as well. It won’t be hard finding a guide once you’re in Batad. You can ask your hotel for help. Hope that helps and have a great trip. πŸ™‚

  15. JB Macatulad at 9:27 pm

    Hi Leigh, you can check the HOW TO GET THERE: From Banaue to Batad section of this guide.

  16. Juan Caser at 12:30 am

    I missed batad, and i missed sagada… me and my wife will go back for the 3rd time… and this time we have our little angel coming with us… it would awesome!!

  17. Andy at 8:50 pm

    Hi JB,
    Excellent job you are doing here. I was planing to have this trip but having read your article organising it became much easier and proper. I am taking the night bus from Manila to Banaue on Sinday April 3. Thinking to spend 4 days in the area and take the night bus back to Manila on April 7. Anyone who likes to join and share some of transfer and guide fees is welcome. You can also email me directly at:
    Cheers Andy

  18. JB Macatulad at 8:55 pm

    Hi Andy, I suggest clicking on the TRAVEL FORUM link in the sidebar and joining our Facebook travel group. You can post your query there as well. People tend to respond there more quickly. Have a great trip. πŸ™‚

  19. Carol at 1:10 am

    Hi jb, thanks for sharing your travel blog ^_^ I was collecting some informations about the budget, safety etc going to Banaue, is it safe enough to travel alone knowing that I’m a lady.. I hope so.. I want to feel the scenery alone :D.. But hopefully, I could meet new friends there :D..

  20. JB Macatulad at 8:43 am

    Hi Carol, it’s safe. As long as you observe the usual safe travel practices and go with a guide, then you shouldn’t have any problems. Enjoy Banaue. πŸ™‚

  21. Strange_Pariah at 9:14 am

    Hi! Thank you for this very informative blog. My boyfriend and I are going there on Apr 9-14. We are interested to join other groups if possible πŸ™‚
    Please send us a message at

  22. JB Macatulad at 12:52 pm

    Hi Strange_Pariah, I suggest clicking on TRAVEL FORUM in the sidebar and joining our Facebook group. People there tend to reply more quickly.

  23. Radek at 2:45 am

    Hi JB, I`m just trying to fix my 2 days stay arround Banaue for 2.. Arriving from Manilla by bus we`re going to stay in Banaue and go to Sagada next day and go back the same day to catch a bus at 18PM to Manilla. Is it possible? I wonder where should I reserve a night stay – Banaue or Sagada? Thanks for your answer:)

  24. JB Macatulad at 9:52 am

    Hi Radek, that sounds pretty hectic. I’m not sure if it’s feasible to do a day trip from Banaue to Sagada since the trip is about 4 hrs each way. On top of that, transportation runs only at certain times. If you can, it would be best to either extend your trip by a day or just focus on one of those places. Hope that helps. πŸ™‚

  25. Kim at 10:27 am


    As we will have our huge backpacks is there somewhere safe we could leave them in Banaue rather than trying to carry them to Batad?


  26. JB Macatulad at 2:13 pm

    Hi Kim, if you’re not renting a hotel room in Banaue, then your best bet would probably be the tourism office. This is just a guess though so don’t quote me on that. πŸ™‚

  27. Gemma at 6:54 pm

    Hi thanks for all your tips! I’m going soon and was hoping you might advise the best use of my time. I will have 4 days and am hoping to see sagada, batad/banaue. I will overnight bus to banaue on a Saturday and return over night on a Wednesday. I think it seems best I go straight to sagada, arriving midday Sunday. Stay 2 nights so 1.5 days, then go to batad, I guess arriving midday or afternoon on the Tuesday, departing banaue wed night, so 1.5 days there too. Would you do different to this?

  28. JB Macatulad at 1:03 pm

    Hi Gemma, nope sounds like you’ve it pretty well planned out. Have a great time! πŸ™‚

  29. Maee at 5:49 pm

    Hi you’re blog is very useful for first time travelers. My friend and I will be going to Sagada and thinking to go to Batad also.
    May I ask if 1 day is sufficient? We could already see the terraces even though we wouldnt hike the awa view deck?

  30. JB Macatulad at 6:27 pm

    Hi Maee, an overnight stay in Batad is perfect. So long as you arrive in Batad Village before noon and leave sometime after lunch the next day, then that should give you plenty of time to enjoy the place. Hope that helps and have a great trip! πŸ™‚

  31. Garry Pycroft at 1:57 pm

    First a big thanks for the excellent report, this was perfect preparation. Everyone I spoke to at Batad had read your report and was following it.
    I’ve just returned (May 8th) and I thought I’d share some updates.
    I think the bus company listened to everyone who commented on the air conditioning, I took an extra sweater and actually didn’t need it. Their is a vent over the seat and with this closed I was fine in my shirt. What I would suggest though is a cushion or pillow for the seat, the seat I had on the journey there was so hard it was torture after 2 hours, luckily I had a pillow I could sit on.
    When you arrive at Batad there is a small hut where you can get the walking stick for 10 pesos, I highly recommend taking a large stick, I’d considered bringing a hiking pole from home, I’m glad I didn’t as it would have been too small. On the hikes there are numerous locations where it’s actually dangerous, the drop is significant and there are no rails to protect you. Having the stick is not only a source of comfort but it does help on the hundreds of steps you’ll be taking.
    At Ramon’s towels were left in my Ifugao hut without asking as were the blankets and dinner could be ordered at any time.
    The hikes are tough going. I tried the Awa view deck and failed, also there are no drink stops on this hike as there are for the water falls so make sure you have a bottle with you. If I get the chance to do it again I’d wear knee supports, the steps are SO high it puts a real strain on the knee joints.
    I would highly recommend passing your time in Batad rather than Banbaue, better to sit back and enjoy the fine views than be in the town which is crowded and strewn with litter.

    Thanks again for helping me prepare for this. It was an amazing experience.

  32. JB Macatulad at 6:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience and the detailed report Garry! Much appreciated. Your input will be a big help to other travelers. Glad to hear that the bus isn’t an icebox anymore and that Ramon’s provides towels. Really happy to hear as well that you and others found the guide useful and more importantly, that you enjoyed the experience. The Philippines really is a wonderful country to visit. Happy travels and thanks again. πŸ™‚

  33. Hiram at 11:19 am

    Hello all. I visited Batad in 1982 when I was 32. Its one of the most memorable places I’ve been (and I’ve been to more than 90 countries). I’ll be in the Philippines again in November. I’m 66 now and way too out of shape to get back to Batad. Are there any 2nd or 3rd best places to see rice terraces that anyone can recommend that are much more accessible for the unfit? Thanks.

  34. Reiko at 11:06 pm

    Hi there! I was wondering if you have any idea of what the road conditions are like this time of year going from Manila to Banaue? I’ve been hearing horror stories about landslide risk, construction and 15+ hour travel times! Given that it has already started to rain every afternoon, would you suggest postponing a trip to Banaue, or do you think it should be fine to go? Thanks!

  35. JB Macatulad at 8:16 pm

    Hi Reiko, I’m sorry but I don’t know what the conditions are at the moment. The rains have just begun so it shouldn’t be too bad yet. If you want to be absolutely certain though, then I’d wait until around November-December when the weather is more ideal. Hope that helps and have a safe trip. πŸ™‚

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  37. Lauren at 7:23 pm

    Thanks for this helpful post! Do you recommend staying to Banaue as your home base and visiting the other places?

  38. JB Macatulad at 9:05 pm

    Hi Lauren, yes you can do that. Our goal was to stay only in Batad so we went straight there. But if you plan on exploring the region, then Banaue would be a better home base. Have a great trip! πŸ™‚

  39. Nana at 4:01 pm

    Hi JB,

    I’m planning to have a 2-day trip to Batad alone next week. Is it safe? Or is it possible to join a group?


  40. JB Macatulad at 10:46 am

    Hi Nana, yes it’s safe. As long as you observe the usual safe travel practices then you shouldn’t have any problems. What I’d be more worried about is the weather. We’re getting into typhoon season so I’d make sure the weather is favorable before going. Have a safe trip! πŸ™‚

  41. Nea at 11:31 am

    Hi, JB! I’m wondering if you can provide me a contact number of a tour guide. I’ll be in Batad next week πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  42. JB Macatulad at 8:09 pm

    Hi Nea, I’m sorry but I don’t have any. There are plenty of guides there though so I’m sure you won’t have trouble finding one. In fact, they’ll probably find you. πŸ™‚ Have a great trip.

  43. Welly at 12:29 pm

    Hi JB,

    Thank you for your report. It is very helpful. We are planning to go there (up to Sagada) on end of Oct 29 to Nov. 1. Is it recommended to go there during this period as many people observe All Saint day?

    Best Regards,

  44. JB Macatulad at 9:44 pm

    Hi Welly, yes it should be fine. The only thing I’d be worried about is the weather so be mindful of the forecast. Have a safe trip. πŸ™‚

  45. Henrik at 4:09 pm

    Thanks, very helpful and also entertaining report (as is your Sadaga report incl foodie’s tips). Also like your photos.

    Might as well come back here and see what else you have to tell about the Philippines.

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