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. JD at 4:50 pm

    Is the way to Batad open after the typhoon Lawin?

  2. JB Macatulad at 8:35 am

    I don’t know JD. Best that you contact Ramon’s Homestay via the number in the post. You can contact them through their FB page as well.

  3. Diwa at 2:10 am

    Batad has challenging treks but all worth it! We stayed in one of the ifugao huts and I woke up to a gorgeous view of fog and rice terraces.

  4. EG at 11:08 am

    I plan to see the rice terraces only as a side trip on the way from Vigan to Baguio. But it looks like I can’ just stop for a few hours and continue on to my destination. Any suggestions? By the way can cars be an option or is it better to take the public transportation? Thx.

  5. JB Macatulad at 9:45 pm

    Hi EG, you can see rice terraces from lookout points in Banaue but the best ones require some trekking and at least a one-night stay. Public transportation for me is better. Less hassle than taking a car, plus the roads are steep and rough in parts. Hope that helps and enjoy your trip. πŸ™‚

  6. Gillian at 9:05 am

    Would you recommend taking an all inclusive tour of the area? Including accommodation, transportation, and tours?

  7. JB Macatulad at 9:12 am

    Hi Gillian, no not really. Batad is easy enough to get to on your own so I don’t think a tour is really necessary. Hope that helps and have a great trip. πŸ™‚

  8. Faye at 2:03 am

    Hi, this is a pretty comprehensive post! However, when I did some Google search regarding environmental fees and chartered tricycle to Saddle point, it yielded different results. Some posts say it’s P20, some say it’s P50 for the environmental fees. As with the tricycle, I saw one saying it’s P500 per person. So, what should I expect in terms of these rates? I’m quite wary that we might be a victim of fraud, especially since I’m travelling with my foreign husband.

    One more thing, would you happen to have an idea where we can safely park our rental car in Banaue? There’s one post in the internet saying that those who go with private vehicles can park at the Banaue Hotel. Thing is, we’re planning to stay at one of the homestays in Batad and not in Banaue Hotel. Sorry for the long post, hope you can help me with my queries! πŸ™‚

  9. JB Macatulad at 4:54 pm

    Hi Faye, the rates I posted are from January 2015 so they should still be accurate. They were cementing the road up to Batad when we were there so you may be able to park your car there. I’m not sure about this though so best to call the Banaue tourism office to confirm – (074) 386-40-10 / (074) 386-40-11. Hope that helps and have a great trip! πŸ™‚

  10. Carina at 12:01 pm

    Great information! Thank you.
    Where do I get the guide? From banaue at the tourist office or in batad? If it is from Batad, where?

  11. frΓ©dΓ©rique piffert at 11:59 am

    we are heading to batad from manila and from batad to baguio.for days i didn’t find any transportation from banaue to baguio ! all is from anywhere to do we get to baguio from batad or banaue ? bus shedule if any ? thanks

  12. frΓ©dΓ©rique piffert at 12:19 pm

    Hi JB ! How do we get to Baguio from Batad ?

  13. JB Macatulad at 3:59 pm

    Hi Carina, you can get the guide in Batad or on the trek there. Chances are, they’ll find you. If not, then you can just ask when you register. You can also ask your resthouse. πŸ™‚

  14. luchie at 1:46 pm

    My friend and I are planning to go in May, peak season. We both have asthma, do you have any suggestions or warning re sleeoing in the ifugao hut.

  15. JB Macatulad at 1:49 pm

    Hi Luchie, I have asthma as well but I didn’t have any problems. It depends on what you’re allergic too though. They do use the huts to store grain. I’m very sensitive to the smell of mold but I didn’t smell it at all in our hut. I suggest bringing an inhaler (if you use one) just in case. Hope that helps and have an awesome time in Batad! πŸ™‚

  16. jean figues at 12:35 pm

    wow..thanks for this. i wonder why i didn’t find your blog before…we are going by february!

  17. Arnel at 2:14 am

    Hi, thanks for this blog.

    I do have one question, me and my wife are planning to visit Batad in May this year. We will be coming from Baguio on the way to Cagayan, so want to do a side trip to Batad before going to Cagayan. My question is, we will have some heavy carry on BAGS or suit cases with us, is there a place where we can leave this bags somewhere in Banaue as it will be difficult to trek the mountain carrying all these bags? Or can we hire someone to carry the bags for us? Please advise, thank you.

  18. JB Macatulad at 8:45 pm

    Hey Arnel, I think I answered your question in the FB travel group? Let me know if you need help with anything else. Enjoy your trip! πŸ™‚

  19. nelly at 5:30 am

    Hey there,
    Question about heights- i’m a little scared of heights, but only when there is an actual dangerous of falling, so for example if i look from a tall building window then im fine, but the balcony would be scary… so after that haha, do you think ill be fine with trekking there? any dangerous edges to pass?


  20. JB Macatulad at 5:58 pm

    Hi Nelly, there’s about a 10-ft drop to a shallow muddy pool on one side when you’re walking along the rice terraces. Does that count? πŸ˜† Other than that, you should be ok. Stay safe and enjoy Banaue! πŸ™‚

  21. scietz at 4:45 pm

    Hi JB,

    Thanks for this post.. Me and my sister is planning to go to batad this coming weekend for a one day tour only. We are both chubby and we wonder if we can surpass the trek except for tappiya falls. Also , can you recommend a guide for us. ?

    Thank you so much

  22. JB Macatulad at 11:30 am

    Hi Scietz, I’m not in the best shape either but I survived! πŸ˜† You guys should be fine. Best to start the trek early in case you need to take your time and rest. No need to book a guide beforehand. You’ll find plenty there. Have fun! πŸ™‚

  23. Ron at 11:16 am

    Hi JB,

    Thanks for this blog, very informative. My wife & 2 kids are planning to go to Batad this April by car, would you recommend the Manila-Baguio (overnight), Baguio-Banaue then Banaue-Manila via Nueva Vizcaya route?


  24. JB Macatulad at 12:44 pm

    Hi Ron, I’m sorry but I’ve never driven that route so I can’t comment based on personal experience. I’ve read that roads can be dangerous though so please be careful when you go. Best to go in a powerful car like an SUV or something. Have fun and be safe!

  25. Sara at 5:37 pm


    Your blog is great, answered all the questions I had about the Batad trek. I was just wondering if you had any advice on traveling with big backpacking packs into and out of Batad. Do you have experience with taking them on the jeepneys and if it would be too hard to walk into and out of Batad with them? They are pretty big like 75L. I have been trying to find somewhere in Banaue to leave them but we were not planning on spending the night there so I don’t know any places that would let us leave our things there πŸ™

    Any advice would help! Thank you!!


  26. JB Macatulad at 7:49 am

    Happy you found it useful Sara! That really depends on you. Going into Batad should be easier because it’s downhill. It’s leaving Batad that’ll be more difficult. If it proves too cumbersome, you can hire a porter to help you carry your bag. I’ve never done that so I don’t know how much they’d charge, but you can negotiate with them. Hope that helps and enjoy Batad! πŸ™‚

  27. Jon Espina at 2:17 pm

    This is a very comprehensive post. Reading this brings back my own memories of my travel to Batad. It was the time in my life when I really need to sort some things out in my life hahaha so the travel was special for me.

    Your post makes me wanna go back, and even do some side trip to Sagada and nearby places which you thoroughly explained in this post. Thanks!

  28. JB Macatulad at 7:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing Jon! I agree, places like Batad and Sagada are ideal for soul searching. I’ve visited Sagada on my own as well. It’s a great place for walking around and being alone with your thoughts. πŸ™‚

  29. Janine at 6:10 pm

    Hi JB,

    Me and my friend are planning to go to the batad rice terraces at the end of June, would you still recommend going at this time as it will be rainy season?


  30. JB Macatulad at 10:15 pm

    Hi Janine, the rainy season is underway so it’s been raining everyday now. It should still be ok to go but do expect daily showers, especially in the afternoon. I suggest checking the weather forecast to make sure there are no typhoons during that time. Be safe and have a good time in Batad. πŸ™‚

  31. JB Macatulad at 1:48 pm

    Hi Gurby, it doesn’t really matter as any of the locals are adept at showing you the sights. You don’t even have to arrange for one beforehand. Chances are, they’ll find you as you’re entering the village. If not, then you can ask your inn for help.

  32. Alice at 11:05 am

    Thank you for this travel blog, which proved really useful when we went to Banaue. We loved it there! πŸ™‚ One of the best things we’ve done in the Philippines, so far.

  33. JB Macatulad at 6:15 pm

    Happy to hear it Alice! So glad you enjoyed Batad. It really is breathtaking. Thanks for sharing! πŸ˜€

  34. Suzette Crowe Klein at 10:57 pm

    I want to go but I don’t use one of this big backpacks. On the 40 min downhill to hotel, is this possible with a rollerboard or can I pay someone to get it to the bottom? Or should I just toss it downhill all the way?!

  35. JB Macatulad at 8:40 am

    Hi Suzette, if I understand correctly, you have luggage and not a backpack? It’ll be much harder to get to the village but you can probably pay someone to carry your bags for you. I’ve never done it myself so I don’t know how much they would charge. They were paving the roads last time we were there though so you’ll probably be dropped off much closer to the village now.

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