Banaue Rice Terraces One Day Tour: Full Guide | TripTrop

The Banaue Rice Terraces located in the mountains of Banaue, Ifugao, in the Philippines were carved by the ancestors of the native people. This article will provide you with a step by step guide for the Banaue rice terraces one day tour. These terraces are occasionally called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and sometimes also referred to as a “Stairway to Heaven” due to their appearance as a flight of stairs from the base of the mountain to the highest points. 

Looking for a real countryside experience and the best place to detox from the hustle and bustle of the city? Visit the magnificent terraces during the months of April to May and October to November, when the terraces are at their greenest and most scenic state, to unwind.
Interested in marveling at rice terraces? check our step by step guides for Asian spots.

Before Travelling, isn’t packing to travel the most important step to help you be well prepared for your trip? Here is a list of all the things you will definitely need for your beautiful and adventurous journey to the Banaue Rice Terraces:
Jackets
Woolen shirts or thick sweaters
Thermal underwear and thermal coat
Fleece or wool trousers/pants.
Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Pair of Gloves
Woolen hat
Snow glasses and sunglasses 
Trekking sticks
2-3 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from the dirty cloth
Binoculars
Trekking map
Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes

Step 1: Prepare Your Banaue Rice Terraces One Day Tour

Before Travelling, isn’t packing to travel the most important step to help you be well prepared for your trip? Here is a list of all the things you will definitely need for your beautiful and adventurous journey to the Banaue Rice Terraces:
Jackets
Woolen shirts or thick sweaters
Thermal underwear and thermal coat
Fleece or wool trousers/pants.
Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Pair of Gloves
Woolen hat
Snow glasses and sunglasses 
Trekking sticks
2-3 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from the dirty cloth
Binoculars
Trekking map
Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes

The closest airport to the rice terraces is the Cauayan Airport which is about 75 km away, so it is best to book your flights accordingly.
The Rice Terraces are located 260 km north of Manila, in the province of Ifugao on the island of Luzon (Manila is located on the same island). To reach the Banaue Rice Terraces there is a 9 hours travel journey.

A few companies operate the buses in Manila and the most well-known is the Coda Lines. You could take their night bus, which departs from the station in the evening between 8 and 9 pm. Coda Lines will drop you smack in the middle of the main town of Banaue. All the guesthouses and hotels are located within 10-15 minutes walking distance from where the bus drops you off.

Step 2: Bus Going To Banaue Rice Terraces From Manila

The closest airport to the rice terraces is the Cauayan Airport which is about 75 km away, so it is best to book your flights accordingly.
The Rice Terraces are located 260 km north of Manila, in the province of Ifugao on the island of Luzon (Manila is located on the same island). To reach the Banaue Rice Terraces there is a 9 hours travel journey.

A few companies operate the buses in Manila and the most well-known is the Coda Lines. You could take their night bus, which departs from the station in the evening between 8 and 9 pm. Coda Lines will drop you smack in the middle of the main town of Banaue. All the guesthouses and hotels are located within 10-15 minutes walking distance from where the bus drops you off.

As soon as arriving in the town for your Banaue rice terraces one day tour, you need to go to the Municipal Tourism Centre, located within walking distance of the spot the bus drops you at, and pay 20 PHP ($0.4 USD).

Step 3: Pay the Admission fees at the Tourism Centre

As soon as arriving in the town for your Banaue rice terraces one day tour, you need to go to the Municipal Tourism Centre, located within walking distance of the spot the bus drops you at, and pay 20 PHP ($0.4 USD).

This is the perfect spot to take the first picture of your Banaue rice terraces one day tour with a welcome arch as your backdrop, might not be as beautiful as the rest of the views but it is a good starting point for your Banaue Adventure
You will also find food stalls selling snacks for tired tourists who are just about to end their journey from Manila.

Step 4: Marvel At The Banaue Arch

This is the perfect spot to take the first picture of your Banaue rice terraces one day tour with a welcome arch as your backdrop, might not be as beautiful as the rest of the views but it is a good starting point for your Banaue Adventure
You will also find food stalls selling snacks for tired tourists who are just about to end their journey from Manila.

Since you will be hiking on your own, you will get the chance to explore the beauty of the region and mingle with the people living there. The trailhead is located at [Lat16.913535, Lng 121.061013].
You will have to climb up 477 meters in total which will take around 3-4 hours.

Step 5: Hiking To The Banaue Rice Terraces

Since you will be hiking on your own, you will get the chance to explore the beauty of the region and mingle with the people living there. The trailhead is located at [Lat16.913535, Lng 121.061013].
You will have to climb up 477 meters in total which will take around 3-4 hours.

From the town center, ask a tricycle to bring you to the viewpoint, the Barangay Viewpointwhich is about 4-5 km from the center.
From this point, you can embrace the beauty of your surroundings, take pictures and even visit the souvenir shops nearby to remind you of the Banaue rice terraces one day tour.

Step 6: Explore The Beauty Of The Rice Terraces

From the town center, ask a tricycle to bring you to the viewpoint, the Barangay Viewpointwhich is about 4-5 km from the center.
From this point, you can embrace the beauty of your surroundings, take pictures and even visit the souvenir shops nearby to remind you of the Banaue rice terraces one day tour.

After exploring the rice terraces. Here are a few things you can do if you still have time:
Visit the Banaue Museum where you can look at the vast collection of Cordillera artifacts consisting of authentic items collected by the son of Otley Beyer (the father of Ifugao Anthropology). To arrive at the museum, you can walk or take a short tricycle ride from the town center, go to the Banaue View Inn and inquire about the museum. You can stay here for 2-3 hours
If you want to explore more rice terraces, then a trip to the Batad Village will seal the deal for you. These are the most well-preserved terraces in the province which were also granted the UNESCO world heritage Site accolade. You can hire a jeepney from the town center and arrive at the majestic terraces.
If you go to the Batad village, visiting the Tapiya falls will be the perfect way to relax. Tappiya falls is a one hour trek from Batad Village. You can relax, take a dip at the falls and also enjoy the cool weather.

Step 7: Banaue Rice Terraces One Day Tour: Other Attractions

After exploring the rice terraces. Here are a few things you can do if you still have time:
Visit the Banaue Museum where you can look at the vast collection of Cordillera artifacts consisting of authentic items collected by the son of Otley Beyer (the father of Ifugao Anthropology). To arrive at the museum, you can walk or take a short tricycle ride from the town center, go to the Banaue View Inn and inquire about the museum. You can stay here for 2-3 hours
If you want to explore more rice terraces, then a trip to the Batad Village will seal the deal for you. These are the most well-preserved terraces in the province which were also granted the UNESCO world heritage Site accolade. You can hire a jeepney from the town center and arrive at the majestic terraces.
If you go to the Batad village, visiting the Tapiya falls will be the perfect way to relax. Tappiya falls is a one hour trek from Batad Village. You can relax, take a dip at the falls and also enjoy the cool weather.

After a whole day of exploring Banaue rice terraces, the food spots in Banaue will definitely set your mood. 
Places where you can try out the exquisite food are: 
Uyami’s Green View Lodge and Restaurant
Banaue sunrise restaurant and guest house
Al’s Place Banaue Ifugao
Le Bistro
7th Heaven’s Cafe
Sanafe
Palazzo Cafe
Even though the journey is long and might also be rough, but as with all traveling experiences, a trip to the Banaue Rice Terraces will be filled with adventures, memories and in the end when you look back to this day filled with new experiences, you will realize that all the trekking, long road trips, and dangerous slippy mountain slopes were all worth it. Because, you were on top of the world, literally.

Step 8: Lastly, The Food Spots

After a whole day of exploring Banaue rice terraces, the food spots in Banaue will definitely set your mood. 
Places where you can try out the exquisite food are: 
Uyami’s Green View Lodge and Restaurant
Banaue sunrise restaurant and guest house
Al’s Place Banaue Ifugao
Le Bistro
7th Heaven’s Cafe
Sanafe
Palazzo Cafe
Even though the journey is long and might also be rough, but as with all traveling experiences, a trip to the Banaue Rice Terraces will be filled with adventures, memories and in the end when you look back to this day filled with new experiences, you will realize that all the trekking, long road trips, and dangerous slippy mountain slopes were all worth it. Because, you were on top of the world, literally.

Conclusion

Food Items Carry with yourself enough water and snacks to munch on, some juice boxes, dry fruits, peanuts, etc.
Toiletries Keep a soap, deodorant, sanitizer, tissues, mouth freshener.
Extras Make sure you are carrying a first aid kit, mosquito repellant, sunscreen, etc.

To summarize, the Banaue rice terraces one day tour will be filled with new experiences, traveling, bumpy roads, maybe even some mishaps, but in the end, when you are going back to your life, you will have had experienced a thrilling adventure, enjoyed a day of your life that is not monotonous and have a story to tell about your adventure.

So make sure you keep in mind this step by step guide we have provided you for a fun-filled and thrilling adventure to the Banaue Rice Terraces and make sure to share your experience with us!

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