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Exploring Ifugao: The Beautiful Batad

20 Feb

I remember telling my friend, Des, that I want to visit Batad. I kept on saying, “Tara, Batad tayo.” It was an idea inspired by reading the Batad blog post of The Pinay Solo Backpacker. I keep on reading the blog post and telling myself that I will visit it on 2014. It’s like a mantra for some months. And it did happen! I was with travel enthusiasts: Des, Tim, Karen and Buboy.

But you know, I was expecting that it will be on March since it’ll be summer by then. I was surprised when Des announced that we will take the Batad trip on the last week of January. She did the itinerary, bus reservation and taking to Mang Ramon’s Native Homestay staff to accommodate us. It was too early and the weather of January is too cold to visit the North but I didn’t mind. The trip was really great. I did enjoy the nature, the long hours of travel, the exhausting trek, the uneven steps to reach the perfect view of Batad rice terraces and chilly Tappia Waterfalls, talking to both aloof locals and friendly foreigners and lastly, the jeepney topload back to Banaue.

I was a little afraid at first doing the topload knowing the zigzag and steep-sidedΒ road. But I survived it! Hahaha! I’m not afraid of heights and topload is definitely a good thing on this kind of travel. I enjoyed the view while heading back to another municipality of Ifugao. Did I mention that it was my first time doing the topload? πŸ˜€

By the way, the food in Batad is a bit pricey because they have to carry the goods via trekking/hiking for an hour on uneven steps. So, if you’re working on a tight budget, bring some canned goods and bread but try to buy food on their menu as a way of helping the locals. I also recommend their cooked rice because it’s a delicious one. You can actually eat the cooked rice without any viand.

We’re also brave enough to take a bath without heater. Though the water is really cold and it’s creeping in through our muscles, we had to clean ourselves. We’re brave enough to survive the below 10 degrees Celsius Batad for almost 3 days. Even staying inside the native kubo didn’t help to keep us warm but it was all good.

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We started the trek to Batad with this view

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We took this. It’s not that easy.

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The steep 412 steps.

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Oxygen

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First half of trekking.

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Sa wakas! One of my dream destination. πŸ™‚

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She’s tired from an hour trek.

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He stayed with us when we’re unpacking our things inside the native kubo.

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The kids going to school. There’s a little bit rain every morning.

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Breakfast on a foggy morning

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The visitors enjoyed their stay at Batad.

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Wild pig’s skull.

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We’re going to the highest point in Batad.

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We’re almost there. Not.

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Trekking to the highest point.

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The restless feet. The one in the middle is from our guide, Kuya Jonathan.

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Yey! We’re on Batad’s highest viewpoint.

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Enjoying the Batad’s magnificent view.

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Happy feet.

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Going down to the falls.

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Green

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Beautiful.

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One fine day in Batad.

 

We’re glad that our guide, Kuya Jonathan, was patiently waiting for us when we took some rest from the trek. He got some stories too about the life of locals and problems they encounter when it comes to environmental issues. He even lent us two sticks to use for trekking. Hiring a guide is a way of helping the locals, so that’s recommended.

 

P.S.
Thank you, Des, for planning the trip and well, making my dream come true. πŸ™‚

Next blog is about the Tappia Waterfalls. πŸ™‚

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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Travel

 

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24 responses to “Exploring Ifugao: The Beautiful Batad

  1. irishrd

    February 20, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Oh, si Buboy din pala yung guide niyo? :p

     
    • thinksayfeel

      February 20, 2014 at 10:20 am

      Natawa nga ako nung nalaman ko yung pangalan nung guide namin. Pinaulit ko pa kasi baka nagkamali ako ng rinig.

       
      • justgoge

        February 21, 2014 at 3:58 am

        Gondo!!! πŸ™‚ Mapupuntahan ko din yan.

         
      • thinksayfeel

        February 21, 2014 at 3:59 am

        Go, ‘te! Maganda talaga dyan πŸ™‚

         
  2. justgoge

    February 21, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Hehe. Ayos pala tong si Buboy e. πŸ˜›

     
    • thinksayfeel

      February 21, 2014 at 4:00 am

      Tukayo nya yung guide namin πŸ™‚

       
  3. J.A.

    September 3, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Batad is no doubt a heritage site. I’ve been there twice and I still long to go back there. Here’s the guide that we followed: http://ucandostuff.ph/Guide-1741-How%20to%20get%20to%20Batad%20Rice%20Terraces.aspx

     
  4. Flong The Chariot

    February 1, 2015 at 4:02 am

    Promise ko sa self ko na puntahan ko to someday. Nice Post!

     
    • thinksayfeel

      February 1, 2015 at 5:11 am

      Go! Magandang puntahan yan by March or April. πŸ™‚

       
      • Flong The Chariot

        February 1, 2015 at 5:56 am

        April…hmmm, parang magandang idea yan, ibang klase na summer escapade.

         
      • thinksayfeel

        February 1, 2015 at 6:03 am

        Diba? Instead of beach bumming, why not go up North and mingle with some locals. Ok sya, promise. I might go there in April as well. πŸ™‚

         
      • Flong The Chariot

        February 1, 2015 at 6:11 am

        Pwede makisabit? hehehehe. Para maiba naman, ng di ako lagi solo backpacker. hahaha

         
      • thinksayfeel

        February 1, 2015 at 6:16 am

        Sige, sabihan kita pag solid na yung plan. Baka Holy week ang schedule namin eh. Uy, solo travel ka rin? Pasabit naman dyan para may buddy ka for once. Duo ba? Hehe.

         
      • Flong The Chariot

        February 1, 2015 at 3:12 pm

        Yes, solo traveler or backpacker ako kc yung mga frens ko, d nila trip yung mga hobby or likes ko. Sure, kung maregular na ako sa work ko, balik byahe nman ako.

         
      • thinksayfeel

        February 2, 2015 at 1:15 am

        Ah, kaya pala lagi kang solo. Ay, sige sige, let me know na lang din sa next travel mo. Mag-post naman ako dito sa blog pag ok na ‘yong Batad plan. πŸ™‚

         
      • Flong The Chariot

        February 19, 2015 at 2:43 am

        Okay, sana this year, I wanna meet fang-od

         
  5. the kanin travel logs

    March 14, 2015 at 1:40 am

    Nakakamiss. Panahon na ata para bumalik. Nice one po!

     
  6. nadine

    April 4, 2015 at 6:50 am

    It’ll be my first time to travel solo. I’ll be coming from Pangasinan. I wonder if there are any routes directly to ifugao or should i drop by baguio first then to Batad?
    What’s your itinerary btw? Kaya ba ng 1 day kaya? I’m planning
    day 1- Pangasinan (hundred island)
    day 2- ifugao
    day 3-4- sagada

     
    • thinksayfeel

      April 4, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Hi. You can go straight to Banaue instead of Baguio. Mas malapit na ang Banaue sa Batad. Check the buses in Pangasinan kung may byahe sila pa-Banaue.

      Batad is kaya ng one day but make sure to arrive there early, puro kasi hike ang gagawin mo para makarating sa highest viewpoint and Tappiya falls.

      Sana makatulong ang reply ko. πŸ™‚ Ingat and enjoy your trip!

       

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