Top Tourist Spots in Ifugao [And How To Get There]

Our list of must-visit tourist spots in Ifugao, a province in Northern Philippines.

Our country is most known for its beautiful beaches; we have more than 100 beaches! But, we are more than just those beaches. The Philippines has a lot more to offer to our tourism sector than just beaches. Unique and hidden gems that our country also has, can be found in the province of Ifugao. Ifugao is one of the provinces in the country that has natural landmarks that are popular to tourists and are recognized worldwide.

Top Tourist Spots in Ifugao
View of rice terraces fields in Banaue, Philippines | Bigstock Photos

Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Ifugao, Philippines

Mayoyao Rice Terraces

Recognized as part of the UNESCO World Heritage inscription, Mayoyao is one of the five Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras. This is not as visited as the other rice terraces because its location is too distant. But, going here is worth all the hassle. The view of the native houses and stonewalled rice terraces is very picturesque. It doesn’t seem to end; its stretch and size seem to look like it is never-ending. Read our trip to Mayoyao Rice Terraces.

Mayoyao Rice Terraces
Mayoyao Rice Terraces

How to get to Mayoyao:

From Santiago City: Take a bus from Santiago City Integrated Bus Terminal, first trip is at 6AM and second trip at around 11AM. Travel time 6 hours

From Solano/Banaue: Buses from Solano to Mayoyao pass by Banaue between noon and 1PM just right in front of People’s Lodge.

Batad Rice Terraces

The trek to the rice terraces is a fun adventure. If in the city all you see are tall buildings and smell the smoke of cars, here you will be in the sight of soaring high trees and smell the sweet scent of different species of flora growing on the path. Out of all the rice terraces, or any tourist spot in the province, Batad may just be the most visited tourist spot in Ifugao. The best view of the rice terraces is in the viewing deck. Take panoramic photos to completely capture its beauty.

How to get to Batad

You can take a van or tricycle from Banaue to Batad which will take about an hour. The van/tricycle will stop close to the village so you only need to walk around 15-20 minutes. There’s also a jeepney going to Batad in the morning. I suggest you stay in Banaue overnight so you can ask your hostel/hotel about the transportation to make sure you will not miss it.

Tappiya falls

Soaring at a height of 700 meters, Tappiya waterfalls is one of the treasures that lies within the province of Ifugao. Surrounded by abundant tropical forest, the trees that surrounded the pool of the falls provides a very clean and refreshing air. The pool of falls has a cool temperature to it, thus if the trek tired you out then you are going to enjoy taking a dip at the pool. Just enjoy and watch the water cascade as you swim around the pool.

Banaue Rice Terraces

Still remains to be the most famous rice terraces in the world; Banaue Rice Terraces is a national cultural treasure; just like the other rice terraces. Our ancestors were able to make such a magnificent work that soars at 1,500 meters high; all that they did by hand. The great thing about this place is despite how many years old it already it is, it remains to be breathtaking and majestic. It is a perfect mixture of something manmade but has molded into the mountains over time that it looks natural.

Hungduan Rice Terraces

Spectacular, it is the best way to describe the beauty of Hunduan Rice Terraces. All these rice terraces are included in the best tourist spots in Ifugao because clearly, it showcases that farming can have beauty in it, too. It isn’t just some means of survival, but it is also a way of life.

How to get to Ifugao?

You have different options in going to Ifugao depending on which of these tourist spots you want to see. Most tourists prefer Banaue to be their jump-off point.

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