When we planned our trip last February, we thought of including Banaue Rice Terraces in our itinerary enroute to Sagada. Tagged as one of the Seven Wonders of the World before and now being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this usually graces Filipino school textbooks. Way back then, I would wonder how it would look like in real life.
We took the Nueva Vizcaya route, it’s a sidetrip to our main destination -Sagada. There’s quite a number of viewpoints when you reach Banaue, you can even stop by the side of the road and take pictures. It’s just a matter of picking the one with the best view.
We observed that there’s quite a number of transient houses already, more are being built alongside the mountain. There are stores along the other side of the road, which shows poor planning because most are blocking the view of the rice terraces.
We chose NFA Aguian viewpoint, which was really interesting because the walk through a cemented pathway or “pilapil” is already an experience in itself! Entrance fee is P20 per head.
The path is narrow and the terraces are steep. Quite challenging if you’re afraid of heights. Having kids along may be an issue too! But we managed with two kids aged 7 & 9. At the end of the pathway is a platform where you can take pictures and marvel at this famous tourist spot!
Overall, we were amazed by the view of these majestic rice terraces. But we’re sure glad that we went straight to Sagada instead of booking a night here. We hope the place surrounding this tourist site be more maintained, so future generations can still include it in their bucket list!
-Trivia! You can find this view in the old 1000-peso bill!
-We arrived around past 10am and the sun was scorching hot, umbrella or cap may be useful.
-I read that there are restaurants with good views, but we’re unable to fully explore the place due to limited time.