From Sagada to Batad
We left SAGADA at 10am and headed to Bontoc. At Bontoc, we waited 2 hours until a group of Americans join us in the jeepney. There was no more room inside for 5 of them so I told them to sit in the roof! We arrived at Banaue at 2:45 pm catching the jeep to Batad Saddle point from where we did an hour trip to the village (which supposed to be a 30-min trek. Seeing the amazing BATAD RICE TERRACES took our breaths away. We originally plan to stay at Ramon homestay but found the place a bit overrated so we opted to stay at Batad Pension House where we had a company of French students.
Trekking the terraces and Tappiya Falls
Our journey started by trekking the rice terraces. Keeping ourselves balanced and not falling to very steep terraces was a CHALLENGE! I have never been so scared in my life but I must say I WOULD BE HAPPY TO DO IT AGAIN!
Our next destination was the Tappiya falls.The chilling water did not stop us to take a plunge! It was amazing that even you are too far from the falls, you can still feel the mist. After 2 hours we left the falls and head back to the village. We had our lunch at the first hostel in Batad called FOREGINER’S INN where we met a family of French and a co-couchsurfers from USA and China. We head back to the pension feeling amazed by the beauty of the terraces. Although tired, we had rice wine before dinner and shared it with our amigos from Spain!
Going back home
It was raining and we are supposed to leave the pension by 7:30 am. We hired 2 porters because we cant afford a 3 hour trek to Saddle point should we carry our own bags. We reached the Saddle point before the 9 am jeep leaves for Banaue.
It was awesome to experience how the people live in the mountains. It is hard to imagine how one can live in a place with no signal but still the people live their lives happily, satisfied with what they have.