a view of the mountain range in Batad from the saddle reveals a great topography of Ifugao province. formed over years from earth's natural movement of its lithosperic plates.after an hour trip from Banaue central, we reached the saddle, Batad's drop off point for the trek down the steep cliff that leads to the village. one has the option to take a jeep, a van or a tricycle which i don't recommend to get to the saddle.a long part of the rice paddies can already be seen from here. those houses as seen in the photo above shows us where we are headed. expected trek time is 45minutes. wooden walking sticks are available here, it helps one to trek down safely.we wasted no time and started our way down. though there is not much to see along the way, a good company won't make this trek dragging. some areas are already cemented, but majority of the way are unpaved.you'll pass by small shelters that either offers a plain seat or sometimes with comfort rooms. almost halfway down, you'll find a souvenir shop. though at times it's closed. an invitation from a local to eat bettel nuts won't be unusual.spot views of paddies can be viewed along the way, showing bits of what was ahead of us. there's not much effort needed going down but i recommend that you pack light as the way back won't be easy. a sign that we were now approaching the village, is a cemented walkway which leads to a curve. we were also walking along the houses that we've seen from the saddle. and just few minutes from there, reveals the world famous Batad amphitheater. which comes up next. the a view of the 2000 year old rice paddies. for the contest in the previous post, i'm now revealing the winners! it was quite hard choosing as you did proved to be deserving. so the Peruvian hat goes to the following:
"what I'm thinking is baka eto na ang aking magiging lucky charm ko sa pagtra-travel" - Cyndirellaz
"i deserve that peruvian hat because i know it will look good on me and it will be my newest travel buddy for the coming year and the next, and the next." - Carlotta
and decided to give one more since it's Christmas.
"I deserve that peruvian hat because I haven't received any gifts yet. Seriously. " - Leoj
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to check out how you'll claim your prize. thank you to all those who participated and have a blessed Christmas!
Hi Dong! Happy Boxing Day and a Happy 2010!!!
Enjoy your stay in SG!
Wow, Nice colors of Batad. So green, yes, I am so green with envy... HAhaha. Happy Holidays!
hello!! ahahah! i did it! thank you po ng madami!!! anyway i can't believe na 2000 yrs old na ang paddies ^__^
Those pictures remind of the film Batad sa Paang Palay. It's a good indi film! :)
And wow, salamat dong. nahiya naman ako dahil parang nakisingit ang ako sa mga winners. hmm, well, maraming salamat. happy new year!
wow, thank you!!! wala ako masabi hehehe.
na-miss ko batad!
congrats sa mga nanalo! feeling ko panalo na rin ako! enough na sa kin nanalo ako minsan dito. sa New Year, pa contest ka ulit!
wow! breathtakingly beautiful as always! :)
Happy Holidays Dong! ^_^
Wow, I love the first photo. A really good view! Sometimes I wonder if those places really exist in the country. And why I haven't been there yet, haha!
ang ganda ng view... sabi ng nanay ko... gusto niya puntahan yung lugar... hehehe
Hello Dong! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!
*mesmerized by the shots*
How's your Holiday?
Wish you all the best
have a great day and happy blogging!
Merry Christmas and Happy New year!!
congrats sa lahat ng winners! :)
sorry ngayon lang uli nakadalaw
nagkaproblema sa wifi, eh
great to be back though
merry xmas. borneo falcon n i were talking abt u on xmas day so it was like u were in M'sia on Xmas day :)
The pattern of those rice paddies is very beautiful. I like very much the way they are carved into the landscape. They are fluid. Beautiful views.
Nice Pic as usual. I love the 6th photo, pwedeng pwede pang cover ng magazine :)
Merry Christmas Dong!
awesome series! seems like no trunk of trees or rice paddies and steps left un-photographed! well documented. thanks for sharing.
..now why did i fail to join that peruvian hat contest? tsk tsk!
happy holidays and here's wishing to more trekking and traveling next year and beyond! happy 2010!
Nice and stunning photos! Like the place. So green and peaceful.
Finally caught up with your beautiful Banaue posts.
I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, Dom. Wishing you a love-filled and prosperous New Year, with many more exciting trips! :)
spectacular vistas! so green!
have a wonderful new year's week dong! Take care. =)
I have always been in love with MACROS!!!
Happy New Year to you and to your family.
May 2010 bring you more blessings and happiness!
I hoped your Christmas was peaceful and joyful.
I really am green with envy at this trip.
these are fabulous shots, dom. i love the 6th photo (6th nga ba? yong parang wood fence) and last photo of Batad---great composition!
thanks for the Christmas wishes! out of town ako e, walang internet sa pinuntahan ko.:p anyway, here's wishing you a hopeful and prosperous New Year. looking forward to read more of your adventures next year!
ei Dom, happy new year na ang bati ko :P
btw, somebody commented na 2,000 years old na yung terraces, i should add they were started 4,000 years ago pa; i read somewhere it took 2,000 years before they were fully constructed. yun din yung sinasabi ni Nuno na they're somehow 4,000 years old na
Happy New Year Dong! Hope that trail from the saddle isn't littered with Gatorade.
wow, ang ganda!!! i like all the photos. bakit ganun? kahit punong kahoy lng parang napaka-ganda ng shot mo. anyway, i hope to visit that place too.
may pa-contest na ndi ko nasalihan. :( hehehehe... bakit ang dami mong bonnets?
speechless... bow ako talaga!
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