Sunday, January 24, 2010

banaue rice terraces

upon meeting the tricycle driver who will be bringing us to the different viewing sites, i immediately asked if doing a topload ride on his tricycle is possible. a straight yes made me jumped over the tricycle. i grew up just looking at the world famous Banaue Rice Terraces on books and on the one thousand peso bill. always in awe of seeing it there and to discover it myself why it's still considered by the Filipinos as the eight great wonder of the world. we arrived at the town center about an hour and went around to look for an inn for the group, though i was already going back to Manila that night. after the siesta, we took two tricycle to go to the viewpoints of rice terraces of Banaue.
unlike the rice terraces of Batad, Banaue's rice terraces are located just beside the highway that goes to Bontoc and Sagada. so it has several view points along the highway thus naming the area Viewpoint.one can also notice that the rice terraces of Banaue has slanted walls compared to the ones in Batad which has vertical walls of piled stones. yet both are majestic and picturesque. one that i recommend every Filipino should see.
the fogs that cover the topmost part of the terraces made me realize why most travel books would sometimes described it as the stairway to heaven.
and yes don't be surprised when you see a free running vehicle coming along the highway. it's a wooden bicycle that is quite popular in Ifugao. i had my chance to ride one too, and maybe someday i'll bring home one.
the culture, the people, the climate, the place, definitely made our Banaue trip one my best trip in 2009. special thanks to ironwulf, lagalog and erick for this tandem trip. photo above was taken by ironwulf.

36 comments:

witsandnuts said...

Nakakaaliw naman yung last pic! When will I ever get to ride like that (and on the jeepney, too!)? =)

Sidney said...

Breath taking views!

Borneo Falcon said...

I have seen bamboo bicycle but that wooden bicycle is really something out of the ordinary

-ellesig- said...

grabe.. @_@

sheng said...

Nice green color, i love the bicycle, haha, ang cute. I want to have one too, though I do not want that wooden one. Wala akong balanse eh.

I am Xprosaic said...

Ganda! luscious green! jejejejeje

Pietro said...

Wonderful views! Those clouds over the hills are so fascinating.

aquamarine said...

the 7th pic was perfectly captured...awesome views!

docgelo said...

rice terraces on books, one thousand peso bill and now on your blog! =) aren't those wooden bikes made exclusively for downhill rides?

alicesg said...

Very beautiful scenery. Oh I think I like to ride on the wooden bike too. Is it comfortable riding on top of the tricycle? It looked quite cramp.

Chyng said...

Exactly, dati sa postcard and book ko lang yan nakikita. Amazing and truly majestic pag nakita mo ng live. Wee! Ü

Ailee Verzosa said...

cool bike!!!!! the terraces seemed like it was taken from somewhere else... Philippines is so blessed to have this kind of scenery...

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Now that's quite a ride on a wooden bike. It must be fun downhill!

luna miranda said...

the terraces are awesome! and the wooden bicycle is unique--sinubukan mo ba?:p

Photo Cache said...

Nakaka enjoy naman tong series na to. Inggit na inngit pa ako. I've always wanted to see the rice terraces.

Skippyheart said...

wow! the beauty of nature at its finest!

have a great week! =)

nuts said...

sino namang di mabibighani sa ganda ng banaue? sigh..
wooden bike? extraordinary!
sana nag-uwi ka ng isa kaya.. mukahang enjoy sa topload ride ah..
kelan ka punta Batanes?

princess_dyanie said...

wow gusto ko din makapaunta diyan! dom, fave mo ata ang nasa taas ng tricycle hehe :P

bertN said...

Riding topload on a tricycle? No thanks! Maybe after several stiff shots of whiskey I'll reconsider LOL. I'll even ride that wooden bike on a steep downhill run without holding the handle bar LOL.

atticus said...

i'm sending this link to the people i met who skipped RP in their list of countries to visit. hmph.

Bengbeng said...

agree it shud b one of the wonders of the world. i have one regret though. i wish u had posted more pics of the wooden bicycle

bw said...

nice scenic views ... now that wooden bike is what you may call totally environmentally friendly... just don't burn it hehehe :)

Ailee Verzosa said...

heheh:D thanks for your compliment on my latest post....

SandyCarlson said...

A beautifully sculpted landscape, my friend.

Nash said...

woooow

never been to banaue

geezz i think the place was really worth it

I bet travel hours is very long pero gosh kung ganito lang ang view worth it!

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coolwaterworks said...

One of these days, mapupuntahn ko rin yan... hehehe... :)

Great pics Dong! :)

Reena said...

hahaha...angs aya ng anung naka-bike! :D

Nicely said...

Kelan kayo ulit punta Sagada? Sama kami ni Yobs!

eli said...

bakit ganun lalong gumaganda yong isang lugar kapag pinipicturan mo.
galing!

i have been in banaue for several times pero di ako makakuha ng maganda.hehe

Marites said...

love your pics and i'm really happy to see the pics. it's been years since i've been there and i'm planning to return this year. Would love to try the wooden bike:D btw, what place did your group stayed on?

cyndirellaz said...

i would kike to experience dat too, yun nakasakay sa taas ng tric! heheh! pero dapat nakahawak ng maigi... lol! kahit ako sa postcard ko lang nakikita ang rice terraces na yan.. ^__^

Hilda said...

They really are fantastic and your beautiful photos show them off wonderfully! And I want one of those wooden bicycles!! :)

Raft3r said...

the second shot is my absolute favorite
=)

katcarneo said...

Whoa, splendid. I can't help but give a salute to the natives who made the terrraces. Though, I saw a picture of a part of the Banaue Rice Terraces where there were many houses and some concrete roads that totally ruined the picturesque view. Did you happen to see that part?

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Sendo said...

8th wonder indeed huh ^^ ganda! wooden bicycle ! at ung nasa ibabaw ka ng traysikel..

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