Sunday, January 17, 2010

tappia falls - batad

while following the main walking trail of the terraces, one would walk over walls of rocks that holds the rice paddies. i cannot imagine how strong its foundation endured two thousand years or even longer.

when we almost reached the edge of the ampitheater terraces, we were now going down to a house on top of a hill that leads to Batad's most famous waterfalls. Tappia falls.took a short rest while we were now in the other end, another great perspective of the empty terraces. climate was just good, not so hot as it was cloudy during that time. we then farther moved down and finally saw our next route.it was a steep and deep walkway that leads to a river in between hills. at first thought i said i won't push through as i was thinking how i can make it back to the top. with my camera hanged on my neck, it can swing and add to the weight down. ironwulf suggested to place the camera on my back and it worked. it was easier this time. so we went down this dangerous path. we reached the bottom area and continued our way this time walking beside the hills following the river.i learned that this particular area is very sacred to the people of Batad. before, not everyone is allowed to take this route. so it was very important that we as much as possible made a respect of the place by making unnecessary noise.made our last turn and then came the great view of the waterfalls of Batad. majestic and beautiful even from the view deck. i decided to stay in the hut while the rest took a closer look of the falls.took enough time to rest to gather enough energy for our way back. remember that steep hills down? now we have to go back up. but it was worth seeing. worth trekking down.

37 comments:

Ax said...

huwaw, magkasama kayo ni ironwolf?.. hehe. masarap yan, magtravel ng maraming kasama para masaya!

Pietro said...

This amazing place is worth seeing, indeed! The green is magnificent. Thanks for sharing!

Jerick said...

the waterfalls looked great but i don't think i would wanna go up the same trek, if there were no donkeys or horses available. ako yung napagod for you.

witsandnuts said...

I think there would be some eerie stories associated with the sacred area. The entire place is worth the trek.

BlogusVox said...

Is it also forbidden to take a bath in the pool, donG?

van said...

gandaaaa :)
ayan..susundan ko na ang blog mo :)
pag nag cebu ka ah...hanapin mo si sto. nino :D

princess_dyanie said...

wow ang ganda ng falls! pwde maligo?

ShatterShards said...

I think I can see how the place is sacred to the people of Batad. Water, being a source of life for them, that mighty pillar of water and the rocks surrounding it could easily be the place where the nature spirits commune with the people.

lagal[og] said...

Hayun, natuloy na rin ang Banaue-Batad series mo. I can distinctly remember this trek. The painful knees always made me remember hahaha.

Sidney said...

Looks like in the middle of the jungle... seems you have "to earn" such beautiful places by a lot of sweat ! ;-)

olan said...

HUWAW!!! spectacular dom!!! I wish can be there.... :) when kayo magdavao?

Bengbeng said...

seeing the scenery in yr blog i sometimes wonder wat u think about my pics.. we dont have so much diversity or extremes here

docgelo said...

i like the last photo, with those rocks framing the falls. nice! appears so inviting.

syel said...

wow! i wanted to go to Batad when we went to Sagada unfortunately no time to do so. the trek is so worth it :)

ViennaDaily said...

Yaay, salamat at ipinasyal mo ko jan! masarap siguro magpaulan din lang! :D

SandyCarlson said...

I always feel warmed up and refreshed by your beautiful photos. Thanks.

luna miranda said...

oh yes, Tappia Falls! i was soooo tired when we got to Batad then the locals told us to see the waterfalls. malapit lang daw, madali lang lakarin. madali nga pababa, yong paakyat halos gumapang ako (LOL).

alicesg said...

Oh it is so lovely and the scenery is so amazing and beautiful. I hope you have a great time in Singapore despite the short stay.

the spool artist said...

i heard it's such a painful and arduous journey to get there, but judging from your pics, i can see now that it definitely worth the trip!

cheers.

Chyng said...

very beautiful and breath taking.

actually I was comparing your shots sa mga previous mo. di ba you have a new camera?

Ailee Verzosa said...

hello... just dropping by... have a great week!!!

Ailee Verzosa said...

hello... just dropping by... have a great week!!!

jeanny said...

what a breathtaking scenery. God really made wonder here.

Nice shots dong. Thumbs up again!!!

Mangyan Adventurer said...

OMG!

Ganda... Hehe :)

Mukhang nakakapagod kasi hindi pwede jana ng anumang sasakyan pero worth it naman... Ganda ng kuha!

nuts said...

di ko alam ganito kaganda ang tappia falls.. sobrang nakaka-relax naman ang view.. i'm excited na for your next trip and next series!

PUSANG-kalye said...

sana makapunta na kami dyan finally sa April...that time I would appreciate some tips from you Dong.....can't wait

bing said...

looks like a scary climb but the falls is a reward in hiding.

Leoj said...

Dong, kala ko nakalimutan mo ng yung premyo ko. hehe. inform kita kung kukunin ko na. medyo busy lang.

Hmm, pupunta pala ako ng batanes. baka magkita tayo dun. kelan ka punta dun?

bw said...

I love the first and the last pics.. nice.

Photo Cache said...

Wow!

donster said...

I love the pics!!! gusto ko mga ganyang trekking trekking jejeje

eli said...

wow.. i really like this place.
before 2009 ends, i had a change to go to mayawyaw and saw the other side of rice terraces. banaue is really a nice place. sayang nga lang at di ko nakita ang place na binisita nyo. ang ganga ang nice shots.

AWANG said...

I always learn & view something new from you.Thanks so much.

Lawstude said...

welcome to batad.

i am truly glad na naexperience nyo rin ang batad. grabe hirap pumunta jan lalo na kung wala ka masyado exercise pero sabi mo nga, it's really well worth it.

fufu said...

wow wow wow... i love the terraces :)

Allen said...

wow! nakakawala ng pagod ang itsura ng falls!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Any bottles of Gatorade you saw? A couple of years back, there were plenty in the trail going to the falls.

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