Banaue, Batad, Sagada & Baguio
People of the heavenly world
In the mountain province of Ifugao, about 300 kilometers north of Manila, are the world-famous and huge rice terraces of the Philippines. These cover an area of 250 square kilometers. The "people of the heavenly world" live in the mountain provinces. With simple tools, you built the steep, multi-storey rice terraces "Steps to Heaven" 2,000 years ago. The Ifugaos still live very modestly, often in traditional Nipa houses, a hut built on wooden stilts. People keep their old customs and rituals as well as old ceremonies and often wear traditional, colorful clothes.
Waterfalls, hot springs and rushing rivers are hidden between the green rice fields of Banaue and Batad. In addition to the UNESCO-designated rice terraces, northern Luzon is home to numerous sights such as the “hanging coffins” and huge limestone caves that fascinate particularly active nature and culture lovers.
UNESCO rice terraces
Around Banaue are the impressive, majestic rice terraces of the Philippines. The terraces are among the most beautiful in the world. Banaue is surrounded by the green, rice-strewn mountains that house picturesque rivers and hot springs. The sight is spectacular, especially from the Banaue View Point over the rice terraces. In the village there are museums that tell the culture and history of the Ifugao, souvenir shops, a market place and small shops where traditional fabrics, jewelry and handicrafts can be bought.
Hapao hot spring
The village of Hapao is located southwest of Banaue. In addition to rice fields and the picturesque valley, there is the natural hot spring of Hapao (Hapao Hot Spring). It is still a little insider tip and a visit is highly recommended. In addition to the hot spring, there is a cold river where you can treat yourself to a refreshing cool down. A great wellness hour after hiking.
Batad rice lawn
A bit further east of Banaue are the Batad rice terraces. The sight of the Batad rice terraces is by far the most impressive. It looks like a gigantic amphitheater made of rice fields. The hikes through the seemingly endless rice fields are breathtaking and unique. The atmosphere cannot be described in words. The planting usually takes place in January, so a visit to the rice terraces is most beautiful from March to the end of May. Then the rice is still young and bright green.
Behind the Batad rice terraces, hundreds of steps lead down to the 30-meter-high Tappiya Waterfall. The effort is rewarded with a refreshing dip at the waterfall. On the way back, treat yourself to a coconut and hike through the rice terraces back to the starting point.
Mountain Province - mountain village Sagada
The mountain village of Sagada in the Mountain Province is a very popular holiday destination with local tourists and is looking forward to growing tourism. There are a variety of different activities, small cafés and hip restaurants around Sagada. Sagada is known for the hanging coffins, an ancient, traditional way of burial
Lumiang cave & Sumaguing cave
Another highlight are the huge limestone caves of Sagada. The most famous caves are the Lumiang Cave and Sumaguing Cave. Both can be explored with a guide and in a small group. There is also a variant, the Cave Connection, in which both caves are visited because they are connected to each other. A huge adventure where you not only climb through the cave, but also encounter bats and underground waterfalls.
Marlboro Hills (Kamanbaneng Peak)
On the other hand, if you get up early in the morning, you will experience an unforgettable sunrise over the sea of clouds on the summit of the Marlboro Hills (Kamanbaneng Peak) after a one-hour hike. It is a relatively easy climb and the 360 Gard panoramic view over the mountain province is fabulously beautiful.
Baguio, the summer city of the Philippines
Baguio City is about 250 kilometers north of Manila and is known as the "Summer Stand of the Philippines". When it gets very hot in the summer months, it is pleasantly warm in the mountain town in the province of Benguet. Baguio is 1500m above sea level and is the highest city in the Philippines.
The blooming botanical garden, Burnham Park and Wright Park invite you to linger. The most photographed attraction is the rose-colored Catholic Cathedral and the Lion Head, a sandstone structure created in the 1970s. A stone's throw from Baguio you will find "The Colors of Stobosa", brightly painted houses along a sloping slope. Because Baguio has a much cooler climate than the rest of the Philippines, there are also a variety of strawberry fields that can be visited.
Baguio Flower Festival
The Baguio Flower Festival (Panagbena Festival, which means flowering time) is a one-month event that always takes place in February. Daily events and parades with the most beautiful and unusual flowers invite you to experience the history, tradition and values of Baguio.
How to get to North Luzon
The journey through the mountains of Luzon is spectacular and unique. Along the mountain slopes, the serpentine roads lead past rice fields with a view of the surrounding valleys. Sufficient time should be planned as the journey takes between 5 and 10 hours depending on the destination.