Immerse yourself in the land and culture of the Ifugao on this five-day itinerary. Trek from Banaue stopping at four different native Ifugao communities along the way. You will hike deep into the Ifugao region to places most tourists don't see, trekking through ancient rice terraces and forested mountains.

Highlights

  • Explore four Ifugao villages: Pula, Cambulo, Batad, and Bangaan
  • Discover differing styles of rice terraces, from pyramids to amphitheatres
  • Trek through forested mountains, along rivers to waterfalls and isolated villages
  • Meet with Ifugao villagers and learn about their history and customs

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Manila, Overnight to Banaue Banaue
Day 2 Trek the Ifugao mountains, Explore Pula Pula
Day 3 Hike to Cambulo, Hike to Batad Batad
Day 4 Explore Batad, Hike to Bangaan, Return to Banaue, Overnight to Manila Bus
Day 5 Depart Manila  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Manila, Overnight to Banaue

Banaue village homes and rice terraces
Banaue village homes and rice terraces

Welcome to the Philippines. Upon arrival, you'll board an overnight bus and you make your way through winding mountain roads. When you wake you will meet your guide in Banaue, home to the famous rice terraces often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. 

Day 2: Trek the Ifugao mountains, Explore Pula

Ifugao mountain valley philippines
Ifugao mountain valley

This morning you will be transferred to the Awan-Igid viewpoint to begin your trek through the Ifugao mountains and stunning rice-terraced scenery. You will hike through richly forested mountains until you reach a peak with an all-encompassing view of Pula, your first Ifugao village. After admiring the houses and rice terraces from afar, hike down to the village for a more intimate experience.

Hiking duration: 4-6 hours

Day 3: Hike to Cambulo, Hike to Batad

Batad rice terraces and local Ifugao people
Batad rice terraces and local Ifugao people

After breakfast, you will hike alongside a winding river to your second Ifugao village, Cambulo. Here the rice terraces are characterized by their pyramid-like appearance, with the terraces cut almost 360 degrees around the mountains. Continue your trek for another three hours to Batad—famous for its amphitheatre of rice terraces. Tonight you will spend the night at a village inn with a spectacular view of the terraces.

Hiking duration: 7-8 hours

Day 4: Explore Batad, Hike to Bangaan, Return to Banaue, Overnight to Manila

River crossing on the trail to Batad
River crossing on the trail to Batad

In the morning you will continue your hike to visit the Tappiyah waterfalls, before carrying on to further explore the village and rice terraces of Batad. After lunch, hike to Bangaan and the final village of your Ifugao adventure. Along the way, you'll trek through rice paddies passing by villages dotted throughout the ancient rice terraces. Arrive in Bangaan in the mid-afternoon to transfer back to Banaue for some well-deserved food and drink before you catch your evening bus to Manila.

Hiking duration: 6-7 hours

Day 5: Depart Manila

Church of San Agustin in Manila
Church of San Agustin in Manila

You will arrive at the same bus station where the trip started very early in the morning. Depending on your departure details, you may wish to explore more of Manila before catching your flight home.