Sagada Chronicles: Descending the Steps to Heaven

The day is unwinding and the light of the sun is descending down the glorious rice terraces in Ifugao. Piece by piece the night whittles away the time we have left in Sagada. Our group decided to make a side trip to Banaue to see the Rice Terraces UNESCO Heritage Site.

Banaue Rice Terraces
The trip from Sagada to Banaue lasted somewhere between 2-3 hours. Everything in Mt. Province seems to be hours apart but the trip was definitely worth it just for the view. We passed Bayyo Rice Terraces first before we went to the majestic Banaue Rice Terraces.

Bayyo Rice Terraces
The smaller rice terraces were still a sight to behold. After taking a few photos, we went to Banaue.

Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces
Visitors can take pictures from the Banaue view deck and bask in the glory of the famous Banaue Rice Terraces. Visitors can also buy souvenirs and food in the shops in the area. There are also natives in traditional dress whenever you want to take photos with them. We didn't have time to hike the terraces so we just took a bunch of pictures. There are also traditional head dresses and statues that visitors can use for their pictures. There were also children and locals that walked and sat on the the rails of the view deck like it was nothing.

The way to travel in Banaue
I saw a local riding this thing in Banaue too bad I wasn't able to get a photo.

The rice terraces are deteriorating by the minute because of the trash and lack of maintenance in the area. The government should do their part to preserve this very beautiful place. After viewing the rice terraces, we headed back home to Manila.

I will definitely return to Banaue and Sagada in the future.Thanks to Project Dora for this amazing trip!



  1. That's why I love the Cordilleras a lot because the region has these offerings :)

  2. always wanted to go see the Rice Terraces after seeing too many postcards of it, looks like a neat place to visit, you took some great shots

  3. The rice terraces really looks wonderful. I hope to see it someday.

  4. Rice Terraces in Banaue is a sight to behold. It makes me think on how they manage to create such wonder. I would love to see these terraces right into my eyes..

  5. Just wait... I'll be there next year! So lovely... can't wait to get up close with this spot that I only see in my Sibika at Kultura book back then.

  6. I heard about anitos endeared by the residents of Banaue. Their belief was very strong. They keep on doing it till this present time.

  7. Just curious. I've never been to Sagada. Would you care to share how much your budget was for a trip up Sagada? How much was the package provided for by Project Dora?

  8. @Mai: The package was P4999. It included all accommodations, transpo van, some meals (included buffet meals), and tours.

  9. i didnt get to see banawe from that view point but we went to this community in banggaan and enjoyed our time there. but banawe is fast turning into a tourist trap, i hope sagada wont become one.

  10. want to be in this beautiful

  11. Every time I see photos of the rice terraces, I feel my heart swell with pride knowing that Filipinos were able to create this with no advanced tools and machinery! It is great that you were able to visit this majestic world wonder :)

  12. I first heard rice terraces when I was in gradeschool. Since then, I became a fan of this place. So sad to know that the maintenance isn't good enough to counter every intervention.

  13. My mom and my sister went to Sagada and I really envied their pictures. Seeing the pictures again makes me want to go and visit the place. It is so beautiful indeed.

  14. Been wanting to visit Sagada but is the road going there good to travel? Isn't it prone to landslide?

  15. Its a pleasure to visit they so called one of the Wonders of the Philippines,hopefully one of these days i could travel to visit the place,,,,

  16. @Karen: that depends on when you go.

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