"We had a lovely trip - Batad is AMAZING. It is right up there with Machu Picchu. For me, MORE impressive. Leo and the drivers were excellent and really fun to be with. Thank you for all your last minute help and flexibility."
Katie - Singapore
Sagada is a town nestled among the pine forests, and although it also boasts picturesque mountain scenery and rice terraces, it is best known for the hanging coffins on the flanks of the limestone cliffs and in the grottoes called The Valley of Echoes.
These limestone cliffs amid the pine forests look strangely beautiful, almost eerie because of the wooden coffins wedged among the rocks.
Hanging coffins are also found in the caves of Sumaging and Lumiang, both less than an hour away. Over 100 wooden coffins carved from tree trunks, were stacked on top of each other. Here they remain until the wood falls away and they tumble into the depths below.
Nearby are the Sugong Coffïns - wooden hanging coffins that are suspended on the side of the cliffs as part of a unique ancient custom to inter the dead.
En-route to Sagada be sure to take in the Banaue Viewpoint, Mt. Polis, Bayyo rice terraces, and the visit the Bontoc museum
Tucked in the rugged ranges of the central Grand Cordillera Mountains, where pine trees grow in the cold air and mists swirl all year round, are some breathtakingly beautiful sites that are worth the journey along winding, spiraling roads.
Our tours take you to Banaue, Bontoc, Batad, and Sagada so you can see the stunning scenery, charming vilages, huge caves and waterfalls, and amazing sights such as the hanging coffins!
Banaue is located in the northern most part of the Province of Ifugao. It lies at the foot of Mt. Amuyao, the highest peak in the area, and is bounded on the north by the Mt. Province.
Apart from the magnificent landscapes of mountains, forests, deep ravines, waterfalls, mighty rivers and bubbling streams, there are the mountain tribal people whose centuries-old customs, traditions and artifacts continue to fascinate the world.
These are the lfugaos, who, thousands of years ago, with only simple tools and bare hands, made one of the best-known icons of Philippine tourism - the Banaue Rice Terraces.
The Rice Terraces are carved out of mountainsides with several peaks rising as high as 6,000 feet.
The panorama of the terraces becomes stunning as it changes colour with the season - varying shades of green in the planting season, alternating gold and ochre tones in the harvest season, and, different hues of the sky are reflected by water in the bare fields.
Being the most extensive anywhere in the world, the Banaue Rice Terraces are listed by the UNESCO World Heritage Sites as the first "combined cultural and natural site". and are often referred to as "the eighth wonder of the world".
When staying overnight, you can usually enjoy a cultural show at a local hotel, and when dining, we recommend you try local dishes native to this part of the Philippines.
At Batad you can enjoy trekking through lush forest, walk the world-famous rice terraces, which appear before you like an amphitheatre. Next, head off to take in the sights of the amazing Tappiyah waterfalls
Why Not Combine Banaue & Sagada with Vigan and Laoag!
Traveling by road, we can combine the Rice Terraces with Ilocos, via a visit to Baguio. Please enquire if you would like to do this.
Explore Banaue, Sagada & the Cordillera Mountains by Motorcycle!
If you're a motorcyclist, and enjoy the freedom of the open road, a tour through the mountains and rice-terraces of the Cordillera Mountains is a treat waiting for you. Witness jaw-dropping landscapes, and attractions as you pass through some of the Philippines most stunning scenery. Request this option.