The Batad Rice Terraces – Another World in a Valley

The Batad Rice Terraces are actually the Ifugao Rice Terraces but this is not what the locals and tourists call them. Batad is a small village in the North of Luzon in the Philippines. The village has less than 1500 people and is situated among the rice terraces. Here they do build the terraces with stones while in Banaue most of them are built with mud only.
From Banaue you can take a jeepney or tricycle to the “Saddle” From there you have to walk down to the village trough the lush green of that mountain. Be careful when you take transportation that they do not stop at the “Batad Junction”! That is about 3 km short of the Saddle.

Since the sky did look blue in the morning i decided to do the trip. A guy from Israel did want to go with me but did not feel to good. Lucky me – there was Kathleen and her daughter Alexondra sitting at the next table. They where on a short “see as much as you can in 3 weeks” trip from Canada. After trying to book a flight for them Randy organized a driver for me. The tricycle was 800 Pesos – not really cheap since a Jeepney should be only 150 one way. But than again there was no arguing for the price on the way back and we could stop a few times on the way in.
A few minutes later we where on the way towards the Saddle.

Batad, Philipines
I love the colour of fresh rice plants

Batad, Philipines
We did stop here and the girls had the 1st fresh coconut ever! Canadians – would you believe it?

Batad, Philipines
A glimpse on Batad on the hike down

Batad, Philipines
They look similar to the ones we have back home only they are really much bigger

Batad, Philipines
Nice path with lots of green and great views along the way

Batad, Philipines

Batad, Philipines
They did start to build these terraces more than 1000 years ago

Batad, Philipines
On the way down towards the other site

Batad, Philipines

Batad, Philipines

Batad, Philipines

Batad, Philipines
Girls!

Batad, Philipines

Batad, Philipines
Religion and Sport – does not matter where you go over here – they are present

Batad, Philipines

There will be part 2 – and i should post it in a few days. I hope before i take off and go to Switzerland

Author: Marc Hastenteufel

I like to travel and i like to snap pictures! My mother got me a Eurorail ticket when i was 15 and together with 2 friends we adventured into France. This was the beginning of a new addiction. I do like to take pictures so one thing leads to another and on this site i want to share some of my pictures and some of my trips with you! Now i am on the road for more than 6 months every year. Visiting old friends and making new friends while exploring this big blue ball.

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