The Batad Rice Terraces – People at Work

This is part 2 of the Batad Rice Terraces pictures. In this post you see what the people do in planting season. I hope you find the pictures interesting!

Batad Rice Terraces
Leaving the small village behind we made our way up to the other side of the valley

Batad Rice Terraces
On top over the Batad Rice Terraces

Batad Rice Terraces
The big ones are guest houses and restaurants – i do not hope for an earth quake over there

Batad Rice Terraces
You can see where they did plant the rice. Now it is time to plant the single rice plants with more space in between.

Batad Rice Terraces

Batad Rice Terraces
At the left corner you can see how it looks like after they plant them in their final growing place

Batad Rice Terraces
Further up they still repair the walls

Batad Rice Terraces
Mixing the soil

Batad Rice Terraces

Batad Rice Terraces
To bad we had so many clouds

Something new for you! A wide-screen of the Batad panorama picture – click the little square please 🙂


Since this was only a day trip we went up to a restaurant for a beer and then up to the place where our drivers waited for us

We did meet a few guys up there at the restaurant

Batad Rice Terraces
I will come back and stay for a few days next time!

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