Batad

Batad is a village in the Cordillera Administrative Region of the island of Luzon in the Philippines.

Understand

Batad is a village of fewer than 1500 inhabitants, situated among the Ifugao rice terraces. It is perhaps the best place to view this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Get in

Batad Rice Terraces after rain

No road leads to the village currently. But a road is in construction.

A jeepney from Banaue (₱150 for tourists) will bring you to the Saddle, from which it is a roughly 40-minute trek to the village. The road to the Saddle is mostly unpaved and perhaps treacherous at places, but the views of the Cordillera Mountains are impressive. Also, be advised that not all jeepneys stop at the Saddle; some stop about three kilometers short of it, at the Batad junction. From here, it's a 30-minute walk up to reach the Saddle (or if you are lucky, try to stop a nice 4WD). There are two jeepneys in the morning and one at about 3PM at Banaue.

If you can't get a public jeepney get a tricycle to the junction from Banaue. You will be quoted ₱300 to ₱350. Try not to settle for this fare but ask around. There are often tricycles headed to the junction to pick up returning travellers, especially after 10AM when there are no more jeepneys out from Batad. They may agree to fares as low as ₱50, although ₱100 to ₱200 is more likely. Walking in from the junction will take one to one and a half hours.

Get around

Since no road leads to Batad, there are no motorized vehicles to be found anywhere in the village. This means, of course, that one must get around on foot. (It also means that one can enjoy a delightful respite from the ubiquitous din of tricycles and jeepneys.)

You will find a lot of local people wanting to guide you trough the various interesting places of the village for ₱400.

See

Do

Do get a guide in Batad Village, because you can get lost in the uphill climb. The fee is just about 400-500 pesos.

Buy

There are no real stores to be found within the village proper, but overlooking the village is a cluster of lodges. Here you can buy indigenous souvenirs such as wood carvings, coffee, and rice wine.

Eat

Currently, the only dining options are the various lodges, which offer "foreigner food" (pizza, western breakfasts, etc.) in addition to basic Filipino meals. Expect to pay at least 60-160 pesos. The Batad View Point Restaurant, serving organic, locally grown indigenous cuisine will hopefully be open soon.

Drink

Expect to pay a premium for bottled beverages. A small bottle of San Miguel can cost around 60 pesos. A one-liter bottle of water cost 60-65 pesos. It is also possible to buy locally made rice wine.

Sleep

There are lodges overlooking the village proper, providing basic rooms with shared bathroom for around 200/250 pesos per person.

Go next

Make sure to be back at the Saddle by 9AM to catch the only jeepney back to Banaue. Remember that the hike back to the Saddle is uphill and will take longer than your hike in. Plan for at least one hour. Alternatively it is a fairly easy downhill hike to the junction where you can get a jeepney or tricycle to Banaue.

You may also continue on to the village of Cambulo, a difficult 90-minute trek away.

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