I think that I’m getting enough of vitamin SEA so I chose a different path this time. If you are up for a challenging trip this summer then I strongly recommend the trek to Batad and its waterfalls. Leave your worries and sweat out those calories. I’ve seen quite a few rice terraces, but the Batad amphitheatre like view, the community and nature, the real laid back life of the town and beautiful rolling mountains around make it one the most beautiful and surreal places on Earth. To complete your Batad experience one can pass by the village and walk the terraces, eat interesting local dishes and delicacies in a small family owned restaurants.
I also suggest to buy water and food at the main town since all stuff they sell are extremely expensive. One must wear comfortable footwear too and always apply sunblock to protect your skin against the harmful effect of overexposure to the sun.
I left Batad with a sore legs and feet after almost a day of trekking but looking at things in a positive perspective, seeing the spectacular wonder where it was made by the hands of the Ifugao people 2,000 years ago was well worth it.
The rice terraces of Batad really is one spectacular sight to behold. Admittedly, a moderate level of fitness is required. After exploring the genuine man-made masterpiece of Batad one have the option of trekking down to the waterfall which is worth your time . Its waterfall boasts a peaceful venue and offers lots of activities for wanderers alike. One can enjoy swimming at the Tappiyah Waterfalls. Tappiyah or Tappiya waterfalls stands 70-meters high and about a 30-minute walk from the village. To go to Tappiya falls one must hire a local guide. From the Saddle head on to the opposite side of the rice terraces amphitheater. From there, trek down again with the only path with stair ways to the other side.
While some of the most popular places are easy to trek on your own, I still recommend you hire a local guide.
Flashlight is a must: Batad and the surrounding villages have poor lighting at night. Be sure to bring one.
Bring enough cash.
I RECENTLY DISCOVERED THERE ARE MANY BEAUTIFUL PLACES OUT THERE. I REALIZED IT WOULD BE A GREAT IDEA TO CREATE A POSTCARDS SERIES HIGHLIGHTING MY TRAVEL ESCAPADES WHILE ON THE ROAD. A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS SO IT DESERVES A SEPARATE BLOG ENTRY. THIS IS A GOOD EXCUSE TO POST PHOTOGRAPHS WHEN YOUR BLOGGING LIFE IS OUT FOR GOOD WORDS AND A REMARKABLE IDEA TO GIVE MY PHOTO GALLERY AN AMPLE SPACE TO BREATHE.
DISCLAIMER: This a sponsored trip courtesy of TRAILADVENTOURS.
Thanks to my newly found friends Joy, Jess, Edge and Ron who I met during our BATAD weekend adventure. A big thanks to TRAILADVENTOURS team and its organizing committee for inviting Wanderlust on the Road together with Elal of The Shades of Grey. My special thanks to travel coordinators; Darren and Niel for being so cool and kind all the time. In Trail Adventours your destination is not just an adventure, it supports local guides, communities and waste-projects.
“Simple pleasures are certainly the best!”. Get to know the people you meet on the road and feel the real life of your destination. This is now a perfect time to plan your special summer getaway.