Ultimate 6D5N Cordillera Region ( Batad - Banaue - Sagada - Baguio ) Itinerary

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And so the big week for our Cordillera Region getaway that we have been waiting for a year has finally come and I was tasked to research and make the itinerary for my travel buddies on this trip. I'm not fond of doing all of these things but I'm happy to obliged because I spear headed this getaway.


DAY 01 : Imugan Falls & Bus Ride
  • ETA at NAIA : 7:00 am
Again this is a bad idea if you are heading to Batad because the bus station (Ohayami Trans)  buses going to Banaue only departs at night from Manila. Since we will be arriving early in the morning we have an option to do a side trip before heading to Batad. 
OPTION 1 : Lakwatsero suggested we try the Imugan Falls in Nueva Vizcaya because it's just a 30 minute trek from the highway and spend the night in Solano. Take the first trip to Banaue ( 1 hr 30 mins ) in the morning.
FARE: Php 346.00 per pax ( ETT 6 - 7 hrs )

OPTION 2 : Stay in Manila the whole preparing some necessities for the long trip and head to the bus station going to Banaue around 8pm. 
FARE : Php 450.00 per pax ( ETT 8 - 9 hrs )

 OPTION 1 : 
Side Trip to Imugan Falls in Nueva Vizcaya


Imugan Falls © Allan Barredo
Location: Caraballo Mountain Range in Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya
  • 0800 am : Manila Bus Station ( Victory Bus Lines or Florida Bus Lines )

  • 0900 am - 0300 pm : Manila to Santa Fe via bus ( Php 346.00 per pax with ETT of 6 hrs )

  • 0300 pm - 0330 pm : Santa Fe Town to Imugan Falls ( Php 135.00 per pax for trike )

  • 0330 pm - 0500 pm : Enjoy / Photo Ops in Imugan Falls

  • 0500 pm - 0530 pm : Imugan Falls to Santa Fe Town

  • 0600 pm - 0700 pm : Santa Fe to Solano 

  • 0730 pm : Stay overnight in a hotel 

OPTION 2 : 
City Tour in Manila & Wait for 10pm Bus

  • 0700 am - 0800 pm : City Tour & Meet Friends

  • 0800 pm - 0900 pm : Head to Manila Bus Station

OHAYAMI TRANS:


Email: ohayami@yahoo.com
MANILA BOOKING STATION
Cor. fajardo St., Lacson AveSampaloc, Manila
# 09276493055/ 02-5160501

 
MANILA ---> BATAD ( ETT 8 - 9 hrs )
0900 pm during peak season
1000 pm during regular days   

BANAUE BOOKING STATION
Poblacion, Marker,  Town Center, Banaue,Ifugao
#  09058814361

BATAD ---> MANILA
0630 pm during peak season
0700 pm during regular days

BAGUIO BOOKING STATION
Beside Chowking , Burnham Park, Baguio City
# 09166009333
LAGAWE BOOKING OFFICE
Beside Caltex Station
Lagawe, Ifugao

#09275617344
  • 1000 pm - 0700 am : Manila to Banaue via bus ( Php 450.00 per pax for 8 hrs )
Travel by bus experience : www.lakas.com.ph


DAY 02 : Batad - Tappiya Falls, Highest Viewpoint, Batad Rice Terraces


Tappiya Falls © Flickr
  • 0700 am : Head to Municipal Tourism Center for Environmental Fee Php 20.00 (opens 5am)

  • 0700 am - 0730 am : Breakfast & Search for other tourists to join & cut the cost of jeepney. 

  • 0730 am - 0830 am : Banaue to Saddle Point (Batad) via jeepney ( Php 2,800.00 per private jeepney or Php 150.00 per pax for public jeepney in the market )
Schedule © www.lakas.com.ph
  • 0830 am - 0900 am : Saddle Point trek to Batad Tourist Information Center ( Heritage Fee : Php 50.00 per pax & optional tour guide of Php 300.00
  • 0900 am - 0930 am : Trek to Simons Viewpoint Inn ( another must try accommodation Ramon' s Homestay where you can stay in a native Ifugao hut for Php 250.00 per pax)

SIMONS VIEWPOINT INN  

ROOM RATE: Php 250.oo per pax 
Other expenses : 
CHARGE per battery : Php 30.00
CHARGE for hot shower : Php 50.00 (regular shower is free)
FOOD ranges around Php 100.00 & above

  • 0930 - 1100 am : Order Advance Lunch & Rest

  • 1100 am - 1130 am : Lunch

  • 1200 pm : Hire Guide for Highest Viewpoint & Tappiya Falls ( Php 800.00 per guide )

  • 1230 pm -  0130 pm : Trek from Main Town to Highest View Point ( ETT 1 hr )

  • 0130 pm - 0230 pm : Trek from Highest View Point to Tappiya Falls ( ETT 1 hr )

  • 0230 pm - 0400 pm : Tappiya Falls Photo Ops & Swim

  • 0400 pm - 0530 pm : Tappiya Falls to Main Town ( ETT 1 hr 30 mins )

  • 0530 pm - 0600 pm : Order dinner & freshen up ( optional! look for transportation back to Banaue)
Day 03 : Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces © Flickr

  • 0600 am : Early Breakfast


  • 0700 am : Pack Up


  • 0730 am - 0815 am : Hike from Simons Viewpoint Inn to Saddle Point


  • 0815 am : Arrival in Saddle Point ; Rest & Look for ride back to Banaue Town Proper


  • 0820 am - 0920 am : Saddle Point to Banaue 


  • 0920 am : Negotiate trikes for ride to Banaue Viewpoint Rice Terraces ( Php 700 per tricycle )


  • 0930 am - 1000 am : Banaue Town Proper to Banaue Viewpoint Rice Terraces ( Aguian Viewpoint ) via tricycle 


  • 1000 am - 1100 am : Banaue Rice Terraces Photo ops & Rest


  • 1100 am - 1130 am : Banaue Viewpoint Rice Terraces to Banaue Town Proper


  • 1130 am - 1230 pm : Lunchtime


  • 1230 pm - 0200 pm : Banaue Town Tour ( optional Banaue town tour : Public Market, Souvenir Shops, Banaue Museum with Php 50.00 entrance fee


  • 0200 pm : Wait for the bus going to Sagada


  • 0200 pm - 0400 pm : Banaue to Bontoc ( Municipal Hall ) via bus ( preferably Immanuel Bus Line ) through Halsema Highway ( Php 100.00 per pax )


  • 0400 pm - 0500 pm : Bontoc ( Municipal Hall ) to Sagada via jeepney ( Php 35.00 per pax


  • 0500 pm - 0530 pm : Checked in an Accommodation for 2 nights ( Residential Lodge per Lakwatsero's recommendation with Php 250.00 per pax with common T&B / Php 300.00 per pax with Private T&B )


  • 0530 pm - 0600 pm : Rest 


  • 0600 pm - 0800 pm : Food Trip & Dinner ( Hiker's Delight & Yogurt at Yogurt House, Night Buffet at Log Cabin [ Php 350.00 per pax ] , Lemon Flavored Pie & Tea at Lemon Pie House [ box costs Php 150.00 / slice costs Php 20.00


  • 0900 pm onwards : Sleep

Day 04 : Sagada 1 - Bomod-ok Falls, Bangaan Rice Terraces, Echo Valley, Hanging Coffins, Calvary Hill


Bomod-ok Falls © Flickr

  • 0600 am : Breakfast


  • 0700 am - 0830 am : Trek from Sagada Town Proper to Big (Bomod-ok) Falls via Bangaan Rice Terraces ( Php 500.00 per guide )


  • 0830 am - 0930 am : Big (Bomod-ok Falls) Photo Ops & Swim


  • 0930 am - 1030 am : Trek from Big Falls to Town Proper


  • 1030 am - 1130 am : Rest


  • 1130 am - 1230 pm : Lunch


  • 1230 pm - 0200 pm : Rock Climbing


  • 0200 pm - 0500 pm : Tour Echo Valley, Calvary Hill, Hanging Coffins, Underground River


  • 0500 pm - 0530 pm : Rest


  • 0530 pm - 0700 pm : Food Trip & Dinner ( Hiker's Delight & Yogurt at Yogurt House, Night Buffet at Log Cabin [ Php 350.00 per pax ] , Lemon Flavored Pie & Tea at Lemon Pie House [ box costs Php 150.00 / slice costs Php 20.00

  • 0800 pm : Sleep

Day 05 : Sagada 2 - Kiltepan Peak's Sunrise & Town Tour 

Sunrise in Kiltepan Peak © Flickr

  • 0400 am : Wake Up Call


  • 04150 am - 0430 am : Sagada Town Proper to Kiltepan via van ( Php 450.00 van rental round trip )


  • 0430 am - 0530 am : Trek to Kiltepan Viewpoint


  • 0530 am - 0630 am : Kiltepan Viewpoint Photo Ops 


  • 0630 am - 0730 am : Kiltepan to Sagada Town Proper


  • 0730 am - 0800 am : Rest & Order Breakfast


  • 0800 am - 0900 am : Sagada Town Tour ( must visit : St. Mary Episcopalian Church, Old Bell Tower, Souvenir Shops )


  • 0900 am - 0930 am : Pack Up & Checkout


  • 1000 am : Wait for the bus going to Baguio from Besao ( Schedule : Sagada to Baguio - 5AM*, 7AM, 8AM, 9AM, 10AM, 12:30PM ) Trans/Lizardo Bus Station is located near the church.


  • 1000 am - 0300 pm : Sagada to Baguio via bus ( Php 220.00 per pax with ETT 5-6 hrs )


  • 0300 pm - 0330 pm : Checkin

  • 0330 pm - 0430 pm : Rest & Wash Up

  • 0430 pm onwards : Food Trip & Cafe Hopping ( Cafe by the Ruins etc. )


Day 06 : Baguio Day Trip 



  • 0700 am : Wake Up Call & Breakfast

  • 0800 am : Go to Baguio City Hall for jeepneys with "Buyagan" signage going to Strawberry Farm

  • 0800 am - 0830 am : Baguio City Hall to Benguet State University via jeepney

  • 0830 am - 0840 am : Benguet State University to Strawberry Farm via walk

  • 0900 am - 1100 am : Strawberry Farm Picking ( Php 350.00 per kilo ) and explore the surrounding for pasalubongs

  • 1100 am - 1130 am : Benguet State University to Baguio City

  • 1130 am - 1200 pm : Lunch

  • 1200 pm - 0300 pm : Free Time anything goes

  • 0300 pm onwards : Ride bus back to Manila 


Special thanks: 
Lakwatsero for the personal tips & ever helpful travel blog.
Josiah for the comprehensive blog entries.
Allan Barredo for the captivating photos.

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Chris just loves to travel, and for a long time now has been drifting from place to place around the Philippines. With his combined passion for travel and photography, he’s managed to find himself in the middle of some magical moments and mind blowing scenery. The Bisdak Explorer is Chris’s way of sharing his experiences with you, and showcasing not just his travel photography, but the moments and stories behind those photos.

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