Banaue - The start of the rice terraces

Trip Start Oct 05, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

After little sleep we awoke to an incredible sunrise over the mountains on the drive into Banaue. It was some of the most beautiful scenery we'd seen on the trip so far. 

The town itself was small and all the buildings were set into the hills overlooking the valley. We stayed at halfway guesthouse, where we met Jane, who had already been in the North for a while.

Famous for it's rice terraces, this area is truly stunning. We got a trikshaw to nearby terraces and explored the local shops where Jane got some weaved bags and souvenirs. That evening we had a nice meal overlooking the valley.

The next day Allison arrived and we headed north to Batad. We used a local bus and the infamous jeepney. After the war the philippines had loads of jeeps left over and converted them into the local transport. They're really fun as you can sit on the roof, the closest thing to flying! It can be pretty exhilarating, especially whilst clutching onto your San miguel! We got stuck at one point but were rocked out by some locals! 
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