The HIlls of the North
Trip Start Mar 26, 2008
50Trip End Mar 26, 2009
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Our first stop in the hills was Banaue. As we got closer on our overnight bus journey the weather got worse and raining more and more, but we could see the scenery getting increasingly eye catching as we rode along the more bumpier dust roads through countryside and up the mountains. As soon as we got there we found a lovely hostel overlooking a valley and Fran and I squashed into a small tricycle and went to the two lookouts.
When we got there it was so foggy we could hardly see anything but there were breaks in the fog as we caught a glipmse of the rice terraces, they were amazing!.
The next day we headed to Batad where the massive ampitheatre like stone walled rice terraces are considered the worlds stunning. Electricity has only been in use here for a few years and is still only a few hours a day. Its deep in a mountain and the only way of getting there is to walk! The mistake we made is you only have to hike the other side of the mountain, me and Fran ended up hiking up 2 hours and down 1 hours..... and stupidly we got up and 5 am to do it all the way back again haha.
As we climed the scenery was stunning, we could hear nothing and see lushious green for miles. At the top we got soaked with rain but when we reached the bottom of the other side and saw what is jaw dropping scenery it was all worth it. We got a little wooden room looking out of the valley and stayed one night just soaking up the scenery in the peace and quiet. It was great to see Fran gazing at all this with amazement and happy to of left Brazil for the first time.