Hungduan One of the Five Clusters of Ifugao Rice Terraces

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Ifugao Rice Terraces inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list since 1995. Situated west of the Banawe, it is home to numerous rice terraces including Hapao, Bacung, Kinga, Dakkitan and Nunggulunan which are among the most beautiful and well-preserved in the the entire Cordillera.

How to get there? From Manila to Banaue. Ohayami Transit and Dangwa Transit operate the Manila to Banaue route. Ohayami Bus has two to three departures starting at 8PM, their terminal is in the corner of Fajardo Street and Lacson Avenue in Sampaloc Manilla, near UST. Advanced reservation is advised, you may reach them at five one zero five zero one or check out their website at: www.ohayamitrans.com. Meanwhile, Dangwa Transit Terminal is operated by Florida Lines with terminal in Florida Cubao Terminal near Kamias, they operate one trip daily leaving at around 8PM. Fare is 450 pesos, travel time is around eight hours. Meanwhile, Coda Lines Corporation‘s Sagada busses pass by Banaue, their terminal is at Cubao HM Transport Terminal. Buses leave daily at 8PM, 9PM and 10PM, fare is 450 pesos for regular aircon and 550 pesos for deluxe. Travel time is around eight hours. For more inquiries, contact zero nine three nine four six seven seven eight six three, or visit their Facebook page. Meanwhile, Bacung Rice Terraces, Kinga Rice Terraces and Dakkitan Rice Terraces are all located in or near Poblacion Hungduan. The famed Bacung Rice Terraces is known to be unique as it scrawl to form like a spider web. Sadly, typhoons in the past years caused erosion and landslide in this treasured spot of the town. More than these rice terraces, Hungduan also beckons with its myriad of natural and cultural atttactions. There’s Mount Napulawan, a favorite among mountaineers being the second highest mountain in Ifugao after Mount Pulag; Balentimol Falls, a towering cascade near Poblacion; Heritage Village, a small village that features all the traditional houses of the town; Boyah Hot Spring, a hot sulfur spring in the upper village of Hapao; Dakkitan Natural Pool, a natural cold water pool and a favorite among locals; and Kibayyuwong Enchanted Stone and Pool, believed to be the abode of the richest spirits, among others. There’s more to see and do in this town. Go beyond the usual Banaue, feel the warm welcome of this lovely place and experience a different side of Cordillera in Hungduan. You can charter a tricycle for as low as 300 pesos in Hungduan Poblacion to take you to the viewpoint of Bacung Rice Terraces and Balentimol Falls. Going back to Banaue town, there are multiple jeepney departures in the morning until 2PM. If you missed it, you have to charter a tricycle starting from 500 pesos for maximum of three persons or hitch to any vehicle going back to Banaue. Where to stay? There is no high-end hotel or resort in Hungduan and accommodation is limited to home stays and inns, some offering native Ifugao huts for experience. Here are some of the list. Hungduan Proper located at poblacion packages are Happy Homes, Municipal Lodge and Eco Village all rate is 250 pesos per person per night. And Hapao proper at Giovanni’s Inn and Base Camp, all rate is 250 pesos per person per night.

Things to Do in Hungduan? See the rice terraces of Hapao, Bacung, Kinga, Dakkitan and Nunggulunan. Trek to Balentimol Falls. Relax in Bogyah Hot Spring. Swim in Hapao River, Galung River or Dakkitan Natural Pool. Check out Heritage Village. Climb Mount Napulawan. Visit Kibayyuwong Enchanted Stone and Pool. Experience the local festival called “Tungoh as Hungduan”. Explore Banaue, Batad, Mayoyao and the rest of Ifugao Tips? The best months to go to Hungduan is during dry season (December to June), with highlight on the months of April and May when the rice terraces are at its greenest. July to August are the harvest season, the paddies are gold by then. No ATM in town. No establishment accepts travelers check, credit and debit cards. Mobile signal is intermittent and very limited

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