Christmas last year (2006), my wife, two cousins, and myself embarked on a journey to visit a land among the mountains, the land of the Ifugaos.
Through the Philippine Tourism Authority, we have procured a travel package to see two Philippine tourist destination that are found off-the-beaten track. We took a 3-day/2-night travel package to see Banaue, Bontoc, and Sagada. The package includes transport from Banaue to Sagada and back via Bontoc, breakfast and a packed lunch for the Sagada trip, tour guide, accommodation, and some souvenirs.
Banaue is situated in the mountainous province of Ifugao, around 10 hour bus ride north of Manila. This is also the site of the majestic Banaue Rice Terraces which are rice paddies terraced on the mountain sides. These have been carved by the Ifugao tribes for thousands of years, even before the Spanish colonization. These are also composed of four UNESCO world heritage sites.