Batad is a village in the Cordillera Administrative Region of the island of Luzon in the Philippines with fewer than 1500 people, situated among the Ifugao rice terraces. It is perhaps the best place to view this UNESCO World Heritage site. The most breathtaking among the rice terraces is found here in Batad. The Batad Rice Terraces are carved along the steep side of a mountain looking more like a giant amphitheatre. Yet in this case, the main show is the terraces itself. It is said that the height of this terrace is higher and older than the Colosseum of Rome.
Just the thought of its ancestors, building each of these terraces by hand even designing the irrigation system with water coming from the rainforest down to the fields and the stone-walled terraces withstanding erosion even after 2000 years is just marvelous!Main Tourist Attraction:
- Ifugao Rice Terraces. These amazing irrigated rice paddies were carved into the mountains over two thousand years ago. The village is nestled among perhaps the finest examples of them in the region. Anywhere in or above the village provides phenomenal views.
- Viewpoint. For the braves, there is a viewpoint on the highest point of the opposite side when coming from the Saddle. The valley view is wonderful.
- Tappiyah Waterfalls. A beautiful 70-meter falls about a 30-minute walk from the village. It’s a great place to go for a swim.
- Patpat Sitio (Sub-Village). Patpat is a smallsub-village ofBatad. While this sitio itself does not have too many attractions, the two-hour hike going there passes through some amazing sights. You first cross a river with a hanging bridge, then hike up rice terraces which lead into a small forest with numerous little waterfalls and springs. Upon reaching the ridge of the mountain, relax in a waiting shed which gives you both a full-frontal view of the Batad Rice Terraces and the sweet potato plantations of Patpat. There is one store in the village, and the elderly owner speaks perfect American colonial-period English. She only sells snacks and canned sardines, but you can ask her to cook the sardines and some rice for you. She might even give you some boiled sweet potatoes for free! Beside her store is a male basket weaver who might have some native backpacks for sale.
- Ifugao weaving. Beside the Foreigner’sInn at the main village there is a small hut with an elderly woman weaving traditional clothing with a backstrap loom.
- Handmade Ifugao knives. Also in the mainvillage ofBabluy is Juan Buy-a, the village blacksmith. He usually makes items for actual use (not lousy souvenirs), and you may chance upon him finishing a lovely blade with carved handle and scabbard. With some good haggling and a bottle of gin (which you should always carry around in Batad), you may get it at a great price!