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Feb 22, 2014 - Puerto Galera Portage

Last night we left Banaue in a pouring rain, taking another 9 hour bus ride to Manila. Barb and I are getting to be pros at this - armed with blankets and pillows, we look like vagrants but had a much more comfortable (?) journey. We arrived in Manila at 4:30 am and had to wait for the ticket office to open at 7 am to obtain bus/ferry tickets to journey off to Puerta Galera, where we were hoping to find sun and sand. The passage was a bit dodgy with swells and gusts. At one point the entire crew dashed out of the forecastle (or they...

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Feb 20, 2014 - Brutal Batad

We have spent the last two days in Batad where another set of rice terraces is found. The good side of the story is that we stayed in a homestay in a traditional hut with thatched rood and wooden floors overlooking the rice terraces. The food was great and we were serenaded during dinner by Irene, our guide, on the guitar. The bad news is that getting to and leaving from Batad was no easy feat. Our ride dropped us off at the top of a saddle and we hiked down, down, and down to get to Batad. The clay was slippery and the rock steps...

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Feb 19, 2014 - Best of Banaue

Well, we survived the bus marathon, but arriving in Banaue at 5:45 am after a frigidly cold bus ride was less than pleasant. (What is the deal with that??? There was subarctic winds blasting directly at us the whole 10 hours..., not to mention what appeared to be 4 hours of hairpin turns.) Suffice it to say that I am no longer able to remain chipper and coherent after 2 hours of sleep. However, we are staying in Banaue today, with a great view of the rice terraces out of our window. We hiked with Irene (our guide for the next 3 days) at...

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Feb 4, 2011 - Banaue et Batad

Les Philippines est un archipel de plus de 7000 îles, plus ou moins grandes et plus ou moins habitées. Comme à notre habitude, nous n'avions pas d'itinraire prévu pour nos trois semaines dans le pays. Manille est sur l'île de Luzon, l'une des plus grandes, et comme nous ne voulons pas aller trop loins, nous obtons pour le nord de Luzon, et nous nous retrouvons dans la montagne une fois de plus. Cette région est réputée pour les cultures en terrace, notement les culture de riz des tribus Ifugaos. Nous nous rendons au village de Banaue d'où...

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