20+ Best Ifugao Tourist Spots: Home of the Famous Banaue Rice Terraces

What are the can’t-miss tourist spots in Ifugao province aside that every avid adventurer should visit aside from marvelous rice terraces? Find out more on this comprehensive article.

Ifugao is world-renowned for its majestic Banaue Rice Terraces. These man-made structures signify the brilliant and ancient engineering skills of the Ifugao people. If connected from one end to another, these terraces can span halfway around the globe.

But more than these earthen masterpieces, Ifugao also boasts of other eco-cultural wonders. In fact, the rice terraces are just icing to what Ifugao offers.

As usual, many of the spots I included are off-beaten. This means that they are unspoiled by the impacts of mass tourism. It is my hope that showcasing them would lead to sustainable management.

This will not only sustain the natural environment and protect local culture but also promote community-based development.

Now, here are the must-see tourist attractions in Ifugao.

Explore Best Ifugao Tourist Spots

1. Tappiyah Falls

Tappiyah falls is one of the famous tourist spots in Banaue, Ifugao. It cascades on the face of a massive rock cliff for more than 75 meters.

Because of its sheer water volume and force, it created a wide and deep pool with churning waters. Its waters are cold and crystal-clear, emanating from the mossy forests of Mt. Amuyao and its adjacent ridges.

During rainy days, Tappiyah falls turns into a raging torrent that even if you’re far away, the mists it creates will make you wet.

It’s best to come here during the summer months of March to April if you wish to swim on its waters. Locals also love coming here to experience healing from common colds.

  • Location/Jump-Off: Brgy Batad, Banaue, Ifugao
  • Trekking Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Guide Fee: Php 600 (up to 4 pax)
  • Entrance/Heritage Fee: Php 50 each

2. Batad Amphitheater Terraces

Batad Rice Terraces is known for its breathtaking view that resembles the shape of a huge amphitheater. One could just wonder how the Ifugao’s ancestors build these majestic masterpieces using wooden tools and stones.

The rice terraces are not merely a showcase for tourism but are lasting testimonies of the ancient engineering skills of the people. They provide rice and vegetables for the community.

And these terraces show how the people and their natural environment have been living in harmony for centuries. It is one of the top Ifugao tourist spots.

  • Location: Brgy Batad, Banaue, Ifugao
  • Entrance Fee: Php 50
  • Guide Fee: Php 600 (up to 4 pax)

3. Mt. Napulawan

Mt Napulawan. One of the tourist spots of Ifugao.

Mt. Napulawan projects one of the most fascinating views in Ifugao province. It rises to more than 2,642 meters above sea level and presents one of the most difficult climbs in the Philippines.

Mt. Napulawan is derived from the Ifugao term, “Tuwale,” which literally means, white. Perhaps, this is because of the cloud and fog which perpetually cover the mountain. Locals also say that Bibiyo ( a fairy) guard the mountain.

The summit of Mt. Napulawan offers breathtaking sights of Ifugao and the adjacent mountain ranges. Mt. Tabayoc, Mt. Pulag, and Mt. Amuyao are visible from here.

Occasionally, a stunning sea of cloud formations appear. Today, it is one of the most frequented Ifugao tourist spots.

  • Location/Jump-Off: Brgy Bokiawan, Hungduan, Ifugao
  • Entrance Fee: Php 100
  • Guide Fee: Php 1000 each
  • Trekking Time: 9 hours-1 to 2 days

4. Hungduan Rice Terraces

Photo by: John K. Chua

Banaue Rice terraces are obviously overrated. If you are looking for a more rustic view of terraces, then do visit those of Hungduan.

The most popular terraces in Hungduan are Hapao Rice Terraces, the Bacung Spider Web Terraces, and the Dakkitan Rice Terraces. Abundant brooks and rivers from the mountains provide water to these terraces all year round. They yield premium heirloom rice varieties.

The locals celebrate one of the most iconic Ifugao festivals that showcases their reverence and respect of the natural environment.

  • Location/Jump-Off: Hungduan, Ifugao

5. Mayoyao Rice Terraces

Among the top Ifugao tourist spots, these beautifully-carved terraces are located for some 44 kilometers away from Banaue proper. The municipal center of Mayoyao itself is surrounded amidst majestic rice terraces.

One interesting spot here is the dikes which are tiered with flat stones. Locals say that tourists could side trip to several uncharted falls of Mayoyao. These nestle deep on the distant mountains, bordering the municipalities of Barlig and Natonin in Mountain Province.

These mountains are also local game reserves and host endangered species such as deer and wild pigs.

  • Location/Jump-Off: Mayoyao, Ifugao
  • Trekking Time: Minutes from the Community
  • Guide Fee: Donation
  • Entrance Fee: None

6. Kiangan Shrine

Kiangan Shrine is one of the historical Ifugao tourist spots. It signifies the locals” valiant resistance against the Japanese invaders. In fact, this is where Gen. Yamashita and his troops informally surrendered, thus, officially ending World War II in the Philippines.

Upon the orders of former Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos, the Shrine was established by the Philippine Tourism Authority with the cooperation of the provincial government of Ifugao and the municipality of Kiangan, on April 19, 1973.

A museum is also built within the shrine’s compound. This showcases the rich culture and traditions of the locals.

  • Location/Jump-Off: Kiangan, Ifugao
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Guide: Not Necessary

7. Mt. Nagchayan

Photo by: Pinoy Mountaineer

Mt. Nagchayan rises to more than 1,455 MASL and is one of the rustic Ifugao tourist spots. It was a battleground during the Japanese invasion. Both the locals and the Americans pursued relentless drives until the Japanese finally surrendered.

Several grottos and stonewalled trenches and foxholes can be found here. There are also old rustic shells scattered on the site. Still, this mountain can make up your trek worth it if you simply want to experience nature’s beauty.

Its summit will reward you with views of rice terraces and surrounding mountain ranges.

  • Location/Jump-Off: Brgy Chaya, Mayoyao, Ifugao
  • Trekking Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Guide Fee: Donation
  • Entrance Fee: None

8. Bintakan and Nah-toban Caves

Bintakan cave is nestled on the slopes of Ibulao, some 2 kilometers away from the provincial capital. It contains three major chambers. The dripping waters formed various stalactite and stalagmite rock formations of various shapes and sizes.

The entrance overlooks the Ibulao River. On the other hand, Nah-toban has much bigger rooms. So far, only four of these have been explored and assessed for tourism. It hosts colonies of bats. Thus, guano (bat pooping) can be seen all around. The caves are among the potential Ifugao tourist spots.

  • Location/Jump-off: Lagawe, Ifugao
  • Trekking Time: 20 minutes from the highway

9. Buyukan Falls

Buyukan Falls can be reached via a three-hour walk from Poblacion. Expect to walk on forested trails. Thus, it is only recommended for experienced hikers. During rainy months, leeches abound. So it’s best to visit the falls during the summer.  The waters of the falls emanate from the mossy forests upstream.

  • Location/Jump-Off: Poblacion, Hungduan, Ifugao
  • Trekking Time: 3 hours

10. Ambuwaya Lake

Ambuwaya lake of Kiangan. One of the tourist spots of Ifugao.

Don’t expect buwaya (Filipino term for crocodiles) when you come here. Because there are none. However, the lake does hold mysteries of its own. According to a local legend, the lake used to be a community. It suddenly turned into a lake after some children killed and made fun of leeches on a nearby spring.

Ambuwaya lake offers a serene and enchanting view. Boating, fishing, or swimming can be done here. In fact, it is becoming a favorite picnic site among the locals.

Verdant vegetation surrounds the lake, giving it a rustic atmosphere. Hopefully, the locals will continue to responsibly manage the lake.

  • Location/Jump-Off: Brgy Ambabag, Kiangan, Ifugao
  • Trekking Time: Minutes from the Community
  • Guide Fee: Donation
  • Entrance Fee: None

Extra Ifugao Tourist Spots to Explore

11. Tenogtog Falls 

Tenogtog falls of Mayoyao. One of the tourist spots of Ifugao.

Tenogtog falls is a three-layered fall with pools in between. According to locals, Tenogtog is an Ifugao word which means, “chopped.” The falls is named as such because this is where hunters used to chop the meat of deer or wild pigs.

Interestingly, they share the chopped meat with passersby. Tenogtog Falls is one of the popular Ifugao tourist spots.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Mapawoy, Mayoyao, Ifugao
  • Trekking Time: 30 minutes
  • Entrance Fee: Php 45 each
  • Contact: Ms Carolina Kimmayong- (globe) 09260643459or (smart) 09282957995

12. Mt. Anapowan

Mt. Anapowan towers over the landscape of central Ifugao province. It is being eyed as a premium mountaineering and camping site.

From its summit, one can witness a breathtaking view of Hungduan including its forest-covered peaks and majestic rice terraces.

The low-lying municipalities of Kiangan and Lagawe, as well as the rice terraces of Hingyon, are also visible from here.

13. Nagacadan Rice Terraces 

Nagacadan Rice Terraces of Kiangan. One of the tourist spots of Ifugao.

These terraces are less popular but such that should make up to your bucket list. They are nonetheless, among the most preserved in Ifugao, away from the damaging impacts of mass tourism.

Interestingly, these terraces portray the intimate connection of the locals to their forests. In fact, the Muyung system still plays an integral role. Muyung is an indigenous forest conservation system.

  • Location/Jump-Off: Kiangan, Ifugao
  • Trekking Time: Minutes from the Community
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Guide Fee: Donation

14. Balentimol Falls

Balentimol Falls is one of the several hidden waterfalls found in Hungduan. It lies on the foot of famed Mt. Napulawan and hikers can do a side trip here before or after assaulting the mountain’s summit.

Balentimol falls measures around 30 feet high and cascades like drizzles from the heavens. The sheer sight of it gives a rewarding and soothing experience. 

The best way to enjoy the falls is to position on its base while its waters give a rejuvenating massage. It is one of the best Ifugao tourist spots you should not miss.

  • Location/Jump-Off: Brgy Abatan, Hungduan, Ifugao
  • Trekking Time: 20 minutes
  • Guide Fee: Donation

15. Bogyah Hot Spring

Bogyah Hot Spring lies beside the Hungduan river. Its sulfuric waters offer a healing and a relaxing bath. A pool has been erected to contain the thermal waters. This can fit around 10 individuals.

According to the locals, the spring emanates from rock crevices. The spring’s presence shows that there might be a nearby volcano.

After dipping in the spring, you can take a cold bath on the rapids and pools of the Hungduan river. Its waters are crystal-clear and teem with endemic marine species such as small fishes, eels, and crabs.

  • Location/Jump-Off: Brgy Hapao, Hungduan, Ifugao
  • Trekking Time: 40 minutes
  • Guide Fee: Php 300

16. Pikhu Falls

Pikhu falls of Mayoyao. One of the tourist spots of Ifugao.

Unlike most falls, Pikhu falls cascades in a sliding and gentle manner. It has an estimated height of more than 20 meters. It has no pool since big boulders cover its base. However, visitors can lay down on its cascade and feel the relishing effect of its waters.

Beautiful rainforests surround the waterfalls. This makes it a perfect getaway for those seeking complete nature immersions. Pikhu Falls is one of the least-known Ifugao province tourist spots.

  • Location/Jump-Off: Mayoyao, Ifugao
  • Trekking Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Guide Fee: Donation
  • Entrance Fee: None

17. Pangagawan Caves 

Pangagawan Caves of Kiangan. One of the tourist spots of Ifugao.

Pangagawan Cave is one of the hidden gems found in barangay Bolog. Inside the cave, there are tight spaces and literally, you will need to squeeze yourself to get deeper. You will also get wet and muddy.

After all, there is a running stream inside. As you tread on this stream, a waterfall awaits you. You bet! Its waters are crystal-clear. All in all, the nooks and crannies of the cave can be explored in two-three hours. This is one of the off-beaten Ifugao tourist spots.

  • Location/Jump-Off: Brgy Bolog, Kiangan, Ifugao
  • Trekking Time: 2 hours
  • Contact: 0920 467 1020 (Municipal Tourism Officer)

18. Apho-or Burial Tomb 

The Ifugaos are known for their stone-walled terraces. But did you know that they also used their skill in erecting tombs? The Aphfo’or certainly proves this. These are usually rounded structures built using stone walls. The dead were placed inside in a sitting position. The structure protects the corpse from rodents.

As per local customs, only well-to-do persons are buried in tombs. Interestingly, the Ifugao ancestors built the structures using their bare hands. It must have been difficult but they did it! These are masterpieces indeed.

  • Location/Jump-Off: Mayoyao, Ifugao
  • Trekking Time: Minutes from the Community
  • Guide Fee: Donation
  • Entrance Fee: None

19. Bangaan Rice Terraces

This is one of the five rice terraces of Ifugao province listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. While it is less popular, it stands out as the most accessible. It also offers a more rustic setting since there are only a few families living here.

These terraces are among the off-beaten Banaue attractions.

  • Location/Jump-Off: Brgy Bangaan, Banaue, Ifugao
  • Trekking Time: Minutes from the Community
  • Guide Fee: Donation
  • Entrance Fee: None

20. Bagnit Falls 

Bagnit Falls, Kiangan. One of the tourist spots of Ifugao.

Bagnit Falls roars down for more than 120 meters. This makes it one of the highest falls in Ifugao. It cascades in a multi-layered manner, making it ideal for canyoneering and rappelling.

Because less people come here, it makes up for a good adventure for those into less touristy destinations. Not only will you enjoy the scenic view of Bagnit Falls but also relish the lush vegetation all around.

Bagnit Falls is one of the emerging Ifugao tourist spots.

  • Location/Jump-Off: Brgy Julongan, Kiangan, Ifugao
  • Trekking Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Guide Fee: Donation
  • Entrance Fee: None

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  1. agusta d. paligan

    another must.see.tourist spot in mayoyao is the a’pfaw Mahencha waterfall

  2. another must.see.tourist spot in mayoyao is the a’pfaw Mahencha waterfall

  3. Ilocano Lakwatsero

    yung 1000 steps pa sa Ifugao
    Kiangan at Hungduan ang gusto kong puntahan. may hotel po ba sa lugar na yan? Napuntahan ko na ang Mayoyao at sobrang ganda niya.

  4. Rhonda Malecdan Bosaing

    The 1000 steps and Forest Library in Alfonso Lista, Ifugao is also a “must see” and can be included in the list. You can see the spectacular view overlooking the Magat Dam and the surrounding fields of the minicipality. You can also see the birds coming to rest on the mountains late in the afternoon and see them fly out again early in the morning. The sunset view reflection on the Magat Dam reservoir is also amazing.

  5. If wanted to see all waterfalls and caves how many days would it take me.

  6. Lyra Asensi

    Grabe ang ganda ng shots, while doing my research feel ko nag tour na din akooo! Love it 😍

  7. Chris Guerrero

    Those places are my very wish to see and experience, hopefully soon.

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