We just see post cards of rice terraces from our social studies class in elementary, now, we’re actually walking, or should I say trekking, on one. First in our list of activity in Sagada was trekking the Banga-an Rice Terraces, something I nor Sago haven’t done before.
After registering our group at the local tourism office, which every tourist is required to do, we proceeded to Banga-an rice terraces by hiring a private jeepney.
Mr. Goatee here was the first one to greet us from the elevated starting point of the trek.
He was kind enough to pose for us and was not freak out with a swarm of new tourists taking a picture of him/her; or it .:)
It was not immediately the multi-level rice terraces where we trekked upon. We started with a level rice field but nonetheless walk on concrete dikes wide enough for one person and a half.
It was marvelously beautiful, like post cards coming into life. All these amazing views of the green sea while the cool breeze of the field runs across your face.
Just a few minutes after, we could now see the leveled rice terraces; and we are to walk on its sides like passers-by on a side walk street minus all the elements of the busy city.
Nothing but only the blue sky, the grey boulders we step on, the green palay and the brown soil beneath them.
This time, it’s more challenging since bigger steps are necessary to hop down the levels of rice terraces.
Remember, this is a decending trek.
Our target finish line is the Bomod-ok (Big) Falls which would be the focus of “Sagada Series 2.” For now, let’s continue trekking.
Interestingly. there are a number of Igorot village communities along the way. They are the ones who take care and till the soil of the terraces. There are three main communities in the rice terraces of Banga-an. We were able to pass through one of them and only see the other two from afar.
This guy in the picture above is the tour guide of the group from Travel Factor, the lifestyle travel agency facilitator of this trip.
We were also able to meet some smaller groups on their way up, back from the falls. Passing the same walk-way, both parties had to lean a little to allow them pass on each others sides.
The group had a number of rest along the trek. In total, the Banga-an rice terraces trek to Bomod-ok Falls was about an hour and a half (short rests included).
The trek is not really that tiring since it is a ‘descent‘. Moreover, we had a number of stops where our local travel guide companion discusses some trivia about the villages, the people, and their way of life. Some controversial topics including ‘marijuana‘ plantations was even raised. However, such topic is beyond the scope of this story. 🙂
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