Hungduan One of the Five Clusters of Ifugao Rice Terraces

Ifugao Rice Terraces inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list since 1995. Situated west of the Banawe, it is home to numerous rice terraces including Hapao, Bacung, Kinga, Dakkitan and Nunggulunan which are among the most beautiful and well-preserved in the the entire Cordillera. The village of Hapao greets everyone who visit Hungduan as it sits in the entrance of the town from Banaue. The village is famous for its vast rice fields including Hapao Rice Terraces and Nunggulunan Rice Terraces, both can be seen and accessed from the main road.

How to get there? From Manila to Banaue. Ohayami Transit and Dangwa Transit operate the Manila to Banaue route. Ohayami Bus has two to three departures starting at 8PM, their terminal is in the corner of Fajardo Street and Lacson Avenue in Sampaloc Manilla, near UST. Advanced reservation is advised, you may reach them at five one zero five zero one or check out their website at: Meanwhile, Dangwa Transit Terminal is operated by Florida Lines with terminal in Florida Cubao Terminal near Kamias, they operate one trip daily leaving at around 8PM. Fare is 450 pesos, travel time is around eight hours.

More than these rice terraces, Hungduan also beckons with its myriad of natural and cultural atttactions. There’s Mount Napulawan, a favorite among mountaineers being the second highest mountain in Ifugao after Mount Pulag; Balentimol Falls, a towering cascade near Poblacion; Heritage Village, a small village that features all the traditional houses of the town; Boyah Hot Spring, a hot sulfur spring in the upper village of Hapao; Dakkitan Natural Pool, a natural cold water pool and a favorite among locals; and Kibayyuwong Enchanted Stone and Pool, believed to be the abode of the richest spirits, among others.

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