- Encounters with locals
- Hiking / Trekking
- Culture (paddy field, coffee, tea ...)
- Sustainable Tourism
- Unesco World Heritage
- Off the beaten track
Only accessible by foot, Batad has an intriguingly mysterious side. When I arrived at the top of the village, I was blown away by the local culture and the sturdy, stone walls that make the town look like a giant amphitheatre. It's not often that you see man-made constructions and nature blend in so well together.
If you walk along the top of the rice fields, you'll get some stunning views. But watch your step, as some paths are narrow and really slippery! I then continued my walk downhill to reach a large waterfall. If you don't mind chilly water, you can take a dip in a freshwater pool close to the waterfall.
Finally, a visit to the lower part of the village, which is surrounded by plantations, will give you the chance to meet the locals, who enjoy a simple life. You'll also be able to recharge your batteries before heading off on one of the numerous treks in the region. This was one of my favourite stops during my trip to the Philippines.