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Here are some views of downtown Banaue:

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Downtown Banaue is very small and in fact has only two streets. If you stand near the Tourist Information Center you'll be at the hub of the town. A view of the transit center where many buses and jeepneys wait for passengers, northbound to Bontoc and Sagada,and southbound to Manila. You must climb those stairs to reach that Ohayami bus you see at the top of the stairs. And even further above that, at the top of the hill, is the Banaue Museum.
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Again, if you stand near the Tourism Information Center and look east you will see the street that ends at the Municipal Hall. There are many souvenir and grocery shops on this street worthy of your attention. The only hotel on this street is the Sanafe and you can see its sign in the photo on the left. There is a small permanent market next to the Sanafe Inn but on Saturdays this entire street becomes filled with the tents of vendors who show up for the tianguis, a word used by the Aztecs of Mexico to mean a rotating market, that is a group of vendors who go from town to town on a regular schedule. (Mexico and the Philippines have some surprisingly similar links in culture due to the interaction of sailors and merchandise that crossed the Pacific Ocean annually on Spain's ships between the Philippines and Mexico.) If you are in Banaue on Saturday be sure to walk around the tianguis and look over the items on sale.
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When you stand in front of the Tourism Information Center and look to the north you'll see this view. That narrow street eventually becomes the highway going to the east with Batad and Mayoyao on its route. Many of Banaue's hotels are on this steet; on the left are Wonder Lodge as well as the restaurant of the Las Vegas Inn. On the right side of the street are Peoples Lodge, Greenview Lodge, Stairway Lodge, and Halfway Lodge.
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Wood carving has been practiced by the Ifugao people for centuries and they are well-known for their craftmanship in this art. You will see many shops in town offering items created from wood.
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Kids in the mountain areas love making wooden scooters with which they coast down the mountain, climb uphill again and then roll down the mountain road one more time. They are usually quite simply made and not like the one in the photo. A folding chair carved from wood.


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Tobacco and related items have been very important in Ifugao culture for centuries. Here a customer looks over a vendor's leaf tobacco and betel for sale. The other photo shows a betel nut package containing the leaf and some salt.
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Chewing the betel nut has been a long practice among the Ifugao people, especially the men. When you see red lips on the men of the area you'll know they have been chewing that stuff. It seems the municipality is trying to curb the habit of those men who usually spit out the residue anywhere they feel like. Signs like the one here showing the fines for spitting "moma" have begun to appear in the province. And the reason is apparently what you see in the photo, those unsightly red blotches on the pavement all over the place.
For more information about the history and use of betel see here .

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An historical marker at the entry to Banaue. The hanging bridge which can be reached just below the market in downtown Banaue. On the far side of the bridge is the road to Batad and Mayoyao.
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The Tourist Information Center, conveniently located at the entrance to the market area, can offer maps and a wealth of information about lodging, transportation, tours, sight seeing, and trekking packages.
BATAD! Batad is the primary outlying destinaton for most visitors. Because of recent road improvements you no longer have to stay overnight in Batad. You can instead leave early from Banaue for Batad, walk the terraces and see Tappiah Falls, then return to your lodging in Banaue. Learn more about Batad.
PRONUNCIATION: Most Malay languages give stress to the second syllable so Banaue is pronounced "Bah NOW way". Similarly Batad is "Bah TAHD"; Hungduan is "Hung DEW an"; Mayoyao is "Mah YO ya oh".
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Inns and Lodges:
(All are in Banaue proper and easily accessible)

Nature's Mist
Las Vegas
Spring Village Inn
Banaue Homestay
Terraceville Inn
Halfway Lodge

There is no shortage of lodging in the Banaue area; the above list shows those featured on our website and which have their own pages here. But other options are available:

Randy's Brookside Inn, Bogah Home Stay, Kim's Homestay, Lhorens Inn and Restaurant, Trekkers Lodge and Cafe, Cristina's Main Village Inn and Restaurant (Batad Trail), Koreen guest house, Pink Banaue Hostel, Querencia Hotel, Wonder Lodge, Banaue Evergreen Hostel and Restaurant, Rice Homestay, 7th heaven Cafe & lodge, Cambulo Country Cabin (in Cambulo), Tam-An Hotel

(In Banaue proper and easily accessible)

Banaue Hotel / Youth Hostel

(6km from Banaue proper, on a good road)

Banaue Ethnic Village & Pine Forest Resort

Thatched Roof Lodging:
(All are in outlying areas)

Ramon's Homestay
In Batad, nice option!
Native House Viewdeck
4 km from downtown Banaue, nice park but poor lodging options
Native Village Inn
9 km from downtown, NOT RECOMMENDED, owned by a foreigner with a nasty attitude

General Information Pages:

What To See And Do
How To Get Here
Jappan's Tours
Downtown Banaue
Cordillera Sculpture Museum
Banaue Museum
Travel By Ferry

Jappan's Tours offers an all-inclusive package that allows you to see Banaue, Batad, Bontoc, and Sagada in a well-organized 3-day tour. Learn more about Jappan's Tours.
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The Department of Tourism oversees the tour industry and accredits lodges and guides.