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Ifugao Travel Guide

Itinerary, Things to do, How to get there and more

Formerly a part of the old Mountain Province, Ifugao was created an independent province in 1966 along with Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga-Apayao and Mountain Province. Ifugao is divided into 11 municipalities with Lagawe as its capital. The province got its name from the word IPUGO – “i” means “from/people” and “pugo” means “hill”, which translated into “people of the hill”. Situated in the southeastern section of the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon, Ifugao is known for its beautiful and breathtaking rice terraces that were inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The natives of the province are called Ifugaos with agriculture as their main source of livelihood.

Where to go in Ifugao

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Ambuaya Lake

Kiangan, Ifugao, Cordillera Administrative Region, 3604, Philippines

Apfo'or Burial Tombs

Mayoyao, Ifugao, Cordillera Administrative Region, 3602, Philippines

Bintacan Cave

Lagawe (capital), Ifugao, Cordillera Administrative Region, 3600, Philippines

Bocos Village

Banaue, Ifugao, Cordillera Administrative Region, 3601, Philippines

Bogya Hot Spring

Hungduan, Ifugao, Cordillera Administrative Region, 3603, Philippines

Bokiawan Village

Banaue, Ifugao, Cordillera Administrative Region, 3601, Philippines

Buyuccan Waterfalls

Banaue, Ifugao, Cordillera Administrative Region, 3601, Philippines

How to Get Here

GETTING HERE
The province of Ifugao is accessible through land travel. Banaue is the main jump-off point for the different tourist spots in Ifugao and Mountain Province and takes 9-10 hours of travel to reach. Most buses leave at night from Manila with fare that costs Php 450.00 – Php 550.00 per person. Ohayami Trans and GV Florida Transport ply the route Manila-Banaue directly. Once in Banaue, a jeepney or van ride can take you the different towns in Ifugao.

Popular Food

In Kiangan town, inlagim is a chicken or duck boiled with just salt, ginger and onion. In local language, inlagim means “burning the feathers of the butchered chicken or duck”. This dish is tied to Ifugao rituals and celebrations.

(c) @delvallenico / instagram.com

Inutum is yam leaves stuffed with either fish or pork with onions, ginger and garlic and then grilled.

This is Ifugao’s version of sausage. Pinunnog is chopped pork flavoured with salt and garlic, stuffed in pork intestines and placed on the hay-ungan (a slot above a fireplace) and left to be smoked for days.

(c) @conan.r.balaoing/ instagram.com

Also called binakle, it is a dessert rice cake made from dayakkot, native red rice grown in the terraces. The rice is pounded with sesame seeds and then wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. This delicacy is also prepared in community rituals.

What to Do

Visit the rice terraces
Ifugao is home to 5 remarkable rice terraces recognised by UNESCO, each one has its own characteristics and charm that will surely take one’s breath away. The panoramic view is also a testament to Ifugao’s creativity and hard work that stand the test of time.
Ride a wooden bike
The ingenious Ifugaos invented wooden scooters to transport goods up and down the mountains. Now, these wooden bikes have evolved from a simple transportation to an exciting pastime. In fact, scooter racing is held every April as a part of the annual Imbayah Festival.
Taste the native food and wine
Sample the province’s inlagim and baya and know more about Ifugao with these delicacies.