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To get to Hungduan, Ifugao you must get to Banaue. If you do not know how to get to Banaue, then you can find out here.
When you get to Banaue you can go to Hundguan via
Once you reach Banaue, there are jeepneys going to Hapao or Poblacion of Hungduan, Ifugao.
The jeepneys can be located at the front of the Ohayami Bus Station in Banaue.
Time of availability of Jeepneys: 12:30PM to 5PM (last trip). Sorry, no morning jeeps to Hungduan.
If you’re going to Hapao the fare would be 30 Pesos/person with a travel time of 1 hour to 1 hour 30 mins. If you go down here you can view the Hapao Rice Terraces which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the Cultural Landscape category. You can also dip on Bogyah Hot Spring or on the cold waters of Hapao River. If you want to stay there for a night or 2, there are available lodgings in the middle of the rice terraces.
If you’re going to the Poblacion of Hungduan the fare would be 50 Pesos/person with a travel time of 1 hour 30 mins to 2 hours. You can visit the Hungduan Weaving Livelihood Center or the Heritage Village. There are also lodgings in the Poblacion so you can stay more than a day.
It is highly advised that travellers should request the jeepneys to stop by the Tourist Assistance Center of Hungduan to register.
By the way, you can topload at the jeepneys. 🙂
Since the schedule of the jeepneys are not that flexible, you can hire a tricycle from Banaue to take you to Hapao or the Poblacion of Hungduan.
The usual prices are to
- Banaue to Hapao – 550 Pesos/tricycle
- Banaue to Hungduan Poblacion – 700 Pesos/tricycle
Since the road to Hungduan are still a bit rough the advisable number of persons per tricycle are only 2 to 3 pax (not including the tricycle driver). Soon the roads to Hungduan will be improved.
For big groups, you can rent jeepneys to Hungduan from Banaue. The prices are
- Banaue to Hapao – 2,000 Pesos/jeepney
- Banaue to Hungduan Poblacion – 2,500 Pesos/jeepney
The advantage of hiring a jeepney or a tricycle is that you can stop whenever you want as there are a lot of beautiful rice terraces along the way in Hungduan. It’s also faster as the transportation will not stop once in a while to pick up or drop passengers.
Don’t forget to stop by the Tourist Assistance Center of Hungduan, Ifugao to register.
Also, any mode of transportation going to the Poblacion of Hungduan will pass by the jumpoff point for Mount Napulawan.
If you plan to take the Public Jeepneys to go back to Banaue, then here are the information you should know.
Time of Availability: 5 AM to 11AM. All jeeps leave to Banaue in the morning. No afternoon trips.
Fare and travel time are same as the public jeepney to Hungduan.
Note: According to the locals of Hungduan, you must ride the jeepneys from 5AM to 8AM as many jeepneys pass by at that time. After 8AM the frequency is really low and has a higher tendency to be full, when that happens you may not be able to ride the public jeepney.
What if I’m going to Sagada?
What I did was I waited at the road at Hapao around 5:30AM and I arrived around 7AM in Banaue. I ate breakfast at a karinderya in Banaue then rode the jeepney to Bontoc.
The jeepney to Bontoc, Mountain Province leaves around 8:30AM. From Bontoc, there are a lot of jeepneys going to Sagada, last trip will is 5:30PM. Jeepney fare is 150 Pesos/person. Travel Time is
If you arrive at Banaue late for the 8:30AM jeepney to Bontoc then your second chance would be the three buses passing by Banaue to Bontoc. These buses will pass by Banaue around 11:30AM to 12:30PM. Bus fare is 120 Pesos/person. Travel Time is approximately 2 hours 30 mins.
What if I’m going to Batad?
Since the highly advised time to ride the jeeps are only up to 8AM, then I suggest you ride the 8AM jeepney. You’ll arrive at Banaue around 9:30AM. The jeepney to Saddle Point of Batad leaves around 3PM, but it is advisable that you tell the driver that you are riding before the scheduled time, around 12NN would be the advisable time. Fare is 150 Pesos/person (tourist price) and travel time is approximately 1 hour 30 mins.
What if I’m going to take the bus back to Manila?
This one is my most hated option. Not because going back to Manila means my travel will end but you’ll have to think of ways to pass the time.
You need to leave around 8AM from Hungduan (same reason if you’re going to Batad) and You’ll arrive at around 9:30AM. The first bus that will leave from Banaue to Manila is scheduled at 6:45PM. To pass the time I suggest you go to the viewpoints without hiring a tricycle. That’s 4kms uphill and 4 kms downhill. If that’s not enough then you could go to the Cordillera Sculpture Museum.
For more information about the schedule and rates of the bus going back to Manila from Banaue click here.
Let’s make an effort to preserve Hungduan, Ifugao as enchanting as I have experienced it.
- Keep your trash and throw it on proper disposal bins.
- Respect the locals.
- Keep the noise low as not to disturb locals and other travellers.
- Be mindful of others.
- Do not vandalize.
- And most of all, be contented with the simple life they have. What happens in the city should stay in the city.
- To trip organizers, whether personal or professional, you are responsible to educate the people you are with about responsible travelling and encourage them to practice it before going to any destination.
Let us not change Hungduan, let it change us.
This post is part of my 12 for 2012 Travel Project that aims to create travel guides to help travellers go around the Philippines.
Follow my Hungduan, Ifugao series
- 10 Things to do in Hungduan, Ifugao (overview)
- Hungduan, Ifugao Budget and Itinerary (helpful)
- How much did I spend on my trip to Hungduan, Ifugao
- How to get to Hungduan, Ifugao (helpful)
- Where to stay in Hungduan, Ifugao (helpful)
- Hungduan Rice Terraces
- Bogyah Hot Spings
- Hapao Rice Terraces
- Balentimol Falls
- Native House in Sitio Awa