The Rice Terraces of Sagada


You do not need to go to Banaue, Mayoyao or Hungduan to see the striking rice terraces because scattered all over Cordillera are these unique architectural masterpieces – the carefully hand carved mountainsides that seems giant steps forming stairways to the sky with its origin that can be traced back thousand years ago.

Sagada Rice Terraces
Rice Terraces of Bangaan in Northern Sagada

While Banaue and Batad in Ifugao are among the popular sites for these wonders, Sagada has its own share of magnificent landscapes. Though smaller, but still an amazing work of art.

Aside from its size, the difference between the rice terraces in Ifugao and Sagada is the material used. Banaue Rice terraces are made up of compacted soil while those in Sagada are made up of small rocks piled on top of each other.

Sagada Rice Terraces
Rice Terraces of Ankileng, Southern Sagada
Sagada Rice Terraces
Rice Terraces of Balugan, South Central Sagada

Suyo, Ankileng, Balugan, Bangaan (on the way to Bomod-ok Falls) and Kiltepan are where the rice terraces in this town can be found. Kiltepan which is bounded by the baranggay Kilong, Tetep-an, and Antadao, thus KilTePan, is the most striking of all.

Sagada Rice Terraces
A view of Rice Terraces of Kilong, Eastern Sagada from Kiltepan Viewdeck

A trekking to Bomod-ok Falls passing along its rice terraces can be arranged at Sagada Genuine Guide Association (SAGGA) or Sagada Environmental Guides Association (SEGA). Van Rental to jump-off point is P600 round trip, guide fee is P400 for 1 to 10 persons. Meanwhile, Kiltepan can be reached by an hour of walking from town center but it is best to be there for sunrise. A van can be rented to Kiltepan for P450 round trip.


  1. Rose

    Is it more advantage to have own car to travel to Batad from Manila?
    Thank you!

  2. Oh my, thanks for differentiating Banaue vs. Sagada. This post is very informative. 🙂

    1. LariangShi

      I was about to freak out to my friend who arranged our trip nextweek when I dont see the Banaue Rice Terraces in our itinerary. haha!

  3. I thought rice terraces can only be found in Banaue. Sagada is really interesting!

  4. Raul Santiago

    From Baguio to Sagada via Atok, kumusta naman po ang road condition. Kaya naman po bs no SUV. From Sagada proper kailangan po back mag trekking para makita itong mga terraces na Ito? May kasama mask kaming mga seniors.

    Thank you

  5. Jamie Ligawen

    sir, do you have any idea if may pampasaherong sasakyan from ilocos sur to bontoc/sagada?? thank you po!

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  8. amber


    Alin po ba ang mas mahaba ang trek? Sumaging Cave or Bumokod Falls?

  9. Tong

    This place is very nice. lalo na pag Summer . . . A must visit yung sumagin Cave, hanging Coffins at Falls

  10. jef

    ganda naman ng sagada, akala ko sa Banaue lang my rice terraces. Galing!

  11. Naikot mo pala ang buong Sagada. Very nice. I would explore it more din when I get back. 🙂

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