The rice terraces up north have always been part of my bucket list. And they have been quite elusive to me. Might sound crazy that I flew all the way from Cebu for a 13-hour land trip – and fly back right after – but after two failed attempts in the past year, I was just more determined to go.
The itinerary was jampacked – in 2 days, we covered the Batad, Maligcong and Banaue rice terraces, plus Tappia falls and a sunrise hike up Mt. Kupapey.
For someone like me who’s not a swimmer (and hence, cannot cliff jump but has always wanted to), canyoneering was a perfect excuse to do it. A fairly new term for us here, the activity involves navigating a canyon’s river by jumping waterfalls, swimming, climbing, etc. In this case, we explored Matutinao River in South Cebu.
A week’s stay in Bali is admittedly too short for a place with so much to offer. It’s one of the more famous destinations in Southeast Asia, and understandably so – it’s the kind of place you easily fall in love with.