Ramon has been a great host to my husband and I.
We stayed at one of the traditional huts that he has rebuilt in order to restore the cultural heritage of his village. He tells stories of how life used to be hundreds of years ago and still is today. Only 7 years ago electricity was introduced to the valley. Most of the time there is no mobile phone reception. A perfect place for relaxing and being 'away from it all'.
It is so nice to live in a completely different surrounding, no electricity in your own hut, being woken by the roosters at sunset and going to bed after dinner and sundown. The huts are basic, but have good beds. The bathrooms are shared and basic as well. But you can handle that for a couple of days.
The massages that were arranged after a long hike through the ricefields and terraces and the trip to the waterfall, were definitely necessary and great for our bodies!
Irene, the extremely service minded and always smiling host cooked up great breakfast, lunch and dinners for us. Not only tourists stayed at Ramon's homestay, also people coming from larger towns in the surroundings to help their families with keeping the ricefields in good shape and ready for a new planting of the seedling. We saw the villagers and especially the children , before going to school, pound their rice every day, so they would be able to have breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ramon also invited us to have a try. What we also tried and liked a lot, is his home made rice wine! Ask for it. Eating on the terrace with the wide view over the mountains and feeling the crisp air was always a good start of the day.
The trip from Banaue to Batad itself is adventurous and beautiful. Expect to sit in a Jeepney for 1,5 hours and walk down to the village in about 1 hour. Walking is still the only way to reach the village and then ask for Ramon. Every one knows him! Have a great stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ramon's Homestay and Restaurant is inviting you to "Go Local." Stay and have an experience in the traditional Ifugao house - so called "no nail house" - overlooking the magnificent rice terraces. Hotel provides shuttle from Banaue bus terminal to Batad saddle point with tour guide, upon request. ... more less
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