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Slideshow (51 photos)

Central Cordillera (Philippines) (map)
  Banaue
 

View of fish stand, laundry, and woman with child, taken from the top of the jeepney as we passed through the town of Banaue on our way to Batad

 

View of a sea of tricycles taken from the top of the jeepney as we passed through the town of Banaue on our way to Batad

 

Have scotch will travel -- this is the jeepney we hired to travel from Banaue to Sagada

 

Driver that took us to Sagada

  Banga-an

Rice terraces between Banga-an and Tanulong

  Batad

The jeepney on the way to Batad became stuck, so we all grabbed our stuff and continued on foot

 

Rice terraces, traditional houses, and a carabao in the town of Batad

 

Lucie in front of a traditional Ifugao house in the town of Batad

 

Rice terraces and some traditional huts in Batad; we passed this on our way to Tapplya Waterfall

 

Sitting at Simon's, looking out over the rugged Batad valley and its rice terraces

View of the rugged Batad valley and its rice terraces

Emiliano working on a bulul carving

 

Exploring the rice terraces near town

 

To prepare the rice patty, a woman pulls weeks, then pushes them deep into the mud to rot

 

Clear water pounds over the waterfall; the ferns on the rock walls of the amphitheatre undulated from the wind created by the falling water

 

Black Bishop

 

Black Bishop

 

Black King

 

Black King

 

Black Kinght

 

Black Kinght

 

Black Pawn

 

Black Pawn

 

Black Queen

 

Black Queen

 

Black Rook

 

Chess set

 

Chess set

 

Chess set

 

White Bishop

 

White Bishop

 

White King

 

White King

 

White Knight

 

White Knight

 

White Pawn

 

White Pawn

 

White Queen

 

White Queen

 

White Rook

 

Chess set

 

The kamagong chess set

  Besao
 

Street stall selling chickens and other raw meats

  Bontoc
 

A group of people decide to butcher their carabao using one lane of the road

  Sagada
 

The entrance to Lumiang Cave, stuffed with over 100 coffins, some of which are more than 500 years old

 

Unknown: We regretted not bringing our rock gear to Sagada, as there is plenty of interesting limestone towers to climb, like this one in Echo Valley

View of coffins hanging on a cliff face in Echo Valley

View of coffins hanging on a cliff face in Echo Valley

  Tanulong
 

Unhappy carabao

Lucie plants rice with Gloria, a native of Tanulong

A man and his grandson take a break from working in the rice terraces

A man turns up the soil in a rice patty using a carabao (Copyright Lucie Wellner)