The Banaue Viewpoint is the stopover to see the best view of Banaue Rice Terraces. There are numerous points of view along the main road, so that visitors can view the beauty of the manmade terraces in near proximity.
There are also other remarkable viewpoint that offers you the best view of the terraces. The other is the NFA Aguian View Deck, the famous viewpoint for the Rice Terraces printed on the back of the 20 pesos. There are other views that can give you a wonderful view of the terraces but always better when the light is good.
Besides the view, Banaue also houses souvenir shops, where you can see several Ifugao wood carvings and other food and equipment which may be gifted. There are also some Ifugao elders who gives their permission to photograph them, but you must donate.
If you’re not joining a guided tour, you can rent a tricycle to go to the viewpoint. While you are in Banaue, ask your local tour guide to take you to the best views of the town to get a picture of the perfect rice terraces.
It’s best to visit during sunrise or late afternoon. The best season is April to July, according to local people, where the rice terraces change from green to gold. Every June to July, they call it the Golden Season because of its golden colour.
Afternoons may be foggy, due to rain, but nighttime is not recommended because of the darkness.
There is an environmental fee to be paid. The old but royal Ifugao and Bontoc women gathered here can be photographed with a fee.