A Philippine Comedy of Errors: Part Six

The Tam-An rice terraces below the Bananue Hotel

The Tam-An rice terraces below the Banaue Hotel

Continued from
A Philippine Comedy of Errors: Part Five

 

Thanks for hanging in with me this far, folks. For your trouble, you’ll get to see some cool photos of rice terraces and a tribal village.

That is, the reasons anyone might actually travel all the way to the Cordillera Mountains of the Philippines.

Also ahead? A summary of my correspondence with the travel agencies (because it turns out there were two) that planned this trip. 

That is, before they disappeared mid-trip, never to be heard from again. 

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A Philippine Comedy of Errors: Part Five

The Banaue Hotel and Youth Hostel

Continued from
A Philippine Comedy of Errors: Part Four

It’s not as though a 10-hour nighttime drive ever sounds like a good idea. I mean, maybe if the route is so hideous it could turn Lot’s wife to salt — but that’s not really an issue in the mountains of the Philippines.

The Cordilleras are gorgeous. Full of gorges, even.

What I’ve come to understand about not really sleeping for many hours in a van ill-suited to the task under dark of night is that while this was designed to be a money-saving option, it served more as a test of character.

My award? Getting to stay at a government-owned hotel/hostel hybrid that hadn’t been remodeled since its initial creation…in the 1970s. 

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