A Philippine Comedy of Errors: Part Seven


Welcome to Batad, everyone

Continued from
A Philippine Comedy of Errors: Part Six


The Batad Rice Terraces are the big-ticket draw in the northern Philippines. A UNESCO World Heritage Site in a bowl-shaped valley, this emerald-green landscape is an astonishing feat of ancient engineering.

But while getting to the Cordillera Mountains of Luzon can be arduous (please see A Philippine Comedy of Errors: Parts One-Six), it’s the relatively brief journey from Banaue’s main road to the terraces themselves that’s actually more of a challenge.

The good news? If you manage to get here all in one piece, you’ll be rewarded with an experience so moving that it could possibly restore your faith in humanity.

Well…except for the country music. That part’s just bizarre.

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Chichen Itza, arguably the most significant Mayan archeological site in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, has been voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.  It’s deeply mystical, miles from nowhere, and as exciting as it romantic.

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