If a 12-hour bus ride to Bontoc can test your patience and endurance, going farther than that will certainly challenge your dedication and perseverance to explore more.
Bontoc may not have the popularity of its neighboring towns, but that doesn’t mean it lacks nature’s attractions.
A more adventurous traveler may find Maligcong extraordinary. It is home to the magnificent Maligcong Rice Terraces, one of the most stunning rice terraces in the region, with the most extensive rice field traverses I have ever seen.
The maze-like rock pathways expand over several mountain ranges and into an isolated, charming spot called Favarey Village, home to most farmers and keepers of centuries-old traditions.
On foot, it’s easy to get lost around the curved paddies. And a hike atop Mt. Kupapey will give you a spectacular bird’s eye view of the surrounding terrain.
The scene and the atmosphere leave you breathless, you wish you could stay longer and come back for more.
The best place to stay and dine is at Suzette’s Maligcong Homestay. Call 09155463557. Check bus lines for daily trips to Bontoc via Sagada.