Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Travel to BONTOC fet. KADCHOG Rice Terraces


"My third time going to Bontoc and this time,
 it served as my jump-off point going to another destination"

Please, let us practice the "LEAVE NO TRACE" (LNT) outdoor ethics.
Manage our waste products properly. Do not leave your garbage behind, bring it with you
when there is no proper disposal in the area. Do not litter!
Respect the local culture.
Minimize our impact!
Safety should be our priority!

-my pagnapagna-
(January 26, 2020 a Monday)

From San Fernando City (La Union)(1:37 am), I rode a GMW Trans (GV Florida Transport Inc.) that arrived at its terminal at lower Bokawkan road in Baguio City at around 2:59 am. It was my first time to ride in that bus for I usually ride "Partas" or any mini-bus that ply the San Fernando-Baguio route. A short taxi ride (37 Php Fare) and I was at the bus terminal of "D'Rising Sun" (DRS) at Barangay Sto. NiƱo (a.k.a. "Slaughter"/"Slaughter House area). 
I waited and took the first Bontoc trip of the day that departed Baguio City at around 5 o'clock that very cold morning. Along the Halsema highway, it had a stop-over at Sayangan, Atok (Benguet). It was very cold in Sayangan. A cup of hot coffee and a "cheese bar" ordered from the local bus-stop store and  restaurant did help to temporarily ease that biting cold.

D'Rising Sun (DRS) bus stop-over at Sayangan, Atok, Benguet

After around 15 minutes, the bus trip continued.
It passed by Abatan 90 (Buguias) and when it reached the intersection at Mabaay (Bauko, Mountain Province) it turned to the left going towards the town proper of the municipality of Bauko at Abatan.
The bus finally arrived at Bontoc (10:56 am) and passengers (including me) alighted near the Municipal hall.
Bus fare was 227 Php.

Bontoc Municipal Hall

Still early, I decided to visit the nearby Kadchog Rice Terraces.

Kadchog Rice Terraces

This is one of the patches of rice terraces that greets visitors while approaching the town proper of Bontoc.
It is located along a river bend that can be seen along the Halsema Highway.
Noticeable is a dike wall constructed near its base to protect it during the rainy season when the river swells.

Afterwards, I rode a tricycle that took me to the terminal area of jeeps bound for the nearby municipality of SADANGA.

-To be continued-

-pagnapagna TRAVEL TIMELINE-
5:01 AM    D'Rising Sun Trans departed Baguio City
6:53 AM   Stop-over at Sayangan, Atok, Benguet
8:27 AM    Abatan (km.90), Bugias, Benguet
9:20 AM  Intersection at Mabaay, Bauko, Mountain Province
9:55 AM   Abatan, Bauko, Mountain Province (Bauko Town Proper)
10:44 AM   Intersection at Dantay, Alab Oriente, Bontoc (other road leads to Sagada)
10:56 AM    Bontoc town proper


Subject: Kadchog Rice Terraces
Municipality of  Bontoc
Province of Mountain Province

How to get there:
From Baguio City:
You may ride on these buses:
1- D'Rising Sun Transit
2- GL Trans


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