Visit the Open Air Museum in Nagacadan

Experience this unique hike trough the rice fields of Nagacadan in Kiangan and learn more about the ingenuous culture of the Ifugaos.

In the Open Air Museum of Nagacadan you immerse into the world of the Ifugao farmers nowadays and their history. A comfortable pathway leads you through the rice fields, the forests, the villages and over the rivers of Nagacadan. During the walk you will encounter several native houses and granaries where you can experience the Ifugao agri-culture with all your senses; you may listen to the Hud-Hud-Chants sung by the Ifugao women while harvesting the rice; you read about the different Ifugao rituals, closely correlated to the rice cycle – the basis of the Ifugaos livelihood; you enter a native house to know the traditional way of live; you try yourself to tie the rice bundles and make them ready for storage or to carv a Ifugao ceremonial figurine called Bulul. At the same time you’re surrounded by this unique landscape of the GIAHS and UNESCO World heritage site of Nagacadan. You’re accompanied by a local tour guide, who will explain you the history of the place. You may meet the friendly people of Nagacadan who enjoy to share their stories with you.

Where to go next

There are so many places to visit in Ifugao that it makes it difficult to decide where to go next. You have various possibilities starting from Kiangan: Either you return the same way you came here, back to Lagawe to head further to Banaue. Or, if you are the adventurous type, you may hire a tour guide for another day – guiding you over the local mountain chain, where you’ll enjoy the breathtaking view over the northern Cordillera, down through the village of Maggok reachable only by a small footpath, further to the Asin river and up to the famous spider-web shaped rice terraces of Hungduan. The hike will take you 6 hours – but you always can decide to stay over night in Maggok and continue the next day. Once in Hungduan, you may spend a night in a local homestay and visit the GIAHS- and UNESCO world heritage site the next day. From Hungduan, there are Jeepneys going to Banaue leaving at 10 am, or tricycles (400-500 PHP to Banaue).

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