I saw the Taj Mahal in about 2 hours and have spent about 3 days in Batad doing nothing but being amazed so its perfectly possible. I would miss out the Banaue viewpoint but grab some breakfast and head for the Batad saddle. I haven't been there for years and you don't want to walk from the road up to the saddle unless you are seriously into hiking- so try and find out when there is a jeepney heading up there then a 40 min walk - fairly easy to Batad wander round to the waterfall - you should find out about arrangements for getting back but there are places you can sit down and get some food or if really exhausted from the night before a bed for a few hours in a backpackers place such as Ritas. It wont cost more than a few hundred pesos. It cost 50 pesos a night when I was last there but that was 10 years ago and you can just sit out and look at the terraces.Edited: 15 February 2014, 16:59
You can do it if you hire a private transport and a guide.
I have done it. Crazy but worth it.
you can visit Batad and Banaue view-point even Native village width in one day tour but you must take a private transport and guide to bring you around since you have a limited time.
Is it possible to hire a private guide/transport after we arrive or is it best to reserve before arrival?
Who do we contact?
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If you are referring a guide and transport to Banaue, I advice you not to. As Banaue is a mountainous area, the driver must be skilful and familiar with the route.
There is a FAQ in the Philippines main forum on guide and drivers recommendation.
We will find our own way to Banaue
The question is do reserve a guide/transport BEFORE we arrive or after arrival
Arrival in where? Banaue or Manila?
Yes you can.
Once you reach Banaue, go to the Tourist Office.
They can arrange a licensed guide for you and te guide may be able to arrange for a private transport for you.