Banaue Public Foot Bridge


Not sure if it warrants its own post, but it was kind of interesting and didn’t fit into any of our other tales….  so meet Banaue’s unique footbridge, which cuts off a good 20 minute walk from one side of the town to the other- by going directly from A to B — via a very large rice paddy filled ravine.

We first spotted it on the map on the day we arrived, and set out (in the wrong direction) to find it.  We, of course, failed and tried a second time that evening.  Failed a second time too…this bridge was well hidden…  However on our return visit, a third try was successful when we nipped down an alley next to the police station and caught site of it.

It was well used.  We watched locals move swiftly and deftly over the metal bridge, which swayed quite considerably with all the use.  We looked at each other to gauge whether or not crossing it would be a smart move.  After all the footing looked like this:

I remember thinking that the odds it would collapse the one time I used it were pretty slim, so we ventured out onto the rickety construction.   If Indiana Jones can do it, so can we!  With all the people coming and going, and the slippery, inconsistent bridge floor, I just couldn’t bring myself to use less than two hands and I certainly wasn’t going to take the camera out and take pictures.  So I did the best I could to capture the bridge from the safety of the other side:

Wow, did it ever buckle in the middle!  It wasn’t just the vibration from walking or the swaying of the wind.  The whole metal construction had warped, so midway you had a very distinctive sense of leaning to the left.  Scary stuff.  We arrived on the other side, just a little glad to be alive.  However, we were then faced with the reality as everyone else, now you’ve gotten there..you’ve got to go back (or walk 20 minutes around).  So back we went again – I mean, what are the odds, right?!

4 thoughts on “Banaue Public Foot Bridge

  1. One of the the many “thrills” ….I guess that’s why its hidden…there’s a lot more you will discover Caroline . The Philippines has 1700 islands including the inhabited ones:) Have you seen the coils of electric wires from one post to another that looks like a rat’s nest as my husband describes it…Lol ! ( that was in Bagiuo City ) Have an exciting adventure!

    Take care,
    Rose

    Rose

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      • Lol! Are you having “fun” yet Caroline? It’s summertime, although I consider the weather “summer” all year round, I wont get use to the weather in the Philippines anymore. Are you planning to go farther to the northern tip like Batanes Islands or the Southern part like Siargao, Pearl Farm or Zamboanga? ? It’s the Lenten season most people jhspend time on the beaches…There are processions or Lenten rituals specially in the provinces ..ah about the view, don’t expect that in the metro only city lights in the
        evening..maybe when you’re by

        the Manila Bay…Take Care and Best regards ..

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        • Really hoping to go to Batanes while we are here. Looks like a Pinoy Ireland to me…green, stone houses and cows….Beautiful. (We aren’t allowed to go to the South…and I am learning more and more that it’s for good reason.)

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