Ifugao: Banaue Rice Terraces

Located in Banaue in the province of Ifugao, Banaue Rice Terraces is a well known National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines.

It was carved and built some 2,000 years ago by the ancestors of the indigenous people on the mountains of Ifugao. Banaue Rice Terraces are locally referred to as the Hagdan-Hagdang Palayan ng Banawe. It is also dubbed as the "Eighth Wonder of the World". 
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The terraces is approximately 1500 meters or about 5000 feet above sea level, making it one of the highest farms in the country. Surprisingly, these bimillennium old terraces are still being used today and has changed only a little.
A very rewarding view

The Banaue Rice Terraces together with the other terraces of Ifugao were declared by the Philippine government as National Cultural Treasures by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 260 in 1973. Sadly, Banaue Rice Terraces failed to be recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the presence of numerous modern structures that were built in and around it. There are, however, other rice terraces in Banaue that were categorized as World Heritage Sites under the Rice Terraces of the Cordilleras. These are the Batad and Bangaan Rice Terraces. 
Can you see the waterfalls?

Early morning view of the terraces

I got to visit and see the beautiful Banaue Rice Terraces (including the eye sores erected in it) during our trip to Sagada. Despite only being a stopover, it was enough for me and my wife to fully appreciate it. (Oh, and I also got to cross out one destination from My Birthday Travel Wishlist.)

Getting there:

From Manila, Ride a Florida/ Ohayami bus heading to Bontoc. It will pass Banaue. It is highly recommended to try out the night buses as the trip will take you 8-9 hours. Fare costs around P500 -600.

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