Banaue Rice Terraces, Banaue

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#1 of 16 in Historic Sites in Cordillera Region
Hand-carved into the slopes of Ifugao Mountain over the course of 2,000 years, Banaue Rice Terraces form a spectacular cultural landscape and a World Heritage Site that has evolved through countless generations. Soaring up to 1,500 m (4,921 ft), these labor-intensive terraces with masonry retainer walls follow the contours of the mountains like high-precision isolines on a geographical map. Take a walk from Banaue's main road and stop at numerous viewpoints along the way, or hire a guide for a more thorough tour. Marvel at the maze of terraces slinking around the slopes, which have been feeding the area for centuries. One of the oldest man-made structures on the island, it is widely considered by Filipinos as the eighth wonder of the world. Make Banaue Rice Terraces a centerpiece of your Banaue vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Banaue trip builder.
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  • August 14, 2017
    I travel the Philippines for over 20 years. I was probably already ten times at the Banaue rice terraces. There is always something new to discover. This year I am about Ramon (Isabela), Alphonso Lista and Mayoyao went to Banaue. The road is good, the Outlook is partly spectacularly. We went also to Hungduan, liked very much. You can drive from Banaue from Bontoc and Sagada - an experience!
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  • August 10, 2017
    This place is listed in my travel bucket list and I am so glad to have it finally crossed out in my list. We have traveled for more than 5 hours but the magnificent view is totally worth it!  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    If you love nature, peace, quiet and just in need of time away from busy and loud Metro Manila this is the place for you. A must go if you're visiting the Philippines. The bus ride was about 10hours f...  more »
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  • June 26, 2017
    This place is awesome. Usually good to visit during the planting season.
  • April 14, 2017
    Great views over the rice terraces but after seeing Batad the day before i thought these were not as good. Apparently they have planted their rice already in Batad but not in Banaue. The terraces in Banaue were mostly brown muddy water, but their were some green ones. I went in April 2017, it was quite hot and there had been no rain for a bit.
  • February 19, 2017
    Great place to enjoy nature and hear stories from local guides about the life on rice terraces, local culture and beliefs. Walk along the rice fields all the way to natural hot springs and enjoy laying in bubbling hot water.
  • February 9, 2017
    It was a clear Friday morning - no crowd, weather was awesome and the view is amazing. After a long time, i finally saw the Banaue Rice Terraces. Truly magnificent!
  • June 9, 2017
    Wonderful view but needs govt support & improvement of facilities

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Where to stay in Banaue

An established tourist destination, Banaue benefits from a range of places to stay. A couple of upmarket hotels and resorts sit a little away from the main town--but never far from the regional roads--enjoying views of the terraces, plenty of additional facilities, and evening cultural performances. The town center has a multitude of guesthouses, inns, homestays, and hostels, geared towards solo backpackers and adventurous families, with group rooms, single rooms, and dormitory-style lodgings.
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