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. With our online itinerary creator, Banaue attractions like Banaue Rice Terraces can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Came by bus, ride the night. Comfortable. 2 rest days. route 2 days more exotic, tourists usually go for 1 day.
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  • We quickly understand why he must come here and we are not disappointed. After a hard night on the bus from Manila we arrived around 5:45 in the morning and had the right to the sunrise on the rice terraces. Already beautiful views while we just got here. Arrived a young guide challenged us and we tabled in our accommodation and came back 90 minutes later. He brought us breakfast and offered a course tailor-made for 3 days for a $ 50 per person including all trips with guide at each output. Go blindfolded people are warm, and it's a total change of scenery! Another shot of heart of the Philippines.
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  • The Banaue rice terraces are beautiful. To fully enjoy the panorama you have to walk the four kilometers of the road that climbs to Bontoc to the police station. Along the way there are five points of observation well marked, including that which is portrayed on the $20 pesos. In fact there are other viewpoints "unofficial" just as beautiful in the vicinity of little shops and restaurants. Old and very old gentleman stationed in these viewpoints with costume and traditional headdress ifugao waiting to be photographed with tourists in Exchange for a few coins. The walk is effortless because the road climbs very slowly and by no stretch is steep. The afternoon light is better than that of the morning to take photographs of rice paddies. The rice paddies are spectacular and unmatched in the world. Are also protected by Unesco. Unesco should monitor the unauthorized building of ugly town of Banaue.
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  • Truly beautiful and thanks to its remote location it is very peaceful. It is a bit tricky to explore the area since walking is the only option. But the paths are fairly easy even though the steps sometimes are quite challenging. If you want to make sure that you find your way and don't miss out on anything you can get a guide already in Banaue, alternatively when you get to the start point of the path.
  • Breathtaking and stunning views. One of the best ways to disconnect from the stress of Metro Manila. A lot of restos with spectacular views of the terraces.
  • Staying in a native hut on top of a mountain overlooking the rice terraces was amazing. Truly a must have experience.
  • The Rice Terraces of Banaue is one of the wonders of the World that is definitely worth visiting before they disappear. We visited this place January 2016. It was an amazing experience to see mountains curved & formed by human hands to rice terraces. It was also a rare experience to meet & interact with some elder Ifugao persons from this place in their native costume or attire. Highly recommendable.
  • One of the 7 wonders of the world, Banaue Rice Terraces still offers the wonderful scenic beauty and the equally wonderful terrace rice farming that is said to exist for hundreds of years.
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