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854 Verified reviews
Type
Mountains
Location
Banaue Rice Terraces, Nueva Vizcaya - Ifugao - Mountain Province Road, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines
Opening Hours
Monday: Open 24 hours; Tuesday: Open 24 hours; Wednesday: Open 24 hours; Thursday: Open 24 hours; Friday: Open 24 hours; Saturday: Open 24 hours; Sunday: Open 24 hours
Distance From City Center
1.6 km
Family Friendly
No
Average rating
4.6
Number of reviews
854

Banaue Rice Terraces

The Banaue Rice Terraces are a National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines and are regarded as the 8th Natural Wonder of the World.  The terraces are crafted in the mountains of Ifugao and were done by hand.

Rice terraces have existed for over 2,000 years in the mountain areas of Ifugao and northern Luzon Island. The terraces were initially built as a realistic approach to the problem of growing rice on land that drops down in front at various angles.

The Sunrise Viewpoint is the most common spot for viewing the rice terraces, where local Igarot people pose for photos and sell carvings. However, it is also possible to head off on foot along the trails that run across the rice paddies, their banks strewn with scarlet wildflowers that compare dismally with the bright green of the rice plantings.

 

How to get there

If you choose to explore the rice terraces on your own, it is better to employ a guide or join a guided tour.

 

Best time to visit

The terraces can be viewed at any time of year, but the ideal time to visit is between February and March, when sweeping and planting takes place, and between June and July, when harvesting takes place.

 

Frequently asked questions

Will it take too long to visit Banaue Rice Terraces?

This mountain climbs can take hours, but don’t worry as the views of the terraced valleys are amazing, and there are waterfalls and natural swimming holes in one or two areas where one can relieve the aches and strains of the climb.

Is Banaue Rice Terraces man made?

Yes, The Banaue Rice Terraces are ancient expansive man-made structures that are thought to date back 6000 years.