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Banaue Rice Terraces

Written by Patrick

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Banaue Rice Terraces

Caption: Banaue Rice Terraces

The Cordilleras is home to several rice terraces and the most popular of them all is the Banaue Rice Terraces in the province of Ifugao.  Sometimes called the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, Banaue Rice Terraces have been around for hundreds of years yet they remain strong despite being built using traditional practices and minimal tools and equipment.

The terraces are at approximately 1,500 meters above sea level and benefit from an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces.  

Presently, the terraces are still being used to plant rice and vegetables however several locals, particularly the younger ones, shift to tourism as their source of livelihood.  Tourists can do various activities such as traditional sightseeing including visits to the tribes.

The Banaue Rice Terraces are recognized as National Cultural Treasure but not as a part of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras of the UNESCO World Heritage List due to the several modern structures in the area.  On the other hand, the rice terraces in the nearby Batad and Bangaan (both in Banaue) along with Mayoyao Rice Terraces, Hungduan Rice Terraces, and Nagacadan Rice Terraces are part of the list.

Fast Facts

Attraction:
Banaue Rice Terraces
Type of Attraction:
Man-made | Cultural | Unique built
Address:
Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines
Phone:
None
Hours:
Always Open
Closed:
None
Best Time to Visit:
February, March, June, & July
Food & Drink:
YES
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
Cost per Person:  $15+
Payment Type:
Cash | Credit Cards
Fees:
P20 ($0.40 USD) – Entrance Fee
Notes:

Make sure to bring cash when heading to Banaue. There is no ATM in the area, and if there is one, it may not be reliable as it is often offline/out of service.

It helps to be physically prepared when planning to visit as this attraction requires a great deal of hiking and walking, both uphill and downhill.

Bring clothing appropriate for cold weather.

Mobile and internet signals are weak or non-existing in the area.

Don’t forget to drop by the Tourism Office for the fees and orientation.

Cost per Person:  $= $1-5  |  $$ = $6-10  |  $$$ = $11-15  |  $$$$ = $15+

MAP

This attraction  is located on Luzon Island near Baguio City.

Banaue Rice Terraces Map

 

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NEED TO KNOW

How to Get to Banaue Rice Terraces?

By Bus from Manila

  1. Take a bus direct to Banaue via Coda Bus or Ohayami Transport.  Coda Bus has a terminal in Quezon City while the terminal of Ohayami Transport is in Sampaloc.  Coda Bus usually departs at 8:00 PM while Ohayami Bus departs at 10:00 PM but the schedule may change or more trips are added during peak season.  Travel time from Manila is 9 to 10 hours depending on road traffic.  Fare per person ranges from P668 to P868.
  2. Upon arrival in Banaue, proceed to their tourism office to pay the environmental fee and finalize your tour.

By Bus from Baguio

  1. When you’re already in Baguio, head to the bus terminal near SM Baguio and take the Ohayami bus to Banaue.  The bus leaves at 7:00 PM or 7:30 PM.  Travel time is about 5 hours and the fare is P700.
  2. Upon arrival in Banaue, proceed to their tourism office to pay the environmental fee and finalize your tour.

The airport closest to Banaue Rice Terraces

Loakan Airport is the airport closest to Banaue Rice Terraces.  It only caters to flights to and from Cebu via Philippine Airlines.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning usually before 10:00 AM.

Closures

This attraction is always open. 

Fees

Fees require payment in cash.  Credit cards are not accepted at this attraction. 

Food & Drink

Food and drinks from outside the attraction are allowed at this attraction.

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is allowed at this attraction.

Pets

Pets are allowed at this attraction.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.

Trash

Please dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.  Don’t Trash the Philippines!  

The Philippines are beautiful islands … let’s all ensure they remain this way. 

TIPS & HACKS

The following are recommended items for this experience: 

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Snorkel Gear

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Adventure Camera

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Photos

The following are some photos of this attraction.

Videos

The following is a video of this attraction.

NEARBY

The following are other points of interest nearby:

  • Batad, Banaue Rice Terraces
  • Banaue Museum of Cordillera Heritage
  • Tappiya Falls
  • Tam-an Village
  • Chapah Waterfalls

READ MORE: Northern Luzon Visitors Guide

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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