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 Batan and Bangaan (both in Banaue) along with Mayoyao Rice Terraces, Hungduan Rice Terraces, and Nagacadan Rice Terraces are part of the list.
Cost per Person: $= $1-5 | $$ = $6-10 | $$$ = $11-15 | $$$$ = $15+
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NEED TO KNOW
Consuming alcohol is allowed at this attraction.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning usually before 10:00 AM.
This attraction is always open.
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.
Pets are allowed at this attraction.
Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.
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The following are other points of interest are nearby:
- Batad, Banaue Rice Terraces
- Banaue Museum of Cordillera Heritage
- Tappiya Falls
- Tam-an Village
- Chapah Waterfalls
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