Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao

Banaue Rice Terraces
Clear and Sharp View of Banaue Rice Terraces
Photo by: jonrawlinson, Creative Commons

The Banaue Rice Terraces of the Philippines have been deemed the 8th wonder of the world. They were carved from the hillside by the tribes people of Ifugao about 2,000-3,000 years ago. The tribes people dug them out with their bare hands and crude implements. Doing so they created steps in the hills where they could plant their rice. The rice terraces are still used to this day.

The terraces are considered to be one of the greatest engineering feats of mankind. If each one were connected end to end, then they would reach halfway across the globe or be 10 times as long as the Great Wall of China. It was not until 1995 that the Banaue Rice Terraces were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The rice terraces are like stepping stones stretching towards the sky. Some of them reach almost 5,000 feet in altitude and cover about 4,000 square miles of land. They are now beginning to show signs of erosion, and some of the terraces need maintenance. Many of the Ifugaos’ newer generations are migrating to nearby cities in search of better opportunities work opportunities as a result.

Even though it is about eight or nine hours from Manila traveling by car, the Banaue rice terraces are known to be one of the most spectacular places to see in the Philippines. They have transformed the Cordillera mountains’ barren stone into ledges that are fit to grow rice.

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28 Responses to “Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao”

  1. CEZ says:

    GANDA TALAGA

  2. BO says:

    simply amazing. the Philippines is such a beautiful place

  3. jam says:

    ohhh waaaahaaat a nice view… cool and exciting

  4. mae says:

    wowwwww,,,!!! i want to get n there,,,, WHAT A NICE PLACE,,,

  5. Alexandra Kate Mariano says:

    wow that is so beutiful ,andim proud to the Ifugao because they build the banaue rice terraces uses of there bare human hands

  6. kk says:

    wow that is so beautiful ,and im proud to the Ifugaos because they build the banaue rice terraces uses of there bare human hands

  7. jae gee says:

    i love banaue rice terraces..its so very cool

  8. michmich says:

    I am really proud to be a Filipino because of our culture, and beautiful and attractive natural resources. And I am proud of the Ifugaos ‘coz they built the rice terraces thousands of years ago WITH THEIR BARE HANDS(no machinery).
    So tourists, what are you waiting for, go to the Philippines today and I assure you you will not regret it! :D

  9. reaste says:

    WOW!! WOW!! I AM VERY PROUD TO BE AN IFUGAO
    NO OTHER SPOT CAN BEAT THE BEAUTY OF THIS MOMENTOUS MASTERPIECE!
    THANKS TO GOD AND FOR THE BUILDERS.

  10. saimon says:

    ang ganda talaga

  11. Ashley says:

    I think this place is so BORING js. I mean come on if u want ppl 2 come visit this place make it more intersting. I mean really.

    This is just in my mind. js……..

  12. Jun Cabanday says:

    Only Banaue Rice Terraces of Ifugao, Philippines was made out of love and cooperation. Dakila ang lahing Filipino/How great Filipinos are. All other man made wonders of the ancient world were finished by means of forced labor and even deaths of laborers.

  13. shiela says:

    there is one place like this it is same…..it is in pakistan!

  14. tinaturner says:

    hey guys, check out this or search it in google na lang. opinion ng isang foreigner about the rice terraces. wala nga lang masyadong maraming comments. Nev 360 – The World Wonders: 8. Wonder: The Banaue Rice Terraces.

  15. ganda tlga ng PILIPINAS ….it’s more fun in the Philippines,,,proud to be pinoy

  16. butch Caslio says:

    This looks retarded

  17. Name says:

    It really does look beautiful. But all of these sights are travel guides and it’s annoying when you have to look up research for a school assignment! I hope the government can help to keep the Terraces from disappearing! It would be a shame to lose such a work of art.

  18. The place is still exciting even for this native of Banaue. Wonderful. It makes me feel nearer to Nature and to the Creator.

  19. Guest says:

    A world class destination.

    I’m really proud to be a Filipino.

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  21. LA702 says:

    There are thousands of strange anomalies around the world that have been subjects of curiosities. The Pyramids of Egypt, the Monolith of Puma Punku in Bolivia and the Machu Pichu in Peru to name a few. The Banaue Rice Terraces I believe is truly a sight to behold, and as one native Ifugao put it, a gift from the “dieties”?

    Like the Pyramids of Egypt, the Monoliths in Bolivia, the Machu Pichu in Peru and the terraces in the Philipines all showed the precision by which they were perfectly engineered brings to a question, who really built these structures?

  22. young white man says:

    i love the clear sharp view of the banaue rice terraces,it’s wonderful.

  23. young white man says:

    i love the clear sharp view of the banaue rice terraces,it’s wonderful.

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  25. charry says:

    “proud to be pinoy ” likas sa yaman.

  26. wow nice ang ganda ng pilipinas pero bk8 pumupunta pa cla sa ibang bansa pero madaing turistang dumudayo sa pilipinas sariling atin dapat tangkilikin

  27. nevetessa says:

    I wasn’t able to view this historic scenery.. I was close, but our destination was Sagada.. I promise I’ll return and climb that thousands of steps. I actually didn’t know that there are other rice terraces until I saw these on our way to Sagada. I was able to capture one decent photo rice terraces in Benguet (I think) while in a moving bus.. yeah, very lucky shot. >> http://www.flickr.com/photos/psyche_24teen/7863191266/in/photostream

  28. whengskee says:

    great honor and so proud to the ancestors who started to carve this great and and wonderful terraces with their bare hands and to the people of Ifugaos who contributed their full efforts in maintaining this amazing beauty of Banaue Rice Terraces (BRT)…

    _soooo beautiful…wish i”ll go there again….miss it:)
    _proud to be an Ifugao..proud to be a Pinoy :P

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