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 Ifugaosโ€™ 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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30 thoughts on “Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao

  1. Alexandra Kate Mariano

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

  2. kk

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

  3. michmich

    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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  5. Ashley

    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……..

  6. Jun Cabanday

    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.

  7. tinaturner

    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.

  8. Name

    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.


    I have not checked in here for a while as I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are great quality so I guess I will add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. LA702

    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?

  11. whengskee

    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 ๐Ÿ˜›

  12. chxr

    Such a great place with remarkable history. I hope it will stay well preserved. I came to this website because I was looking for some Tourism in the Philippines for my IGCSE and A levels. I wish there was more information on this website. Such a pity.

  13. Joy Ogili

    the view is really breathtaking. i love it and will definitely visit again. And it’s even more fun when you visit through TravelersChoice Travel&Tours. they arrange my itinerary and made my trekk unforgettable. they are Banaue based travel agency.

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