Banaue’s Rice Terraces

Banaue is widely known as the location of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely: the Batad Rice Terraces and the Bangaan Rice Terraces.
The spectacular Rice Terraces were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by the ancestors of the indigenous people.

Highlights

  • Witness the magnificent 2,000 year old rice terraces
  • Eat PINIKPIKAN “One of the most famous Ifugao dishes”
  • Sleep in a native Ifugao houses
  • Experience traditional Ifugao dance and music

Banaue is a fourth class municipality in the province of Ifugao. It is widely known as the location of the UNESCO World Heritage Sitesnamely: the Batad Rice Terraces and the Bangaan Rice Terraces

Built over two thousand years ago with primitive tools by the ancient Ifugaos, the Banaue Rice Terraces are a unique Philippine treasure.

Banaue Rice Terraces

The Banaue Rice Terraces or what is commonly known in the Philippines as the Hagdan-Hagdang Palayan is a 2,000 year old terraces carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by the ancestors of the indigents in the area.

It is commonly referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. The terraces are commonly mistaken as man-made and were done with the use of minimal equipment, however, it is actually, lrgely made by hand. It is fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces. According to many locals, if the steps were to be put end to end, it would encircle half the globe.

Until this day, locals still plant rice and vegetables in the terraces

 

Hapao Rice Terrances

The Hapao Rice Terraces is a stone walled man-made creation that stretches far and wide and dates back to 650 A. D. It is one of the five rice terraces in Ifugao that has been included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is located at the municipality og Hungduan in Ifugao and is an awesome destination for trekking. After exploring, one may rest at huts and accommodation facilities in the municipality. You may also try the hot spring that is found in the area!

 

Sagada Ciff Coffins

The hanging Sagada Cliff Coffins are wonderful picturesque sceneries that are extremely breath taking than any horror fiction story or haunted place there is. Within the dimly lit corners of the Lumiang Burial Cave lay a stack of coffins which holds the remains of some of the Igorot ancestors of the locals of Ifugao. A number of coffins are placed in the highest corners of the cave walls. These coffins are suspended from the limestone cliffs by ropes and strong wires which, surprisingly, until today can support the weight of the coffin and the environmental factors that may affect the durability of the hanging materials.

According to tour guides, the position of a coffin signifies how much their loved ones cared for the deceased – the higher the coffin, the more valued the deceased was.

The coffins were made from hollowed-out logs that are smaller than the actual size of the dead. The body of the deceased would be in “fetal-position” which is believed by ancient Igorots as the best and preferred technique to bring peace to the soul of their ancestor.

HOW TO GET THERE

The distance between Manila and Banaue is about 300 km. The road is paved all the way to Banaue. Travel time can be as long as 9 hr due to the several blind curves through the mountains.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

The best time to visit Banaue is from December to February when the rainy season has ended and the weather is still cold. The summer season from March to May is also good and the temperature is warmer.
Be ready for the rain if you travel between June and November.

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