Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines
For stressed souls seeking a quiet, relaxed holiday amidst nature’s bounty, Banaue Rice Terraces is an ideal getaway. Banaue is a small town in the Philippines and is nestled amidst some spectacular rice terraces. The town is dotted with hotels and guest houses. Tourists can enjoy spending time at restaurants and cafes with internet access and excellent panoramic view of the terraces nearby.
Banaue Rice Terraces Trivia
Regarded as the 8th wonder of the world, this UNESCO world heritage site is located in Philippines. The terraces are situated 5000 ft above the sea level and spread over about 4000 square miles. All crafted by the Ifugao tribal people nearly 2000 years ago this ancient landscape beautifully portrays the natural harmony between nature and mankind. The sheer scale and magnificence of the Banaue Rice Terraces is truly unique and unparalleled.
This is perceived as one of the greatest engineering achievement of mankind. If joined end to end the total area of the terraces will be 10 times as long as the Great Wall of China. And if measured vertically between bottom and top rows that will exceed the height of the tallest building of the world.
When to visit Banaue Rice Terraces
We suggest you to avoid the rainy season as the low floating mass of cloud will block the vision and you can’t enjoy the beauty of the slopes from different perspectives. Winter or spring time would be ideal to enjoy the vast scenic beauty the terraces present. If you are visiting the place somewhere between mid-March to mid-May you will be lucky to click some great photos. Being the harvest time, the entire terraces wear the vibrant hue of green and golden yellow.
The most popular viewpoint is a 10-minute ride up the road to Bontoc from the Banaue town center and that has a mind blowing panoramic view. Remember to stop also at the other roadside viewpoints along the way – each offers a different and exciting perspective.
How to get to Banaue Rice Terraces
You can reach Banaue Rice Terraces from Manila. They are 350 Km. away from the Philippines capital. You can take a local jeepney or travel by bus. We recommend a day express bus that lets you enjoy the breathtaking view as well as a casual peek to the daily life of the local tribes. The journey takes around 9 hours.