The rice terraces in the Philippine’s are among the most amazing landscapes in the world, hand-carved into the mountains by ancestors of the Ifugao Tribe.
The Banaue Rice Terraces are spectacular sight in the Philippines and an engineering marvel. The terraces were hand-carved into the mountains of Ifugao, by the ancestors of the indigenous Ifugao tribe over 2000 years. It created a beautiful sight that people often refer to it as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” It is one of the country’s most-visited attractions.
Located in the province of Ifugao in the Philippines, the Banaue Rice Terraces are about 5000 feet above sea level and fed by ancient irrigation system from the rain-forests. The terraces are stone walls reaching as high as 50 feet, and are constructed along the natural contours of the mountain side. They are then back-filled and another wall is then built at a slightly higher elevation, and the process commenced from the valley floor upwards. This sustainable agricultural method has been passed down from generation to generation.
The majority of the Ifugao people have maintained their identity, belief and cultural heritage in the area, despite the Spanish and American attempts throughout history to change them. They have lived in harmony with nature and still plant their rice and vegetables on the terraces, as it is their main source of food. The Banaue Rice Terraces, part of the Ifugao Rice Terraces with several rice terrace clusters are considered a National Cultural Treasure of the country.