Banaue Rice Terraces Tours, Vacation Packages & Travel Experiences
Located north of Manila, in the province of Ifugao, the Banaue Rice Terraces are terraces carved into the region’s mountains. Starting from the base of the Cordilleras, the Banaue Rice Terraces are situated 1500 meters (5000 ft) above sea level, stretching 10,360 sq kms (4000 sq miles) wide and 200 meters high. They are often described as the ‘stairway to the sky’, while, if the steps were laid from end to end, could encircle half the globe. A phenomenon that must be seen on a Philippines vacation.
Known by Filipinos as the “Eight Wonder of the World”, the Banaue Rice Terraces were built 2000 years ago by the ancestors of the indigenous people of Ifugao and is commonly thought to be built largely by hand. Sourced by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces, locals still grow rice and vegetables, although the region’s tourism industry has increasingly prevailed.
With the Ifugao people maintaining the Banaue Rice Terraces, their culture revolves around rice and its related rituals and feasts, from rice cultivation to rice consumption. Also known to cultivate edible shells, fruit trees, and other vegetables, the Ifugao people recognize the Banaue Rice Terraces as their source of life and art.
Featuring a thriving tourism industry, the Banaue Rice Terraces offers visitors on Philippines vacation packages various activities, including beautiful views of the terraces, the meeting of local tribes, and even a spiritual healing ritual performed by a Mumbaki, a traditional Ifugao witch doctor.
The Banaue Rice Terraces are listed as a National Cultural Treasure and make for a memorable stopover destination in the Philippines.
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