The Banaue Rice Terraces date back over 2,000 years.
The impressive rice terraces of Banaue and Batad in Ifugao province were not listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for nothing. The mountainous region, known collectively as the Cordillera, is home to many tribes - some that used to practice headhunting up until a few decades ago! Named the Eighth Wonder of the World, these rice paddies are especially magnificent in Batad, where they take the form of a giant amphitheatre. Although the area attracts many tourists, the area is not as well connected as it could be - the bus is an eight hour trip from Manila - however it's more than worth it.
The rice fields stand on the mountains of Ifagao.
Rice fields are essentially manmade.
The locals grow rice and other plants here.
The rice fields are irrigated by water taken from the surrounding forests.
Due to the lack of attention of the younger generations, the rice fields need constant maintenance.