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.© Deddeda / age fotostock
Rice fields are essentially manmade.© Skip NallSpaces Imag / age fotostock
The locals grow rice and other plants here.© Deddeda / age fotostock
The rice fields are irrigated by water taken from the surrounding forests.© Deddeda / age fotostock
Due to the lack of attention of the younger generations, the rice fields need constant maintenance.© Deddeda / age fotostock