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Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue, Luzon, Philippines
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Banaue
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
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Owner description: Spectacular terraces were carved out from mountain ranges some 2000 years ago with primitive handtools.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

Banaue rice terraces is more than just the picture on the once 1000 peso bill, downgraded to the 200. But of course a trip up to the Viewpoint rice terraces is a must, trek the Viewpoint-Bocos trail to appreciate it more...difficult but worth it! Head to the amphitheater terraces of Batad...quite a trek and an overnight stay or two even... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Visit all of the viewpoints of the Banaue Rice Terraces to maximize the different perspectives. It's better to visit during the 'green' season (now June to August). Currently harvest season is already finished so the terraces are 'watery'. Better yet trek the rice paddies from the main viewpoint back to the city if you're up for a little more adventure.

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Palampur, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

I just came back from a fantastic trip in the Cordillera, starting and ending with Banaue (as I accessed from Manila). My trip was 4 days, including Hapao and the hot springs, Batad rice terraces, Sagada, and of course Banaue. All organized by my guide Nora Atolba, whom I highly recommend!! My trip was just right for my interests, and... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I only see picture of the banaue rice terraces in the book but never thought how it was such a beauty. Good side: It's very nice scenery; Bad side: we arrived late and the rice got harvested already, there's not so much of a greenery. Bottom line, such a wonderful place to see and be taken away with its structures.

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Masbate, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I never imagined our ancestors to have constructed such grand projects..... they look simple but the vantage view of the different rice terraces, some of which are world heritage sites, are unbelievably beautiful..... such a visual feast...... the trek going down Batad is worth it..... the waterfalls further down is awesome.... i just hope and pray that the government do... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Really worth the trek out to see it. Very different. Amazing to see something that has persisted for around 2000 years. If you can stay for a few days to make sure you get a day of good weather. But even in the mist and rain it is still a different kind of great.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

What an amazing place to be. It has been a privilege to see this UNESCO site. You can see the rice terraces, which were created about 2000 years ago, from many viewpoints. I would recommend a trek to a village called Batad to see the terraces in their full glory. There is an environmental fee of 50 php per person... More

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Makati, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Banaue Rice Terraces speaks of the ingenuity of the Ifugao ancestors as they carved those mountains into huge stairs of rice paddies. From the town of Banaue, there is also the Batad rice terraces. One must prepare for the long and tiring 2-hour trek through the winding Batad trail. But all the tiredness and sore feet are nothing compared... More

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Banaue Rice Terraces are quite impressive work. Takes long time to get there as roads are quite slow to go forward so reserve plenty of time. Video from the top: http://youtu.be/zy_u1lvpJV4

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This place was my favourite from the time I spent in the Philippines. Took a couple of the walks offered by the guides in Banaue and didn't expect it to be so peaceful. They are HUGE. As you walk along tops of the thin walls, snatching glances down the valley, little old women will be smiling and waving at you... More

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