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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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Singapore, Singapore
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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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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Manila
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I have been to well-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China but the rice terraces of Banaue, particularly that of Batad, easily give these sites a run for their money. Photos and testimonies won't do any justice--this place is simply stunning! Breathtaking sights, memorable trekking experience and genuine interaction with the locals... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The trip was well worth it. You can view some from various viewpoints, but better to take a tour. P600 from the tourist office in centre of town. Not for those who can't walk up steps and hills though....

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I was totally amazed with this place. Wish I could have stayed here longer. Even in July the weather was nice and cool. The rice terraces will hypnotize you with their beauty. I will definitely be back to spend a considerable amount of time here next time. I heard it is best if you hire a guide you can hike... More

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