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“History Preserved”

Banaue Rice Terraces
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Banaue
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Spectacular terraces were carved out from mountain ranges some 2000 years ago with primitive handtools.
Reviewed December 7, 2013

It was always my dream to see with my own eyes the much talked rice terraces. And since going solo will not be fun, i joined a sagada tour that includes a stop over in the famous banaue rice terraces. We left manila at around 10pm and arrived in banaue at around 5am. It was foggy when we arrive. The locals said it rained that night which is normal in the mountains. The weather was cold esp during december so I recommend that you bring your jackets to keep you warm. As a reminder, if you easily get dizzy, take some medicine during the trip as the road has lot of zig zag while going up and down the mountains. When light came, the fog started to clear, little by little, showing the rice terraces. From the view deck, I was amazed and stunned by the spectacular view. Rice paddies that look like stairs going to heaven was right there in front of you. How the natives made such an engineering work is a legend. With bare hands and indigenous tools, to build such a thing is a dedicated labour. My boyhood dream have come true. I saw the rice terraces with my own eyes. Why don't you do the same. You will not regret it....

2  Thank serjt-las-pinas
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Known as one of the wonders of the world if your travelling to the Philippines this is well worth a visit.. they lie in North Luzon about 180 miles from Manila.You should make advance reservations to stay overnight.If you would like to venture more North.. Bagio is not too far to reach.Bagio was built by the Americans on top of the Mountain and is laid out in blocks like New York...On the way you have Sagada..where you will find the hanging coffins.But be warned this area is very mountainous and quite scary at times going through the tight roads..From Bagio you can go on to St Fernando a very nice town with some nice beaches...Further North you have the wonderful old Spanish seaside town of Vigo.If you have time travel up to Sagarda and visit the Marcos Museum...My advice is hire a car and explore the North you will not be disappointed.

1  Thank patrick r
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

The view is just breath taking! and to imagine how many years ago they made this and is still in use!

Thank sid d
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

The view overlooking the Rice Terraces is truly amazing. To think how long ago these were made, what an engineering masterpiece this is and the effort involved is mind boggling, just the walk back up to the road was an effort and to think these people carried EVERYTHING in and out on foot and built it by hand....WOW!
There are truly breathtaking views from the road going in and out. Unless you're a great driver and have a 4X4, hire a jeepney and driver who knows the road and is checked out by the local Tourist Commisssion, the roads are rough and muddy with steep dropoffs and very narrow areas. I wouldn't have missed it for the world!

2  Thank TheUglyDog
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

First the bad news: the 5.30 h trip from Manila, Google Maps announces, turned out to be an 11 hour trip if you are a good driver, otherwise it can take up to 13 hours to get there, mainly due to traffic jam in the countless villages/cities you pass along the way.

You can actually save 1 to 2 hours by not blindly follow your GPS and use the highway to the most extreme north point believe me I did it on the way back and although it is 25 km longer it saves you a lot of time. Unless you have all the time in the world then the provincial , crowded roads are what you need.

Once you are in the mountains however you can already watch some really beautiful scenery long before you even get to Banaue. Many place I've seen where I'd love to settle down for my retirement :-).

This being said once you finally get to Banaue you can see one of the most spectacular things I have ever seen, endless terraces carved by hand (!?!) some 2.000 years ago with heights up to several hundred of meters. Suddenly it makes the long drive really worth it.

People are friendly, tourist are few (difficult to reach) there are a lot of goodies you can buy at ridiculous low prices (that's a nice change from usual big tourist attraction in other countries). In town you have a nice restaurant and some awesome pastry I recommend everyone to try.

For a small donation (1 euro) you can take a picture with local women wearing traditional clothing. For those of you going in the winter, although it is usually still around 30 degrees Celsius in the Philippines, remember Banaue is at 1.500 meters height and the temperature can drop to a rather cold 15 degrees, so it may be wise to foresee some extra clothing. If you have not do not worry you can buy warm sweaters for almost nothing locally.

5  Thank Jules D
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