Banaue Rice Terraces

September 16, 2010

The Banaue Rice Terraces, “Hagdan-hagdang Palayan ng Banawe” in Filipino, are 2000-year old terraces that were engraved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by ancestors of the indigenous people. The Rice Terraces are usually referred to by Filipinos as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. It is normally thought that the terraces were constructed with minimal equipment, largely by hand. They are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces. It is said that if the steps are put end to end it would encircle half the globe.


The Banaue Terraces are part of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, ancient sprawling man-made structures from 2,000 to 6,000 years old. They are found in the provinces of Kalinga, Apayao, Benguet, Mountain Province and Ifugao, & are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The terraces are located approximately 1500 meters/5000 ft above sea level & cover 10,360 square kilometers or about 4000 square miles of mountainside.

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