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Banaue

Rice terraces, Banaue

Banaue, found in Northern Luzon’s Cordillera, is home to the region’s famous rice terraces which were carved into the surrounding hillsides by the Ifugao people over 2000 years ago. The Ifugao were legendary head-hunters but also great engineers and they invented a sophisticated irrigation system that allowed them to create the incredible rice terraces that you can now see at Banaue and a few other places in Northern Luzon such as nearby Batad. These terraces have been included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List as "a continuing cultural landscape" and if you are intending to explore Northern Luzon a trip to see the rice terraces is a must. A visit to Banaue can easily be combined with a trek, of varying degrees of difficulty, through some of the picturesque villages that cling to the neighbouring hills.

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