Banaue Rice terraces of Philippines are deemed to be the 8th wonder of the world and why not? The ancient Ifugao tribes in this area carved these promenades almost 2500 years ago with their magnificent skills. And the wondrous aspect is, at that time they were having no modern tools and technique but they managed to develop these terraces. And even today these terraces are astonishingly in use.
Banaue Rice terraces are located approximately 1500 meters above sea level and cover about 4000 square miles of mountainside. To irrigate these handmade fantastic step fields the water of rain forests was arranged flowing from the terraces. Although in the present times, the modern Ifugauos are adopting latest techniques in order to produce better results in crops cultivation but the signs of these amazing Banaue Terraces are still existing.
This whole area of Banaue Rice terraces is known as Cordilleras region and there are also Batad rice terraces which is home to the spectacular tiered, amphitheatre-shaped terraces. Similarly in Mayoyao rice terraces a typical product of rice known as Tinawon, in red and white variety, is harvested on large scale. Hapao rice terraces are located in Hungduan, where Napulawan terraces can also to be found. Likewise there are also Kiangan rice terraces which are popular for two other rice sites known as Nagacadan and Julungan. The scenic beauty of all these historical terraces put substantial impression to the visitor.
It is also important to mention that apart from traditional site seeing many hiking points are also subsisting in this area that are so appealing for the tourists. There are always young tourist guides available to entertain the local and foreign visitors. Due to lack of the interests of the authorities to maintain this compelling historic site, UNESCO was reluctant to enlist Banaue Rice terraces it in World Heritage. However these Banaue Rice Terraces are a National Cultural Treasure under Ifugao Rice Terraces.