Local name: Hagdan-hagdang Palayan ng Banawe
The Banaue Rice Terraces are considered the 8th wonder of the world by many. It was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995, and since then much has been done to preserve them.
The first rice terraces here were created by hand by the local Ifugao people, and their engineering skills have contributed to its status as an ingenious masterpiece.
The rice terraces follow the natural shape of the landscape and seem to be one with their surroundings. They follow the curves of steep hills up toward the top and gained the nickname name ‘Stairway to Heaven’ that way.
You’ll notice that the rice terraces have a clever irrigation system. Water from forests nearby is brought here and slowly flows down the terraces, ensuring the rice plants get just the right amount of water.
There are different ways to see the Banaue Rice Terraces, but the best view is on foot, making your way through the hills to the terraces. Keep in mind that there is some climbing and clambering involved, but that adds to the experience.
If you want to see the rice terraces in all their green glory, the best time to go is around June and July.
More information: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/722