Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue

Batad Rice Terraces BanaueThis stunning amphitheater of rice terraces is located in Barangay Batad, Banaue. It can be reached by an hour ride from Poblacion, Banaue and one hour hike through mountain trails.

In the fastness of the Cordillera mountains, 250-km north of Manila, Ifugao tribespeople have carved a livelihood from bare rock. Over the centuries, generations of Ifugao have laid stone after stone constructing dikes to hold back what little soil washed off the mountainsides creating vertical gardens that rise as “stairways to the heavens.”

Rice terraces are common throughout Asia but nowhere are they as spectacular as in the rugged mountains of northern Luzon. Continue reading