Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines
The Banaue Rice Terraces are no less of a Cultural Treasure of the great Philippines and stands out as one of the outstanding Natural Wonder of the World, as categorized by most of the Filipinos. The terraces are beautifully fashioned in the mountains of Ifugao. These rice terraces are found in the mountainous expanses of Ifugao and also in the northern Luzon Island for about 2,000 years and even before that.
The real motive of having the terraces was to bring in a practical solution to the tricky rice growing phenomenon on a suitable piece of land. The terraces ascend to over fifteen hundred meters above the sea level. Then from that time they are situated in the distant region of the Philippines chief island of Luzon. In order to reach out to this region to have a view of this fantastic terrace, a little walk has to be taken. However, the most prevalent and well liked spot to view at the rice terraces is known as the Sunrise Viewpoint. Here at the Sunrise viewpoint, the regional Igarot tribes people posture for photography and make their living by selling out the wood carvings. In addition to this, there is a possibility of setting out foot along the trails from corner to corner of the rice paddies. The banks look amazing as have discrete wild scarlet flowers that contrast fabulously with the bright intense green rice plantings.
In order to have a complete tour of the region (The Banaue Rice Terraces), one should take up a guide to enjoy minute details and not to get lost in this beautiful green spread-out of rice. The hikers can have the real fun by climbing up the valleys of the terraced region and as they come across the waterfall and the natural swimming ponds, all the lethargy and hiking strain would be taken away.
These Banaue rice terraces are one of the finest rice producing terraces as in the year 2009. They were declared to be free of any genetic modification. Along with this the farming here is carried out in contemporary style exactly the way they were carried out about hundred years ago. These rice terraces are ever famous and visited all around the year by people coming from all over the world, yet the right time to make a trip to banaue rice terraces is around February and March as the planting and cleaning time approaches, while June and July are the months of harvesting thus, not welcoming for the tourists. So pack your bags and get to visit the most beautiful Banaue rice terraces.