The Banaue Rice Terraces ( Hagdan-hagdang Palayan ng Banawe )one of the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995, the first-ever property to be included in the cultural landscape category of the World Heritage List. Rice Terraces has five sites: the Batad Rice Terraces, Bangaan Rice Terraces (both in Banaue), Mayoyao Rice Terraces (in Mayoyao), Hungduan Rice Terraces (in Hungduan) and Nagacadan Rice Terraces (in Kiangan), all in the Ifugao Province, the Philippines.
The Banaue Rice Terraces are not a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They were not included in the UNESCO inscription Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras due to the presence of numerous modern structures, making it score low in the integrity criterion of UNESCO.
The Banaue Rice Terraces were declared by the Philippine government as a National Cultural Treasure under Ifugao Rice Terraces by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 260 in 1973.
The Ifugao Rice Terraces complex of stone or mud walls and the careful carving of the natural contours of hills and mountains to make terraced pond fields, coupled with the development of intricate irrigation systems, harvesting water from the forests of the mountain tops, and an elaborate farming system.
The Ifugao Rice Terraces site believed to be older than 2,000 years, there are some conflicting recent studies that report they may be less than 1,000 years old.
How to Get to Banaue Rice Terraces:
From Manila and travel time via Eastern Highway (North Luzon Expressway) is approximately 9 hours passing through the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya. There are bus lines that regularly travel to Banaue from Cubao overnight Ohayami Trans or Coda Lines bus to Banaue, GV Florida Bus, . While Banaue is situated on the east side of the Central Cordillera Mountains, Baguio, Sagada, and Bontoc are on the west side.
From Sagada to Banaue
From the intersection in Sagada, take a 40-min public jeepney ride to Bontoc.
The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue, Ifugao
Alternatively, you can take a bus from Bontoc to Banaue.
Sagada from Banaue, you can refer to my Sagada Travel Guide for more information.
At Banaue town proper, you need to register first at Banaue tourism office and pay the Php 20 environmental fee.