Also referred as “Eighth Wonder of the World”, Banaue Rice Terraces are two thousand year old terraces frequented by visitors throughout the year. Contrived into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines, these are known to be built with hands. Local guides can also be hired easily for exploring the terraces.
Opportunity to Explore Ifugao Rice Culture
Banaue Rice Terraces straddle in Ifugao province, and are managed by the natives. Ifugao culture is linked to its rice cultivation practices and sundry of celebrations associated with agricultural rites. During ones visit to terraces, one can explore the Ifugao rice culture overwhelmingly!
· Visitors can indulge in sightseeing activities and enjoy beautiful views of terraces .
· They can make visits to the tribe communities residing at the terraces’ foot.
· One can also pay visit to Mumbakis, traditional Ifugao witch doctors. These doctors are known for performing spiritual healing rituals.
Clusters Inscribed as Part of Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces are not acclaimed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are five clusters that have been inscribed as part of the Philippine Cordilleras and these are Mayoyao Central, Batad, Nagacadan, Hungduan and Bangaan.
Ifugao rice terraces including Banaue Rice Terraces were declared to have no genetically modified organisms (GMO) in March 2009.
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