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The area around Banaue features Asia's most beautiful rice terraces.  <img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click for full image
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Banaue Travel Guide

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Banaue is a town on the Cordillera mountain range in the north of the island of Luzon, in the Philippines. It is mainly visited for its stunning rice terraces, which are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Sometimes called the "Eighth Wonder of the World", the Banaue rice terraces are 2000 years old. While many are still in use today, the outer rims are showing signs of deterioration. They were created by the Ifugao (local native people), in a massive engineering project to cover the sides of the valleys (probably 200 meters from floor to rim) for several miles, irrigated by means of mountain streams and springs that have been tapped and channelled into canals that run downhill through the rice terraces.

The terraces in the nearby village of Batad are the most beautiful in Southeast Asia.

The rice terraces as seen from Banaue's famous viewpoint.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

On the road to Bontoc, there is a lot of viewpoints with beautiful panoramas on the rice terraces. Try to go as far as possible from Banaue: the higher yoou will go, the more beautiful it will be! Count P100 by tricycle from Banaue. From there it's possible to go down by foot to Banaue (2-3 hours) but the way is quite difficult and you may need a guide for this walk.

There is also a Museum of Cordilleran Sculpture, founded by George and Candida Ida Schenk over 30 years ago. The museum (Tel. 011-63-919-774-8507) evolved from a small antique store in Manilla, into dream to preserve a culture that is slowly dying. There are over 1,000 pieces in the collection of the Museum, ranging from large-scale, carved wooden Bululs, masks to smaller scale figures, textiles, utilitarian objects, and composite objects.

Banaue: Enjoy the view while having a beer in the late afternoon.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

There are several internet cafes, especially in lodges (try Halfway Lodge for example). For one hour, it will cost you P20. If you are looking for souvenirs, there are many kinds of carved woods for you to take home.

Take a walk over the plank bridge in Banaue.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

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