BANAUE, PHILIPPINES: THE OLDEST RICE TERRACES IN THE WORLD

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Discover an enchanted place in the Philippines: a journey to the Banaue rice terraces, still untouched by mass tourism

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The view on Banaue from the surrounding hills

 

Few places in the world remain so genuine and untouched like the North of the Philippines which is home to the oldest rice fields in the world in Banaue. Named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995.

Created more than 2000 years ago by the people of Ifugao, headhunters experienced in woodworking, these rice terraces are one of the most authentic examples of the genius of man.

If you are dependent on the comforts of the western world, you can stop reading this article now. Instead, if you consider exploring nature the real luxury and you adapt easily, you will cherish this enchanted place forever.

The main activity for tourists coming here is trekking in the mountains. admiring the rice fields at dawn, breathing clean air away from the chaos of Manila. And tasting the food offered from the earth (be careful, peanut butter lovers!).

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The emerald green of the most ancient rice terraces in Hungduan

rice terraces, banaue, philippines, the italian eye magazine

A typical hat worn during the most important occasions by the local women

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