Located in the mountainous region of Ifugao, the Banaue Rice Terraces is an engineering marvel that dates back 2,000 years ago. Carved by the Ifugaos' own hands are these rice and vegetable paddies built on a stairway-like structures on the slopes of the mountains. The steps are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above. No heavy machinery were used to build the terraces, only the bare hands of the Ifugaos and some gardening implements.
The entire Banaue Rice Terraces cover an area of 10,360 square kilometers (about 4000 square miles). If the steps are put end to end it would encircle half the globe.
Aside from the beautiful green landscape, another attraction are the Ifugao people themselves. Seemingly untouched by civilization, these natives are still wearing their colorful traditional clothes, including feather head dresses and clothes made from fabric that they weaved themselves in geometric patterns and adorned with a variety of beads.
The best memento from a trip to the Banaue Rice Terraces is photographs of the majestic green steps and the colorful natives who build them.