I am so excited to share with you my visit to the breathtaking and absolute jaw dropping Batad Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras. They are estimated at over 2,000 years old and this UNESCO World Heritage site does not disappoint. There are several rice terraces in the Philippines, but the amphitheater like setting of this terrace is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Here’s the video from my day trip to this magical place, and below I’ll include additional pictures, tips, and information about visiting the terrace:
These rice terraces were carved into the mountains of Ifugao and are commonly referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. This place is a backpacker’s dream, and I mean that literally because this terrace is not accessible by vehicle. So, be sure to pack light and bring a camera that has a wide angle lens to get the best pictures.
I do recommend using a local tour guide to maximize your time and experience. I grew up in the Philippines and speak fluent Tagalog. However, the locals here speak a unique dialect of our language that is completely different. Our bilingual and English speaking tour guide, Kuya Jun, was a lifesaver and added so much to our trip. I would absolutely recommend him if you decide to plan a trip and you can find a way to contact his company here.
I had a blast interacting with locals and got the chance to plant rice for myself. Finally, I got to make my favorite food from scratch! I was also able to spend some time learning how to make traditional Ifugao attire. Nanay Benita was my patient teacher, and I tried to convince her to take a photo with me, but her belief is that pictures of her will take away a day of her life. I hope that’s not true…otherwise I’m in big trouble!
In all seriousness, it was so special to me to visit this magical place within my home country. The remote destination was not easy to get to, but it was so worth it to experience this place and unique culture.
“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman
Be sure to check out my Philippine Trip Day 1 Video in Sagada if you haven’t already for more content from my trip!
Photography by Blaze Sy
Videography by Fridge Multimedia
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