History of Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces facts conjure an impressive image and one that illustrates a high level of structural knowledge. The awe-inspiring Banaue terraces are said to be one of the most impressive feats in engineering in the world. Upon visiting, that is not an understatement. The terraces were carved into the mountains more than 2000 years ago, and today, it is many members of the very same families who created the terraces that mind them. As most can imagine, erosion and other environmental factors have posed many threats to this amazing Banaue attractions so in the wake of these realizations, Banaue became protected as a National Cultural Treasure and has been a UNESCO World Heritage since 1995.

Rice production began upon completion of the terraces by Ifagao tribes, original Taiwanese migrants.  For centuries they have successfully remained molded into the mountains and remained in harmony between humans and nature. At roughly 5,000 feet high, the terraces cover more than 4,000 square miles, and have, since creation, been cultivated to feed the region’s need for rice.

Banaue rice terrace facts also deem the clusters of terraces touch on the provinces of Kalinga Apayao, the Mountain Province, Abra, Benguet, and Ifugao, with each encompassing all original elements including a buffer of forests for protection, the rice terraces, the local village, and one scared grove.

The tribes of the Cordillera Highlands are the last remaining Philippine tribes to resist foreign interference. Interestingly, Banaue rice terraces facts also include the actuality that the terraces themselves are one of the only places that have never been influenced by colonial times, as a large majority of national locations, such as Manila and Angeles City, and attractions have been.

The original reason behind the terrace construction is not exactly determined; but it’s largely believed to have always been agriculturally based, beginning with Taro crops and phasing into rice. Each generation has passed on the knowledge necessary for perfectly maintaining the terraces, with no evidence whatsoever of any written documentation. The balance between geographical, climatic, ecological, religious, social, political, and economic factors continues to sustain the Banaue Rice Terraces living cultural environment. Travelers who are interested in learning more about the history the area can check out the Banaue tours when they plan their Philippines vacations—this fascinating activity is a must.

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