Batad and Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines / by Matt Treager

Some photos from our visit to the rice terraces carved into the mountain sides of Banaue and Batad. Built by the indigenous tribes of the northern Cordilleras, the rice terraces are on the same ancient engineering scale as the pyramids of Egypt. Irrigated by tapped mountain springs and streams that are fed into a complex system of canals, the locals have been growing their rice here for over 2,000 years. Truly a fascinating experience to view and trek through. 

And a tip for those who visit, go with the municipal tourism group. They employ natives who are extremely knowledgeful and helpful. Also, there are no hidden fees, which you'll find with many of the non-authorized guides. Ask for Nathan Cabbigat of you can get him - he's an awesome dude. 

  Batad Rice Terraces

Batad Rice Terraces

  Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces

  Guide extraordinaire, Nathan.  

Guide extraordinaire, Nathan.