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Ifugao province

The Ifugao province is famous for its system of rice terraces. People have this mistaken notion that these terraces can only be found in Banaue, one of the towns inside Ifugao. They're actually scattered across different places within the region and can be found in other towns such as Batad and Hungduan. Another misconception is that people usually think of the terraces as simple staircases where one can go up and down its steps as one would inside a house. The height between steps is anywhere from 10-15 ft with mini staircases in between steps usually made out of stones wedged into the walls that can only accomodate a foot at most (probably 7-8 inches on average). It was a struggle traversing the terraces not only because of these very small steps (I wear a 9 1/2) but also because of the rains (which made it slippery) and the gear that we had to carry around. The locals, of course, were quite accustomed to it and had hobbit-like stealth going up and down these steps.
This is what it's all about... RICE.
This is what it's all about... RICE.
The Ifugaos
The Ifugaos
A Landscape of Light and Shadows
A Landscape of Light and Shadows
Zenscapes
Zenscapes
The Ifugao Province Adventure Team
The Ifugao Province Adventure Team