Stairway to Heaven: Hiking Through the Batad Rice Terraces in the Philippines

Ifugao tribesman carved the Batad Rice Terraces out of the Cordillera Mountains more than 2,000 years ago. Often cloaked in a mysterious fog, these magnificent rice paddies are located on the Philippine island of Luzon, about 470 km (290 miles) from Manila.

Thanks to their grand scale and their amphitheater-like appearance, the terraces have been dubbed “the eighth wonder of the world.” It’s believed that if the Batad terraces were connected end to end, along with those of neighboring Banaue and Bontoc, they would reach around the world. Their combined length is about 17 times that of the Great Wall of China!

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Photo Du Jour: A Girl Riding a Tricycle in Banaue, the Philippines

In the small town of Banaue, perched high in the Cordillera Mountains overlooking famous 2,000 year-old rice terraces, a young girl rides on the back of a tricycle.

Tricycles are a popular form of public transportation in the Philippines. They are the equivalent of a tuktuk (Thailand) or rickshaw (India).

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