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Terraced Rice Paddies of Banaue

PHILIPPINES | Thursday, 13 November 2014 | Views [2200]

Banaue Terraced Rice Paddies

Banaue Terraced Rice Paddies

THE WHS TERRACED RICE PADDIES MAY BE WORTH THE TRIP to Banaue but the birding isn’t.  Connie found a report from a birding trip to the area and decided it was worth a look.  As it turns out the birding was near Mt. Polis, 1 1/2 hours away and a Land Rover is needed to get to the site.  We did manage to find a half-dozen new species near the hotel.


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We hired a tricycle taxi, one of those ubiquitous motorcycle adaptions that are similar to a tuk-tuk, to take us to see the terraced rice paddies.  It is amazing to think that these same paddies have been producing rice for more than 2000 years.  There are a number of places to stop and take photos and each viewpoint comes with its own souvenir shop and old lady or two in native headdress ready for a photo.  The views get better the farther up the road you go but the morning haze and the ever-changing light separate the point-and-shooters from the real photographers.  Today I think I came in somewhere towards the middle of the pack.




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