The Ancient Rice Terraces of Batad, Philippines
Located in the Cordillera Mountains about 250km north of Manila, the Banaue Rice Terraces are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and often referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World. At over 2,000 years old, they are an incredible testament to the ancient technologies of the Ifugao people. It has been said that if the all the steps were put end to end, it would circle half the globe!
The photo is of the village of Batad, located near the larger and more popular town of Banaue.
We visited during the rainy season, so the roads were terrible and covered with heavy landslides and sinkholes. The bumpy drive in the back of a Jeepney took about an hour and dropped us at the top of a lush valley. Another 45 minute hike through the jungle took us to a lookout point where this photo was taken.
Though it takes extra effort to reach, the views are simply too extraordinary to miss.