Terraced farming is an ancient practice that allowed for increased crop production, animal husbandry and poultry in areas where soil quality was poor or mountainous. The labor-intensive process of building these terraces prevented erosion to maintain invaluable farmland while preserving rainwater which would otherwise be runoff into streams below ground level – all this led many cultures around world rely heavily on it during periods without sufficient rainfall due its ability not only provide food but also spectacular landscapes like those found within Greece’s moon landscape (Chalcidian).
Top 11: Sa Pa Terraces
The rice terraces of Northern Vietnam are a stunning example to the world at large. The scenic valley between Sa Pa and Fansipan Mountain features thick bamboo woodlands on one side, while farmers grow crops such as corn or vegetables in their paddy fields along with oranges from what we can tell (it’s difficult for tourists). This region has only been able produce enough food once per year because it shares borders both China proper but also Laos which provides much needed rainfall during certain parts months; however despite these challenges people still thrive here!
Top 10: Inca Pisac
The terrace fields of Pisac, constructed by the Incas are still being used today. These mountainous structures consist 16 different cultivation sections which overlook their sacred valley between Salkantay Mountains and provide shelter for people living there as well as protection from invasions on either side due to high altitude – making this place very serene yet bustling at any given time!
Top 9: Douro Valley
The Douro Valley is a breathtaking region in Portugal where port wine can be found. The valley’s landscape changes with the seasons, becoming more colorful during autumn when vines take on an reddish-golden hue and giving way to white almond blossom around February/March time that add another layer of color before it becomes fully ripe for drinking sake – both red or whites are produced here depending upon what you’re looking at!
Top 8: Bali Rice Terraces
The rice paddies of Bali are some of the most impressive examples in all Asia. The terraces were created by hand and maintained over time with simple tools, but they still manage to maintain their beauty as an iconic symbol for Balinese culture that has been almost 2000 years old!
The terraced rice paddies of Bali are a favorite with travelers and photographers. The crops grow according to an organized social order, called subak that has been carefully choreographed by centuries worths knowledge from generations before them on how best distribute water sources evenly through out each day’s growing period so as not disrupt or damage any plant LIFE!.
Top 7: Choquequirao
Choquequirao, meaning Cradle of Gold in Spanish (and appropriately so) is an impressive terrace site that sits on the border between Cusco and Apurimac. With 180 steep steps leading up to its doorstep from below sea level at 3085 meters above mean tide marker points directly toward this ancient ruin’s entranceway which visitors must cross through if they want any chance whatsoever encounter what life might have been like inside these walls during Inca times – but be prepared for your journey because it could take anywhere between four days depending upon how fit you are!
Top 6: Salinas de Maras
Salineas de Maras, or Inca salt pans have been in use for centuries. The natural springs water becomes saline by leeching out the mountain’s own deposits of sodium chloride and when evaporated during hot summer days thick slabs are left behind which can then be cut up into huge blocks to transported throughout villages as needed!
Top 5: Ollantaytambo
The town of Ollantaytambo is built on top an extensive set or agricultural terraces that start at the bottom levels and climb up surrounding hillsides. These were created by king Pachacuti, who conquered this region during his empire expansion into Peru centuries ago!
The terraces of Ollantaytambo permitted farming on otherwise unusable terrain, making it an important tourist attraction and common starting point for hike known as the Inca Trail.
Top 4: Longji Terraces
From the winding rice terraces of Longsheng to a mountaintop overlooking Myanmar, one can see how this region has adapted over time. These hillsides were built 500 years ago during Ming Dynasty and now house fields that appear as green cables laid out on them stretching up towards their village near peak mountain views complete with paddies meandering through it all making for picturesque scenery when there’s not much rain around!
Top 3: Hani Terraces
Hani rice paddy steppes are located below the villages on Ailao Mountains in Yuanyang and have been cultivated for over 1,000 years. These terrace fields support enough food to feed hundreds of thousands people with their lush sub-tropical paradise that is highlighted by water saved from December until March when it floods down hillside channels towards farms like ours where we grow more than just one crop but three!
Top 2: Banaue Rice Terraces
The views from the Banaue Rice Terraces are breathtaking. The fields were created by hand without modern tools, and it’s estimated that these terraced rice paddies have been in use for almost 2 thousand years – making them some of Asia’s older agricultural sites! More recently though there has been an influx emigrating to cities because life on their remote mountain slopes is difficult with increasing numbers leaving each year unable or unwilling tp continue maintaining such large scale farming operations any longer .
Top 1: Machu Picchu
No one knows for sure how the ancient city of Machu Picchu was hidden in such an inhospitable place. Some say it had something to do with magic and other technologies from before our time, or that there are still secrets waiting beyond these mountains even now!
Machu Picchu is a site of incredible ancient engineering, with stone blocks and thousands upon steps that lead up to narrow terraces. The waterway in which they were built from was chiseled deep into the mountainside for livestock irrigation as well as crop production; nowadays one can see leftover fields but no longer grow anything there due probably because it’s so high up!