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Negros Occidental | Codcod Rice Terraces of San Carlos City

The thick fog, the verdant hills, the sea of clouds and the amazing view – thanks to a cup of 3-in-1 coffee, these things definitely catch my attention about an hour after being on the road from the city proper of San Carlos. Yep, I’m usually asleep during long road trips like these.

Codcod Rice Terraces of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental

From the national highway, we turn left. We’re on the way to Barangays Quezon and Codcod. Before you ask, by the way, yes, the trip is work-related.

Codcod Rice Terraces of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental

“Are those rice terraces?” I ask Manong Driver and my colleague, pointing to the left side of the window, where hills of rice paddies decorate the view. 

One of my colleagues nods and tells me, “Marami dito niyan, Sir. Yun pa yung isa oh.” He proceeds to point to the right of the car. 

All I can say is “Wow! Akala ko sa Mountain Province lang merong rice terraces!” I believe there are about five more rice terraces in Barangay Quezon waiting to be spotted as we move on. 

Sir, may ganyan din sa Salvador Benidicto at Canlaon,” Manong Driver adds eventually.

Codcod Rice Terraces of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental

We then arrive in our main destination, Barangay Codcod. It’s the farthest barangay of San Carlos that I’ve visited. Yes, that’s where the more or less two-hour trip takes us. I was beginning to think that the rice terraces back in Quezon were the best consolation for the work I’d have to do today – but I was wrong! 

Amazing mountains of rice paddies, much taller and more beautiful than those in Quezon, waited for me in this faraway barangay. These unknown rice terraces are a combination and result of the artistic labor and the dedication that locals of Codcod put into. With the cool weather, a stunning view of Mt. Kanlaon, the wonderful people all surrounded by amazing nature – you can definitely consider these rice terraces in Codcod a potential ecotourism site.

Codcod Rice Terraces of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental

Codcod Rice Terraces of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental

Codcod Rice Terraces of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental

Codcod Rice Terraces is located in Barangay Codcod, an upland barangay of San Carlos City located close to the foot of Mount Kanlaon and about 50 kilometers or less than two-hour travel from the city proper.


HOW TO GET THERE

From San Carlos City, take a bus bound to Bacolod. Alight in crossing going to Barangay Quezon. From there, hire a habal-habal that will take you to Barangay Codcod after passing Barangay Quezon.

Alternately, you can also hire a habal-habal from San Carlos City proper to go directly to Barangay Codcod. Take note, however, that this is a more costly option.

According to the locals, there is also a passenger bus or a jeepney service that will take you through the San Carlos to Codcod route, but those trips are very limited.

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13 comments:

  1. I was able to see these terraces when we were in Salvador Benedicto. I really love the place especially with the view of Kanlaon.

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    1. Bro iba pa ito sa Rice Terraces ng Benedicto and Kanlaon, you should also see Codcod pag nag Bacolod ka :)

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  2. Your photos are so good. I can't imagine how farmers dig those hills to create a magnificent wonder.

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  3. WOW! I thought only Benguet have that amazing rice terraces.. wish i could visit these aweamazing sorroundings

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  4. I thought the rice terraces would only be in the northern region, but there are beautiful ones in this part of the country as well :D

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  5. I am living in Negros Occidental and I have gone to San Carlos City for several times especially when I take the bus in going to Cebu City. I have never heard about this Codcod rice terraces. These rice terraces might mislead the visitors or the tourists who might be thinking that they're in the Mountain province upon seeing those man-made rice terraces which the Ifugao or the Mountain province farmers have devised for their mountain farming.

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    1. Sir Gil ang lapit nito sa La Carlota- worth to visit po.

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  6. It's my first time to hear about Codcod Rice Terraces. It looks really beautiful and I wish I could visit and see them in person soon.

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    1. so beautiful Peachy, thanks for dropping here!

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  7. wow this is really amazing.. the first time I witness rice terraces is when I went to Banaue and Kalinga and it is really fascinating how they build it by hand
    I really wish I can witness this place on my own naked eyes! Another natural beauty to marvel indeed

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