20+ Must-See Barlig Tourist Spots (Your Complete DIY Travel Guide)

What are the must-see tourist spots in Barlig, Mountain Province?

Barlig is known as the “Last Ecological Frontier of Mountain Province,” owing to its pristine forest cover which is hosts endangered species such as deer, wild pigs, monkeys, and the Philippine Monkey-Eating Eagle.

Barlig lags behind its neighboring municipalities such as Bontoc and Sagada when it comes to tourism. However, it would not be long when adventurers, hikers, and nature lovers start frequenting Barlig.

After all, Barlig was recently declared as a tourism development area. But it is important to devise and implement strategies to preserve these fragile resources. Ecotourism presents one of the most promising ways to do just that.

Now, here are some of the destinations you should not miss when visiting Barlig.

Barlig Tourist Spots

1. Mt. Amuyao

Mt. Amuyao is one of the highest peaks in the Philippines with a height ranging from 2,702 meters to 2,862 meters. It tops the most popular tourist spots in Barlig. Trekking to its summit takes five to six hours. Along the trail, one would have a close encounter with the diverse flora and fauna of Barlig.

The zenith of Mt. Amuyao offers entrancing and panoramic views of the mountain ranges of Barlig, Sadanga, Bontoc, and the provinces of Kalinga and Ifugao. From time to time, it boasts of breathtaking sunrise and sunset views. A sea of clouds also frequently appear.

  • Environmental Fee: Php 25
  • Barangay Fee: Php 50
  • Jump-off Point: Macalana, Barlig
  • Trekking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Guide Fee: Php 1,500 for a group with a maximum of 5 pax

READ: Mt Amuyao Barlig, Mt. Province (Your Complete DIY Travel Guide)

Sea of clouds as viewed from Mt Amuyao of Barlig

2. Futitikun Falls

Hidden deep in a remote jungle, Futitikun Falls is one of the least explored tourist spots in Barlig. It’s gushing waters come from pristine mossy forests upstream. It’s two-layered and has a collective height of more than 100 meters (300 feet).

Only a few hunters and local hikers were able to witness Futitikun falls. It takes more or less two days of an arduous trek along jungle trails to get here. Leeches also abound especially during the rainy season. By the way, this is not yet an established tourism site in Barlig due to its remoteness and the difficulty in getting there.

  • Location/Jump-off: Lias Kanluran, Barlig
  • Trekking Time: 2 days
  • Guide Fee: Donation
  • Reminder: Only for extreme hikers

3. Lake Tufub/Tufog

Lake Tufub is said to be the crater of an extinct volcano, locally known as Mt. Puguis. Beautiful mossy forests surround the lake and give its greenish color. The locals believe that unseen deities and spirits inhabit the lake.

The lake is shrouded in mists during the rainy season. Getting here, however, is relatively easy as the path has been improved. From the national highway, one needs to hike for 10 to 15 minutes to reach the lake.

I have been visiting the lake several times already and I noticed some disturbing impacts. Among these include the clearing of vegetation around the lake and the cutting of trees. A road has also been constructed leading near to the lake. Hopefully, the local authorities do something to maintain the natural beauty of Lake Tufub. After all, it is among most accessible tourist spots in Barlig.

Lake Tufub in Lingoy. One of the tourist spots of Barlig, Mountain Province.

4. Kafiliw Twin Falls

Kafiliw Twin Falls of Lias Kanluran. One of the tourist spots of Barlig, Mountain Province.

Kafiliw falls is located deep in the forests of Lias. Like Futitikun Falls, only a few hunters and hikers ever caught a glimpse of this beauty. It takes 6 to 7 hours of a hike along slippery, and often, dangerous hunter’s trails to get here. The falls measures more than 30 meters and when viewed from a distance, appear like two beautiful bridal veils cascading together. Dense forests surround the said falls, casting a verdant view.

  • Location/Jump-off: Lias Kanluran, Barlig
  • Trekking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Guide Fee: Donation
  • Reminder: Only for extreme hikers

5. Potec Falls

Potec Falls of Lunas. One of the attractions in Barlig.

Potec falls is located at sitio Mog-ao of barangay Lunas. From Chupac, it takes 2 hours of hike to reach sitio Mog-ao. From sitio Mog-ao, one needs to hike for another two hours following a brook to reach the falls. The final challenge to conquer before reaching the falls is climbing a small waterfall while holding on to leaves, roots, and rock crevices. According to the locals, going here is dangerous since there are cobras lurking around. However, the locals are experts on ways to prevent untoward incidents. Potec falls is one of the remotest tourist spots in Barlig.

  • Location/Jump-off: Lunas, Barlig
  • Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Guide Fee: Donation
  • Reminder: Only for extreme hikers

6. Wonderful Rock of Allob

Allob Rock Formations in Latang. One of the tourist spots of Barlig, Mountain Province.

The Wonderful Rock of Allob is located at barangay Latang. It features beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Surprisingly, this is no cave. It is located along a brook with cold waters. When visiting this, you will also have the chance to glimpse of the Allob Falls and Allob Hot Spring. To get to these spots, one needs to hike for more or less an hour from Latang proper.

Just like other tourist spots in Barlig, this rock formation deserves protection and proper management. I heard that some of the stalactites have been removed by some unscrupulous locals.

  • Location/Jump-off: Latang, Barlig
  • Trekking Time: 2 hours
  • Guide Fee: Donation
  • Reminder: Keep your trash

7. Amfitayok Falls

Amfitayok falls of Kadaclan. One of the tourist spots of Barlig, Mountain Province.

Amfitayok falls is perhaps the most famous waterfall in Barlig as Mr. Dionie Chungalan, a local writer, has been featuring it in local newspapers. It measures around 18 feet high and has a deep and wide pool with cold, crystal-clear waters. It takes an hour of a hike from Chupac to get here. Along the way, one can have a view of ladder-like rice terraces and mountain ranges.

  • Location/Jump-off: Ogo-og, Barlig
  • Trekking Time: 15 minutes
  • Guide Fee: Donation

8. Sayang Mossy Forests

Known locally as the “Playground of the Deer,” the Sayang Mossy Forest is truly a beauty to behold. It is one of the most pristine and thriving forests left in the region. Deer, wild pigs, and various species of endemic birds live here. In addition, it is a botanical paradise because of the abundance of orchids and other flowering plants. The mossy forests of Sayang can also match those of famous mountaineering destinations in the country like Mt. Dulang-Dulang, Mt. Pulag, and Mt. Apo.

Sayang mossy forest is the source of the mighty Sayang-Mapesak brook. Along this brook, one can find numerous waterfalls, some reaching a height of more than 100 meters.

Just like many promising tourist spots in Barlig, however, Sayang Mossy Forest is not yet established for tourism purposes. Thus, only a few locals are able to witness and experience its beauty. It takes two days of a hike along hunter’s trails to get here. Since it rains here almost every day, leeches abound.

  • Location/Jump-off: Lias Kanluran, Barlig
  • Trekking Time: 2 days
  • Guide Fee: Donation
  • Reminder: Only for extreme hikers
Sayang Mossy Forest. One of the tourist spots of Barlig, Mountain Province.

9. Naculla Rice Terraces

These are just among the beautiful rice terraces of Kadaclan cluster. They are a masterpiece and a symbol of the people’s ingenuity, hard work, and unity. These terraces are visible along the way going to Amfitayok falls. Abundant water supply coming from the forested mountains irrigate these terraces all year round.

  • Location/Jump-off: Ogo-og, Barlig
  • Trekking Time: 15 minutes
  • Guide Fee: Donation

10. Akanyang Sacred Stone

The enchanting Akanyang Stone. One of the tourist spots of Barlig, Mountain Province.

This gigantic boulder is one of the cultural tourist spots in Barlig and it plays an important role among the I-Lias. Unseen deities and spirits inhabit the stone, according to local folklore. There are several stories about the stone, however, it is best to hear these from the locals themselves. To get here, one needs to hike from the community proper for about an hour, passing across rice fields and the Karanag Falls.

  • Location/Jump-off: Lias Kanluran, Barlig
  • Trekking Time: 30 minutes
  • Guide Fee: Donation

Other Must-See Barlig Tourist Spots

  1. Mt. Puguis
  2. Mornang Hot Spring
  3. Wonderful Rock of Ages
  4. Lettang Burial Caves
  5. Patyayan Falls
  6. Munyupuyup Falls
  7. Pangngor Chin Stone
  8. Wangcharlin Falls
  9. Lusong Fukian Kan Wikian Rock
  10. Lias Historical Marker

How to Get to Barlig?

The primary jump-off point to Barlig is Bontoc, the capital town of Mountain Province.

Jeeps bound to Barlig are stationed in front of the All Saints Cathedral. The times of departure are 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. If you’re heading to Poblacion, Barlig (town center), the fare is 80 pesos.

If you’re bound to Lias and Kadaclan clusters, the fare is Php 100 and Php 150 respectively.

NOTE: Always be at the jeepney station at least 30 minutes before the departure time. By the way, you may try top-load to give a thrill to your riding experience. Just make sure you are alert and the weather is fine.

Where to Stay in Barlig?

  1. Poblacion (Barlig Centro). Travelers or visitors may stay at the following: Halfway Inn and Restaurant (Rate: 200 per head/ night); Seaworld Inn (Rate: 200 per head/night); Cozy Nook and Cafe (Rate: 300 per head/night, with hot shower).
  2. Kadaclan Cluster. There is only one tourism amenity namely, Kadaclan Tourists Homestay (150 pr head/night). This is located at barangay Chupac. It offers a panoramic view of rice terraces and mountain ranges. In addition, some locals may warmly offer their homes.
  3. Lias Cluster. There are no lodging amenities here. However, tourists and visitors may be warmly accommodated by the locals in their respective homes.

For your information needs:

If you need more information that may help in setting up your itinerary to the tourist spots in Barlig do contact the following:

  • Ms. Jansen Focad, Tourism Officer: 09264004717
  • Facebook Page: Barlig Tourism

You can also message us on our facebook page namely, Daniel’s Eco-Travels. I will be more than glad and willing to answer them whenever I can:)

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  1. Good job Daniel! It has long been my desire to make a travel blog like this pero puro umpisa lang. Please continue promoting our beloved town and its beautiful scenic views.


    1. thank you so much maam for the encouragement:) hopefully, we could meet for a chat over a cup of coffee:)


  2. This inspires me to visit Barlig again! Great photos too, Daniel!


    1. thanks ate barby:) will be waiting for that day to come:)


  3. Hello!
    I plan to visit Barlig before holy week Second week of April. I want know wild deer
    , Philippine eagle , birds and rare wildlife. Maybe Barlignon interested for tribal wildlife sanctuary, Ican help them.
    Best regards.


    1. wow…its good po that you are eager to help in wildlife conservation…in reality, wildlife protection is not given much attention in Barlig…hunting has become a thrill among the younger generations in particular…there lacks laws on wildlife protection and even projects to sustain these…..i believe that the locals and the officials need to be capacitated on the importance of wildlife and how such will help in sustainably boosting community development..hope we can talk more about this:) you may proceed to the mayors office and share your perspectives to the mayor:)


  4. I wish my childhood best friend the late Baguio police, detective officer Larry Fabian ( hanger bldg natengan, t dimmakelan mi) still around, his parents were from barlig, siguro et mabalin nga ipasiarnak et barlig, way to late, I learned from his son he is already with the supreme commander maybe hopefully someday before I kick the bucket I can pay a visit, bontoc etc.


    1. sure po:) so long as our schedules for visitation coincide, then why not? I would gladly tour you around my hometown


  5. Before I will reach 65, I would love to visit these 10 places you mentioned. I am from Chupac, but have not been to these places except Lake Tufub.


  6. Hoping that I could visit these wonderful tourist spot of barlig someday..


  7. Would like to ask for advice in planning a trip to Barlig. Hope you can get in touch.


    1. yes po? how may i help you?


  8. My 6-month stay in Barlig wayback 2011 was a wonderful one.It was a pleasure working with the people of Barlig and the priceless experience of witnessing its prestine beauty. I have been to Mt. Amuyao multiple times but it never fails to amaze me.


    1. Wow. I am glad you have fond memories during your stay in Barlig. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experiences.


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