Here is your complete travel guide to the eco-tourist spots in Benguet province!
Benguet is home to Baguio City, the Summer Capital of the Philippines. However, there is more to that. The vast and diverse natural landscapes of Benguet host some of the most scenic and fascinating sights in the country.
I have created the following list of Benguet’s attractions. Take note. Most of these are off-beaten. It is my hope that promoting these for ecotourism would lead to their protection and conservation. After all, many of these sites play integral roles in the economic and cultural lives of local communities.
Without further ado, here are the must-see tourist spots in Benguet.
Behold Benguet Tourist Spots!
1. Mt. Pulag
Rising to 2, 922 MASL, Mt. Pulag is the highest mountain in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines. Vast groves of dwarf bamboo grasses cover its rolling summit. These shelter endangered species such as cloud rat while its mossy forests host deer, wild pigs, dove, and many other threatened species. The peak of Mt. Pulag offers one of the best views of sunsets and sunrises. A stunning sea of cloud formations frequently appears as far as the eyes could see.
Unfortunately, commercial gardens are slowly creeping, threatening the lush forests of Mt. Pulag. Hopefully, concerned government agencies, private sectors, and the community members would collaborate to come up with a masterplan that would ensure the sustainable management of the said mountain. Mt. Pulag is one of the most visited tourist spots in Benguet.
- Location: Kabayan, Benguet
- Entrance fee: Php 175 per person
- Camping fee: Php 100 per person
- Environmental fee: Php 150 per person
- Guide fee: Php 120 per person
- Contact: 0912 762 8844
For updated rates and important announcements, check out Mt Pulag National Park Facebook Page.
2. Mt. Yangbew
Mt. Yangbew is one of the most accessible hiking tourist spots in Benguet. While atop, you can have a full view of La Trinidad and neighboring Baguio city. The towering peaks of Atok and Kabayan including Mt. Pulag are also visible here. Grasses and a few shrubs cover the summit of Mt. Yangbew, reminiscent of Mt. Pulag’s peak. Another interesting feature of the mountain is the presence of limestone rock formations. Just like other tourist spots in Benguet, this is a fragile ecosystem needing protection.
- Jump-Off: Sitio Binat, Barangay Tawang, La Trinidad, Benguet
- Mt Yangbew Elevation: 1648m / 5407feet
- Time required to the Summit: 30 minutes-1 hours
- Special Features: Grassy Summit, Limestone formations, Views of La Trinidad and Baguio City, Horseback Riding, Mt Yangbew Sunrise
3. Tekip Falls
Tekip Falls is just one of the countless waterfalls found in Bakun. Measuring more than 120 feet high, it cascades like a giant curtain of water. It has small and shallow pools with icy-cold waters. To feel the rejuvenating effect of Tekip falls, try positioning yourself at its base while its cascades give you a massage. The best time to visit Tekip falls and other cascades of Bakun is during the rainy months of June to December. During these periods, the falls display their full strength and beauty.
- Location/Jump-Off: Poblacion, Bakun, Benguet
- Brgy/Envi’ Fee: Php 100
- Guide fee: Php 300 for a group with a maximum of 6 pax
- Trekking time: 30 minutes
4. Bayokbok Falls
Bayokbok falls of Tublay is one of the emerging tourist spots in Benguet. It is a three-layered cascade. Only the first and second falls, however, are readily visible upon reaching the site. The first layer cascades in a sideward manner. It carved a very deep, wide, and long pool. During good weather conditions, Bayokbok falls casts a crystal-clear view of its waters. To get to the third falls, one needs to climb over the first and second. The third fall also has a deep pool, sandwiched on bare rock cliffs. These cliffs provide a good diving or jumping platform.
- Jump-off: Brgy Tuel, Tublay, Benguet
- Fees: Php 250 per person (includes guide, environmental, and barangay fees)
- Trekking Time: 15 minutes
5. Aran Cave
Aran Cave is rapidly gaining popularity among locals residing in Baguio City and La Trinidad. It is just more or less an hour of drive away from these urban centers. The cave is named after a giant called Aran. Locals say that he used to dwell in the area and was responsible for the disappearance of workers during the construction Kennon Road. Inside the cave, one can find at least three waterfalls cascading on pristine pools. The waters of these are icy-cold and crystal-clear. Stalactite and stalagmite rock formations also abound.
- Location/Jump-off: Tuba, Benguet
- Fees: Php 200 per person (Covers entrance, environmental fees and rent of a headlight)
- Trekking Time: 15 Minutes
6. Asin Hot Spring
Asin Hot Spring is some 40 minutes’ drive from La Trinidad. Recently, the local officials have been improving the site to cater to the growing number of visitors. The hot springs emanate from rock crevices and directly flow towards the Tuel River. Hoses have been installed to channel the steamy waters on man-made pools. Isn’t it fun? You get to first warm yourself on the springs’ thermal waters before swimming on the chilly river.
- Location/Jump-Off: Tuel, Tublay, Benguet
- Entrance Fee: Php 20
- Cottage Rent: Php 250
7. Shamsham Falls
Shamsham falls is perhaps the highest falls in Tublay and one of the least known tourist spots in Benguet. There are actually at least three waterfalls composing Shamsham. However, the main waterfall is most frequented by the locals for recreational activities. It measures more than 60 feet high and cascades on a small and shallow pool.
- Location/Jump-Off: Baayan, Tublay, Benguet
- Entrance Fee: None
- Guide Fee: Donation
- Best time to Visit: Summer Months
- Jump-off: Brgy Baayan
- Trekking Time: 2-3 hours
8. Mt. Pokgong
Mt. Pokgong is a tri-boundary mountain between Sablan, Kapangan, and Tublay. While atop, one can glimpse of the low-lying plains of La Union including the South China Sea. Mt. Pokgong and its adjacent ridges still host a few remaining pockets of forests. These shelter endangered species such as civet cats, monkeys, and various species of birds. Hopefully, the locals will take care of these since they can be a come-on for boosting ecotourism and community-based development.
- Location/Jump-off: Brgy Bagong, Sablan, Benguet
- Trekking Time: 1 to 2 hours
- Entrance Fee: None
- Guide Fee: Donation
9. Mt. Amanayaw
Mt. Amanayaw soars to more than 2000 MASL, making it one of the highest peaks in Kibungan, Benguet. Only a few trees and shrubs grow on its summit, thus, it offers a good view of the surrounding mountains, rivers, and other landscapes. On the other hand, mossy forests cover its lower slopes. These feed several brooks and creeks leading to the Amburayan River. Endemic species like cloud rat and civet cat consider these forests home. The trail to Mt. Amanayaw, however, is not yet fully established.
- Location/Jump-off: Brgy Badeo, Kibungan, Benguet
- Trekking Time: 2 hours
- Entrance Fee: None
- Guide Fee: Donation
10. Rocky Wall of Beauties
The landscape of barangay Tacadang, Kibungan resembles the Grand Canyon of United States. Sheer and bare rock cliffs and formations dominate its entire landscape. That is why it is also popularly known as the “Switzerland of Benguet.” Today, Tacadang continues to attract flocks of mountaineers and adventurers. It has several peaks for such activities. During rainy months, numerous waterfalls surround Tacadang in almost every direction. Some falls measure up to more than 500 meters high.
- Location/Jump-Off: Brgy Tacadang, Kibungan
- Trekking Time: 8 hours/1 day
11. Mt. Tenglawan
Mt. Tenglawan is one of the most frequented peaks of Bakun, Benguet. It is part of the Bakun-trilogy/trio. The other two mountains are Mt. Kabunian and Mt. Lobo. Mt. Tenglawan is visible from barangay Poblacion. Its partially forested slopes feed the brook leading to the Tres Marias Falls. While atop Mt. Tenglawan, you will catch sight of stunning mountain views and the lowland plains of La Union.
- Location/Jump-off: Bakun, Benguet
- Trekking Time: 3-4 hours
12. Badi Falls
Badi Falls is a fast-growing ecotourism destination in Kapangan, Benguet. It is a series of waterfalls. The highest of which measures more than 30 meters high. Some of these falls carved deep pools, fit for swimming. Badi falls’ cold and crystal-clear waters offer enlivening effect, after the hours of trek to get here. Yes, the trek may be long and winding. But, the trail offers fascinating views of lush forests and verdant mountains.
- Location/Jump-off: Brgy Sagubo, Kapangan
- Trekking Time: 2 hours
13. Mt. Kompol-kompol
Mt Kompol-kompol is the ultimate destination for the so-called Mt. Purgatory Traverse. The traverse commences from Japas jump-off going to Mt. Pack. From Mt. Pack, it takes 2.5 kilometers to reach a viewpoint called Mt. Purgatory. It is named as such, owing to the cold and forbidding weather, reminiscent of a purgatory. From here, you will then trail on seemingly-endless mossy forests until you reach Mt. Kompol-kompol.
- Location/Jump-off: Bokod, Benguet
14. Ambongdolan Caves
Bengaongao and Paterno compose the cave systems of barangay Ambongdolan in Tublay, Benguet. Personally, these are among the most beautiful caves I’ve ever visited. Here, you can find bizarre and exquisite stalactite and stalagmite rock formations. Bengaongao cave is the more popular one. It has a wide opening, surrounded by big boulders. Navigating your way here is quite easy as there are not so many diversions. On the other hand, you need to squeeze yourself and rappel down to get inside Paternon Cave. It is relatively drier.
- Location/Jump-off: Ambongdolan, Tublay, Benguet
- Entrance and Guide Fee: Php 225
15. Mt. Ulap
Along with Mt. Pulag, Mt. Ulap fares as one of the most popular hiking tourist spots in Benguet. Unlike Mt. Pulag, the trails going to Mt. Ulap’s summit are mostly lined with pine forest stands. There are actually two major jump-off points going to the mountain. The first one commences from Nueva Vizcaya. The second and more popular trail starts from barangay Sante Fe of Itogon. Take note. Mt. Ulap is part of the ancestral domains of Itogon. The peak of Mt. Ulap provides fascinating views of Cordillera’s mountain ranges and even the southern plains dominated by Mt. Arayat.
- Location/Jump-off: Itogon, Benguet
16. Amburayan River
Amburayan River emanates from the towering mountains of Atok, Benguet including brook tributaries from Tublay. The river plays an important historical and cultural role among the local communities. It also provides irrigation to rice paddies all year round, thus, sustaining the main subsistence of the people. Its waters also teem with various marine species such as fishes, crabs, and eels.
- Location/Jump-Off: Kapangan, Benguet
17. Longog Cave
Longog cave is just one of the several caves found in Kapangan, Benguet. It is also one of the most accessible. It takes just over 20 minutes of a hike from the road to reach the cave’s entrance. Inside, there are parts where you will need to crawl on your belly to get across. You also need to hang onto rock openings and crevices to get deeper. Certainly, these present difficulties. However, you will be rewarded with a stunning view of the cave’s inside chambers. Several pools can be found. Stalactite and stalagmite formations are everywhere.
- Location/Jump-off: Kapangan, Benguet
18. Mt. Tabayoc
Mt. Tabayoc is the second-highest mountain in Luzon, just after neighboring Mt. Pulag. It rises to more than 2,842 MASL, making it the fifth-highest in the entire country. Despite its majestic height, the usual jump-off point at Lake Tabeo is already at 2, 202 MASL. However, the trail to the summit is no easy one. In fact, some hikers often describe it as the “Monkey Trail.” Literally, you would need to hang onto vines and crawl on boulders on some parts of the trail.
- Location/Jump-off: Kabayan, Benguet
19. Mt. Timbak
Mt Timbak stands prominently along the Halsema Highway. It is the third highest mountain in Luzon and the ninth highest in the Philippines. That is according to Pinoy Mountaineer blog. It rises to more than 2,717 MASL. Unlike most major mountains in the country, Mt Timbak is very much accessible. A local road heads straight almost to the summit. This makes the trek pretty much more convenient and easier.
- Location/Jump-off: Km 55, Atok, Benguet
- Trekking Time: more or less 2 hours
20. Payogpog Falls
Payogpog falls is among the four locally-known cascades found in barangay Shilan. It measures around 30 feet high and cascades on a small and shallow catch basin. This is a good spot for swimming, picnic, and other recreational activities.
- Location/Jump-off: Shilan, La Trinidad, Benguet
- Trekking Time: 2 hours
For More Info on Benguet Tourist Spots:
If you need more information to help set up your itinerary to the tourist spots in Benguet, do contact the Benguet Provincial Tourism Office via the following:
- Facebook Page: Benguet Tourism, Culture, and Investment
- Messenger: m.me/tourismbenguet
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook Account: Benguet PGO Tourism
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