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Municipal Tourism Action Officer Designate: Paterno T. Esdio - 09088616641

See also:Man-Made Attractions Found in Atok

Natural Attractions found in Atok

ADEVONAN WATERFALLS

It is a potential natural attraction found in Banayakeo, Poblacion. The falls is 90 ft high. The natural pool below the falls was used by soldiers as a bathing place during WW II. It is still being used by the .local people for the same purpose.

PUJs regularly ply to Sitio Banayakeo where it takes a kilometer hike to the place. The site can also be reached from Tublay, although with a much longer hike.

AMBURAYAN RIVER

It is a potential natural attraction found in Pasdong to Naguey. This largest river system in Atok is the source of water for the rice field and vegetable farms. Some places along the riverbanks have deep pools for swimming. This largest river system in Atok, which comes from Kibungan then goes out to Kapangan, serves as water source for the rice and vegetable farms in the area. Some portions are perfect for swimming and fishing and the friendly riverbanks for camping and picnics.

PUJs ply to Naguey and Pasdong daily via the Halsema highway then branch off to the left at Km. 30 for a two-hour drive. It takes a few minutes hike to the river.

HIGHEST POINT VIEW

It is an emerging natural attraction found in Cattubo. The site is highest point in the country under the Philippine highway system, at an elevation of 7,400 ft above sea level. It is called the Philippine Pali because of its resemblance with Pali, Hawaii. From the view deck, the invigorating climate enhances the visual splendor of the vegetable gardens and the mountain ranges of Atok, Tublay, Bokod and Kabayan, including the lofty and majestic Mt. Pulag.

It is located at Km.53 along the Halsema highway, which is about 2-hours drive from La Trinidad, the capital town of the province.

PAASIN VIEW POINT

It is a potential natural attraction found in Topdac. It provides a panoramic view of the Ambuclao Dam (second biggest man-made on Asia) and the mountain ranges nearby that serves as the dam's watershed area.

The view point is located at Km. 32 along the Halsema Highway.

GUERRILLA SADDLE

It is a potential natural attraction found in Caliking. This is the place where the guerillas of the WW II fought side by side with the soldiers of the 66th Infantry USAFFE against the retreating Japanese soldiers.

Stopover is at Km.26 along the Halsema Highway. It is the stopover point of some travelers and commuters going north specially farmers going home from marketing their products in La Trinidad and Baguio City.

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Man-Made Attractions found in Atok

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NATUMPUKAN HALF TUNNEL

This is an existing man-made attraction of the municipality of Atok. It was built in the early 1950's after the road eroded due to soil erosion. Having no other alternative route, about 50 meters portion of the highway is carved from the face of a huge rock. It has remained to this time as an engineering feat of the people maintaining it. It is popularly known as "Half Tunnel".

The half tunnel is about 42 kilometers from La Trinidad along the Halsema Highway. It is barely 4 kilometers away from the municipal hall of Sayangan.

BOSLENG LOURDES GROTTO

This is a potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Atok. It is a cave underneath big rocks with an icon of the "Lady of Lourdes". The cold climate and serenity of the place make it ideal for the prayer retreats and meditations. Locale residents claimed the place played apart in one of the international pilgrimage conducted by the Catholic Church.

The place is reached thru a foot path. There are no amenities in the area.

 

HAIGHTS PLACE/MOSSY FOREST

This is a potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Atok. At 7,937 ft. above sea level, the area experiences frost during the months of December to February. It offers a spectacular view of the beautiful vegetable terraces including the Naguey Rice Terraces toward the west.

The place is named in honor of Mr. Haight, who brought the first vegetable seedlings for the temperate climate of the area. Mr. Haight was an American soldier during the Spanish American war that married local lass and settled in the place.

NAGUEY RICE TERRACES

This is a potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Atok The approximately 33 hectares stone walled terraces were built along the banks of the Amburayan River by the ancestors of the people of Naguey. This is where the "Kintoman" rice is raised extensively and yet not enough for the purpose of making rice wine.

To have better returns and meet daily needs, parts o f the rice terraces are slowly being converted and planted to vegetables and other cash crops.

SPANISH TRAIL

This is a potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Atok This is a potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Atok It was constructed as a horse trail during the Spanish Period and it is still exists to this time. The unique features of the trail are three man-made tunnels carved through huge rock formation about 10 meters long each.


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