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Natural Attractions found in Itogon
See also: Man Made Attractions Found in Itogon
ASIN HOT SPRING
It is a potential natural attraction found in Dalupirip. The hot spring is located along the Agno River. Its distinctive and health-giving water for hot bath and spa is an ideal end to the weary traveler and the interested visitor. The site can be reached on foot in less than an hour from the barangay center of Dalupirip.
It is a potential natural attraction found in Dalupirip. It is a natural cave that attracts spelunkers.
BIDAWAN (AVE MARIA) MOUNTAIN
It is a potential natural attraction found in Poblacion. It is a mountain, which with its scenic views, is good for trekking. The grotto located along the way is an added attraction to Marian devotees.
It is a potential natural attraction found in Ampucao. For a laid back feel of the land, this part of the Daynet trail offers a diverse experience for camping and nature communing. The trail offers a view of the reservoir of the recently built San Roque Multi-purpose Dam.
It is emerging natural attraction found in Tinongdan. Towering at 2,150 meters above sea level it is most often shrouded with clouds. The mountain gained attention being the crash site of at least three aircrafts: a UC45 CAB in the early 1960s, a PAL plane in 1987 and one of the helicopters doing rescue operations to the ill-fated plane. About two kilometers from the foot of the, mountain is the remote village, Sitio Domolpos, where a vanishing, called the lowaks, thrive in their natural habitat and unique lifestyle. They are the people who helped locate the ill-fated plane. Now they need mountain trekkers and intrepid travelers to a rugged and challenging walk in the area.
It is fast gaining popularity as an alternate destination for a mountain trekkers and climbers next to Mt. Pulag.
It is accessible in three-ways: first is taking PUB up to the junction of Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya then hiking through the town for about 2 ½ hours; second, is taking up a PUJ to barangay Tinongdan, Itogon then continuing on foot for about 5 hours; and third, scaling from barangay Dalupirip, some mountains for 5 hours. The trek is definitely not for beginners.
It is a potential natural attraction found in Dalupirip. The falls is about 30 meters high. It supplies water to the rice paddies of the barangay and tributary to Agno River. Its source of water is from Mt. Marikit and Mt. Palanchey.
Visitors can enjoy its view from a distance. The site offers good shower and bath areas on its base.
It is about 500 meters hike from the Asin Hot Springs across the Agno River or about an hour hike from barangay Dalupirip.
It is an emerging natural attraction found in Tinongdan. This impressive mountain offers endless opportunities to the adventurous tourist: trekking, site seeing, camping and mountain climbing. The winding uphill and downhill foot trail alone has its potable water stop over, hanging footbridges to excite visitors and captivating waterfalls oozing with charm. Among the other attraction along the way are the Adashu burial cave, Ambasa cave and Baloy hot springs.
A story goes that water drips from a rock strangely formed like a woman's organ.
Mt. Marikit is located in Dalupirip and Tinongdan, about 12 kilometers or 4 hours hike from Tinongdan barangay and 4-5 kilometers away from barangay Dalupirip.
It is an emerging natural attraction found in Buguias., Bokod and Itogon. The headwaters coming from Buguias and Kabayan municipalities provide the water to Ambuklao and Binga Hydroelectric Power Plants. The river traverses barangas Dalupirip and Tinongdan of Itogon, where it winds up at the San Roque Dam and San Manuel, Pangasinan.
The river is ideal for all water-based activities like rafting, fishing, canoeing and swimming. Tourists may catch tilapia, carp, eel and other fresh water fishes, provided fishing is done legally.
Depending on which part of the river to go to, the portion in Tinongdan and Dalupirip, Itogon is about 2-hours ride from Baguio City. To go to the Buguias area will take about 4-hour ride.
It is a potential natural attraction found in Dalupirip. This freshwater creek is a favorite outdoor destination for the local people because besides bathing and picnic grounds, it offers fishing and hunting activities.
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Man-Made Attractions found in Itogon
BALATOC MINES VILLAGE
This is en existing man-made attraction of the municipality of Itogon. It is the oldest mine in the province as well as in the country that was first opened in 1903. After it closed for some time due to the high costs of production, the low price of gold and other metals on a global scale, the site was opened to the public. One can experience the thrill of becoming a miner, complete with all the miner' gadgets and tools. Visitors can see and even experience how gold ores are extracted from the earth and processed. This includes the Crosby Park, Balatoc Lake and the Villaluna Center.
Balatoc is only a 45-minute ride from the City of Baguio. Reservations may be made in advance for groups and educational tours.
This is an existing man-made attraction of the municipality of Itogon. Constructed in 1958 along the Agno River, the dam used to generate 100 megawatts daily, supplying electric power for major parts of Luzon, including Manila. Its powerhouse and reservoir continuously attract visitors who are mostly on educational tour. It also offers scenic views and one can enjoy the beauty of nature with its pristine surroundings.
To go there, it takes less than an hour drive from Poblacion, Itogon. It is about 24 kms away from Baguio City.
PHILEX - DAYNET - ADVENTURE TRAIL
This is a potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Itogon. This old trail offers a magnificent view of San Roque Dam reservoir while enjoying a walk, with diverse bushes and trees. The trail is about 12 to 14 kms long. It offers a campsite and picnic area.
It is located in the hills from Dam 3 of the Philex mines to Daynet, Ampocao.
MUMMIES OF DOMOLPOS
This is a potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Itogon. The mummies are centuries old, the great ancestors of the i'owak tribe. The same can only be viewed when the native rituals are performed including the offering and butchering of animals. This can be reached via the trail that goes to Mt. Ugo.
THE IBALOI HUT
This is a potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Itogon. Made up of indigenous materials; it was built in 1938 at Lusod, Tinongdan Barangay. This indigenous pre-war hut remains resolute and stands sturdily despite the Word War II built holes in the timber pillars.
SAN ROQUE DAM
This is an existing man-made attraction of the municipality of Itogon. Aside from its scenic view from a number of angles within the municipality, the tail end at the Dalupirip area is also ideal for boating and fishing.
To go there, take the route to Tinongdan and Dalupirip. Alternatively, it can be reached via San Manuel Pangasinan.
This is a potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Itogon. Located in Liang, Loacan Barangay, it is a wide pool with several species of tilapia and carp fishes. It offers fishing and picnic activities. While it can easily be accessed during dry season, one may need a four-wheel drive vehicle to go to the site during rainy season. It is less than an hour drive to Poblacion.
GUMATDANG CUTFLOWER GARDEN
This is potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Itogon. Though privately owned, the same are being offered for tourist visits. There are varieties of flowers such as roses, chrysanthemums, gladiola, and others. The area also has rice paddies and papaya plantation.
LABILAB ROSE GARDEN
This is a potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Itogon. Although privately owned, tourists and visitors are welcome to this cut flower farm. These are old houses made of indigenous materials based on ancient designs. They provide a glimpse on the culture and traditions of the inhabitants of the place.
AMPUCAO RICE TERRACES
They symbolize Igorot ingenuity and hard work for their livelihood.
1300 LEVEL FISH PONDS
This is potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Itogon. If there are rice terraces for propagating rice and vegetables terraces for vegetable production, these fishpond terraces are likewise built for fish propagation like tilapia. Tourists are allowed to do fishing for a fee.
1300 LEVEL HOT SPRINGS
This is potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Itogon. An improvised pool provides a bathing area and a good spa. It is believed that the hot water from the spring has some therapeutic effects due to its mineral contents like sulfur. It can cure skin ailments.
It is also believed that the warm water from the spring flowing to the fishponds is beneficial and contributes to the fast growth of tilapia.
POCKET MINES SITE
This is potential man-made attraction of the municipality of Itogon. Indigenous small scale mining sites (camote mining). They show the traditional Igorot practice of mining and extracting gold ore and processing using improvised ball mills.
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