Located 5,000 feet above sea level, the province of Benguet is home to lush forests, verdant farms and really tall mountain peaks. For instance, there’s Mt. Pulag, the Philippines’ second-highest mountain.
The province stands out for having some of the most popular tourist destinations in the country’s sparsely-populated Cordillera Region. Benguet itself has the highest population among the neighboring provinces, with around 313,800 residents.
Just so you know, several tribes like the Kankana-ey, Ibaloy, and Kalanguya share the area with settlers and migrants from other parts of the country. If you’re a first-time visitor and wish to travel around Benguet, here’s a truly helpful guide.
Visit The Strawberry Fields Of La Trinidad
One of the popular destinations is La Trinidad, the provincial capital. If much of the Philippines is littered with coconut trees, this place is different. As you’ll discover, it’s littered instead with strawberry fields!
Here, you can pick strawberries from various farms, and enjoy truly sweet treats such as strawberry jam, strawberry ice cream and more!
Check Out The Ancient Caves & Historical Sites In Kapangan
The town of Kapangan is also a nice place to visit, as you can check out a wide assortment of caves, ancient ruins and historical sites.
For starters, head to Sagubo, where you’ll find Camp Utopia, the camp of the 66th Infantry Battalion during World War 2. Here, famous locals like Major Bado Dangwa and Major Dennis Molintas led the defense of the province from Japanese invaders.
At Km. 26 in Atok, you’ll find a place called Guerilla Saddle, where the fiercest battle between the US Armed Forces and Japanese Imperial army took place. How fierce was it? Thousands of soldiers on both sides perished.
In Kaliwaga, tourists will discover the Kaliwaga Cave, where British fortune hunters and soldiers of fortune were buried during the e15th Century.
The town is also host to the Darew Ancient Ruins, located at the top of a mountain west of the town. Here, you can find burial grounds and ancient artifacts from various tribes.
See The Sights In Baguio City
And if you’re visiting Benguet, how on Earth could you ever miss visiting the City of Pines, Baguio City? To get to Benguet from, let’s say Manila, you need to drive along the scenic Kennon Road.
Baguio City’s top tourist attractions include Camp John Hay, which was a former US military recreational facility. Now it’s being developed into a world-class mountain resort and investment zone by the government.
The other popular attractions in the city include Burnham Park, a great place to have picnics, watch outdoor concerts, savor the fresh mountain air, and check out the flowers.
Mines View Park offers a breathtaking view of the mountain ranges encircling the city, where gold, silver and iron ore where once quarried or mined.
To learn more about the city’s cultural heritage, you can also check out top Baguio and Philippine attractions like the Bagiuo-Mountain Province Museum. There’s also the Ifugao Woodcarver’s Village, where hand-carved souvenir items are sold at very low prices.