Unearth the hidden gems of Benguet province with this comprehensive full-day itinerary. Starting from the picturesque Baguio City, we’ll guide you through the charming towns of Bokod and Tublay, explore the lower regions of Atok, and then trace our steps back to our starting point. This route offers a delightful fusion of awe-inspiring scenery, delectable local cuisine, and fascinating farm visits.
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7:00 AM: Departure from Baguio City
Kick off your journey from Baguio City. We recommend taking the Baguio-Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya road accessible via Pacdal Circle. An early start helps you bypass the traffic and immerse in the morning’s vibrant scenery.
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM: Breakfast at Via Von Joy
Just a short 24 to 30-minute drive from Pacdal Circle, Via Von Joy awaits with a hearty breakfast. Enjoy the rich flavors of Filipino cuisine, which will power you up for the day ahead. Our recommendations include the VVJ Rice or Rebecca’s special, which come packed with all you need to keep your energy levels up.
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Journey to Bokod, Benguet
Embark on a scenic drive to Bokod, Benguet. This voyage is as much about the stunning landscapes, mountain vistas, and verdant fields you’ll pass by as it is about the destination. Cherish this journey shared with your loved ones.
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Explore Ambuklao Dam in Bokod
The first Bokod landmark on the agenda is the impressive Ambuklao Dam. Spend an hour admiring this engineering feat set amidst lush greenery. Capture a few memorable snapshots as mementos of your visit.
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Drive to Tublay via Labey Road
Set course towards Tublay via the picturesque Labey Road, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. However, ensure your travel is planned for a clear, sunny day as this route is best traversed under fair weather conditions.
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Lunch and a Photo Stop at Beacon Hill in Tublay
Upon reaching Tublay, pause for a quick photo session at Beacon Hill, famous for its panoramic vistas of Benguet and its United Kingdom-inspired attractions. Reward your hike to the mountain top with a hearty lunch right there at Beacon Hill.
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12:30 PM – 12:40 PM: Drive to Poligs Farm
Post-lunch, take a brief drive to Poligs Farm, a delightful spot that showcases Tublay’s agritourism.
12:40 PM – 1:40 PM: Discover Poligs Farm
Dedicate an hour to the lush greenery of Poligs Farm. It’s an ideal place to learn about local farming practices and appreciate the region’s rich biodiversity. Capture a moment in front of their giant tea kettle or, if in season, pick and sample the sweet wild berries.
1:40 PM – 2:00 PM: Head to Amando’s Lemon Farm
Next on your agenda is Amando’s Lemon Farm. The journey remains picturesque as you near the lemon groves.
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Experience Amando’s Lemon Farm
At Amando’s Lemon Farm, take the opportunity to stroll through the lemon orchards, handpick fresh lemons, and understand the farming process. This engaging experience is both entertaining and informative. However, please note that the farm is open only during specific times of the year. The flowering season sees the farm close to allow the fruits to grow.
3:30 PM – 3:40 PM: Travel from Amando’s Lemon Farm to Tayao Gardens Atok Benguet
Next, steer towards Tayao Gardens in Atok, Benguet, just a short hop from Amando’s Lemon Farm.
3:40 PM – 4:40 PM: Explore Tayao Gardens
Immerse yourself in the vibrant hues and fragrant coffee scents of Tayao Gardens. Spend an hour admiring the variety of succulents, enjoying the refreshing mountain views, and basking in the cool breeze from their viewing deck.
4:40 PM – 5:40 PM: Snack or Early Dinner at Highway 24 or Our Northern Coffee House
Post-Tayao Gardens, treat yourself to a light snack or an early dinner at either Highway 24 or Our Northern Coffee House. Both venues serve a selection of scrumptious food options, bolstered by the region’s renowned hospitality. Highway 24 is conveniently located adjacent to Tayao Gardens, while Our Northern Coffee House, a favorite stopover for travelers from Atok and Mountain Province, is a quick 5-10 minutes drive away from Tayao Gardens.
5:40 PM – 7:00 PM: Return Drive to Baguio City
Conclude your day with a leisurely drive back to Baguio City. Reflect on your day filled with adventure and discovery as you navigate winding roads under a picturesque sunset or through the late afternoon fog, a common spectacle in Benguet.
This loop itinerary, taking you from Baguio City through Bokod, Tublay, and Atok, is more than a simple road trip. It’s a unique blend of natural beauty, delectable local food, and authentic agricultural experiences – a compelling option for those yearning to discover the rich tapestry of Benguet.
Always remember, while we have tried this itinerary before sharing it with you, you can always modify your time and the number of places to visit. You can stay longer in one place if your group decides to do so.