Atok Benguet Travel Guide for First-Timers (A Weekend Itinerary)

Updated. August 18, 2020. Looking for some new adventures? As you read this blog, you may be able to follow this Atok Benguet travel guide. Why not visit Atok, Benguet? It is just two hours away from Baguio City!!! Atok is a small town near Baguio City; only 2 hours away from it. If you adore mountain range views, cold climate, and off-the-beaten-path destination; you will definitely fall in love with this town!!!

Places to visit in Atok, Benguet

Grotto

For Filipinos, when they hear about the word “Grotto”, they could instantly view it as a sacred place with its religious displays such as the sculpture of Mama Mary or Jesus Christ and a chapel as well.

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Well, it is definitely true. In the town of Atok, once you visit Grotto, you’ll surely see the sculpture of Jesus Christ and a chapel. Surprisingly, the chapel is inside a small cave. According to our tour guide, it is cold inside the chapel since it is inside a cave.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t get inside since it was closed during our visit.

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The rose cabbage

But before you reach the Grotto, you will pass by the vegetable fields owned by the locals. Here, you can see some rose cabbage and other vegetable plants and flowers along the way.

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What’s more interesting about the Grotto? There is a huge rock behind the chapel that you can hike up. It isn’t that difficult to climb up the rock yet you still need to be cautious.

Once you reach the top, you will surely fall in love with the views of the mountain ranges. How ravishing! It feels like you are in a postcard with nature because it looks surreal!

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Sakura Farm

There’s nothing more interesting in here since the cherry blossom trees aren’t fully grown yet.

But you can see the farm first when visiting the Grotto.

Philippine Highest System Highest Point

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The Philippine Highway System

Considered as the second highest point in the Philippines, with an elevation of 7,400 feet above sea level.

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You will see a waiting shed in the area where you can witness the breathtaking view of the mountains. You can also view here the Mt. Pulag.

In addition to that, you can take pictures here with their traditional clothes on for only Php 20 (as of 2018)!!!

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Mt. Timbak

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The third highest mountain in Luzon

This is known as the 3rd highest and 9th highest mountain in the Philippines; Mt. Timbak surely it offers an undeniably breathtaking view.

The warmth of the sun’s rays as it rises, the cool breeze that touches the warmth of your skin, and the spiritual connection that you get from nature. It makes you appreciate more how amazing God’s creation is.

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Sunrise on Mountain Timbak

Northern Blossom Farm, Atok Benguet

Regarding Northern Blossom Farm, it is private so it isn’t included in Atok Tour. You can go to the farm directly and just pay for the entrance fee.

I think the entrance fee varies depending on the season. When we asked the locals, flowers weren’t fully bloomed yet. The entrance at that time was Php 150!

Registration Fee at barangay

Take note, the entrance fee is much higher during the bloom season which is around March-April.

Php 20

Atok Tour

Climax A

PHP 1500 (w/o Mt. Timbak)

Climax B

PHP 1600 (with Mt. Timbak)

Northern Blossom Farm

Entrance Fee: PHP 150-PHP 200 (It depends on the season. It usually gets more expensive around February to March.)

If you will sleep overnight at Mt. Timbak (especially if you are planning to catch the sunrise on the mountain, you can go for an overnight at Ate Josie’s house.)

LIVING ROOM STAY: It costs PHP 200 per head. YES! You can sleep in their living room. They can provide you a blanket and a pillow as well. In addition, if you don’t have socks, you can also buy from them.
BEDROOM STAY: PHP 350 per head. If you want to feel more comfortable, you may choose to stay in the bedroom.
CAMPING TENT: PHP 100 per head. However, if you are really on a budget, you can set up a tent in front of Ate Josie’s house. But you have to take note that it is really cold there especially at night and early in the morning. So make sure you’ve got everything to make yourself warm.

Also, Ate Josie can you help you cook for breakfast. Just add extra payment for the food and the service. She’s really nice and friendly!

Ate Josie’s contact number: (She also will guide you to reach the peak of Mt. Timbak.)

09207478558

OUR TOUR GUIDES

Ate Madz

Kuya Charles

They are really nice and accommodating! If you also want them to be your guides, just look for them at the barangay.

For additional information, it is highly suggested to get a tour guide if you really want to travel to Atok, Benguet. It is due to the fact that each of the tourist spots is quite far from each other.

I personally do not recommend you to do DIY (Do-It-Yourself). Why? According to our tour guide, when the other tourists do that, unfortunately, they couldn’t follow the rules properly. I hope that my this Atok Benguet travel guide helps!

LEAVE NO TRACE. Please do not throw trash everywhere.

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