June 24, 2024

Ten of the 13 towns of Benguet have reopened their doors to tourists but with some restrictions.
The Provincial Tourism Office reported Atok, Itogon, Kapangan, La Trinidad, Mankayan, Tuba, and Tublay have open their doors to tourists from any point of the country.
Buguias is open for its residents only but the site is limited to its hot spring resorts while Kabayan is open only for residents of Baguio, Benguet, Tinoc, Ifugao, and Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya.
Sablan is open for residents only while Bakun, Bokod, and Kibungan tourism sites remain closed to all tourists. 
In an executive order, Kabayan requires pre-booking as only 100 tourists are allowed daily. The sites open are Mount Pulag, Mount Tabayoc, the four lakes, and burial rocks. For inquiries contact 0945-198-2441 or visit Kabayan Tourism on Facebook.
For Kapangan, the sites open are Amburayan River, Badi Falls, Ongong Falls and Bulalacao Cave. Tourists are required to pre-book by contacting 0966-917-1700. 
Tuba opens its tourism sites including private establishments and agri-tourism farms. However, the following eco-tourism sites shall remain closed to the public: Aran Cave in Camp 3 and Twin Peaks, Ansagan Caves, Mt. Alang and Alapang viewdeck, Buo River in Camp 3, Colorado Falls – Twin Peaks, Bridal Veil Falls in Tabaan Sur, and the Ataki Falls in Camp 4.
Itogon has opened its 1300 level hot spring resorts and the Mt. Ulap eco-trail. For the latter, pre-booking is strictly required.
Also, Barangay Tinongdan together with Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya is finalizing the opening of Mt. Ugo to tourists. Kayapa is one of the entry and exit points of the mountain, which sits mainly in Itogon.  
In La Trinidad, the Strawberry Farm is already open to tourists along with the different agri eco-tourism sites in the valley while nearby Tublay’s sites are open except for its caves and the Bayokbok Falls.  
Tourists are required to show a full vaccination card or negative RT-PCR test at the various sites in the province. – Ofelia C. Empian