June 20, 2024

The Department of Tourism in the Cordillera urged tourists to try circuit tourism in the region featuring its food, culture, nature, and other destinations.

DOT Regional Director Jovita Ganongan said their office has prepared a circuit tourism destination that loops between the different provinces and Baguio City.

“We are now developing new products in the region and strengthening old ones. We have tourism products that are anchored on nature, culture, and adventure,” she said.

She said the circuit includes the vegetable and flower farms along the Halsema Highway traversing La Trinidad, Benguet towards the flower gardens of Atok and the vegetable farms in Buguias.

It will lead straight to Mountain Province where the newly reopened Mt. Data Hotel can serve as an overnight stop or a destination in itself.

Leading further to the north is the famous Sagada which offers natural attractions like caves and waterfalls, and a majestic sunrise view. From there, tourists can take a less than three-hour drive to the Unesco world heritage site Ifugao rice terraces.

“There are so many activities that we have in the pipeline now,” Ganongan said.

She said the DOT has also included the moto caravan which starts in Baguio City then goes to Atok farms, and makes a stop in Bauko, before heading to Banaue in Ifugao.

“The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority has reopened Mt. Data Hotel, which now will serve as a crucial tourism facility that could host domestic and international tourism which will benefit not only the tourism industry of Mountain Province and the Cordillera but the entire country as well,” she said. – PNA