Benguet – the salad bowl of the Philippines
Benguet is a province and is located at the southern tip of the Cordillera Administrative Region, on the island of Luzon. The capital city is La Trinidad. This spectacular highland province is colloquially known as the “Salad Bowl of the Philippines”. This is due to its huge production of vegetables.
Situated within the Cordillera mountains, Benguet is predominantly mountainous. Mount Pulag, the highest mountain on Luzon Island is located within Kabayan. This is a very popular location for “sunrise” viewing. Kabayan is also famous for centuries old mummies. Regardless of where you are in Benguet, this highly mountainous region will ensure you always have sensational scenery to enjoy. Although not as spectacular as the Banaue Rice Terraces, the scenery is still spectacular.
The mountains of Benguet are the source of several major river systems on Luzon Island, as well as the “Four Lakes” in Kabayan; Lake Bulalacao, Lake Detepngepos, Lake Incolos and Lake Tabeyo.
Tuba and Tublay hot springs are very popular with local tourists from the neighboring provinces. Vegetable terraces can be seen along the Halsema Highway, especially during the growing season. The mist-covered “Man-asok” River is also another destination, while Buguias is visited for its hot springs and the Apo Anno.