Atok is a municipality in the province of Benguet.
Places of Interest
The following are places of interest, tourist attractions and/or notable landmarks in Atok.
- Adevonan Waterfalls – located at Sitio Banayakeo, Poblacion
- Amburayan River – largest river system in Atok
- Mount Timbak (Singakalsa) – its elevation is 2,717 “masl. It is the 9th highest mountain the the Philippines and surely counts among the top points of interest of mountaineers.
- 2nd Highest Point or Philippine Pali – part of the Halsema Highway, located at Km. 3 in Barangays Cattubo and Paoay, with an elevation of 7,400 feet (2,255 meters) above sea level. It held the record of the highest point in the country’s highway system until early 2019 when it was officially replaced by Gui’ngaw in Barangay Eheb in Tinoc, Ifugao.
- Paasin View Point – located at Km. 32 of the Halsema Highway in Barangay Topdac. This spot along the Mountain Trail offers an impressive scenery that includes Ambuklao Dam hydroelectric plant in the neighboring town of Bokod, with the massive artificial lake hemmed in by the Cordillera mountains.
- Lourdes Grotto – located in Bosleng, Barangay Paoay. It is a natural cavern formed by huge rocks beautifully arranged on top of each other and enhanced by the residents. With the Virgin Mary’s statue inside the grotto, it has become a popular destination for travelers and the town’s inhabitants who want to say some prayers and let their soul and senses enjoy God’s creation.
- Natumpukan Half Tunnel – one of the most interesting portions of the Halsema Highway. It is actually that part of the road that was carved out of a solid gigantic rock, leaving what seems to be a rocky roof dangerously hanging over the lofty road. It is located close to the Municipal Hall in Sayangan.
- Spanish Trail – an ancient path through the mountains that was built during the Spanish period. It includes tunnels built through rock formations.
- Naguey Rice Terraces – legacy left by the mountain dwellers of long ago. Rice fields were built on the mountainsides which up to the present time, are being cultivated for planting the rice variety called Kintoman used for preparing the Igorot rice wine known as tapey.
- Guerrilla Saddle – a station located at Km. 26, in Caliking, which serves as a stopping place for those traveling through the Mountain Trail or Halsema Highway. During World War II, the American and Filipino soldiers faced in this site the Japanese soldiers who were then withdrawing and on the run.
- Sakura Park – the Cherry Blossoms Park located in Barangay Paoay, inside the Haight’s Place which also houses the Benguet-Kochi Sisterhood/Friendship Park. The cherry blossoms seedlings were given as gifts from the prefecture of Kochi and the Japanese embassy. These flowering trees blossom between the months of March and April. Other attractions of the place are the fields of pink daisies and cosmos flowers, as well as the mossy forest.
- Privately-owned flower farms – these are popular among tourists not only because of the freezing climate but more so because of the captivating sight of sunflowers, rose cabbages, and other ornamental plants in various hues and types with the mountains, skies, and clouds as backdrop.
- Conversion of Saint Paul Parish Church – located at Sayangan
- Adivay Festival – is a province-wide and month-long celebration held every November. The activities include a Grand Cañao, search for the Mr. and Ms. Benguet, sports events, cultural presentations, rodeo, horseback riding competition, and agri-tourism fair, among others. As the name implies, the festival is a special event for the coming together of the 13 municipalities of Benguet to celebrate as one. Also meant as a thanksgiving for the official foundation of the province. Adivay Festival activities take place in the capital town of Benguet in La Trinidad.
Map of Atok
* For more information about Atok, check its PhilAtlas profile.