GENERAL INFORMATION (MOUNTAIN PROVINCE)
- The Kadaclan Rice Terraces, from Brgy. Lias, it is a 4-hr. hike on a trail on the Barlig-Lias Rd. leading to Brgy. Kadaclan. Bring your own provisions as there are no accommodations there.
- Kialling Rice Terraces (Brgy. Macalana)
- Monyopoyop Rice Terraces.
- Lake Tufob, located within a mossy forest on top of a mountain in Chatol, Lingoy, has wild plants species such as wild orchids. During summer, mist usually gathers here in the late afternoon. The lake could be reach by a 20-minute hike from the national road.
- The huge Lettang Burial Cave, in Brgy. Lunas, has 500 remains.
- Lingoy Hot Springs (Brgy. Lingoy)
- Mornang Hot Springs (Brgy. Latang)
- Topnew Hot Spring (Brgy. Lingoy)
- Lettang Falls (Brgy Lunas)
- Moyopoyop Falls (Brgy. Lunas)
- Patyayan Falls (Brgy. Lunas)
- Allob Falls (Brgy. Latang)
- Murnang Falls (Brgy. Latang)
- Amfitayok Falls (Brgy. Ogo-og)
- Challos Falls (Brgy. Lias Kanluran)
- Or-or Falls (Brgy. Kaleo)
- Tockhag Falls (Brgy. Gawana)
- Tomallan Falls (Brgy. Macallana)
- Lusong Fukian Kan Wikian Rock Formation (Brgy. Fiangtin)
- Pangngor Chin Stone (Brgy. Macalana)
- Siblaw Taraw Lake (Brgy. Latang)
- The watershed of Mt. Amoyao feeds the Sifu River that flows all the way to Natonin, Paracelis to Isabela in Cagayan Valley. From the town, you can also hike up this 2,702-m. high mountain which has a well-maintained trail passing through rice terraces, pine and virgin rain forest and stunted upland scrub-forest. A transmission station is located at the summit. Its mossy forest is home to wild flowers and different tree species. Several high saddles, ridges as well as the summit, offer stunning views. The other side of the mountain has a precipitous 1,000-m. vertical drop. The summit can be reached by 3-5 hours of hiking. The best time to climb is summer as it affords a clear view of parts of Ifugao, Isabela and Cagayan, especially in the early and late afternoon. A good, but very steep trail, with steps and ladders, leads to Mayoyao. Bring food, water and guides.
- The Am-Am View Deck is accessible by a road forking off the Halsema Highway before you reach Mt. Data Lodge (coming from Baguio City). An iron cross, visible for a kilometer, marks the site. Here, you have a panoramic view of the town as well as Tadian, and Mankayan (Benguet) and its villages on the southwest.
- The 2,310-m. high Mt. Data, declared as a national park on October 8, 1940 by virtue of Proclamation No. 634, covers 5,513 hectares of forestland and is located close to the Halsema Highway. Located 100 kms. north of Baguio City and spreading into Mountain Province, Benguet, and Ifugao, it is the source of four of Northern Luzon's major rivers: Agno (south), the 225-km. Chico (northeast), Abra (northwest) and the twin rivers of Asin and Ibulao (east). Pine trees crowns the base of this mountain while oak forests dominates its plateau. Five new genera of small mammals, representing 15 species, have been discovered on a small plateau near the summit.
- The Twin Inodey Falls, cascading from Mt. Data Plateau, drains into the Abit River, a major tributary to the Abra River Basin.
- Bagnen Rice Terraces
- Layaan Burial Caves
- Burial Caves of Sadsadan (Brgy. Sadsadan)
- Mt. Bandilaan
- Besao Rice Terraces
- Bucas Rice Terraces
- Brgy. Banguitan has uniquely beautiful rice terraces toward the edge of the river.
- The Dap-ay Gueday Agricultural Stone Calendar, located in Brgy. Gueday, is a declared national cultural treasure. These two huge, carved stones are situated side by side leaving a crevice in the middle where the rays of the sun enter.
- The rarely-visited, 150-m. high Tagpew Falls, the highest in the Cordilleras, can be accessed from the town’s Brgys. Agawa, Gueday (the closest to the falls) and Lacmaan. Guides can be secured here but bring enough food for everyone. From Gueday, it is a difficult 6-7-hr. hike passing a stream, rice terraces and very steep ridges to a deep, heavily forested valley. Upon descending, walk 250 m. down a stream to the top of the falls. The campsite is beneath an overhanging rock.
- The smaller, but still impressive Da-oyasan Falls, located upstream from Tagpew Falls, is a very steep one-hour vertical hike, down narrow, slippery trails, from the campsite to the base of Tagpew Falls.
- The pond-size, but peaceful Danum Lake, located 5 kms. from the town, is ideal for picnicking, blackberry picking and camping. In front of the lake is a hill with a great sunset view. The word danum was derived from the Kankanai word meaning “water.” This lake is a 1-hr. hike from Sagada.
- Kit-Kitaw-eng Falls
- Liang Burial Cave
- Mt. Calvary
- Mt. Mogao View Deck
- World War II foxholes
- St. Rita Cathedral
- The Bontoc-Mainit Rd. (Pagturao Mountain) and Maligcong Rd. both overlook the town proper and her adjoining barangays. The viewing point along the mountain trail gives the viewer a cool refreshing breeze wafting from the Chico River as well as panoramic views of pine forests, patches of vegetable gardens, deep ravines and the zigzag road.
- The Alab Petroglyphs, in Brgy. Alab, is located across the Chico River, a short distance upstream from Bontoc. It was declared a national cultural treasure in 1975. Still undeciphered, it is a huge rock with bow and arrows and human figures etched on its surface, believed to have been those of warriors buried in Ganga Cave at the foot of the mountain where the rock stands. Brgy. Alab is located 9 kms. south of Bontoc on the Halsema Highway. The petroglyphs are a 3-hr. climb above the village and past burial caves.
- All Saints Mission Weaving School, an Anglican mission, showcases backstrap-loom weaving and sells woven shoulder bags.
- Tucucan Bridge, located about 3 kms. past the village and seven kms. north of Bontoc on the road to Tabuk, is also called the Monkey Bridge. This unusual high-arched and incredible Igorot bridge across the Chico River is made from four pine saplings hashed together with vines into an inverted V, a difficult feat which must be repeated yearly. To get there, from Bontoc, take a Tinglayan-bound jeepney or hire a tricycle.
- Palikut Aso is a large stone with footprints said to be those of the Igorot god Lumauig. Nearby is another stone said to resemble a sleeping dog.
- Alab Village is located across the Chico River, 9 kms. south and upstream from Bontoc.
- Balili Village is a 12-km. tricycle ride south of Bontoc plus a short hike into the mountains. Nice jewelry is made here.
- Mainit Village is a 4-5-hr. hike from Bontoc. Gold is mined here using traditional small-scale methods.
- Samoki Village, located across the Chico River, is a 1-km. (30-min. hike) from the town and along foothills above mostly level rice paddies. Here, you can see Bontoc backstrap-loom weaving (tapis, G-strings, belts and blankets) under the houses and sometimes the making of pat pots (simple pots not made on a wheel and fired in burning rice straw).
- Tucucan Village, located 7 kms. north of Bontoc, is noted for its manufacture of bolos, spears, knives, headaxes and the kaleleng, a slender, bamboo nose flute used to play love songs.
- Brgy. Anabel, in Sadanga, is a 25-min. hike across the Chico River
- Brgy. Sacasacan is a 30-min. hike from Sadanga Junction.
- Botwagan Village is located near the Mountain Province-Kalinga boundary
- Bugnay Village is located 40 kms. from Bontoc
- Guinaang Village is located where the road to Mainit branches off
- Bay-yo, located 18 kms. along the Bontoc-Banaue Road, has high, fortress-like rice terracing.
- Maligkong Rice Terraces, spectacular, beautifully laid out stonewalled terraces, covers a 1,000-ft. high mountain as well as the entire face of spur of the Cordillera range. They rival those in Banaue in extent and height. The terraces line two amphitheaters and are separated by a ridge on which sits a school and several granaries. The simplest way to get there is to take a jeepney at Pinikpikan Eatery at Bontoc for the 10-km. (45-min.) drive up to the end of the road below the terraces. From there, make a 2-km. (45-min.) uphill hike to Maligkong Village. The paths to the terraces and the village may be closed during tengao, a day of rest declared by the council of elders during the growing of the chinacon or first rice crop. Check at Pinikpikan Eatery.
- The 2,283-m. high, three-peak Mt. Sipitan is a 1-day hike, through pine and highland montane forest, from Sagada. Located on the southern edge of the Mountain Province, Abra and Kalinga border, it offers outstanding wilderness scenery as well as an up close look at a former NPA main camp. Hire guides at Sagada as you can easily get lost especially when descending through the mossy forests. Watch out for leeches and bring ample food and water. The mountain’s third peak has the best views. You can descend through Banga-an village or go up through Banga-an and down via the Besao Road.
- The Bontoc Village Museum, also called the Ganduyan Museum, is located within the Catholic ICM Sisters’ convent and the St. Vincent’s Elementary School. It was established by Mother Basil Gekiere and run by the Belgian ICM missionaries. It presents a good overview of the differences and similarities between the mountain tribes in three well-laid out and labeled rooms, one each for the Ifugao, Bontoc and Kalinga artifacts. At the basement is a library with a limited collection of books. A museum shop sells postcards, carved wood items and other novelties. Besides the building is an outdoor museum. The museum is now under the care of the Bontoc Diocese. Open daily, 8 am-5pm.