Balatoc Mines Tour, Benguet: A great side trip activity from Baguio

If you’re traveling to Baguio and already done the typical Baguio tour which normally include Camp John Hay, Mines View Park, Burnham Park, etc, why not hop to the mining town of Itogon, Benguet which is just 30 minutes away from Baguio City?

Balatoc Mines Tour

This unique Balatoc Mines Tour experience started operating since 1997 to offer an exciting opportunity for visitor to be a miner for a day. Staff will assist you first by giving your protective outfit (boots and helmets) from the muddy Vegas tunnel.

It was muddy inside because of the water being used to wash out the lighter materials, leaving the heavier metals, hopefully gold, in the bottom of the pan when gold mining. This method is known as panning.

Balatoc Mines Tour

Balatoc Mines Tour

Balatoc Mines Tour

The tour guide will first let you familiarize with the tools and equipment being used to mine golds. As you go along inside the Vegas tunnel, you will also learn about the different stages of the process of gold mining and diamond drilling.

Actual miners will also visit inside to demonstrate some technique of mining. One example they did was drilling the hole to deploy the explosives or dynamite and blast the rocks.

Balatoc Mines Tour

Miner tools and equipment

Balatoc Mines Tour

Diamond Drill

Balatoc Mines Tour

Balatoc Mines Tour

Balatoc Mines Tour

Balatoc Mines Tour

This part actually startled most of us as the miner didn’t allow us to prepare for the blast. We just all of a sudden heard a very loud ‘BOOOOOOOOM!!!!’ while we were wandering and it scared the hell out of us. Keep in mind that we were inside the tunnel, imagine how loud the blast would be. But the tour guide rest assured that it was only a prototype sound explosive. Exhale.

Balatoc Mines Tour

Balatoc Mines Tour

Balatoc Mines Tour

Another shocking noise struck us afterwards. The sound was like ‘RRRARRRRRAW RRRARRRRW RAAARRRRW,’ a very loud grinding noise that came from the big pipe they called, “Anaconda” which I didn’t completely understand the function as it was loud inside.

Balatoc Mines Tour

Balatoc Mines Tour

Couple of minutes later, an underground locomotive train picked us up as the exiting part of the tour.

This tour was actually the most exciting activity I’ve done so far from visiting Baguio. I recommend Balatoc Mining Tour for families and group of friends who seek for great and adventurous experience while staying in Baguio. But keep in mind that this tour isn’t recommended for infants and toddler.

Balatoc Mines Tour

How to Get to Balatoc Mines Tour

From Session Road, proceed to Loakan Road and keep going, past the Camp John Hay main entrance heading toward the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). After PMA, turn left at Kias Junction and head on to Balatoc.

Public jeepneys are also available using the Plaza-Balatoc-Acupan line. Or you may hire one of our many taxis cabs to take you there and contract the driver by the hour or for the day. If your group is large, it may be better to hire a jeepney instead.

Fare: Adult PHP 250.00
Hours of Operation: 10. a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For more information on these tours, please visit the Baguio Tourist Information Center at Burnham Park. (Source: GoBaguio.com)

Thanks to Azalea Residences for letting us experience this one of a kind adventure by letting us be gold miner for a day.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jakeyjunkie Jake Morales

    Oh nice, that’s worth checking out. I’ll relocate to Baguio this year. :)

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Enjoy Baguio Jake

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  • www.blissfulguro.com

    ang favorite ko diyan yung dynamite. walang pasabi na mag ready bigla na lang sasabog :)

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    AHAHAH!! Kaloka kaya sila. Pero awesome experience ;-)

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  • http://www.walkflypinoy.com paul | walkflypinoy

    The loud explosion would have scared me to death if I had been inside the tunnel. I’m a bit claustrophobic. Otherwise, great photos. It’s difficult to shoot in dark places like that.

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    And now I know why most miners have already an eardrum rupture :-/ The thought of the tunnel collapsing and trapping us inside had crossed my mind too — I was worried the entire time we were inside! But it was indeed a great experience, ;-)

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  • Drex

    I went to different towns in Benguet last year and we should have passed through Itogon! Nalampasan namen siya :< Nice pictures and you were sort of were in a nice adventure! :)

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Thanks Drex!! There’s always time to come back! It wasn’t just nice, it was also a memorable adventure, ;-) Try na!

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  • allyry

    how much is the entrance fee and what time does it open?thank you.:)

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi! Fare: Adult PHP 250.00Hours of Operation: 10. a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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    allyry Reply:

    thank you so much!:D

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  • Janz Horan

    what is the phone booking for that?

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