Saturday, May 18, 2013

TRAVEL FILLER: BULALACAO LAKE

lake of unknown depth

Located in Bulalacao, Mankayan Benguet is said to be the cleanest body of water in the Cordillera mountains. It has been awarded as a "Three time Consecutive Winner" under the Cleanest Lake for the Cordillera under the Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran. This lake we are referring to is the Bulalacao Lake, also called as Ambulalakao Lake by locals. This lake is part of the four lakes situated in the base of Mt. Tabayoc other lakes are Tabeo, Iculus, and Detapnaco.


Bulalacao lake can be reached by tracing the wooden steps created amidst the forest. This place can be an awesome side trip if you do Mt. Tabayoc or before Mt. Pulag via Tawangan climb.


How to Get to Bulalacao Lake

Private Transportation

  1. Head northeast and then turn right onto Kisad Road.
  2. Continue driving until you reach Shuntug Road then turn left onto Quirino Highway
  3. Continue until you reach Naguilian Road
  4. Turn right onto Bokawkan Road then continue driving until you reach Magsaysay Avenue
  5. Slightly turn left when you reach Baguio-La Trinidad-Bontoc Road
  6. Continue onto Halsema Highway then exit via the Buguias Road en route to Kabayan.
  7. The roadtrip ends in Brgy. Ballay which is situated at the foot of Mt. Tabayoc.

Public Transportation

  1. Go to Dangwa Terminal (located at city proper) or at the Slaughterhouse bus terminal along Magsaysay Avenue. Dangwa Terminal is more accessible.
  2. Take the bus bound to Kabayan and alight the bus when you reach Ballay. Ballay is the last stop of Kabayan buses.

*Ballay is the jump off for Tabayoc and the four lakes.  You can start the trek from there. Buses bound to Kabayan leave Baguio City at 10 AM; last trip leaves at 12NN. It is a 5-6 hour trip. If buses bound to Kabayan are not available, take those buses en route to Baguio-Bontoc via Halsema Highway and get off at Abatan, Buguias, Benguet. There are jeepneys bound to Ballay from Abatan but only during Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; 7AM to 12NN only.

You may contact the following people when you plan to visit the four lakes or climb Mt. Tabayoc.

Arlan Bugtong
Park Ranger
0946-592-8483 / 0999-389-8711
Santiago Ballagan
Guide
0910-752-2655

Projected Expenses

Aircon van Manila-Baguio
Php455 x 2 (way and back)
Taxi fare to Slaughterhouse terminal
Php50 x 2 (way and back)
A-Liner Bus Baguio - Ballay
Php155 x 2 (way and back)
Guide fee Php500/7 pax ( Php100 per person in excess of 7)
Php500 / number of pax
TOTAL EXPENSES
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This entry is part of our Luzon 3-2-1 climb which happened last April 26 - 30




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