One of our Travel Tripsters favorite adventures is our trip to Balatoc Mines in Itogon Benguet. The Balatoc Mines Tour was supposed to be only until 2 p.m. but we arrived around 2:20 p.m. Luckily, the guides allowed us to take the Balatoc Mines Tour still. We were given a visitor pass by the guards at the gate and were told to proceed to the Visitor Center.
Our guide Evelyn met us outside the Visitor Center and led us in. From there, we were instructed to wear helmet and boots. We saw a photos taken inside the Balatoc Mines of celebrities such as Boy Abunda, Jessa Zaragosa, Paolo Bediones and Eric Quizon.
There were a lot of employees working when we came in. The guide narrated to us the background of the Balatoc Mines and Benguet Corporation. Benguet Corporation has been mining gold since 1903. It expanded to chromite in 1934 and copper in 1971.
When we entered the Vegas Tunnel, we instantly understood the need for the boots. It was muddy inside. The tunnel walls also had side spaces so miners can avoid the carts passing by. That is also were they eat their lunches when explosions are going about. The Acupan First Aid Team also hang out there.
Balatoc Mine Tour is the actual explosion. It was so intense! Of course, I can't explain the sensation in words.
We Travel Tripsters loved the Balatoc Mines Tour. We highly recommend the you try it out! It's a fun, educational and thrilling experience.
Tip: If you will be using the jeepney as transportation, try not to visit on a Saturday afternoon like we did because all the miners go home on a Saturday and all the jeepneys are full. We were fortunate that the locals were so kind and courteous as to let us seat ahead of them knowing that we are tourists.
|Balatoc Mines Tour||Balatoc Mines Tour Map|
|Price Per Person||Adult: 250 php |
Kids: 150 php
|Business Hours||Mon-Sat: 10am-2pm|
|Balatoc, Itogon, Benguet, Philippines|
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