Benguet’s Ambuklao dam fast becoming a tourist attraction

Municipal Vice Mayor Rey Telio Friday said the wide fringes of Ambuklao dam here since a year ago have become one of the favorite destinations of tourists.

Ambuklao Dam
Ambuklao Dam

Telio said that most of the visitors, especially during summer season, are those who love outdoor activities like picnics where they relish the locally-grilled fresh “tilapia”, carp and other fresh water fishes.

With the completion of the Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road two years ago, more local and foreign tourists are attracted to the area which offers wide shades of thick Benguet pine trees and similar picnic grooves.

At first, Telio said, “our town would only be visited by eco-tourists who love to climb mountains and those who are just passing by for sight-seeing.”

But later on, he said tourists are arriving not only to see the giant water reservoir but also to spend the day for boating and other forms of fun.

The dam site which produces 75 megawatts clean power and supplies the irrigation needs of farmlands in Benguet and Pangasinan is located some 29 kilometers east of Baguio City.

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