Sunday, December 31, 2006

Ambuklao Hydroelectric Dam, Benguet

WHERE: Ambuklao Hydroelectric Dam, Bokod, Benguet Province

DATE OF TRAVEL: December 26, 2006

Ambuklao Dam is the biggest rock-filled dam in Asia! Aside from generating electricity, this dam also irrigates the agricultural lands of Pangasinan. The main water source comes from Agno River, the longest waterway in Luzon.


It is said that former President Marcos had this built by forcing the locals out of their ancestral domain.

From Baguio City, take the jeepney or mini bus at Dangwa Terminal (infront of Baguio City Market at the back of Centermall) or at Slaughter Compound in Magsaysay. Take the Kabayan trip. This will take you to Ambuklao Dam using the Ambuklao Road in Baguio near Pacdal Circle. This will usually take you 3-4 hours. Another way is to take the short cut way using a private vehicle: From Baguio, take magsaysay road passing by Trinidad. From the Benguet Capitol Building, take the road going to Halsema Highway. The travel time will be around less than 45-minutes, and there will be a junction point and on the right a rocky road going down. This will take you more than an hour to reach Ambuklao. The ride will be bumpy and a "death-defying-cliff edge" experience.

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