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Itogon Hot Spring is a natural hot spring located in the cold province of Benguet. It one of the most frequently visited attractions in the area. The hot spring is collectively known as the 1300 level swimming pools, around which several small resorts were constructed. The pools are owned and operated by the Association of Swimming Pool Owners and Livelihood of Itogon and are located alongside each other.
Itogon Hot Spring is not the usual natural hot spring where rocks can be found; it is actually a concrete one. It consists of seven resorts: Hillside Pool, Khrieziah Pool, Pioneer Pool, Carlo Trese Pool, MJR4 Pool, and Hilltop Pool.
Itogon is primarily a mining town. It is a municipality in Benguet that is situated on a significant elevation above sea level, making its climate comparable with that of Baguio. The hot springs water were discovered in the Poblacion area, so the residents decided to build the resorts there as an alternative to the usually expensive hot spring resort in Asin, Tuba, Benguet.
Each resort includes amenities like kiddie and adult pools, picnic shelters with grilling areas, hot springs, bathrooms, comfort room, and convenience stores. There are also cottages that guests can rent during their stay. The surrounding landscape is mostly lush green mountain ranges adding to the cold atmosphere in the resort.
A few minutes drive from the hot springs is the Balatoc Mine which happens to be the country’s oldest mining company. Tourists are given the chance to explore the mine here in an interactive tour.
Less than an hour away from the hot springs is Mt. Marikit where tourists can go hiking, trekking, camping, and even sightseeing. It is also home to other popular attractions in the area such as Baloy hot springs, Ambasa cave, and Adashu burial cave.