Friday, February 12, 2016

North Cotabato: The Enchanting Lake Agco in Kidapawan City

Lake Agco is one of the top tourist attractions in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato. Nestled at 1,250 meters above sea level, it sits on the foot of Mount Apo, the country's highest peak. The boiling sulfur lake is truly one of its kind as it is heated by underground volcanic vents. It is surrounded by lush vegetation and cool climate owing to the place's high elevation.

We were recently taken to Lake Agco by our colleagues in Kidapawan. Check out these photos I took with my Starmobile Up Snap phone during the visit to this enchanting place.

Lake Agco is located in Brngy. Ilomavis, Kidapawan City. This highland village got its name from the people living in the area: Ilonggo, Manobo and Visayan. Entrance to Lake Agco is only 10 pesos per person.

The place is surrounded by a lush vegetation. You will experience a drop in temperature once you are inside the park.

Guests are reminded that the place is a Sacred Tribal and Ancestral Grounds.

To reach the lake, you need to walk through these concrete steps in-between tall trees.

The hike to will take only about 10 minutes from the entrance. The steam and sulfur smell will greet you once you reach the lake.

A mini-pool is built beside the lake, for those who want to take a therapeutic hot dip.

We walked to the opposite side and reached this view deck. Here, you can see the boiling and steaming lake more closely.

Volcanic vents can also be seen near the lake. Steam goes out from these vents and the pressure is quite strong.

Boiling lakes are not that common in the Philippines. That's why a visit to Lake Agco is highly recommended whenever you are in Kidapawan City.

How to Get There:

Lake Agco is about 20 kilometers from Kidapawan City proper. If you are in a private vehicle, take the Kidapawan-Ilumavis road which starts near the Iglesia ni Cristo Church along the highway.

For commuters, from the Overland Terminal take a tricycle ride (P8.00) to KAOSA Terminal or just ask the tricycle driver to take you to the terminal of motorcycles (habal-habal) bound for Lake Agco. Habal-habal fare to Lake Agco is 85 pesos if you are willing to wait for two more passengers. Negotiate with the driver if you want to hire him exclusively for faster commute.

There are souvenir shops and sari-sari stores near the entrance of Lake Agco. For overnight accommodation, you may stay at the nearby Agko Mahomanoy Mountain Resort.

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