After the free hefty breakfast provided by Azalea, we packed our gears with anticipation. No one in our group has ever been to this Balatoc Mines that becoming a famous attraction in Baguio. Neither I, I never thought that such a place could be an attraction and can drag tourist. Balatoc Mines is a 30 minute drive from the city capital. The view going there is fantastic. Away from the usual busy streets and crowds. Once we reached the Mines, we were greeted by the tourism officers. This is how the tourism office looks like. Its an office/museum. Every tourist is required to wear Boots and Safety Helmet. They will provide that.
The tour will technically show you how the mining is being done. They will show you equipments, how to drill rocks, how to put a dynamite to the hole. Yes.. that’s correct! They even show us real dynamite. And the highlights of the tour, is to go to the old actual mining site and experience how it feels like when a dynamite explodes inside the tunnel. Scary at it may seem, but it’s not. It just pumped the adrenaline out of me when I felt the shockwave of the blast. What an experience isn’t it? As we head to the tunnel. Believe it or not. The sack of rocks on the right is the actual rocks of gold. It needs to be extracted of course. We walked farther. The Balatoc Miners – When looking at the miners, it reminds my favorite character I play in Ragnarok. The Blacksmith! The Blacksmith dressed like that. Fruit of the Labor – The actual GOLD ORES. The Tunnel – I’m not really comfortable entering tight enclosure or maybe I have a slight phobia of tunnels. But I’m a full grown man, I should not be afraid!!! Convincing myself every step of the way. Haha! Inside the tunnel, it’s muddy, wet, and cold. A perfect ingredients to frighten yourself. Rock Bolting – it’s an activity inside Balatoc Mines Tunnel. One can experience drilling. I didn’t have pictures sad to say coz I was to busy taking pictures of this Miner. After the main event, dynamite blast! The “train” picked us up so we will not walk back to the office. Overall, this was a great experience. It something unique. Not the typical tour for facebook profile picture factory. Visiting Baguio City will never be complete without going to Balatoc Mines. Highly Recommended!