Buguias is a 4th class municipality in the province of Benguet.
Buguias is a town honeycombed with hot springs: fresh water, saline and sulfurous. The town has put up some modest baths for all these varieties. You can ask any of the locals to show you which kind of bath you want. Hot springs which draws their waters from the western mountains are fresh water, those that are fed from the mountains to the east are saline or sulfurous.
According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 33,177 people in 6,312 households.
The name of the Municipality of “Buguias” was derived from the word “BUGAS” meaning “rice” in the local vernacular. “Bugas” refers to the local cereal purposely used for fermenting wine.
Buguias is politically subdivided into 14 barangays.
How to get here:
1. One can travel from Baguio via the Baguio-Bontoc-Banawe Road, the town center at Abatan can be reached by three to four (3-4) hours. This is the main route for both human and farm products.
2. Alternate routes are via the Buguias-Kabayan-Bokod Road; the Mankayan-Cervantes-Tagudin National Road and the Bontoc-Vizcaya Road. These alternate routes are usually resorted to in cases the Halsema National Highway is intermittently closed due to natural calamities when massive landslides occur during rainy seasons.
Buguias belongs to Type I climate with two distinct seasons the Dry season from December to April and the Wet season from May to November. The climate is refreshingly cool with temperatures ranging from below 10 degrees centigrade during the month of December, January, or February at its coldest and 22.5 degree centigrade at its warmest during the month of April. Strong Typhoons usually occurs during the month of July, October and November.
Farming is the main industry of the municipality. At present, Buguias is still the leading producer of highland vegetables in Benguet Province. Other farm products are root crops, Palay, corn, cutflowers, coffee, and citrus.
Where to stay:
There is only one (1) Hotel in the municipality. Other local and foreign tourists were accommodated at a nearby Inn located at Bauko, Mt. Province, the popular Mount Data Lodge.
1. Buguias Hot Springs
2. Maiden Tears Waterfalls
3. Loo Valley View
4. Bayoyo Vegetable Terraces
5. Asin-an Sulfur Springs
6. Natubleng Vegetable Terraces