Monday, March 17, 2014

Lake Agco in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato

Kidapawan City North Cotabato

Kidapawan is one of North Cotabato's major tourist destinations. The city lies at the foot of the majestic Mt. Apo, the country's tallest mountain. Kidapawan comes from the words "tida" which means spring and "pawan" meaning highland, thus the city is called as "A Spring in the Highland".

Kidapawan City North Cotabato

One of the most visited spots in Kidpawan City by tourists and mountaineers is Lake Agco located inside Mt. Apo Natural Park at the foot of Mt. Apo. The lake is enveloped with thick sulfuric steam and it's indeed boiling. The boiling mud at the lake is an evidence that Mt. Apo is indeed a volcano. They say, Lake Agco is hot enough to boil and cook eggs with the heat coming from the volcano's vent.

Kidapawan City North Cotabato


Kidapawan can be reached either by bus or van from Davao or Cotabato City. From Davao City's Ecoland Terminal, there are buses (Weena bus) bound for Kidapawan or Cotabato City which passes by Kidapawan. If you're taking the passenger vans, proceed to NCCC Mall or SM City Davao where you could find the vans bound for Kidapawan City. Travel time from Davao City to Kidapawan is about 2-2.5 hours. Fare is around 150 pesos from Davao City.

If you're coming from General Santos City, you may take a bus to Davao City and alight in Digos City (Davao del Sur) Terminal and take a bus bound for Cotabato City, which will pass by Kidapawan City.


Take a habal-habal or single motorcycle at KOASA Terminal in Kidapawan City. Travel time is about 45 minutes to 1 hour, fare is around 100 pesos per head.

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