Baguio is the Summer Capital of the Philippines, which sees its fair share of tourists all year round. With its cold climate, great food, and amazing sites, Baguio is a must-go for any traveler. Not sure how to get there and what to do? TravelBook.ph presents a useful guide below.
The City of Baguio in the Philippines is located in the mountainous regions in the northern part of Luzon Island in Benguet province. With a population of more than 300,000, this very urban city sits 5,280 feet high in the Luzon tropical pine forests and is a bustling center for business, commercialization and education. The name of the city means moss, most likely referring to the mossy green plants that grow in the area.
HOW TO GET TO BAGUIO
Baguio is reachable by car or by bus.
It takes about 4-6 hours to get to Baguio by car because of the newly constructed highways that have made it easier to reach the city.
If you take the bus, it will take you about 4-8 hours depending on the type of bus you take.
A Regular Bus costs around PHP 450 one-way. It will take you around 6-8 hours to get to Baguio with at least 3 stopovers.
A Deluxe Bus costs around PHP 750 one-way. It will take you around 4-6 hours to get to Baguio with no stopovers.
Did you know that it was once possible to fly to Baguio? Before, when the roads to Baguio weren’t as developed and it would take you about 10-12 hours to get there by car, it was possible to just fly there.
There are plenty of things to do in Baguio from shopping to eating to exploring. Here are some of them:
One of the most popular tourist sites in Baguio is Burnham Park. Here you can experience riding a rowboat, going biking, or simply walking around to appreciate the nice and cool weather.
If you love shopping, head to the Night Market at Harrison Road. It is open daily from 9PM to 12MN. Here you can buy a selection of clothing, both new and vintage, as well as souvenirs and knickknacks. In between, you can snack on some scrumptious street food. Another good place to shop for pasalubong is Mines View Park.
If you are a foodie, one of the best places to eat is the Ketchup Food Community at Romulo Drive near Wright Park. It is composed of 5 restaurants. You can stay at any of the 5 places and order from the other restaurants. Make sure you try the ribs from Canto. Price range is about PHP 200-PHP 400 per person.
Other notable places to eat in Baguio are:
Oh Mai Khan (Mongolian BBQ). Price Range: PHP150-PHP 300
Pizza Volante (Pizza and pasta). Price Range: PHP 200-PHP 400
50’s Diner (Vintage American cuisine). Price Range: PHP150-PHP 250
Café by the Ruins (Various cuisine). Price Range: PHP 200-PHP 300
Forest House (Filipino cuisine). Price Range: PHP 300-PHP 400
Hill Station (Various cuisine). Price Range: PHP 300-PHP 500
Still need more activities to add to your itinerary? Visit Camp John Hay, where they have an assortment of eateries and stores. You can go on a picnic here as well. For something unique and interesting, consider going to the Butterfly Sanctuary or Treetop Adventure. You can also try horseback riding.
Other notable places to visit in Baguio are:
Philippine Military Academy
La Preza (as made popular by the TVseries Forevermore)
2:00 AM – ETD Victory Cubao 7:00 AM – ETA 7:00-9:00 AM – Checked in/Breakfast/Prep for Day 1 Adventure 9:00-9:20 AM – ETD/ETA to Good Shepherd 9:20-9:40 AM – Tour around Good Shepherd 9:40-10:20 AM – Mines View Park Tour 10:20-10:30 AM – ETD/ETA from Mines view park to The Mansion 10:30-10:45 AM – Photo Ops at The Mansion 10:45-11:30 AM – Tour and Photo Ops around Wright Park 11:30- 1:00 PM – Lunch at Ketchup Community (Canto) 1:00-1:15 PM – ETD/ETA at Arca’s Yard 1:15-2:30 PM – Photo Ops at Arca’s Yard 2:30-2:45 PM – ETD/ETA at Botanical Garden 2:45-4:15 PM – Tour and Photo Ops at the Garden 3:15-3:30 PM – ETD/ETA at Burnham Park and Rose Garden 3:30-6:30 PM – Biking/Boating 6:30-8:00 PM – Dinner at Goodtaste 8:00-8:30 PM – ETD/ETA at Camp Johnhay 8:30-10:00 PM – Christmas Village and Camp Johnhay at Night 10:00 onwards – Lights Off
8:00 AM – Wake up 8:00-9:00 AM – Breakfast/Prepare for Day 2 Adventure 9:00-9:30 AM – ETD/ETA Tam-awan Village 9:30-12:30 AM – Photo Ops/Trek 12:30-12:50 AM – ETD/ETA Bencab Museum 12:50-3:00 PM – Photo Ops/Tour around the Museum 3:00-3:30 PM – ETD/ETA Baguio Town Proper 3:30-4:30 PM – Late Lunch 4:30-9:00 PM – Back to Home to rest 9:00-12:00 PM – Baguio Night Market and Night Life 12:00MN onwards – Lights off
8:00 AM – Wake up 8:00-9:00 AM – Breakfast/Prepare for Day 3 Adventure 9:00-10:00 AM – ETD/ETA Strawberry Field 10:00-11:00 AM – Photo Ops/Strawberry Picking/Lettuce Picking 11:00-11:30 AM – ETD/ETA STOBOSA Mural Art 11:30-12:00 NN – Photo Ops at STOBOSA Mural Art 12:00-12:15 PM – ETD/ETA Bell Church 12:15-1:00PM – Photo Ops at Bell Church 1:00-2:30 PM – Lunch at Jack’s Restaurant 2:30-3:00 PM – ETD/ETA at Old Diplomat Hotel 3:00-4:30 PM – Photo Ops 4:30-6:30 PM – ETD/ETA at Lourdes Grotto 6:30-7:30 PM – Enjoy the solemnity of the place 7:30-8:00 PM – ETD/ETA Baguio City Town Proper 8:00-10:00 PM – Dinner/Pack up things 10:00-4:00 AM – ETD/ETA at Cubao via Victory Bus
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