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Welcome to the Summer Capital of the Philippines!

I've been to Baguio thrice (2011, 2012 and 2019) and each trip gave me different experiences and memories. Growing up in Metro Manila, Baguio seems to be a dream destination to me since I was a kid. There's so much to discover in the city that I want to experience. I actually dreamt of living here for a short time.

So when the time came that I got to earn for myself, I saved a little for my first Baguio visit in 2011. It was sometime in September when I went with a friend who toured me in the city.

Most of the tourist spots such as Session Road, Burnham Park, Wright Park, The Mansion, Mines View and more, I've visited them all during my first and second visit. However, for the 3rd time, since me, my family and some of my friends brought a car, we did a chill tour in the city. 

In this guide, I will share some of the things you need to know before visiting Baguio City.

ABOUT BAGUIO CITY

Baguio is a mountain town of universities and resorts located in Luzon Island, Philippines. Called the “City of Pines,” it’s particularly popular in summer due to unusually cooler weather. At its center is Burnham Park, with gardens and a lake. Nearby, Baguio Cathedral, completed in 1936, has a rose-hued exterior. The main thoroughfare is Session Road, lined with shops, restaurants and entertainment options.

FACTS ABOUT BAGUIO CITY

  • Founded: Year 1900
  • Cityhood: December 22, 1979
  • Barangays: 129
  • ZIP code: 2600
  • Currency: Philippine peso (PHP, ₱). PHP100 is around USD 2.00, EUR 1.90
  • Modes of payment: mostly cash, a few accepts credit card
  • Climate type: tropical rainforest climate
  • Native languages: Kankanaey language, Ibaloi, Ilocano, Tagalog
Baguio City was first called "Kafagway" by the locals. The name "Baguio" originates from the American period and is derived from the Ibaloi word bagiw (moss), which was then Hispanicized as "Baguio". A demonym for natives of the city, "Ibagiw", is also derived from bagiw. It is also the name for the city's annual arts festival.
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Baguio was established as a hill station by the United States in 1900 at the site of an Ibaloi village known as Kafagway. It was the United States' only hill station in Asia.

Baguio is classified as a Highly-Urbanized City (HUC). It is geographically located within Benguet, serving as the provincial capital from 1901 to 1916, but has since been administered independently from the province following its conversion into a chartered city. The city is a major center of business, commerce, and education in northern Luzon, as well as the location of the Cordillera Administrative Region. According to the 2015 census, Baguio has a population of 345,366.

BEST TIME TO VISIT BAGUIO CITY

Baguio enjoys cool temperature year-round. November to April is the driest period, which is great if you’re planning on spending most of your time exploring. This means there is very little chance of heavy rain to put a damp on your itinerary.

December to February is the coldest period and it will steadily rise until May, but it’s still pretty chilly especially at night. If you love festivals, visit in February when the Panagbenga (Baguio Flower Festival) is in full swing and see the grand parade of flowers. But expect thick crowds everywhere.

June to September is the wettest period, not ideal for touring. But if you’re love the foggy mountain atmosphere, then I suggest you go during this period.

Lastly, I recommend you travel during weekdays if possible since a huge crowd is expected on weekends.

BAGUIO DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Baguio City immediately shut down and closed their doors for tourism when COVID-19 outbreak happened in the Philippines. Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte placed the whole island of Luzon on a lockdown or Enhanced Community Quarantine starting March 15, 2020.
Sometime in June, Baguio LGU announced that the city will not reopen until September 2020. The city was also put under Modified General Community Quarantine or MGCQ the same month.

Early September 2020, the LGU and its tourism board announced a "travel bubble" for Baguio City and Region I wherein each places will open their doors for tourist following their implemented protocols.

On September 22, 2020, Baguio City LGU announced delay of reopening. Tourists will have to wait a bit longer before visiting Baguio City.


HOW TO GET TO BAGUIO


BY LAND
  • 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.

I have written a separate blog if you wan to know bus schedules to Baguio.

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DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.
  • Sky Pasada used to offer flights from Metro Manila to Baguio, landing at Loakan Airport.
  • The flight took approximately 45 minutes, and there was at least one per day.
  • As of October 2012, Sky Pasada has stopped offering flights to Baguio.

GETTING AROUND BAGUIO

Taxis and jeepneys are the main modes of transportation in Baguio. You can find taxi cabs anywhere and you will find that the rates are much cheaper than those from Metro Manila. The drivers are also kind and accommodating; you will never have to worry about drivers not giving back the change.

If you’re planning on using the Grab app, Grab drivers often times don’t really use the app and you will have better chances of getting a taxi by hailing one yourself. We did once during midnight since the place of our accommodation is located outside the city proper.

Jeepneys, of course, are the more affordable option. Similar to taxi cabs, you can find jeepneys almost anywhere and their routes cover tourist destinations as well.

But what I love in this city is that you can also travel on foot. Within the city proper, you can just walk around since many of tourist attractions are located nearby.

FACT: Baguio doesn't have tricycles for hire. Imagine, riding a tricycle on a hilly roads of Baguio? hehe
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TOURIST SPOTS TO VISIT AND THINGS TO DO IN BAGUIO

These tourist attractions and landmarks are located inside Baguio City:

Session Road

Session Road

Session Road is the main thoroughfare of Baguio in the Philippines and is the main hub of what is called the Baguio Central Business District.

Lower Session Road
The Lower Session Road extends eastward from Magsaysay Avenue (opposite the Plaza or kilometer zero and Malcolm Square) running through the BCBD until the intersections of Father Carlu Street (towards the Baguio Cathedral and Upper Bonifacio Street) and Governor Pack Road. This is the area where businesses are located, among others banks, shops, restaurants, bakeries, hotels, newsstands, boutiques, and studios.

Upper Session Road
The Upper Session Road extends from Post Office Loop, Leonard Wood Road, and the foot of Luneta Hill (where SM City Baguio is located) to the rotunda cutting toward South Drive (towards Baguio Country Club), Loakan Road (towards Camp John Hay, Loakan Airport, Philippine Military Academy, Baguio City Economic Zone, and the mine areas of Itogon, Benguet), and Military Cut-Off (towards Kennon Road).

Burnham Park

Burnham Park is Baguio’s most well-known attraction. When you see it on the map, it doesn’t look much, but in reality, it is huge. Within its expanse are several smaller places of interest. The Melvin Jones Grandstand is the most visible, but if you walk around, you’ll also see the Children’s Playground and the Orchidarium, among others.

There are a lot of things both tourists and locals can enjoy during their stay in the park. Boating, biking, skating, jogging, strolling, Zumba, picnic, and simply sitting on a bench and enjoying the scenery are just some of the many things you can do when you make your way to Burnham.

Address: Jose Abad Santos Dr, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Hours open: 24 hours
How to get there: The park is located in the heart of the city. So if you are coming from Session Road, you just have to take any road down to Harrison Rd. to get to Burnham Park.

Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is located just 1 kilometer from Session Road, along beautiful Leonard Wood between Teachers Camp and Wright Park.

You will be welcomed by a bas relief sculpture made of cement and stone depicting the different rituals of the Cordillera tribes, with real live Igorots who will be more than willing to pose for photos for a small fee.

Address: 37 Leonard Wood Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Hours open: 6am-6pm daily

Wright Park

Wright Park is one of the many recreational facilities created during that time, named after Governor Luke Edward Wright, a former Governor-General of the Philippines.

The whole park itself is very picturesque and Instagram-worthy. Take a picture by the Pool of Pines, a rectangular body of water in the middle of the park. Trees are very abundant here, a contrast from the busy Session Road.

Address: Gibraltar Rd, Baguio, Benguet
How to get there: Ride the jeepney with the sign Baguio Plaza – Mines View and drop-off at the Mansion. Fare is about P10.00.

The Mansion

The Mansion House is the official summer palace of the President of the Philippines. The mansion is located in the summer capital of the country, Baguio, situated around 5,000 feet asl in the Cordillera Central Range of northern Luzon.

Address: The Mansion, Romulo Dr, Baguio, Benguet
How to get there: Ride the jeepney with the sign Baguio Plaza – Mines View and drop-off at the Mansion. Fare is about P10.00.

Mines View Park

Mines View Park is an overlook park on the northeastern outskirts of Baguio in the Philippines. It is five kilometers away from the Heart of Baguio, passing through the Botanical Garden, the Mansion House, Wright Park, and the Pacdal Circle.

Address: Mines View Observation Deck, Mines View, Baguio, Benguet
Hours open: 5am-8pm daily
How to get there: From Lower Mabini Street fronting Danes Bakeshop, there are jeepneys with Mines View signs that will take you directly to this place, fare is around P12.

Tam-awan Village

Tam-awan Village in Pinsao Proper, Baguio City uniquely blends indigenous aesthetics and exquisite Cordilleran craftsmanship with an artist’s concept for a village adapting to Baguio setting.

The huts in Tam-awan Village are named after the areas where they come from.  From Ifugao, we have the Bangaan Hut, Anaba Hut, Batad Hut, Dukligan Hut, Kinakin Hut, and Nagor Hut.  Our Kalinga huts are from Luccong and Bugnay.  Except for Bugnay Hut, which serves as one of the village’s galleries, lodgers are accepted in these huts.

Address: 367 Long Long Benguet Rd, Baguio, Benguet
Hours open: 9am-6pm daily
Entrance fee: P60
How to get there: go to Kayang Street and you'll find a jeepney station. Look for the jeep with a signage “Long-long” or “Tam-Awan”. Inform the driver that you will alight in Tam-Awan Village

TOURIST SPOTS OUTSIDE BAGUIO

Some of the major and famous tourist attractions are located in nearby municipalities like La Trinidad and Tuba. Here are a few of them:

Bell Church

The Bell Church is a Chinese temple of the Chinese Filipino indigenous religious organization of the same name in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines.

Address: FA 347 Bell Church Rd, La Trinidad, Benguet
Hours open: 06:00 am - 05:00 pm daily
How to get there: From the public market, ride a jeepney bound for La Trinidad. Fare is less than P20.

Strawberry Farm

The La Trinidad Strawberry Farm is a farm in the town of La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines primarily used for the cultivation of strawberries.

Address: La Trinidad, Benguet
Hours open: 7am-7pm daily
How to get there: From the public market, ride a jeepney bound for La Trinidad. Fare is less than P20.

Bencab Museum

BenCab Museum is actually located in the town of Tuba, but it’s just a short drive from the Baguio city center. The museum houses the works of Benedicto Reyes Cabrera, a National Artist for Visual Arts, and other Filipino contemporary art masters. Set amid relaxing greenery, the BenCan Museum is not just a place to appreciate art but also reflect.

Admission to the Museum:
  • General admission – Php150
  • Students with valid Philippine school issued ID – Php120
  • Seniors/ PWD with valid Philippine government issued ID – Php100
  • Special rates for student & organized groups with minimum of 30 guests
  • EcoTrail tour – same as above

Address: Km. 6 Asin Rd, Tuba, 2600 Benguet
Hours open: Tuesdays-Sundays 9am-6pm
Last entry: 5:30pm
Closed: Mondays, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Entrance Fee: P120
How to get there: From the public market, ride a jeepney bound for Asin. Fare is less than P20.

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WHERE TO EAT IN BAGUIO

There are a lot of places to eat in Baguio. Fastfood and convenience stores are scattered around the city. Just like in Manila, big brands are also serving food and drinks here. But here are some of restaurants I have tried so far:

Jim's Retro Diner

An American-style restaurant that serves burgers, fries and rice meals.
Address: Session Rd, Baguio, Benguet
Hours open: 9:15am - 11:15pm daily
Budget for two: P500

50's Diner

Another American-style retro diner that serves burgers, fries and rice meals.
Address: 105 Session Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Hours open: 9am - 5pm daily
Budget for two: P400

Rancho Norte

This one is a Western-inspired restaurant that serves Filipino-American food and their famous tapang kabayo.
Address: Baguio - Bua - Itogon Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Hours open: 9am - 9pm daily
Budget for two: P500

Chocolate de Batirol

This small cafe hidden in Camp John Hay serves the best hot choco drink and Filipino rice-made snacks.
Address: Igorot Park, Camp John Hay, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Hours open: 8am - 9pm daily
Budget for two: P200

Cafe Yagam

This cafe hidden in a house near Ridgewood serves natural-made Filipino food.
Address: 25 J.Felipe St, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Hours open: 12am - 8pm daily
Budget for two: P400

Sizzling Plate Carino

If you are into meat or steak, I suggest you try dining here.
Address: 4 Carino St, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Hours open: 10am - 9:30pm daily
Budget for two: P500

You should also try streetfood in Baguio. Especially at Night Market where flocks of pushcarts are lined up to offer you variety of finger-food. Of course, no one will go home without tasting Baguio's famous strawberry taho and strawberry ice cream.

WHERE TO STAY IN BAGUIO

There are plenty of hotels and transients that accept accommodation in Baguio. Here are the best-reviewed hotels below P2500, as rated by Agoda users:
You can also look for an affordable Airbnb in the city. Get up to P3,100 FREE credits on your first booking.

You may also check Top10 hotels in Baguio on our separate blog.

SAMPLE BAGUIO ITINERARY & EXPENSES

Below is a sample Baguio DIY itinerary for a 3-day weekend (if not bringing own vehicle). Splitting some costs in 2 and staying at a hotel in the city center. Some prices may not be the same in the present time but at least near the original prices as of writing.

Hotel Budget: P1000 per night per person

DAY 1: BAGUIO CITY TOUR + BENCAB MUSEUM
05:00 am – Bus to Baguio, P485
11:00 am – Taxi to hotel, P35 (P70/2pax)
11:10 am – Hotel check in or drop bags
12:00 pm – Lunch, P150 (there are plenty of food choices in Baguio just like in Manila)
01:00 pm – Stroll in Session Road, visit Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral
02:00 pm – Burham Park
03:00 pm – Jeepney to Bencab Museum, P20
03:30 pm – Bencab Museum, P120
05:30 pm – Jeepney to Baguio, P20
06:00 pm – Back to hotel, rest
08:00 pm – Dinner in Session Road, P300 (approx. budget)
09:00 pm – Baguio Night Market along Harrison Road, buy souvenirs, P300-P500
11:00 pm – Taxi to hotel, P35 (P70/2pax)

DAY 2: LA TRINIDAD + CAMP JOHN HAY
07:30 am – Breakfast
08:00 am – People's Park, Ukay-ukay, Baguio City Hall
08:30 am – Jeepney to Bell Church, P15
09:00 am – Bell Church
09:30 am – Walk to Stobosa Houses
10:00 am – Jeepney to Strawberry Farm, P8.50
10:15 am – Buy strawberries + ice cream, P300
11:00 pm – Jeepney to Baguio, P15
11:30 pm – Lunch P150
12:30 pm – Taxi to Bell House, Camp John Hay, P70 (P140/2pax)
01:00 pm – Historical Core - P75
02:00 pm – Yellow Trail, FREE
03:00 pm – Chill at a nearby coffee shop or for a hot choco at Chocolate de Batirol
04:00 pm – Taxi to Laperal White House, P35 (P70/2pax)
04:30 pm – Laperal White House, P50
05:30 pm – Taxi to SM City Baguio, P35 (P70/2pax)
06:30 pm – Dinner, P150

DAY 3: BAGUIO CITY TOUR
08:00 am – Breakfast and early check out, leave bags in hotel
09:30 am – Botanical Garden
10:15 am – Wright Park, strawberry taho: P30
10:45 pm – The Mansion
12:00 pm – Lunch at Rancho Norte, P150
01:00 pm – Taxi to Mines View Park, P35 (P70/2pax)
01:15 pm – Try Igorot dress, buy souvenirs P300
02:00 pm – Walk to Good Shepherd, buy ube jam, P350
02:30 pm – Taxi to hotel, P35 (P70/2pax)
03:00 pm – Pick up bags at hotel
04:00 pm – Bus back to Manila, P485

TOTAL APPROXIMATE BUDGET = (PHP5,700.00 per person)

OTHER THINGS TO DO IN BAGUIO CITY

Visit Diplomat Hotel

The Dominican Hill Retreat House, also commonly known as the Diplomat Hotel, is an abandoned structure atop Dominican Hill, Baguio, Philippines. It is now undergoing rehabilitation through the efforts of the city government.

Address: Dominican Hill, Diplomat Road, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Hours open: 8am-5pm daily

EMERGENCY HOTLINES

Emergency number
BCPO Hotline : 166
Tel no.: 442-1211 / 304-6997 / 442-4119
Cellphone Number:
      SMART: 0920-422-2881
      GLOBE: 0917-575-8993
Police Station 1 (Quirino Highway) : 424-2697
Police Station 2 (Camdas) : 661-1255
Police Station 3 (Pacdal Circle) : 300 - 9113 / 424 - 0670
Police Station 4 (PEZA, Loakan) : 305 - 9114 / 424 - 0992
Police Station 5 (Legarda, Marcos Highway) : 442 - 0629 / 300 - 9115
Police Station 6 (Aurora Hill, Baguio City) : 300 - 9116 / 424 - 2174
Police Station 7 (Central Business District) : 661 - 1489
Police Station 8 (Camp 7, Kennon Road) : 424 - 2681
Police Station 9 (Irisan) : 424-8834
Police Station 10 (Green Valley, Marcos Highway) : 422 - 2662
Traffic Unit (Session Road) : 422 - 9953
Tourist Police Unit (Burnham Park) : 424 - 0718
Women and Children Protection Desk (Jose Abad Santos Drive) : 422 - 8600

So that's everything you should know about Baguio City.

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Welcome to the Summer Capital of the Philippines!

I've been to Baguio thrice (2011, 2012 and 2019) and each trip gave me different experiences and memories. Growing up in Metro Manila, Baguio seems to be a dream destination to me since I was a kid. There's so much to discover in the city that I want to experience. I actually dreamt of living here for a short time.

So when the time came that I got to earn for myself, I saved a little for my first Baguio visit in 2011. It was sometime in September when I went with a friend who toured me in the city.

Most of the tourist spots such as Session Road, Burnham Park, Wright Park, The Mansion, Mines View and more, I've visited them all during my first and second visit. However, for the 3rd time, since me, my family and some of my friends brought a car, we did a chill tour in the city. 

In this guide, I will share some of the things you need to know before visiting Baguio City.

ABOUT BAGUIO CITY

Baguio is a mountain town of universities and resorts located in Luzon Island, Philippines. Called the “City of Pines,” it’s particularly popular in summer due to unusually cooler weather. At its center is Burnham Park, with gardens and a lake. Nearby, Baguio Cathedral, completed in 1936, has a rose-hued exterior. The main thoroughfare is Session Road, lined with shops, restaurants and entertainment options.

FACTS ABOUT BAGUIO CITY

  • Founded: Year 1900
  • Cityhood: December 22, 1979
  • Barangays: 129
  • ZIP code: 2600
  • Currency: Philippine peso (PHP, ₱). PHP100 is around USD 2.00, EUR 1.90
  • Modes of payment: mostly cash, a few accepts credit card
  • Climate type: tropical rainforest climate
  • Native languages: Kankanaey language, Ibaloi, Ilocano, Tagalog
Baguio City was first called "Kafagway" by the locals. The name "Baguio" originates from the American period and is derived from the Ibaloi word bagiw (moss), which was then Hispanicized as "Baguio". A demonym for natives of the city, "Ibagiw", is also derived from bagiw. It is also the name for the city's annual arts festival.
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Baguio was established as a hill station by the United States in 1900 at the site of an Ibaloi village known as Kafagway. It was the United States' only hill station in Asia.

Baguio is classified as a Highly-Urbanized City (HUC). It is geographically located within Benguet, serving as the provincial capital from 1901 to 1916, but has since been administered independently from the province following its conversion into a chartered city. The city is a major center of business, commerce, and education in northern Luzon, as well as the location of the Cordillera Administrative Region. According to the 2015 census, Baguio has a population of 345,366.

BEST TIME TO VISIT BAGUIO CITY

Baguio enjoys cool temperature year-round. November to April is the driest period, which is great if you’re planning on spending most of your time exploring. This means there is very little chance of heavy rain to put a damp on your itinerary.

December to February is the coldest period and it will steadily rise until May, but it’s still pretty chilly especially at night. If you love festivals, visit in February when the Panagbenga (Baguio Flower Festival) is in full swing and see the grand parade of flowers. But expect thick crowds everywhere.

June to September is the wettest period, not ideal for touring. But if you’re love the foggy mountain atmosphere, then I suggest you go during this period.

Lastly, I recommend you travel during weekdays if possible since a huge crowd is expected on weekends.

BAGUIO DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Baguio City immediately shut down and closed their doors for tourism when COVID-19 outbreak happened in the Philippines. Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte placed the whole island of Luzon on a lockdown or Enhanced Community Quarantine starting March 15, 2020.
Sometime in June, Baguio LGU announced that the city will not reopen until September 2020. The city was also put under Modified General Community Quarantine or MGCQ the same month.

Early September 2020, the LGU and its tourism board announced a "travel bubble" for Baguio City and Region I wherein each places will open their doors for tourist following their implemented protocols.

On September 22, 2020, Baguio City LGU announced delay of reopening. Tourists will have to wait a bit longer before visiting Baguio City.


HOW TO GET TO BAGUIO


BY LAND
  • 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.

I have written a separate blog if you wan to know bus schedules to Baguio.

Check ticket rates via 12go Asia:


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RELATED: Manila to Baguio in Just 3 Hours via Pozorrubio Exit


DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.
  • Sky Pasada used to offer flights from Metro Manila to Baguio, landing at Loakan Airport.
  • The flight took approximately 45 minutes, and there was at least one per day.
  • As of October 2012, Sky Pasada has stopped offering flights to Baguio.

GETTING AROUND BAGUIO

Taxis and jeepneys are the main modes of transportation in Baguio. You can find taxi cabs anywhere and you will find that the rates are much cheaper than those from Metro Manila. The drivers are also kind and accommodating; you will never have to worry about drivers not giving back the change.

If you’re planning on using the Grab app, Grab drivers often times don’t really use the app and you will have better chances of getting a taxi by hailing one yourself. We did once during midnight since the place of our accommodation is located outside the city proper.

Jeepneys, of course, are the more affordable option. Similar to taxi cabs, you can find jeepneys almost anywhere and their routes cover tourist destinations as well.

But what I love in this city is that you can also travel on foot. Within the city proper, you can just walk around since many of tourist attractions are located nearby.

FACT: Baguio doesn't have tricycles for hire. Imagine, riding a tricycle on a hilly roads of Baguio? hehe
Cheapest Flights and Airline Tickets Online Booking

TOURIST SPOTS TO VISIT AND THINGS TO DO IN BAGUIO

These tourist attractions and landmarks are located inside Baguio City:

Session Road

Session Road

Session Road is the main thoroughfare of Baguio in the Philippines and is the main hub of what is called the Baguio Central Business District.

Lower Session Road
The Lower Session Road extends eastward from Magsaysay Avenue (opposite the Plaza or kilometer zero and Malcolm Square) running through the BCBD until the intersections of Father Carlu Street (towards the Baguio Cathedral and Upper Bonifacio Street) and Governor Pack Road. This is the area where businesses are located, among others banks, shops, restaurants, bakeries, hotels, newsstands, boutiques, and studios.

Upper Session Road
The Upper Session Road extends from Post Office Loop, Leonard Wood Road, and the foot of Luneta Hill (where SM City Baguio is located) to the rotunda cutting toward South Drive (towards Baguio Country Club), Loakan Road (towards Camp John Hay, Loakan Airport, Philippine Military Academy, Baguio City Economic Zone, and the mine areas of Itogon, Benguet), and Military Cut-Off (towards Kennon Road).

Burnham Park

Burnham Park is Baguio’s most well-known attraction. When you see it on the map, it doesn’t look much, but in reality, it is huge. Within its expanse are several smaller places of interest. The Melvin Jones Grandstand is the most visible, but if you walk around, you’ll also see the Children’s Playground and the Orchidarium, among others.

There are a lot of things both tourists and locals can enjoy during their stay in the park. Boating, biking, skating, jogging, strolling, Zumba, picnic, and simply sitting on a bench and enjoying the scenery are just some of the many things you can do when you make your way to Burnham.

Address: Jose Abad Santos Dr, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Hours open: 24 hours
How to get there: The park is located in the heart of the city. So if you are coming from Session Road, you just have to take any road down to Harrison Rd. to get to Burnham Park.

Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is located just 1 kilometer from Session Road, along beautiful Leonard Wood between Teachers Camp and Wright Park.

You will be welcomed by a bas relief sculpture made of cement and stone depicting the different rituals of the Cordillera tribes, with real live Igorots who will be more than willing to pose for photos for a small fee.

Address: 37 Leonard Wood Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Hours open: 6am-6pm daily

Wright Park

Wright Park is one of the many recreational facilities created during that time, named after Governor Luke Edward Wright, a former Governor-General of the Philippines.

The whole park itself is very picturesque and Instagram-worthy. Take a picture by the Pool of Pines, a rectangular body of water in the middle of the park. Trees are very abundant here, a contrast from the busy Session Road.

Address: Gibraltar Rd, Baguio, Benguet
How to get there: Ride the jeepney with the sign Baguio Plaza – Mines View and drop-off at the Mansion. Fare is about P10.00.

The Mansion

The Mansion House is the official summer palace of the President of the Philippines. The mansion is located in the summer capital of the country, Baguio, situated around 5,000 feet asl in the Cordillera Central Range of northern Luzon.

Address: The Mansion, Romulo Dr, Baguio, Benguet
How to get there: Ride the jeepney with the sign Baguio Plaza – Mines View and drop-off at the Mansion. Fare is about P10.00.

Mines View Park

Mines View Park is an overlook park on the northeastern outskirts of Baguio in the Philippines. It is five kilometers away from the Heart of Baguio, passing through the Botanical Garden, the Mansion House, Wright Park, and the Pacdal Circle.

Address: Mines View Observation Deck, Mines View, Baguio, Benguet
Hours open: 5am-8pm daily
How to get there: From Lower Mabini Street fronting Danes Bakeshop, there are jeepneys with Mines View signs that will take you directly to this place, fare is around P12.

Tam-awan Village

Tam-awan Village in Pinsao Proper, Baguio City uniquely blends indigenous aesthetics and exquisite Cordilleran craftsmanship with an artist’s concept for a village adapting to Baguio setting.

The huts in Tam-awan Village are named after the areas where they come from.  From Ifugao, we have the Bangaan Hut, Anaba Hut, Batad Hut, Dukligan Hut, Kinakin Hut, and Nagor Hut.  Our Kalinga huts are from Luccong and Bugnay.  Except for Bugnay Hut, which serves as one of the village’s galleries, lodgers are accepted in these huts.

Address: 367 Long Long Benguet Rd, Baguio, Benguet
Hours open: 9am-6pm daily
Entrance fee: P60
How to get there: go to Kayang Street and you'll find a jeepney station. Look for the jeep with a signage “Long-long” or “Tam-Awan”. Inform the driver that you will alight in Tam-Awan Village

TOURIST SPOTS OUTSIDE BAGUIO

Some of the major and famous tourist attractions are located in nearby municipalities like La Trinidad and Tuba. Here are a few of them:

Bell Church

The Bell Church is a Chinese temple of the Chinese Filipino indigenous religious organization of the same name in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines.

Address: FA 347 Bell Church Rd, La Trinidad, Benguet
Hours open: 06:00 am - 05:00 pm daily
How to get there: From the public market, ride a jeepney bound for La Trinidad. Fare is less than P20.

Strawberry Farm

The La Trinidad Strawberry Farm is a farm in the town of La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines primarily used for the cultivation of strawberries.

Address: La Trinidad, Benguet
Hours open: 7am-7pm daily
How to get there: From the public market, ride a jeepney bound for La Trinidad. Fare is less than P20.

Bencab Museum

BenCab Museum is actually located in the town of Tuba, but it’s just a short drive from the Baguio city center. The museum houses the works of Benedicto Reyes Cabrera, a National Artist for Visual Arts, and other Filipino contemporary art masters. Set amid relaxing greenery, the BenCan Museum is not just a place to appreciate art but also reflect.

Admission to the Museum:
  • General admission – Php150
  • Students with valid Philippine school issued ID – Php120
  • Seniors/ PWD with valid Philippine government issued ID – Php100
  • Special rates for student & organized groups with minimum of 30 guests
  • EcoTrail tour – same as above

Address: Km. 6 Asin Rd, Tuba, 2600 Benguet
Hours open: Tuesdays-Sundays 9am-6pm
Last entry: 5:30pm
Closed: Mondays, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Entrance Fee: P120
How to get there: From the public market, ride a jeepney bound for Asin. Fare is less than P20.

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WHERE TO EAT IN BAGUIO

There are a lot of places to eat in Baguio. Fastfood and convenience stores are scattered around the city. Just like in Manila, big brands are also serving food and drinks here. But here are some of restaurants I have tried so far:

Jim's Retro Diner

An American-style restaurant that serves burgers, fries and rice meals.
Address: Session Rd, Baguio, Benguet
Hours open: 9:15am - 11:15pm daily
Budget for two: P500

50's Diner

Another American-style retro diner that serves burgers, fries and rice meals.
Address: 105 Session Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Hours open: 9am - 5pm daily
Budget for two: P400

Rancho Norte

This one is a Western-inspired restaurant that serves Filipino-American food and their famous tapang kabayo.
Address: Baguio - Bua - Itogon Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Hours open: 9am - 9pm daily
Budget for two: P500

Chocolate de Batirol

This small cafe hidden in Camp John Hay serves the best hot choco drink and Filipino rice-made snacks.
Address: Igorot Park, Camp John Hay, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Hours open: 8am - 9pm daily
Budget for two: P200

Cafe Yagam

This cafe hidden in a house near Ridgewood serves natural-made Filipino food.
Address: 25 J.Felipe St, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Hours open: 12am - 8pm daily
Budget for two: P400

Sizzling Plate Carino

If you are into meat or steak, I suggest you try dining here.
Address: 4 Carino St, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Hours open: 10am - 9:30pm daily
Budget for two: P500

You should also try streetfood in Baguio. Especially at Night Market where flocks of pushcarts are lined up to offer you variety of finger-food. Of course, no one will go home without tasting Baguio's famous strawberry taho and strawberry ice cream.

WHERE TO STAY IN BAGUIO

There are plenty of hotels and transients that accept accommodation in Baguio. Here are the best-reviewed hotels below P2500, as rated by Agoda users:
You can also look for an affordable Airbnb in the city. Get up to P3,100 FREE credits on your first booking.

You may also check Top10 hotels in Baguio on our separate blog.

SAMPLE BAGUIO ITINERARY & EXPENSES

Below is a sample Baguio DIY itinerary for a 3-day weekend (if not bringing own vehicle). Splitting some costs in 2 and staying at a hotel in the city center. Some prices may not be the same in the present time but at least near the original prices as of writing.

Hotel Budget: P1000 per night per person

DAY 1: BAGUIO CITY TOUR + BENCAB MUSEUM
05:00 am – Bus to Baguio, P485
11:00 am – Taxi to hotel, P35 (P70/2pax)
11:10 am – Hotel check in or drop bags
12:00 pm – Lunch, P150 (there are plenty of food choices in Baguio just like in Manila)
01:00 pm – Stroll in Session Road, visit Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral
02:00 pm – Burham Park
03:00 pm – Jeepney to Bencab Museum, P20
03:30 pm – Bencab Museum, P120
05:30 pm – Jeepney to Baguio, P20
06:00 pm – Back to hotel, rest
08:00 pm – Dinner in Session Road, P300 (approx. budget)
09:00 pm – Baguio Night Market along Harrison Road, buy souvenirs, P300-P500
11:00 pm – Taxi to hotel, P35 (P70/2pax)

DAY 2: LA TRINIDAD + CAMP JOHN HAY
07:30 am – Breakfast
08:00 am – People's Park, Ukay-ukay, Baguio City Hall
08:30 am – Jeepney to Bell Church, P15
09:00 am – Bell Church
09:30 am – Walk to Stobosa Houses
10:00 am – Jeepney to Strawberry Farm, P8.50
10:15 am – Buy strawberries + ice cream, P300
11:00 pm – Jeepney to Baguio, P15
11:30 pm – Lunch P150
12:30 pm – Taxi to Bell House, Camp John Hay, P70 (P140/2pax)
01:00 pm – Historical Core - P75
02:00 pm – Yellow Trail, FREE
03:00 pm – Chill at a nearby coffee shop or for a hot choco at Chocolate de Batirol
04:00 pm – Taxi to Laperal White House, P35 (P70/2pax)
04:30 pm – Laperal White House, P50
05:30 pm – Taxi to SM City Baguio, P35 (P70/2pax)
06:30 pm – Dinner, P150

DAY 3: BAGUIO CITY TOUR
08:00 am – Breakfast and early check out, leave bags in hotel
09:30 am – Botanical Garden
10:15 am – Wright Park, strawberry taho: P30
10:45 pm – The Mansion
12:00 pm – Lunch at Rancho Norte, P150
01:00 pm – Taxi to Mines View Park, P35 (P70/2pax)
01:15 pm – Try Igorot dress, buy souvenirs P300
02:00 pm – Walk to Good Shepherd, buy ube jam, P350
02:30 pm – Taxi to hotel, P35 (P70/2pax)
03:00 pm – Pick up bags at hotel
04:00 pm – Bus back to Manila, P485

TOTAL APPROXIMATE BUDGET = (PHP5,700.00 per person)

OTHER THINGS TO DO IN BAGUIO CITY

Visit Diplomat Hotel

The Dominican Hill Retreat House, also commonly known as the Diplomat Hotel, is an abandoned structure atop Dominican Hill, Baguio, Philippines. It is now undergoing rehabilitation through the efforts of the city government.

Address: Dominican Hill, Diplomat Road, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Hours open: 8am-5pm daily

EMERGENCY HOTLINES

Emergency number
BCPO Hotline : 166
Tel no.: 442-1211 / 304-6997 / 442-4119
Cellphone Number:
      SMART: 0920-422-2881
      GLOBE: 0917-575-8993
Police Station 1 (Quirino Highway) : 424-2697
Police Station 2 (Camdas) : 661-1255
Police Station 3 (Pacdal Circle) : 300 - 9113 / 424 - 0670
Police Station 4 (PEZA, Loakan) : 305 - 9114 / 424 - 0992
Police Station 5 (Legarda, Marcos Highway) : 442 - 0629 / 300 - 9115
Police Station 6 (Aurora Hill, Baguio City) : 300 - 9116 / 424 - 2174
Police Station 7 (Central Business District) : 661 - 1489
Police Station 8 (Camp 7, Kennon Road) : 424 - 2681
Police Station 9 (Irisan) : 424-8834
Police Station 10 (Green Valley, Marcos Highway) : 422 - 2662
Traffic Unit (Session Road) : 422 - 9953
Tourist Police Unit (Burnham Park) : 424 - 0718
Women and Children Protection Desk (Jose Abad Santos Drive) : 422 - 8600

So that's everything you should know about Baguio City.

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