Aside from those attractions, Burnham Park is best known for the picturesque centuries-old artificial lake at its center. If there is one thing you must experience at Burnham Park, it is boating at the famous Burnham Lagoon. It's one of the best things to do in Baguio City.
There are several boats you can rent here. The best part is that they are easy to operate so that you can row it on your own.
Last but not least, boating in Burnham lagoon at sunset makes for a memorable experience if you're traveling with a loved one. So go ahead and rent a boat and go rowing!
2. Feast on Local Cuisine at The Farmer's Daughter
If you want to taste authentic traditional Filipino dishes, there's no better place to go than The Farmer's Daughter, one of the most popular Baguio restaurants
This unassuming nipa hut restaurant on the outskirts of Baguio will take your tastebuds by surprise. It's thanks to the essential cooking techniques they employ and fresh local ingredients they use.
The Farmer's Daughter serves home-cooked regional cuisine centered on smoked meats, fresh vegetables, and native wines.
They may be humble home-cooked dishes, but you'll be surprised by how packed they are with potent flavors that will make you crave for more. Be sure to try their best-sellers; the Pinikpikan, Etag, and Pinuneg.
Pinikpikan is an Igorot dish. The Igorots are one of the indigenous tribes in the Cordillera region, and they follow a unique ritual in preparing the chicken soup.
The Etag, on the other hand, is sundried or smoked pork. The meat is cured in salt for a week, and then either sundried or smoked for several weeks.
It is pig's blood sauteed in onions and other local spices. If you fancy exotic native cuisine, The Farmer's Daughter Restaurant certainly will not disappoint you.
3. Explore Camp John Hay
If you have limited time to tour Baguio attractions and you want to visit just one place, head to Camp John Hay. The camp was a former rest and recreation facility for American soldiers.
Today it has become one of the best places to visit in Baguio over the years, mainly because it houses must-see tourist spots in one convenient area. Some might even consider it as the best tourist spot in Baguio City.
This expansive recreational complex offers tourists tons of fun activities. It highlights the best that Baguio has to offer, which are pine trees, fresh air, cool breeze, and a serene atmosphere.It's a great option if you're looking for things to do in Baguio with your family.
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You can go to a heart-pumping eco-adventure or commune with nature. Treetop Adventure inside Camp John Hay offers several thrilling rides, including the Superman Ride (zipline), Tree Drop (harnessed free fall), and Canopy Ride.
Here, you can visit a world-class golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, where famous tournaments like the annual Fil-Am Golf Tournament are held. If you're not a golf fan, you can visit the Historical Core or the Bell Amphitheater.
For a more immersive experience, join Tam-Awan village tours and register for any of their workshops in drawing, oil painting, watercolor, and wood carving.
For those who want to stay for more than a day, the village also has a cafe where you can taste authentic Cordilleran dishes, as well as huts for lodging.
8. Go Bargain-Hunting at Baguio Night Market
If you're unsure of what to do in Baguio at night, drop by the Baguio Night Market. Baguio is a famous bargain shopping hotspot. If you want to put your haggling skills to the test, there is no better place than the Baguio Night Market. This bargain-hunting haven is every thrifty fashionista's dream.
From 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM, a part of Harrison Road at the northeast of Burnham Park transforms into a flea market. Here you can find everything to complete a casual look without burning a hole through your wallet, thanks to the rows of ukay-ukay stalls.
Ukay-ukay is the local term for surplus items shipped from other countries and second-hand apparel such as clothes, bags, and footwear that are sold at bargained prices.
And if you're lucky, or have great thrift-shopping skills, you can score one of a kind vintage finds or even items that are in mint condition.
After shopping, grab an ear of sweet corn, noodle soup, or other street food at the northern side of the hill.
9. Try Horseback Riding at Wright Park
Wright Park is one of the many scenic parts of Baguio. It is a quiet promenade with blossoming flowers, a pool lined with pine trees, and a long stairway that leads visitors to a riding circle.
Wright Park is considerably smaller than Burnham Park, but it is also less crowded and more peaceful. It is located in the eastern part of Baguio and fronts the main gate of The Mansion.
Wright Park's long rectangular pond is called the "Pool of Pines," which could not be a perfect name as the length of the lake is flanked by pine trees on both sides.
There is also a park circle and pavilion where you can sit, relax, and listen to the swaying pine. Wright Park is an open green space, so feel free to stroll around and admire its natural beauty.
Wright Park is often called Ride Park, an understandable mistake since the park is known for its horseback-riding activity.
Indeed, Wright Park is the perfect place for people who love horses and want to learn how to ride one. It’s a great addition to the tourist spots often included on a day trip in Baguio. Follow the long stairway at the far end of Wright Park to reach the Riding Circle.
There you'll find several horses you can hire and ride around in the vicinity. If you're traveling with kids, good news! There are friendly ponies that are perfect for children.
Rest assured, every horse has an experienced handler who will guide and watch riders at all times. If it's your first time, the driver will lead the horse and walk alongside you as you ride.
10. Spend Time at The Mansion
The Mansion in Baguio was built in 1908 to serve as the official summer residence of U.S. Governors-General during the American occupation, making it one of the historical places in Baguio. Today, this Baguio City tourist spotserves as the official summer palace of the President of the Philippines.
Located on the eastern side of the city, it right in front of the idyllic Wright Park. This grand palace is easily one of the most photographed landmarks in Baguio.
Aside from exploring the museum, the only other activity you can do here is picture-taking. So don't be shy about taking tons of photographs!
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The Mansion's elegant main building is inspired by the Spanish Colonial Revival design, making it an excellent backdrop for any picture. You can also snap photos in front of the ornate iron gate or by the beautifully manicured lawn.
11. Unwind at the Baguio Botanical Garden
The Baguio Botanical Garden is one of the most beautiful places in Baguio andprovides a much-needed tranquil space amid bustling Baguio City. In 2009, the garden was renamed Centennial Park in celebration of Baguio's 100th year as the Summer Capital of the Philippines.
However, it is more known as the Botanical Garden.
Exploring the garden is a whole adventure on its own, as it has several sections with different attractions. As you enter the park, you will be greeted by a giant sculpture.
This bronze masterpiece is the work of Ben Hur Villanueva, a renowned Filipino sculptor. The statue represents the of the Cordillerans, Americans, Chinese, and Japanese in building Baguio.
Filled with pine trees, the Botanical Garden has two purposes. It serves a hideaway from the often crowded Baguio. It also houses nurseries dedicated to propagating flora that will eventually be replanted in the parks and gardens of Baguio.
With the abundance of trees and different plants, the Baguio Botanical Garden is truly a great place to unwind. You can explore the various sections, sit by the benches, or have a snack under the cottages.
These sections are decorated with symbols that represent each city. There are also relics from the Igorot Village, such as giant statues depicting different Cordillera tribes.
12. Buy Souvenirs at the Good Shepherd Convent
Aside from the pasalubong stores around Mines View Park, do not forget to drop by at the Good Shepherd Convent that is just a stones' throw away.
Their acclaimed peanut brittle, ube, and strawberry jam have become synonymous with Baguio pasalubong. They are also now offering baked goodies like Lengua de Gato and alfajores, homemade ice cream, and strawberry-calamansi juice.
Nuns and volunteers from the international congregation The Religious of the Good Shepherd Sisters run the convent, with profits from Good Shepherd going to charity.
Be prepared to either line up for at least 30 minutes as you wait to be serviced or get heartbroken when your desired product goes out of stock.
Though, you may enjoy taking photos from the convent's view deck with the Cordillera Mountains as your background.
13. Visit the Baguio Cathedral
Formally known as the Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral, the Baguio Cathedral stands atop Mount Mary Hill, or what the Ibalois call "Kampo."
The church is known for its Neo-Gothic style, as evidenced by its twin spires and its rose-colored exterior with stained-glass windows.
During World War II, it served as an evacuation center. Baguio Cathedral is also the largest Catholic church in the city. As it is built on top of a hill, it gives visitors an awe-inspiring bird' s-eye view of Session Road and the whole of Baguio.
If you want to cut some time and effort, the road up the hill is accessible to cars. You can also climb the escalators of Porta Vaga Shopping Mall in Session Road and exit at the top floor, as it'll lead onto the church's parking grounds.
14. Admire the Taoist Architecture of Bell Church
Atop the hills near the borders of Baguio and La Trinidad sits the Bell Church, the center of the religious and cultural activities of Baguio's Chinese-Filipino community.
Bell Church was founded in 1960 by Ng Pee, a Chinese immigrant from the Canton Region.
This Chinese temple is primarily influenced by Taoist architecture, but it also features a fusion of Buddhist symbols and follows ancient Chinese methods of construction.
In Chinese culture, it represents the concept of rebirth and immortality. As you explore the church grounds, prepared to be entranced by the soaring pagodas, dragons, and lion statues, of course, the bells that decorate Bell Church.
Bell Church's pagodas feature images of saints and the Buddha. Past the opposing dragon figures, you will find a charming koi pond where you can make a wish.
You can go to the central patio of Bell Church to witness a panoramic view of the surrounding hills.
15. Explore Baguio Museum
Baguio is a melting pot of diverse Cordilleran culture. The Baguio Museum stands as a reminder of that and the city's storied past and rich cultural and historical heritage.
The museum was built to resemble a traditional Ifugao home. It has wood and stone, and it features a pyramid roof that has two towering concrete poles at the stair entrance.
Baguio is part of Benguet Province and the greater Cordillera Region. The main floor of the building is dedicated to the craftsmanship of the provinces of the Cordillera region: Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Apayao, and Abra.
You will find various tribal artifacts, native jewelry, apparel, fabrics, and musical instruments encased by protective glass panels.
If you're curious about what the lives of the indigenous Cordilleran tribes look like, the miniature dioramas in the museum will give you a picture.
Baguio Museum also houses models of the different huts used by tribes in ancient times. Even more fascinating is the museum's collection of burial jars and carved wooden coffins, one of which contains a real mummified body!
So, if you're a museum lover, don't forget to stop by the Baguio Museum on yourCordillera heritage tour.
16. Take a Dip at the Asin Hot Springs
As you can tell by now, Baguio is full of surprises. And as if the one discussed above is not enough, this perpetually cold city has one more natural attraction that will take you by surprise.
16 kilometer northwest of Baguio lies the hot springs of Tuba, Benguet. Known as the Asin Hot Springs, these thermal and therapeutic springs are the perfect spot for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Because of its considerable distance from the city center, Asin Hot Springs is one of the most underrated destinations in the province of Benguet.
For instance, the hotness of the water is known to soothe muscle pains, while the sulfuric water stimulates blood circulation and moisturizes the skin. Take a dip and feel your stress wash away.
Aside from the soothing thermal water, Asin Hot Spring offers visitors scenic mountain views and lush vegetation. There are also different facilities, such as pools for adults and children-friendly ones.
Have an Asin Hot Spring experience and enjoy the stunning views of the mountainside while soaking.
17. Head to the Easter Weaving Room
To complete your Baguio city culture and countryside tour, stop by the Easter Weaving Room. Established in 1909, Easter Weaving Room is as old as Baguio itself.
It is also one of the few places inBaguio where you can witness authentic traditional weaving techniques practiced by the natives of the Cordillera Region. It’s a great addition to a day trip in Baguio.
Easter Weaving Room has a work area where you can watch weavers do their magic on the looms with multi-colored threads.
You also get to witness the intricacy of making the exquisite Montanosa cloth, which a colorful hand-woven cloth unique to the Cordillera Region.
Aside from watching weavers work, you can also go around and check out the Easter Weaving Room's displays.
You can also purchase those items, as well as baskets and wood carvings.
Compared to other woven products sold around Baguio, the quality of the items made in the Easter Weaving room is superior and, most of the time, even cheaper.
18. Stop by at the Ifugao Woodcarver's Village
Another great spot to buy souvenirs in Baguio is theIfugao Woodcarver's Village.
Stretching for 3 kilometers long along Asin Road, the Woodcarver's Village is the largest concentration of veteran and budding local woodcarvers in Baguio.
Here traditional crafts and skills of weaving and woodcarving that span back decades are practiced and passed on to the next generations. Ifugao woodcarvers are recognized as the best among Cordillera tribes in this art form.
The village is famous for its excellent quality wood carvings. From small critical chains to towering statues of Igorot tribesmen, you will be stunned by the variety of hand-made crafts the Ifugao Woodcarvers Village.
Subjects of the carved items are mostly associated with the Cordillera, the indigenous people, and animals. They are also commonly religious icons, household items, furniture, signs, and key chains.
Buy some souvenirs and support the local woodcarving industry.
19. Check out the Colors of StoBoSa
The shanty-covered hills of La Trinidad used to be an eyesore in otherwise scenic countryside.
Inspired by the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and the Gamcheon Cultural Village of South Korea, the local government sought to transform the bleak hillside communities of La Trinidad.
Today, the houses of Stonehill, Botiw-tiw, and Sadjap (StoBoSa) have become an expansive life-sized art piece collectively called the StoBoSa Hillside Homes Artwork.
Also known as the Colors of StoBoSa, it comprises of around 200 houses over an area of 18,000 square meters. If the sheer expanse of it is not enough to wow you, the vibrant hues of this massive art piece will.
This stunning community artwork has now become a hit tourist attraction and a great excursion in La Trinidad, Benguet. Indeed, the Colors of StoBoSa is a magnificent menagerie of bright colors that will capture your attention and entice you to stop and take pictures.
Visit Baguio and Enjoy its Cool Atmosphere
Baguio may be known for its chilly temperatures, but over the years, it's transformed to become a gateway to the Cordillera region.
It continues to put the spotlight on the significance of the Cordilleran culture to the city, as well as celebrate the creativity and hard work of its people.
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Indeed, the Summer Capital of the country has something for every kind of visitor. Your Baguio itinerary will never run out of places to visit, things to do, places to explore, lessons to learn, and food to eat in the City of Pines. You might even discover hidden tourist spots in Baguio on your next visit!
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Baguio has always been one of the top destinations in the Philippines. Because of its chilly temperature, pine-dominated landscapes, and overall romantic atmosphere, this mountain city has attracted tourists especially in summer and the holidays like Christmas and New Year.
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These are the best places for couples seeking sights & landmarks in Baguio: Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral. Burnham Park. Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto.
Panagbenga Festival is Baguio's most iconic celebration of flowers, this festival draws local and foreign tourists during the first week of February until the second week of March.
Rent a boat and go rowing at the famous Burnham Lagoon. It's a must-do on your Baguio tour. You will not run out of places to visit and things to do in Baguio City. Aside from the cool temperature all year round, the Summer Capital offers cultural attractions, eco-adventures, and exciting outdoor activities.
These are some highly rated beaches in Baguio, Benguet, Philippines: Urbiztondo Beach (5/5) Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel (4.5/5) Hundred Islands (4/5)
Before it was transformed into a colonial hill station, Baguio (which was originally called Kafagway meaning "wide open space") was home to the indigenous Ibaloi tribe of the Philippine Cordilleras.
Famous for its oh-so-fine white sand beaches, amazing nightlife, and fun water activities, Boracay is the best tourist destination in the Philippines to enjoy all the things you want in one place. In fact, it's always on the list of the world's most beautiful islands by international travel magazines.
A: Yes, Baguio has reopened for domestic travelers who are fully vaccinated. Part of the Baguio city travel permit requirements is Baguio Visita registration with QR-coded Tourist Pass, Vaccination card or vaccination certificate, and Health screening and verification at the triage in Baguio upon arrival.
Baguio City is now under ALERT LEVEL 1! Great news for tourists planning a trip to the City of Pines because this means easing of restrictions and fewer requirements for the traveling public.
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A landmark is an important and recognizable object or feature. A few of the most well-known landmarks in the world include the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, and the Great Wall of China.
These are Abra's Laga Festival, Apayao's Say-am Festival, the Panagbenga Festival here, Benguet's Adivay Festival, Ifugao's Gotad Ad Ifugao, Kalinga's Bodong Festival, and Mountain Province's Lang-ay Festival.
Panagbenga is an annual flower festival celebrated every February which takes place in Baguio City, Philippines. The term “Panagbenga” comes from a Kankanaey term meaning “season of blooming”.
Baguio City's artistic culture ranges from crafts and folk art expressions to woodcarving, silver craft, weaving and tattooing.
In Baguio and other areas nearby is one of the top producing area for different kind of flowers. These flowers are Raflesia, sampaguita, chrysanthemum, gladioli, anthurium, roses, orchids, lilies, carnation and many others.
Benguet is rich in strawberries and this can be attributed to its climate. Since Benguet has an abundance of strawberries, Baguio also gets to partake in this bounty, especially when the fruit is in season.
Located at the heart of Baguio, Burnham Park is the most famous attraction in the city. It is dominated by Burnham Lake (or Lagoon) and dotted with other interesting spots like the Rose Garden, a recreational park with a skating rink, the Orchidarium, the Children's Park, and the Melvin Jones Grandstand.
One of the most common means for getting around in Baguio is by riding a regular taxi. There are a lot of taxis in Baguio. You can hail one practically anywhere; near bus terminals and around the popular Baguio attractions. You can find them along major roads too such as Session Road, Harrison Road, and Marcos Highway.
- The best months for good weather in Baguio are January, February, March, November and December.
- On average, it is hot all year round.
- The rainiest months are July and August.
The City of Baguio is located high up in the mountains in the province of Benguet, Luzon. Air at higher elevations is cooler because the pressure is low. That's why Baguio is really cold.
The quickest way to get from Baguio to Hundred Islands National Park is to bus which costs ₱240 - ₱500 and takes 4h. What is the distance between Baguio and Hundred Islands National Park? The distance between Baguio and Hundred Islands National Park is 64 km.
Ilocano is the predominant dialect in the city. The national language, Filipino, is of course spoken by almost everyone. English is widely spoken and understood.
baguio (plural baguios) (Philippines) A typhoon.
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).
Visiting Baguio is always something I look forward to. No matter how many times I've visited the place and despite the long road travel, I still look forward to going here. Aside from its very cool climate (at least most of the time), I see it as a refuge from everyday life in busy Manila.
Due to its altitude, many people flock there to escape the heat in the lowland areas. As such, it has become known as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines”. Baguio has also become a thriving centre of business, commerce, and education in northern Luzon.
The pine-scented atmosphere, cool weather and the perfect temperature to let your hair down, Baguio is the ideal getaway to escape the summer heat in the Philippines because of its proximity to Manila.
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Baguio City's artistic culture ranges from crafts and folk art expressions to woodcarving, silver craft, weaving and tattooing.
For the people who call Baguio their home, life here is steady and sweet. Baguio is a place to experience life's simple pleasures—from a cup of strawberry-flavored taho to watching the rain in the mid-afternoon. With the steady influx of tourists, Baguio seems to be at its busiest.
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.
Burnham, one of the earliest successful modern city planners, designed the mountain retreat following the tenets of the City Beautiful movement. In 1904, the rest of the city was planned out by Burnham. On 1 September 1909, Baguio was declared as a chartered city and nicknamed the "Summer Capital of the Philippines".
baguio (plural baguios) (Philippines) A typhoon.
Panagbenga Festival ( transl. Flower Festival) is a month-long annual flower occasion in Baguio. The term is of Kankanaey origin, meaning "season of blooming". The festival, held in February, was created as a tribute to the city's flowers and as a way to rise from the devastation of the 1990 Luzon earthquake.
Just like the rest of the Philippines, Baguio only has two seasons: wet and dry. The rainy months begin with May and last all the way until October. As shown in the graph, August is the rainiest time of the year. Meanwhile, the driest months are from December to March.
In Baguio, the wet season is overcast, the dry season is partly cloudy, and it is comfortable year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 56°F to 75°F and is rarely below 52°F or above 78°F.
Baguio, is elevated 2,260 meters above sea level. its cold atmosphere attracts many tourists and Filipinos who want to take a break from the usual hot weather.
The city of Puerto Princesa is known to be the 'cleanest and greenest city' throughout the archipelago ever since it was officially declared as one in the year of 1994. Aside from the unsurpassable beauty of its underground river, Puerto Princesa also has so much to offer.
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Leonila Hill is the safest area in Baguio with a low crime rate. It is also a popular choice for real estate investment because it is one of the naturally-preserved areas with a mountain view in Baguio City. Transportation here is not an issue because jeepneys are available 24 hours a day.