Ever been to Baguio City, in the Northern part of the Philippines? It’s one of the best places to visit this hot summer. Aside from the cool foggy mountain weather that you will feel there’s a lot more to Baguio than the cold weather.
Foggy Morning in Baguio City
Also Read: Baguio City Travel Guide
Let’s take a virtual tour on our ride going to Baguio.
Getting there through the Kennon Road (formerly, the Benguet Road) or Marcos Highway, you will see the nice scenery bordered by scary cliffs. Looking out the window you will feel a bit uneasy because of the mountain depth, and then your eyes will wonder on the great structures on the side of the mountain. You will be amazed how people were able to build houses clinging to cliffs.
Also Read: How to Get to Baguio from Metro Manila
You know you’re in Baguio once you see the pine trees and the souvenir shops along the road.
Check the Mountain View
One place I suggest you check right away is the Mine’s Views Park. It gives you a bird’s eye view of Baguio City’s gold and copper mines. It is best to go there on a sunny day as the fog usually blocks the view in that place. It’s a nice place to take a selfie but just be careful not to slip and you’re in grave danger.
Mines View Park in Baguio City by Roslyn via Flickr
You can also take a picture with the huge but friendly St. Bernard “Douglas” or take a seat on top of a mule.
Just around Mine’s View, you will see a lot of shops selling wooden artifacts and antiques. There are lots of things to choose from for your souvenirs and you get to even try out some of the items.
Souvenir Shops in Mines View Park by Reuel Mark Delez via Flickr
If you are looking to buy something for your sweet tooth, you can visit the Good Shepherd store. You can buy goodies like purple yam jams, cashew and peanut brittle snacks and strawberries.
Take a Stroll in the Heart of Baguio City
Walk leisurely in Burnham Park, 32.84 hectares of park area right in the center of Baguio. You’ll see the buzz of activity everywhere as this place is one of the most visited spots in the city. You can take a boat and paddle in the man-made lake in the center and enjoy the surrounding beauty of the trees around you.
Burnham Park in Baguio City photo by Kenneth Gaerlan via Flickr
Check out the Beautiful Camp John Hay
This is certainly the most famous tourist place in Baguio. It is a resort that features a golf course, hotels, convention, and shopping center.
Camp John Hay Commissary by Dahon via Flickr
Far from the usual crowd that you see from Burnham Park, you can feel at peace in Camp John Hay. You would love the quiet relaxing walks in the Igorot Garden.
A cup of hot chocolate from Choco-Late’ de Batirol in Camp John Hay
Try out the famous local chocolate drink house where chocolate is served from fresh cacao that is grown nearby.
Want to buy affordable imported goods? Visit the shopping center for great PX goods you can choose.
Shop till you drop at the Baguio City Market
The public market is just as popular as the other tourists’ spots. Here you can buy unique products of the Cordillera and buy them very cheaply. If you no longer have enough time to visit the strawberry and vegetable farm in La Trinidad Benguet, dont worry, you can buy them in the public market.
Baguio City Public Market
One interesting find in Baguio Public Market is the Kape Umali Store where you can find freshly roasted coffee beans from various parts of the Philippines.
Tourists and locals frequent this market because of the great variety of things you can buy from here.
There are lots more to do
That’s Baguio for me in a summary for a one-day adventure. There are plenty more to discover, so visit Baguio City now and create your own adventure.