Popular Activities and Amazing Places to Visit in Baguio City, Philippines
Looking for fun things to do in Baguio City? Baguio is known as the Philippines’ summer capital, and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Luzon. Pine scented cool breeze is the peculiarity of this city. Apart from the cold weather and fresh food, you can also enjoy Boating, shopping, and horseback riding in this city.
Here are the top 10 things to include in your itinerary to make sure you’ll get the most out of your stay in Baguio City:
Sketching sessions with artists in Tam-Awan Village
Even though there are malls where you can have sketching sessions with artists in Manila, it is different from having it with a cool pine breeze blowing around you and the soft sound of nature in Tam-Awan Village. The artists staying in Tam-Awan Village will give a finished sketch within an hour while having a green salad in their in-house restaurant or touring around the village’s traditional houses.
Tam-Awan is famous for the arts. The tiny entrance of this beautiful village itself will hint at the culture and arts of the village. Kalinga and Ifugao huts are the specialties of this village. These huts are opened for lodging, souvenir shops, and coffee shops.
Buy Fresh vegetables, fruits, and Pasalubong.
During the dry and cool months in Baguio City, people can buy strawberries in the public market or Burnham Park. You may also want to visit La Trinidad Benguet and pick the berries themselves. All the fruits and vegetables in this city are cheap and freshly picked every day. Strawberry jams are also available at a reasonable price.
Strawberry Taho (soft/silken tofu)
Strawberry taho is a special drink in Baguio city. It is available at a low price of 10 – 15 pesos per cup. Taho is a local delicacy prepared from soy and sweetened using liquid sugar. Tapioca balls are also served together with this drink. This unique mix is topped with strawberry syrup and whole strawberries.
Visit Camp John Hay
Camp John Hay used to be a US camp that has been converted into a recreation center and park. It has a golf course, hotels, long pine tree-lined roads, and shopping centers. A mini mountain hike can also be done here. You can also visit Duty-Free Shops and various specialty restaurants within the camp while enjoying the cold weather in Camp John Hay.
Horseback riding in Baguio
There are several horseback riding spots in Baguio City, but the most popular one is in Wright Park. Some horseback riding trails are also available near Baguio Country Club, Camp John Hay, and Mines View Park.
Buy Mountain Coffee
The coffee made from Kopi Luwak, the world’s most expensive coffee bean, is available in this city. Some stalls sell different types of Philippine-produced coffee inside the public market, like Benguet Blend, Kalinga Brew, Monks Blend, and Kapeng Barako.
Visit Burnham Park
There are many beautiful places in this city from which the marvelous beauty of nature can be captured. There are fruits, flowers, trees, and birds abundantly in the city.
Many beautiful gifts, including wooden carvings, silver jewelry, woven cloths, and other handicrafts produced in the Mountain Province and Benguet. To save money, buy your souvenir items inside the public market.
Pink Sisters Convent
At this convent, all wishes are said to come true. As a wish is written and given, the convent’s nuns will pray for it to come true. Donations can be given, but this is not required. If visitors are interested, they can do so. The convent is also famous among tourists because of its products like Ube Jam, Cookies, and other baked goodies.
Ukay-Ukay Shopping at the Night Market
One of the favorite activities of Baguio tourists is Ukay-Ukay shopping. Ukay Ukay shops sell secondhand goods (such as clothing, shoes, bags, furniture, etc.) at dirt-cheap prices. Products are usually shipped from the US, Hong Kong, and Europe to the Philippines. The streets fronting Burnham Park become an Ukay-Ukay haven every night from 9pm till 2am. A good selection of secondhand goods is available in Session Road, but they are expensive.
Visit the Baguio Cathedral
Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral, better known as Baguio Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral located at Cathedral Loop, adjacent to Session Road in Baguio City.
Visit Baguio Lourdes Grotto
The Baguio Lourdes Grotto is another Catholic shrine and place of meditation in Baguio City. It is located on a high hill in the western part of the city, where the Lady of Lourdes’ image will be found. The grotto is a favorite pilgrimage site destination during Holy Week, especially during Holy Thursday and Good Friday. You can reach the Lady of Lourdes’ image by hiking up 252 steps or by driving a light vehicle through a winding, narrow and steep asphalt-paved road.
Visit the Bell Church of Baguio City
The Bell Church of Baguio City is a magnificent Taoist Church that sits between Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet. Part of why the Bell Church might be missed is that it has typically not been offered as a part of the local tours offered by travel agencies because it sits just a bit outside of the usual routes of things to see when you are visiting Baguio City. It is a site you don’t want to miss, but you have to go a little out of your way to see it.
Eat, Eat and Eat
Baguio is also known as a Food Haven. Many new restaurants are now getting more positive reviews from tourists like the Ketchup Republic, Chef’s Home, and Oh my Gulay. Other popular restaurants include Cafe by the Ruins, Viscos Pizza, Tamawan Village Restaurant, and Star Cafe.
Stopover at StoBoSa Hillside Homes Artwork
The Colors of StoBoSa, officially designated as the StoBoSa Hillside Homes Artwork, is a community artwork designed by the Tam-Awan Village group and a locally recognized tourist attraction town of La Trinidad, Benguet. The paintwork of multiple houses composes a single artwork.
Appreciate Art at BenCab Museum
See various galleries and artworks in multiple mediums at BenCab Museum. The Museum houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab). Located in Asin Road, just a 15-minute drive from the city center, the gallery also has an alfresco coffee shop with a beautiful view of the adjacent garden, farm, hill and mini-forest, and the surrounding mountains.
Address: Km. 6 Asin Rd, Tuba, 2603 Benguet
Phone: (074) 442 7165
Entrance Fee: P150 ($3)
Strawberry Picking in La Trinidad
Strawberry Picking is one of the most popular activities in La Trinidad, Benguet – a town located right next to the City of Pines. Due to its popularity, La Trinidad’s town created a festival aptly called the “Strawberry Festival.” The best time to do strawberry picking is from November to May when there’s less precipitation in the highlands.
Visit the Japanese Tunnel
Located at the Baguio Botanical Garden along Leonard Wood Road, the 150-meter Japanese tunnel walkway was opened in February 2014.
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Visit the Igorot Stone Kingdom
The park showcases an ancient way of creating stone walls similar to the stone walls of Batad rice terraces in Banaue Ifugao. The Igorot Stone Kingdom was built in a 6,000-square meter area located close to Tam-Awan Village.
Address: #86 Longlong Road Pinsao Proper, Baguio City
Opens from 6am to 6pm Daily.
Entrance Fee: P100 (Adults) P80 (kids 4-12 and Senior Citizens) Free for Toddlers (3 years old and below)
Baguio City Travel and Tour Packages
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