“Be enthralled and delighted with the most beautiful places in Baguio City."
When we think of weekend getaway and a quick escape from the busy life in Metro, Baguio is always one of our options. Known as the City of Pines and the Summer Capital of the Philippines.
You must enjoy its cold breeze weather and a lot of best tourist spots in Baguio. It has the best thrift shopping places with its ukay-ukay stores. Food trips are everywhere, in streets or in cafes and restaurants. A weekend-getaway haven, with a lot of tourist attraction and foodies to try.
GETTING TO BAGUIO
Ride a Bus Victory Liner bus from either Pasay or Cubao.
Bus leaves every 30 minutes. And the trip will take 5-6 hours depending on traffic.
I know most of us visited already Baguio but for the first timers here, maybe this short blog might be useful to your trip. I’ll be sharing with you our recommended Baguio tourist spots that you must visit! These are our personal experienced trip! If you’re ready, just keep on scrolling! 🙂
TOP 12 TOURIST SPOTS IN BAGUIO CITY
1. STOBOSA ART MURAL / VALLEY OF COLORS
This has been known as STOBOSA mural, curtailed from these three locals: Botiwtiw, stonehill and Sadjap. This mural house painting has been inspired from Favela Painting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, good idea to adapt this as it is great way to boost their Tourism. Rainbow colors, artsy houses, this colorful hillside community is located in La Trinidad, Benguet. This place is not part of Baguio, but if your way is going to Strawberry farm then you should have stop on this place for a quick photo shoot.
HOW TO GO TO VALLEY OF COLORS:
1. By Jeep – Take a jeep with the signage “La Trinidad” from the La Trinidad Terminal located in front of Baguio City Hall
Fare is PHP 9.00 – 10.00 per person.
2. By cab/taxi –from the city proper going to Valley of Colors for an added price. This is just along the high way so it is easy to find. NO entrance fees, donation is acceptable as well.
STOBOSA ART MURAL/VALLEY OF COLORS
Address: Baguio – La Trinidad – Bontoc Rd, Baguio, 2601 Benguet
Open 24 hours at NO entrance fee
2.TAM-AWAN VILLAGE | GARDEN IN THE SKY
A few miles from Baguio city proper, Tam-awan is a cultural village and art center built by the local artists of Baguio City. It’s main purpose is to showcase indigenous craft and arts and also to preserve and bring closer the culture of Cordillera to tourists. Tam-Awan Village is a perfect place for nature lovers. Immerse yourself in different kind of flora and fauna which is pervasive in the village. There you can find pond and a gazebo at the upper part of the village where you can stay and meditate.
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Features and Activities
Accommodation in authentic Ifugao huts
Venue for conferences, seminars & workshops
Dap-ay (stone-paved gathering place)
Art Gallery and Crafts Shop
Indigenous flora and fauna
Livelihood and crafts demonstration
HAVE SOME BREAK! TRY THEIR CAFE
Relax yourself in this cool mountainous city, it just located right beside the cultural show area. You may dine for snacks, lunch or early dinner, try the cordillera cuisines and while having some break, you may watch cultural show right beside the cafeteria. The cost of each meal is also quite reasonable ranging from PHP 50.00 – 400.00.
OVERNIGHT STAY IN THEIR NATIVE HUTS
Want to have more time in this place without staying far? Good thing to know that Tam-Awan Village also offers affordable overnight accommodation. Starting from PHP 500.00 per person, having an overnight stay inside one of the native huts provides an extraordinary and immersive Cordilleran experience. Breakfast together with the toiletries are not included but towels and beddings are provided.
HOW TO GO TO TAM-AWAN VILLAGE:
By Jeep – From Baguio City proper, go to Kayang Street, find a jeepney with a signage “Long-long” or “Tam-Awan”. Ask the driver to drop you off at Tam-Awan Village. Approximate fare is PHP 9.00.
By Taxi/Cab – From Baguio City proper, take a cab and inform the driver that you will alight in Tam-Awan Village. Fare is around PHP 80-100, depending on your pickup location and traffic. Always ask to use the meter or know the price deal before you ride in cab/taxi.
Additional Information about Tam-Awan Village (Price may vary)
Update: As of December 27, 2018, the Entrance Fee in Tam-Awan Village has increased by 10 pesos.
Kids under 10 yrs old: P30.00
Kids under 3 yrs old: Free
Beddings and Towels are provided, but toiletries are care of by the lodger
1 Person: PHP 500.00/day
2 Persons: PHP 1000.00/day
Extra Person: PHP 300.00/person
Group (10 persons or more): PHP 350.00/person
Venues Picnic Fee (9am to 6pm): PHP 200/ group of 10 (entrance fee excluded)
Bonfire fee (6pm to 11pm): PHP 120 (entrance fee excluded)
Use of Hut without beddings: PHP 500/hut per day (entrance fee excluded)
Function Fee: PHP 8,000 per day (max of 40 persons)
TAM-AWAN VILLAGE/GARDEN IN THE SKY
Address: 366-C Pinsao Proper 2600 Baguio City Philippines
Telephone: (074) 446-2949
Globe: 0917-510-8196 Smart: 0921-588-3131 Fax: (074) 442-5553
Open from Mondays to Sundays every 9:00 to 18:00 only
3. CAMP JOHN HAY
Camp John Hay, in History was once a military base for the United States Armed Forces. And now, it is one of the popular tourist attraction in Baguio. Camp John Hay is the one of a place to rediscover its history and know more about this military. It has the perfect picnic grounds for group of families and friends to just hang out together.
HOW TO GO TO CAMP JOHN HAY:
Go to Perfecto Street near Burnham Park(ask locals if you dont the place). Look for the jeepney going to “Scout Barrio”
Ask the driver that you will alight in Camp John Hay
Approximate fare is PHP 9.00 – 10.00 per person
4. WRIGHT PARK
Anyone here who loves horse back-riding? It seems like its fun but I never been try it. As per other blog posts , “This is Baguio’s paradise for people who want to try horseback riding”. I tell you that a lot of horses will surround you. Since I am afraid of horses, we ‘ve just took photos and roamed around.
5. THE MANSION
Right in front of the Wright Park, just cross the street and you’ll see THE MANSION. It was inspired by the Buckingham Palace, the Mansion was erected as the residence of the president of the Philippines during trips or events in Baguio. For security, tourists can only access the driveway near the gate and not any further. No other activity aside from taking of photos but ’twas nice to see personally this massive gate!
WRIGHT PARK AND THE MANSION
Address: beside Rizal Elementary School Gibraltar Road Baguio Benguet PH, Gibraltar Rd, Baguio, Benguet
OPEN 24hrs at NO ENTRANCE FEE
6. BOTANICAL GARDEN
This is one of the popular place in Baguio, this widely known as the Igorot Village. This place are with these themed gardens. Of course native huts are display to show Igorot’s home. May experience as well to use the Igorot’s dress at a cost. The place is perfect for people who want to have a serene break amidst the busy and rowdy city.
HOW TO GO TO BOTANICAL GARDEN
– You can take Jeep with route going to Pacdal with terminal along Lakandula Street beside Metrobank Magsaysay Avenue branch or
– At Mines View with terminal at Lower Mabini Street fronting Danes Bakeshop and inform the driver to drop you off at Botanical Garden.
Fare would be Php8.50 – 10.00 per person
Address: 37 Leonard Wood Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
OPEN from 06:00AM and 06:00PM
7. MINES VIEW PARK
Looking for scenic view of Baguio, then head to this famous tourist spot. Mines View Park has a lot to offer. May try to wear Igorot’s costume, ride a horse for photo opt, dine with a great panoramic view and make a wish in their wishing well, also you can buy souvenirs in their local shops. This park is a great addition to your Baguio City tour, perfect for kids, families and friends. Please note that on weekends expect more tourists compare on weekdays.
HOW TO GO TO MINES VIEW PARK:
You can take a cab/taxi from the city proper going to the Mines View Park. You can also take a jeepney ride from the terminal in Lower Mabini Street going to the park. Jeepney fare is around PHP 10.00 per person.
MINES VIEW PARK
Address: Mines View Observation Deck, Mines View, Baguio, Benguet
OPEN from 05:00AM to 08:00PM
8. GOOD SHEPHERD CONVENT
Of course, you cannot leave Baguio without some their delicacies. Just like Mines View park it offers great scenic veiw of Baguio. Then this is the place for your pasalubongs! Only a few meters away from Mines View Park, you’ll find the best delicacies like ube and strwberry jam in Good Shepherd Convent. Food items offered here ranges from freshly made fruit jams, peanut butter, locally made biscuits, to fresh juices. We assure that you’ll end up eating it with a spoon all by yourself.
It’s good to know that every time you buy their products, you are helping someone to go to school. The more you buy the products the more the help that you’ve share.
Note the operating hours they will close early.
Mondays to Sundays from 08:00 to 17:00 only
How to go to Good Shepherd Convent:
From the entrance of Mines View Park, walk along Gibraltar Road, and you’ll pass Modesta Street. Turn right on the road after Modesta Street and it will lead you to the Good Shepherd Convent.
GOOD SHEPHERD BAGUIO
Address: Gibraltar Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
PHONE: (074) 424-2496
OPEN from 08:00AM to 05:00PM only
9. BAGUIO NIGHT MARKET
If you are that person that not choosy in terms of clothings, in short, you’re okay to use clothes from ukay ukay or want to save more, then let’s go the Night Market! This is another addition to your Baguio City tour located at Harrison Road. Pasalubongs are available also here. As the clock strikes at nine in the evening, Harrison Road becomes alive and festive; filled with thrift shops and food stalls and alot of more. We went there around 20:00 just to be sure that we are ready to enter before 21:00. Also, make sure to have some extra care with your belongings especially with your purse, wallets and phones.
HOW TO GO TO BAGUIO NIGHT MARKET:
You can take a cab/taxi or walk going to the Harrison Road at the side of Burnham Park. Baguio Night Market opens everyday from 9:00 PM to 4:00 AM.
10. BURNHAM PARK
It is one of the most popular spot and also known for its giant swan boats. Burnham Park is an awesome place to spend a leisurely day with your family and friends. It is also just around the city so you can take the advantage to go around the city. This is easily accessible as it is located just across the Baguio City Public Market.
Address: Jose Abad Santos Dr, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
OPEN 24 HOURS
11. STRAWBERRY FARM AT LA TRINIDAD
If you think of Baguio, first thing that across to our mind is strawberry, right? So if you are planning to go to Baguio then don’t forget to write this on your list. Strawberry farm at La Trinidad- located 5 kms from Baguio City. Its main attraction is the strawberries where you can pick and harvest at a reasonable price.
HOW TO GO TO STRAWBERRY FARM:
You can take jeepneys going to La Trinidad with their terminal at Rizal Park across Baguio City Hall or at the back of Baguio Center Mall. Ask the driver to drop you off at Strawberry farm.
Fare is Php10.00 – 12.00 per person
Address: La Trinidad, Benguet
Phone: 0955 396 5499
OPEN from 07:00AM to 07:00PM
12. BENCAB MUSEUM
Art moves people. Museum nowadays is now getting known and popular. Before, I just looked which are the best arts, but getting into it, digging more information and knowing it further, It’s just an amazing feeling how arts moved you, if you what I’m saying. 🙂 In my previous post, PINTO ART MUSEUM, “There’s something so soothing about the place and ambiance and it bring me some calmness even just for a while.” It brings such different meaning in life. If you are visiting Baguio city, do not missed to visit one of the popular museum now in the country. The BenCab Museum is named after the main artist, painter, and print-maker Benedicto Reyes Cabrera. He is acclaimed as a master of contemporary Philippine art. Because of his awesome arts, his works has been presented and exhibited across the country.
BenCab museum is divided into 9 galleries: the BenCab Gallery, Maestro Gallery, Patio Salvador, Cordillera Gallery, Erotica Gallery, Larawan Hall, Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries, Print Gallery, and Sepia Gallery. Beautiful sculptures and masterpieces showed and well-admired. Everywhere I looked there seemed to be pavements and doorways lingering to reveal more hidden treasures.
There’s a stunning showcase of primordial tribal arts, statues and figures. Felt so proud of being Filipino especially when someone has been recognized and known of their good deeds, talents and skills like what Mr. Cabrera did and many more artists.
HOW TO GO TO BENCAB MUSEUM:
You can take Asin Road bound jeepneys with their terminal at Kayang Street
at the Baguio City Public Market. Ask the driver that you will alight at BENCAB Museum.
Fare is Php15.00 17.00 per person.
ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM
General admission – Php150.00
Students with valid Philippine school issued ID – Php120.00
Seniors/ PWD with valid Philippine government issued ID – Php100.00
Special rates for student & organized groups with minimum of 30 guests
EcoTrail tour – same as above
Address: Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet, Philippines
OPEN on Tuesdays to Sundays 9:00am to 6:00pm (last entry at 5:30pm)
CLOSED on Mondays, Christmas day and New Year’s day
Phone/Fax: (+63 74) 442 7165
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