People love Baguio City. It’s a great place for a short weekend trip away from the busy life in the metro. Thanks to the developments in the country’s expressways, this city on a mountain can now be reached in just 4 hours. We’ve been visiting Baguio City in almost every quarter just to spend good time with friends, and detoxify ourselves from the stressful environment of our workplace. With this, we’ll be sharing our recommended Baguio tourist spots that you must visit!
If you’ve never visited Baguio City before, and don’t know where to go, then this post will help you a lot in planning your trip in the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Basically, tourist attractions around the city can be reached easily by riding a cab. If you’re on a budget, and you’re planning to take the jeep instead, then we’ll also provide details on how to go to these places through jeepney rides. Here are the best places to visit in Baguio:
Mines View Park
Located at the northeastern outskirts of Baguio City, this park offers an overlooking view of the mining town of Itogon and Amburayan Valley. It’s iconic viewing deck, posted in almost every promotional tourism posters, made Mines View Park a famous attraction for travelers. You can spend time by seeing the beautiful mountain ridges and savoring the cool wind.
Mines View Park also has a handful of activities to offer. You can buy souvenirs in their local shops, wear native Igorot costumes, or make a wish in their wishing well. This park is a great addition to your Baguio City tour, perfect for kids, families and friends.
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.
Good Shepherd Convent
Only a few meters away from Mines View Park, you’ll find the best delicacies in Baguio City in Good Shepherd Convent. Food items offered here ranges from freshly made fruit jams, peanut butter, locally made biscuits, to fresh juices. Your friends and relatives in the metro will surely love the products of Good Shepherd Convent.
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.
Valley of Colors
This colorful hillside community is located in La Trinidad, Benguet. Although it’s not part of the city, it is a great addition to the list of Baguio tourist spots. Just a jeepney ride from the city proper, you can visit this vibrant village and awash your eyes in different colors.
The Valley of Colors is also known as the Stobosa Mural, abridged from three localities: Stonehill, Botiwtiw, and Sadjap. This work-of-art is inspired from Favela Painting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and spearheaded by the local government; with a main purpose of boosting tourism in the area. Include this to your itinerary as a side trip before heading to the La Trinidad Strawberry Farm.
How to go to Valley of Colors: Take a jeep with the signage “La Trinidad” from the La Trinidad Terminal located in front of Baguio City Hall going to Valley of Colors. Fare is PHP 9.00. You can also take a cab/taxi from the city proper going to Valley of Colors for an added price.
La Trinidad Strawberry Farm
These hectares of colorful fields are home to the best strawberries in the Philippines. Being coined as the Strawberry Capital of the Philippines, La Trinidad produces the largest amount of strawberries in the country. After having a side-trip in Valley of Colors, you can ride straight to the La Trinidad Strawberry Farm.
There is no entrance fee in this place, so you can have a visual treat with your friends and family. You can also experience strawberry picking for only PHP 450 per kilogram, and the farmers will also teach and assist you in harvesting your own produce. The best part in visiting La Trinidad Strawberry Farm is tasting their luscious strawberries! Never miss that part! You can also try other varieties like their famous strawberry ice cream or strawberry taho.
How to go to La Trinidad Strawberry Farm: Same route/method in the Valley of Colors, just inform the jeepney driver that you will alight in La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. Jeepney fare is also same at PHP 9.00.
Tam-awan is a cultural village and art center built by the local artists of Baguio City. It’s main purpose is to preserve and bring closer the culture of Cordillera to tourists. Major attractions in Tam-Awan Village are their art galleries, authentic nipa huts, cafe, cultural shows, and workshops. You can even lodge in their nipa huts for a full Igorot experience at an affordable rate of PHP 500 /day. Include this beautiful Baguio tourist spot and have an immersive Cordilleran experience.
How to go to Tam-Awan Village: From Baguio City proper, go to Kayang street and you’ll find a jeepney station. Take the jeep with a signage “Long-long” or “Tam-Awan”, and inform the driver that you will alight in Tam-Awan Village. Fare is PHP 9.00.
BenCab Museum houses different forms of contemporary art. The museum also has the will to preserve the environment and the cultural heritage of the Cordilleras. Located in Tuba, Benguet, this art gallery is seated on a promontory of rainforests and mountains.
Aside from its artworks and sculptures, you’ll enjoy its peaceful ambiance and the cool mountain breeze ventilating inside the building. You can also spend time with friends and family in their own cafe or have a walk in their garden located outside the museum. If you planned to visit Baguio City, include BenCab Museum on your itinerary and indulge with good food, nature and beautiful artworks.
How to go to BenCab Museum: From Baguio City proceed to Kayang Street Jeepney Terminal Station. Have a jeepney ride with a signage “Asin Road” going to BenCab Museum. Fare is PHP 11.00.
Camp John Hay
Camp John Hay was once a military base for the United States Armed Forces. Today, it is one of the popular tourist spots in Baguio with different attractions to see. Baguio City also played a big role in US history, and the Camp John Hay is the perfect place to rediscover its backstory.
The whole base is populated with pine trees, and you’ll surely have a relaxing visit in this place. Popular destinations are the Bell House – a resting place for US commanders during the early 1900s, Bell amphitheater, History Trail, Secret Garden, and Cemetery of Negativism.
If you’re a thrill-seeker, then try the Tree Top Adventure. They offer exciting activities like zip line, free fall, trekking, and rides. After spending time around the camp, calm your mind in Starbucks Camp John Hay and enjoy a cup of hot coffee while savoring the cool mountain breeze and peaceful grove of pine trees.
How to go to Camp John Hay: Go to Perfecto Street near Burnham Park and you’ll find a jeepney terminal. Look for the jeep going to “Scout Barrio” and inform the driver that you will alight in Camp John Hay. Fare is PHP 9.00.
Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral, or also known as Baguio Cathedral, is a historic structure located near the busy Session Road. The two-spired cathedral is well known for its structure covered with pink painting. The Baguio Cathedral also became an evacuation site for the locals of Benguet during the World War II; a historic landmark in which you should never miss to visit.
How to go to Baguio Cathedral: From Session Road, go to Fr. Carlu Street, and on your left is the Baguio Cathedral.
The Burnham Park Reservation is a historic landmark located in downtown Baguio City. It is named after Daniel Burnham, an American urban planner and architect who designed the whole city of Baguio. This is a great hangout place for all ages, and there’s a number of attractions that you can choose. You can sail a boat in the artificial lake of the park, try delicious street foods, buy delicacies, or just stroll around the park. At night, the city becomes alive because of their night market.
Baguio Night Market
Another addition to your Baguio City tour is the Night Market in Harrison Road. As the clock strikes at nine in the evening, a portion of the Harrison Road becomes alive and festive; filled with thrift shops and stores. There are myriad of items to buy in Baguio Night Market, and it never fails to attract customers and travelers.
Products offered here ranges from bags, footwear, clothing, and digital accessories. There are also souvenir items that you can buy in this place, and kitchenware too. You’ll surely have great finds in this place, and have that wonderful pasalubong for your love ones.
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.
There are a lot of places to visit in Baguio City. Visiting these Baguio tourist spots will surely give your friends and family an enjoyable trip. Include these attractions to your itinerary on your next Baguio tour and have a memorable stay in this city on a mount. If you find this post entertaining and informative, feel free to share this with your friends.