Gateway to Endless Adventures
An adventure comes in many names and forms, and whatever you imagine how it will be can be found in the City of Baguio. You may have heard about that the city is located at the top of the mountains and for sure you wonder what you can find there. Are you not trapped on top of the cold peaks? Is there a good deal of things you can do within its vicinity and beyond?
The answer is a big YES.
Yes, to having many delicious eats.
Yes, to meet wonderful people.
Yes, to learning a rich culture.
Yes, to collecting unforgettable memories.
And yes, to getting endless adventures.
You have to come here to know by your eyes that the city has many hidden surprises. You can have all the big-time fun and everything you never expected to experience. You can go on a unique journey that is worth sharing with your family and friends.
Moreover, there is one thing you should know before anything else. Its weather is cold unlike other cities in the Philippines. You read it right, cold, all year round. Some alumni of BESA say the weather is the same with Korea on the autumn season. For those who want to experience drinking brewed coffee in the chilly morning or walking in the shop street at night, Baguio is your place. Because of the cold weather, you don’t have to lock yourself in the room on the afternoon with full-blast air condition. No one needs air condition in Baguio city, and any time of the day is a perfect time to enjoy the outdoors!
Take that perfect selfie
The end of October was a crowning moment for Baguio as it was tagged by UNESCO as one of the 64 Creative Cities chosen worldwide. Out of 44 countries, Baguio is the only city hailed from the Philippines as it preserves its culture through Crafts and Folk arts.
Baguio City is truly world class, and almost every corner of it is worth visiting. If you just love to reunite with nature and enjoy the peace it brings, you can stop by these tourist spots that everyone else is looking forward to going.
Botanical Garden is like a mini-version of Vegas, where several landmarks inspired from foreign countries are put in one place. It only takes you hours to travel half of the world!
Camp John Hay is one of the most iconic places in the city. It is sometimes called as the little Baguio within Baguio for it preserves a wide land full of pine trees. Jogging around the place feels like you are in a western country, and more tourist spots and food hubs are just around the corner for you to go when hunger strikes.
BenCab Museum is located in the foggy mountain of Asin. It features contemporary and Cordilleran art by the national artist Ben Cabrera. The four-level museum has a beautiful café at the lowest floor named after Sabel, who is the subject of almost every artwork. How romantic, isn’t it?
Mount Costa is the newest nature attraction opened in La Trinidad, Benguet. This features 100 species of flowers that are arranged into a whimsical garden that is truly Instagram-worthy. Bring out the Alice in you and delve into this Wonderland where nature and art meet to create magic.
Feed your tummy
The city is the center of produce from Benguet and the neighboring provinces, so there are a wide variety of greens to choose from if you love to cook. But if you are that person who just loves to eat like we all are, it is a crime if we forget to suggest where you could fill up your stomach.
The variety of cuisines from restaurants can be overwhelming for the first time tourist. From local and traditional Filipino food to international specialties, you’d probably take a hard time choosing which restaurant to enter.
Korean, Japanese and Chinese restaurants have sprouted like mushrooms while Vietnamese, Mediterranean and Middle East dishes are becoming more accessible. If you wish to go for the more sophisticated and fancier meal, Greek and Italian restaurants have also started spreading in the city of pines.
There is a taste of home in every corner you turn. Whether it’s a restaurant or a café you are looking for, you can find more even just by walking around. Baguio is a literal food hub, so check out the other delicious dishes and desserts waiting on the table.
Explore the Mountains
If you are the type of person who easily gets bored sitting on a table drinking a hot cup of coffee, just remember that Baguio city is made of mountains connected to other mountains! That means adventure is just nearby. So pack up your things and hike away today.
Mt Ulap is a daytime hike with 6-7 hours of trail to take. It has 3 peaks to reach, all of which showcase beautiful views filled with grassland, tall pine trees, and rock formation. Take note of the Gungal Rock which can make you badass in the camera because of its steepness. Mt Ulap will remind you of the fog-kissed landscapes of Scotland that it became a favorite next to…
Mt Pulag has the highest peak in Luzon and is the third highest mountain in the Philippines. The locals of Benguet call it the ‘playground of the gods’ because of its jaw-dropping sceneries and rich biodiversity. Mountaineer or not, everyone wants to climb this mountain to witness the ‘Sea of Clouds’ which Mt Pulag is known for.
Sagada Caves may be the adventure you are looking for. Go inside the caves will definitely test your strength and heart, wherein the reward is an experience you won’t forget. Just in case it is too extreme for you to do, you can go and see the Blue Soil Hills and Hanging Coffins still in Sagada that are equally mesmerizing.
Banaue Rice Terraces is made up of 2000-year old mountains carved by hands – that means the tribesmen didn’t use any technology. Its marvelous sight and historical significance caused it to be called ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World.’
Get Out of the Mountains
Now, if you are tired of the mountains, that’s not a problem. Just because Baguio is in the mountains doesn’t mean that you can’t go elsewhere. It is worth noting that Baguio is a door that leads to other provinces and rest of the places nationwide. Remember that the Philippines is comprised of more than 7600 islands, you have many options where to go. Adventure is literally endless!
Here are a few:
La Union is the closest province to Baguio. With a short time of travel, you can go to the beach of San Juan where nice waves hit the shore, a perfect place for swimmer, sun-worshippers, and those who are beginners in surfing. You can also enjoy a dip at the quiet pebble beaches or at Tangadan Falls.
Ilocos is located at the fringe of Luzon Island, so it is not surprising that it’s full of beautiful beaches! Some of the options are Saud Beach or Blue Lagoon in Ilocos Norte and Cabugao Beach or Santiago Cove in Ilocos Sur. The region also has many heritage sites such as the churches built in Spanish era and Vigan City now known as one of the new wonders of the world.
Nueva Ecija is an underrated province in terms of tourism since it is known as the Rice Granary of the Philippines. One of its hidden gems is the Minalungao National Park that boasts a protected river as clear as crystal! Another is Pantabangan Lake that fits your Instagram goals.
Pangasinan also has a lot of beaches and natural water parks for you to plunge in. The most popular are the Hundred Islands and the white sand beach of Patar. Other beaches that are less crowded yet hold the same captivating view are Tambobong Beach, Agabatanen Beach, and Cabongaoan Beach.
Zambales may give you 5 hours of travel but surely you will be rewarded by its beautiful coves that everyone fell for. It boasts 7 beautiful beaches that you can choose from: Pundaquit Beach, Anawangin Cove, Nagsasa Cove, Camara Island, Capones Island, Talisayin Cove, and Silanguin Cove.
These are enough entries of tourist spots for starters, so you better fill in your calendar with these travel destinations. However, we have to remind you again that there are still a lot of places not included and paradises undiscovered. This list can go on but you won’t be able to see all of them if you don’t choose Baguio as your temporary home. It all starts in Baguio City.