Baguio City in the Philippines is not only known for being the country’s summer capital, its cold weather, and strawberries. But for true blooded wanderers and locals, Baguio is loved for its romantic charm,mysterious enthralls and warm embrace. Because if you went there, you just wanna live there, that kind of charm.
Anyway, if you’ll visit Baguio for the first time i know you will go to Mines View Park, PMA, Burham Park, Strawberry farm and other spot your local tourist guide will suggest. But if you wanna amp your tour let’s explore in a mix of adventure, nature and culture.
I’ll share with you my humble itinerary in Baguio when I went there last April 7-9, 2018. I’ve been to this city, twice, the first time i live there for almost a month where i spend my first Baguio Christmas. The second time is during Panagbenga Festival. So this will be third time and i definitely want to make the most of it.
Its roughly a 6-7 hours bus ride which costs Php 450.00/pax but if you want travel comfortably and faster (5hrs) you can opt for the executive bus costing Php 750.00. Modern buses with comfort rooms, more leg room and even usb outlets for charging. You can book in advance online at this site https://www.victoryliner.com/.
It’s always nice to stay at the center of the city, so you can easily roam around even at nighttime. Taxis and jeepneys are everywhere especially if you’re not visiting on peak seasons. Taxis offer lower rates than in Manila and they are all polite and honest (susuklian ka kahit piso nalang).
We arrived lunchtime so we head straight to Chocolate de batirol inside Camp John hay, it has nifty interiors. We tried bangus rice(Php160.00) and pork adobo(Php220.00) that tastes good. We opt to its famous tsokolate, we enjoyed the traditional flavor (Php 80.00) but so disappointed with the almond flavor(Php90.00) it tastes like medicine and menthol combined, so eww. I remember almond being sweet and nutty and there’s nothing sweet in their almond version. We had suman sa lihia (Php 64.00) for dessert and it’s my fave in there, you should try it too.
After a satisfying lunch, we went to the Bell Amphitheater, house and the gardens around it. It is a historic site giving insights on the beginnings of Baguio City. With all the pine trees and cabin feels, it is so picturesque and a bit American (as the first dwellers/discoverers of Baguio are American Soldiers).
pine trees at the secret garden
to the secret garden
Then, to pump up our adrenalin we headed to its neighbor-Tree Top Adventure. We tried the silver surfer, pretty cool and scary at the same time. It goes fast, then slow, your standing so if you fear heights your knees may wobble and that’s a problem. The other ride we tried is the canopy ride, which I enjoyed. Its super chill, since it’s like riding an open cable car and enjoying the view of pine trees. The 2 rides cost Php 450.00/pax.
tree top adventure
canopy ride along the pine tress
Because I haven’t visited the Mansion and wright park, we went there. There are too many people, and we just took mandatory picture, the wright park was poorly managed as there’s a lot of trash and the water fountain is dirty. We ended our first day by trying out the famous strawberry taho and ice cream.
strawberry taho at wright park
The mansion-presidential residence in baguio city
strawberry ice cream