Sitting on the main island of Luzon in the Philippines, a few hours north of the capital Manilla, is the stunning Baguio city.
Baguio city is hailed as the summer capital of the Philippines and this is because, unlike other hot Philippines destinations, it’s up in the mountains and thus has much cooler temperatures.
Visiting Baguio city is kind of a must while traveling around the Philippines, especially if you want a break from the heat, but there is a lot more to it than that.
Baguio city also referred to as the “City of Pines,” is home to lakes, rivers, and stunning natural surroundings. Here are all the awesome Baguio tourist spots to check out while you’re there.
One of the Baguio tourist spots you simply have to visit, and what is probably the city’s most famous tourist attraction, is Mines View Park.
In the early 1900s, Baguio city was a mining town, and to get a sense of the history and an amazing view at the same time, you should head to Mines View Park.
You’ll find Mines View Park on the northeastern edge of Baguio and the main attraction is the viewing deck where you can see the old copper and gold mines as well as a lovely view of the Cordillera Mountains.
At this Baguio tourist spot, you will find local and international tourists and you’ll have the chance to try on traditional garments like bahag (loincloth), vests, and headdresses and pose for a picture with them.
Tree Top Adventure
One very fun activity that you will find at Camp John Hay, one of the famous tourist spots in Baguio is a Tree Top Adventure. This wonderful spot in Baguio City offers everything from souvenir shopping to jungle trails, suspension bridges, and other fun adventures too.
But, the best thing to do at Camp John Hay is to go on an awesome Tree Top Adventure above the pine trees. You will be harnessed into a motorized zip line and taken around the area above the canopy of the towering pine trees.
There is no better way of seeing the natural surroundings of Baguio than on a canopy ride. You’ll have stunning views reaching across the mountains, be able to spot birds roosting in the trees, and just generally enjoy the adventure.
While the Philippines is a tropical country, a visit to Burnham Park, one of the top tourist spots in Baguio city, might make you think you’ve stepped into Europe.
Burnham Park is known as the best park in Baguio City and it is full of flowers and lush forest that is perfect for finding some peace and quiet in the city.
Burnham Park is home to a few different little pockets each with its own vibe. You’ll find a Rose Garden, Picnic Grove, Children’s Playground, and lots more. If there is one thing you have to do in Burnham Park it’s to see the stunning lake known as Burnham Lagoon.
You can rent a few different styles of boats and row your way around Burnham Lagoon and you should time it with the sunset for an amazing picturesque experience.
You’ll find Burnham Park in the middle of Baguio city center so it’s incredibly easy to access and a short walk away from numerous hotels.
If you’re at a loose end in the evenings and looking to get your haggle on over some bargain second-hand items, then head to the Baguio Night Market on Harrison Road near Burnham Park.
The street comes alive from 9 pm to 2 am with a load of vendors selling footwear, clothes, shoes, bags, and lots more. Everything here is being sold at incredibly low prices and you’re sure to find a bargain, but you will need to haggle which is just part of the fun.
Even if you’re not in the mood for shopping, the atmosphere at the market is a lot of fun, and if you make your way up to the northern side of the hill find some great food vendors selling noodle soup and lots more.
Another of the top tourist attractions that is worth a visit in Baguio City is Baguio Cathedral. Baguio Cathedral is the largest catholic church in the city and the reason it is one of the top tourist spots in Baguio is the stunning architecture.
The Baguio Cathedral once called the Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral, is built in a Neo-Gothic Style and dates back to before World War II when it was used as an evacuation center. It features stunning stained-glass windows, a rose-colored facade, and twin spires too.
You will find the Baguio Cathedral at the top of Mount Mary Hill and you can access it by climbing up the 104 steps that lead to it. You can also get there by car if you’re not up for the walk. The views from the top are beautiful and only to the stunning Baguio City tourist spot.
Another of the great tourist spots in Baguio City is Wright Park. Wright Park is not quite as big as Burnham Park but it’s a lot less busy and it has some unique features that make it quite a special Baguio tourist spot.
At the park, you’ll find wide-open spaces where you can walk freely and enjoy some picnicking and a long walk. There is also the “Pool of Pines,” a long rectangular pool that is lined with beautiful pine trees and it’ll make you think you’re not in a tropical place anymore.
One thing the park is known for is being a horse ride park as there is horseback riding available just a short walk away from the pool of pines. You can enjoy exploring the park on horseback and it is a great family activity to do too.
One of the most wonderful tourist spots in Baguio City to spend some time at is the Baguio Botanical Garden. It is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful spots in the area and a great way to find some peace and quiet away from the buzz of the city.
It is also known as the Centennial Park, as it was renamed so in 2009 when Baguio celebrated its 100th anniversary as the Summer Capital of the Philippines.
The park is packed full of wonderful things to see including huge sculptures of bronze created by Ben Hur Villanueva, a renowned local sculptor. It’s also packed full of pine trees, nurseries, hundreds of different plants and trees, and lots more.
There are even separate gardens dedicated to other cities in countries such as Japan, China, South Korea, Thailand, and more.
One of the more hidden tourist spots that you will find outside of Baguio City in the hills near the border of La Trinidad and Baguio is the amazing Bell Church.
The Bell Church was built back in the 1960s as the center for religious activities for the local Chinese-Filipino community. It was founded by a Chinese immigrant called Ng Pee and features Taoist architecture along with some Buddhist features too.
When you arrive at Bell Church you will be blown away by the stunning arch and lotus ponds that meet you, symbolizing immortality and rebirth in China. You will also find statues of lions, dragons, and a stunning Bell House at Bell Church too along with amazing panoramic views and lots more.
One of the other tourist attractions that you’ll find outside of Baguio city is the awesome La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. La Trinidad is the capital of the neighboring province of Benguet and is about 30 minutes away from Baguio City.
At La Trinidad, they grow an abundance of fruits and vegetables but none so popular as their strawberries which are exported all over the country.
When you visit the strawberry farm you can grab a basket and go and pick your own strawberries, and they are best eaten when freshly plucked off the bushes.
It’s not just strawberries you can buy there, you also have the option of buying fresh vegetables, flowers, and great strawberry ice cream too.
There is nowhere better in Baguio City to get an insight into the culture of the area than at the Baguio Museum.
The museum is built like a traditional Ifugao home with a pyramid roof. The main floor is all about showcasing the craftsmanship of the local Cordillera region, of which Benguet and Baguio City are a part of.
Inside the museum, you will also find tribal apparel, artifacts, fabrics, instruments, and lots more. You will also see photos and clippings that teach you a lot more about the tribal history and culture of Baguio.
One of the most interesting exhibits at the museum is the collection of wooden coffins, burial jars, and you can even find a real mummified body in there too.
Baguio City is also home to some stunning artwork and one of the top art galleries in town to visit is the BenCab Museum.
The BenCab Museum is home to numerous permanent collections as well as changing-themed galleries too. You will find collections by Benedicto Cabrera, a Philippine National Artist, galleries full of Cordillera art, and even a Bulol Collection.
The Bulol collection is all about showcasing the Ifugao rice god and there is a giant statue of him carved out of Narra wood.
You’ll also find an Erotica Gallery which speaks for itself as well as an Indigo Gallery which showcases Filipino contemporary artists.
If you’re looking for somewhere great to hangout in the evenings in Baguio City and you love trying out some local beer then a trip to Baguio Craft Brewery and Craft 1945 will be right up your street.
The Baguio Craft Brewery is a favorite hangout for locals and tourists love it too, and it’s a great place to meet new people when traveling solo too. You’ll find a huge range of craft beers on offer including some signature beers too.
Craft 1945 is a little different as it’s a Spanish restaurant that is partnered with Baguio Craft Brewery. This means they serve up delicious beer alongside yummy Spanish food and it is a great place for a date night.
You will both of these establishments open every weekday from 5 pm to midnight, and on weekends from 1 pm to midnight.
If you’re looking to stock up on some delicious local food and support a worthwhile cause at the same time you should head to the Good Shepherd Convent in Baguio City.
Their goods are so delicious you will probably end up queuing for 15-20 minutes. Be sure to buy some strawberry jam, homemade ice cream, strawberry-calamansi juice, and yummy peanut brittle.
The convent is run by Nuns and volunteers and they give all the proceeds to a charity that helps poor female students.
While visiting La Trinidad you have to go and see the Valley of Colors called the Colors of StoBoSa.
Once upon a time, this valley looked a bit run down but with some inspiration from around the world the houses in Stonehill, Botiw-tiw, and Sadjap (StoBoSa) have all been painted to make the valley look quite beautiful.
In fact, they are so pretty that the entire place is now referred to as StoBoSa Hillside Homes Artwork. It takes up some 18 km squared and is made up of 200 houses in the valley. Looking over the view of the valley is quite magical and a lovely thing to experience.
The Diplomat Hotel was once the Dominican Hill Retreat House and was built for Dominican priests and nuns in the early 20th century. It was then taken over by the Japanese who made it into a war prison.
It was then opened as a hotel but due to the numerous paranormal activities, the hotel failed and it is known as one of the most haunted places in the Philippines today.
It is now called the Dominican Heritage Hill and Nature Park and is a wonderful place to walk around and get some insight into its heritage and paranormal activities.
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