When visiting the Philippines, one major issue most foreigners face is the hot weather. This is especially true for tourists originating from cold countries like the United States, Canada and Russia. In addition to this, the majority of visitors arrive during the summer season.
For those who find it hard to adjust to the climate but still want to experience a piece of the Philippines, Baguio City may be the answer. Aptly dubbed as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, its temperature ranges from 14°C to 23°C throughout the year and may even drop to 8°C during the coldest months.
Where is Baguio City?
Baguio City sits atop the mountainous region of Benguet Province which is located at Northern Luzon. Baguio City is approximately 250 km away from Manila, taking an average of 6 hours of car travel. The actual drive leading up to the city is a little tricky even for experienced drivers. This is due to the dizzying “zigzag roads” and numerous “hairpin turns” along Kennon Road which is the main road leading to Baguio City.
What to visit in Baguio?
Because Baguio is considered a major tourist attraction, a number of recreational spots have been developed to further enhance every visitor’s experience. Baguio currently boasts a combination of nature-given and man-made attractions.
- Lion’s Head Landmark – Visitors who get to Baguio via Kennon road are greeted by a famous Baguio landmark, the Lion’s head. This is a big limestone sculpture that has been the most recognized symbol of Baguio. Don’t miss the opportunity for taking some photos with the lion’s head as proof of your visit.
- Mines View Park – Mines View Park is among the top places to visit. The park presents a grand view of Baguio’s terrain and flora. This makes it popular for photographers who are after Baguio’s pine-covered landscape. Baguio’s exceptional greenery has earned it another moniker, the City of Pines.
- Burnham Park – Found at the center of Baguio City, Burnham Park boasts a beautiful artificial lake surrounded by gardens and playgrounds. Common activities found all around the park include field games, concerts, boating, biking, skating and picnics.
- Wright Park – This scenic park is teeming with tall pine trees and flowering plants. A popular activity common in this area is riding a pony which can be rented per hour. The park is located near another Baguio landmark, the Mansion.
- The Mansion – The Mansion is a building that houses a small museum of art and memorabilia collected from various Philippine presidents. Inside the compound near the mansion is another building that serves as the Baguio residence of every Philippine president.
- Camp John Hay – The camp is historically a recreational facility for American soldiers and Officials. The area contains a golf course, various parks, gardens, restaurants and hiking trails.
- The Lourdes Grotto – For Catholics, a tour of Baguio is incomplete without visiting the grotto. the site was built in commemoration of the supposed appearance of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France. The site is especially popular and teeming with visitors during the Lenten season.
- Baguio Public Market – The Market contains a number of shops selling Baguio-related goods and souvenirs like various sweets, wooden crafts, silverware, fruits and vegetables, knit sweaters and blankets, fruit jams and more.
- Baguio Botanical Garden – The site is a serene and quiet garden that contains a number of ethnic Igorot huts surrounded by various plants and trees.