Do you feel the scorching heat during a regular day here in the Philippines? Our country is well known for its tropical climate caused by its location near the equator. To get through this weather condition, people normally spend their hot days in beaches to swim and to unwind. However, going to the beach is nothing compared to going to a cold place during a hot day—and Baguio city is the perfect place to escape from the weather.
One thing that Filipinos truly enjoy is the cold weather and fresh environment. Baguio City is well known for its natural cold and cozy weather. Unlike the beach, Baguio is abundant with trees; the more trees in an area the less pollution. Its clean environment makes it a lot more astonishing, a safe to live in and a refreshing place to visit.
When going to Baguio, expect a long trip filled with beautiful landmarks. At first, you might think passing there is boring but once you see the many shops and views along the way, it’s hard not to appreciate how charming it actually is.
You’ll know you’re near the city when you pass by Kennon road, famous for its zig zags ups and downs. While driving along this road, you’ll see the Lion’s head, a famous landmark where many people take pictures and a sign that you’re entering the city. Once you’re finally in Baguio, you will start feeling the cold and fresh ambiance it gets from its high altitude location.
There are so many things you can do in Baguio, especially if you bring the right company. There are sites where you can enjoy the view of the vicinity, farms where you can experience farming and a camp where you can learn about the city’s history. Baguio is a city for new adventures experiences—what’s more, these sites in Baguio are not only nice to visit but also great to take pictures of.
Baguio has many camps and parks where you can visit and chill for the day. For history buffs, there is a place called Camp John Hay where you can learn about Baguio and its past. Inside the camp, you can also learn about the historical machines and events that occurred there. If you want to go sightseeing, Mines View Park is the place to go. As you get to the park you will realize that the area is extravagant and breath-taking. Another known park in Baguio is the Burnham Park which is known for its rectangular lake located on the center of the park. People usually go there to jog, get henna tattoos, chill and experience the swan rafting.
Mines View Park
Camp John Hay Map
If, however, you want to try something different and unique to Baguio, you can also spend a day in its Strawberry Farms. In the farm you are allowed to pick fresh strawberries from their roots and enjoy the beautiful view while snacking on your hand-picked fruits.
To cap off the day, stop by their souvenir shop; all these landmarks have their own unique souvenirs which you can buy in the stores near the place. Make sure you get a piece of every place in order to make the experience memorable.
If you want to get a taste of Baguio’s food, there are many places to get snacks from in the vicinity. Around the city, there are street vendors which sell the famous strawberry taho. Thanks to the abundance of strawberry farms in Baguio, people decided to add a twist to one of our favorite treats, coming up with its own version of a staple Filipino snack. Although the result is not too different from the regular taho, strawberry taho is a lot more natural and fruity than the original and has a candy red strawberry color makes it so appealing and tempting to buy.
Aside from the taho, Baguio has a special place for buying sweets and pasalubongs. The Good Shepherd is a company that produces delicious and sweet products. Normally, people visit the place to buy pasalubongs for their friends and relatives, to give them a taste of Baguio. It is a good place to buy products because it supports the Mountain Maid Training Center, where student workers are trained and taken care of. The money they earn from the products they made are used for their education and by buying products, you help student workers pay their college fees.
Good Shepherd Store
Lastly, what’s unique about Baguio is that Indigenous tribes still exist around the city. Igorots are still around the corner, however, their culture is slowly dying because of the modern world. As visitors, we can help them survive by supporting and purchasing their cultural food and products. Their food products are organic and delicious. Their cultural products are made out of kawayan and are very durable. Not only are they cheap but they are also practical to buy for yourself and at the same time you are supporting the Indigenous tribes of Baguio.
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