Despite being highly urbanized, the city of Baguio remains as one of Luzon’s most natural cities. Even with the booming economy of the city, the urban developers made sure to use a light hand when they build, rebuild and plan the urban layout. And been a booming city there is so many things to do in Baguio.
You will find beautifully preserved historic buildings right next to new and modern buildings which ease the transition to modernity, with all of these tucked in rolling hills and green parks. This is a practical and scenic usage of space which clearly honors the city’s environment, culture, roots, and history.
Also popularly known as The City of Pines, the city of Baguio is located in the eco-region of the tropical pine forest of Luzon, giving it the ideal climate for encouraging the growth of flowers, plants and moss which are indigenous only to tropical climates. The city is also sitting at altitude of 1500 meters above sea level, making the climate not that unbearably hot.
Visitors in Baguio can expect to see sites which pay tribute to the Philippines rich past together with the amazingly progressive attractions.
Check out the best things to do in Baguio City and be in awe in this cool area.
See the Lion’s Head for Yourself
You know you are already in Baguio once you see the Lion’s Head located along the famous Kennon Road. The Lion’s Head has a height of 40 feet and the result of team effort by various representatives of the city of Baguio.
The main idea to carve the head of a giant lion into the mountain was conceived by the members of Lion’s Club circa 1960 to 1970. The members worked with a group of miners and engineers to stabilize and prepare the limestone mountain wherein the monument was planned to be carved.
This idea was then brought to life by Anselmo Bayang Day-ag, a Filipino woodcarver. In person, you cannot help but to be amazed with the size of this carving that makes it a great addition to your fun day of sightseeing in Baguio.
Bask in the Wonder of Bridal Veil Falls
Although it is no longer possible to access the Bridal Veil Falls in the same way as the good old days, paying a visit to it just to see the view is definitely worth your time. It’s definitely one of the more popular things to do in Baguio.
You can hire a private driver who will take you to the scenic Kennon Road journey where you will reach a spot which shows the river’s veins that lead to this waterfall. It makes it a fabulous place for picture taking and even a peaceful and serene mini-retreat.
A hanging bridge can also be found nearby that only the most courageous ones manage to cross since this seems a bit flimsy although it is guaranteed to be very secure.
Visit and Explore Burnham Park
Best known for its giant swan boats which let you paddle around the lake, Burnham Park is one ideal place to spend your day in perfect leisure.
Here, you can find jogging trails lined with rose bushes, cozy park benches that overlook the water, hawkers selling knickknacks and souvenirs and food stalls offering traditional Filipino delicacies.
Know More about the Philippine History at Emilio F. Aguinaldo Museum
A lot of people know that Emilio F. Aguinaldo is the youngest president of the Philippines as well as the monumental leader who guided the country of the Philippines into Asia’s constitutional republic.
Emilio F. Aguinaldo led his country during Philippine Revolution against Spaniards, Spanish-American war and during Philippine-American war.
You may learn more about this revolutionary leader once you visit the museum. You will also see several personal artifacts that belong to the former president of the Philippines.
Museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 in the morning to 12 noon and from 1-4 pm.
Try More Things at Baguio City Market
Everything can be done at the market of Baguio City. It’s the epicentre of the fresh local produce.
Sit down at any stall and try fish, freshly picked delicious strawberries and various Philippine staple like Longanisa, which is the term referred to a seasoned sausage.
Feel Refresh in Asin Hot Springs
Want to enjoy cold and hot spring pools during your stay in Baguio City? Well, you can spend your entire day relaxing up high where air is fresh and the views are stunning.
There is also a restaurant on site, which provides delicious dishes for an affordable price with a great ambiance.
Baguio Craft Brewery
Try stepping outside of the Red Horse beer’s real and into the world of gourmet craft beer.
It isn’t everyday that you will locate a craft brewery in Asia, so once you do, you have to try it out. Another one of the more popular things to do in Baguio.
For those who don’t know, the first brewery in Baguio City is Baguio Craft Brewery, which has been doing amazing things with sixteen rotating craft beers.
If you like to try a homerun, Lagud is a signature beer, which is actually a unique strawberry craft beer, which would knock your socks off.
See Diverse Wildlife in Baguio City’s Botanical Garden
It isn’t a surprise that Baguio City takes pride a great botanical garden. It’s more than fauna and flowers. It’s also said to be the spiritual center were native igorot people spirits dwell.
You will also see some native hut replicas of local Igorot individuals paying tribute to their culture. Such huts are surrounded with luscious plants and bright flowers, which encourage diverse wildlife development including different bird species and beautiful butterflies.
Discover a Unique Culture at Tam-Awan Village
Located into the mountains of Baguio City, Tam-Awan Village is a perfect spot for those who are art enthusiasts. You will only notice the huts with some grass roofs scattered on various elevation levels throughout the forest.
However, before you enter, you will discover that every hut is a contemporary art gallery. This only means that you will get art and nature in one place.
Where to Stay in Baguio
Baguio has limited of guest houses and hotels. Apartments offer better value for money and there is a great selection of apartments that are at a high standard.
Here are a few places to check out if you are planning to visit Baguio. Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.
Rating 9.5, Prices start from $42 for Studio Apartment
Set in Baguio within 300 m of Session Road and 500 m of Mines View Park, Condo Getaway features accommodation with free WiFi, a flat-screen TV and a kitchenette. Some units feature a seating area and/or a balcony.
Albergo Condominium Cozy and Homey
Rating 9.0, Prices start from $31 for Studio Apartment
Located in Baguio, Albergo Condominium Cozy and Homey features accommodation with seating area. Free WiFi is provided. A microwave and toaster are also offered, as well as a kettle.
Camp John Hay is an 11-minute walk from the aparthotel, while Mines View Park is 2.3 km from the property.
Cedar Peak Condo
Rating 9.2, Prices start from $49 for Deluxe Apartment
Cedar Peak Condo – Close to Session Road City Center is situated in Baguio, 50 m from Session Road. Mines View Park is 4 km from the property. Free WiFi is offered.
The accommodation is fitted with a cable flat-screen TV. Some units have a seating area and/or balcony. There is also a kitchenette, equipped with a fridge. There is a private bathroom with a shower in each unit. Towels and bed linen are available.
Finally, once you visit Baguio, you will have plenty of options to visit, explore, discover and with so many more things to do in Baguio. All you have to do is to choose the activities you prefer and start enjoying what Baguio has to offer.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do in Baguio has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if you go too.