Baguio City in the Philippines is a favorite place for many locals and tourists to visit. Nicknamed the summer capital, Baguio City, with its cool climate and tall pine trees, offers a welcome respite from the scorching temperatures in the rest of the Philippines.
Once you arrive, you’ll find that Baguio offers many attractions. Already spent all your money on souvenirs in Manila? You’re in luck because Baguio offers several places you can enjoy free or at least for very little. Here are our favorites:
1. The Mansion: The Mansion is the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. The gate and entrance are modeled off the entrance of Buckingham Palace in London, complete with its own guard. Certain parts of the Mansion are accessible to the public for picture-taking.
2. Mines View Park: Past the Mansion and in the extreme northeast section of the city is Mines View Park. In the early part of the 20th century, Baguio City was an American mining city. From this viewpoint, you can see beautiful views of Benguet’s gold and copper mines as well as the Cordillera mountains. Aside from the views, there are several vendors selling woodworks, souvenirs, and the famous Baguio strawberries and ube.
3. Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto: On a high hill in the western part of the city, you’ll find the Lourdes Grotto. You’ll need to climb 252 steps to reach the Catholic shrine. The shrine was constructed to commemorate the many visions of Mary made by a French girl in Lourdes, France in 1858. Don’t think you can make that climb? Lucky for you, you can drive through a steep, narrow road to the top. Just make sure to put your sneakers on before jumping out of the car to blend in with the rest of the group 😉
4. Burnham Park: Situated in the middle of the city, Burnham Park can be accessed from all the major roads in Baguio. Like visiting Central Park in New York, a visit to Baguio isn’t complete without a stop in Burnham Park. The Park covers over 32 hectares and features a large manmade lake where locals and tourists alike can rent boats and row around. Along with the boats, you can also rent bikes, stroll through several gardens, or bring a packed lunch and enjoy a picnic while people watching.