The City of Pines is the perfect place to get away from the madding crowd and the tropical heat. In no time at all, you’ll be swept up in Baguio’s romantic spell. Here you can stay in a log cabin on a mountain top and spend cold evenings before a warm fire, enjoying the cool weather while communing with nature and exploring woods filled with towering pine trees.
Baguio has many beautiful parks and pocket gardens. These include Burnham Park, Botanical Garden, Sunshine Park, People’s Park, Japanese Garden, Igorot Garden and Mines View Park. If you prefer a break from walking, Burnham Park features a man-made lake where you can take a relaxing boat ride.
There’s a first time for everything. In nearby La Trinidad, Benguet, you can try your hand at strawberry picking. Ready for a shopping adventure? Go bargain hunting at the Ukay-Ukay. You might find designer items at a fraction of the cost.
Horseback-riding has long been part of the Baguio experience. Horse rides are available at Wright Park Riding Circle and at the “Shalan di Kabadjo” (Way of the Horse) in Camp John Hay. A more exiting trail is the ride up Mount Sto. Tomas—Baguio’s highest point—which offers panoramic views of the city.
Right outside Baguio City, 30 minutes away, is the mining town of Itogon, Benguet. In Balatoc Mines, visitors get the chance to be miners for the day. The mine tour includes riding the underground locomotive train to the tunnel and learning about the different stages of the process of gold mining. Also in Balatoc is Crosby Park where you can camp out in the great outdoors.