Dad's Top Tips
The Perfect Weekend in Baguio
Hello fellow expats! If you’ve just moved to the Philippines and are looking for a weekend respite to escape the city heat then Baguio is one of our top recommendations. Nestled amidst the breathtaking mountains of the Philippines with its cool climate, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant culture, Baguio is the ideal destination for a perfect weekend getaway. We are excited to share our top tips on how to make the most of your trip, so, let’s dive in and discover the perfect itinerary for an unforgettable experience.
Friday: Arriving in the City of Pines
As you arrive in Baguio, you’ll be greeted by the refreshing mountain breeze and the warm smiles of the locals. Drop your bags at one of the cozy accommodations, ranging from boutique hotels to rustic homestays, all reflecting Baguio’s unique character.
After settling in, venture out to explore the city. Stroll along Session Road, the vibrant heart of Baguio, where you’ll find quaint shops, local boutiques, and delicious street food stalls. Treat yourself to a steaming cup of Benguet coffee or indulge in traditional Filipino delicacies like strawberry taho and fresh Baguio strawberries.
Saturday: Nature's Paradise
Embrace the beauty of nature as you immerse yourself in Baguio’s beautiful landscapes. Start your morning with a visit to the Botanical Garden, a tranquil landscape boasting a stunning collection of indigenous plants and flowers.
For those hiking lovers head to Camp John Hay where you will find the famous yellow trail, take in the stunning views the trail has to offer surrounded by pine trees and breathe in the delicious fresh air. You will also find horse riding trails here if you’re feeling adventurous!
If you’re a family with kids, make your way to the iconic Burnham Park with its serene lakes & lush greenery. Rent a paddleboat and glide across the lake, or simply relax on the grassy banks and soak up the vibrant atmosphere with a picnic. Don’t forget to try the famous strawberry ice cream, a delightful treat available at the park’s various food stalls.
After lunch, head 30 minutes outside the city center to the municipality of La Trinidad. Off the beaten track you will find a hidden gem called Strawberry Fields Farm, with its scenic views, bustling market and family fun activities. Here you can spend the afternoon picking fresh strawberries straight from the fields, try the mouthwatering strawberry ice cream made fresh by the local vendors and take home some colorful souvenirs.
Sunday: Cultural Delights
On your final day in Baguio, explore its rich cultural heritage. Start your day with a visit to the Baguio Cathedral, a stunning structure known for its impressive architecture and serene ambiance.
Continue your cultural journey at the Tam-Awan Village, a recreated traditional Cordillera village showcasing indigenous art, crafts, and traditions. Engage with local artisans and learn about their unique heritage while appreciating their exquisite artwork.
A Memorable Escape
Baguio offers an unforgettable escape from the bustling city life of Manila. So, pack your bags, bring your sense of adventure, and embark on a journey to this delightful mountain city for a truly perfect weekend getaway.