Baguio Philippines Travel Guide: Hotels, What to Do & Itinerary

Baguio Philippines Travel Guide: Hotels, What to Do & Itinerary

Kara Santos

Best Time to Go to Baguio

  • Panagbenga Festival  | February

Dry and Summer Season | March-May

Climate and weather.

  • What to Wear
  • How to Get to Baguio

How to Go to Baguio from Cebu

By private and shared tours, getting around baguio, baguio jeepney routes and stops.

  • Where to Stay in Baguio

Types of Accommodations

Neighborhoods and areas, accommodation highlights in baguio.

  • What to See and Do in Baguio
  • Explore Burnham Park
  • Stroll at Camp John Hay

Visit Mines View Park

  • Pick Strawberries at La Trinidad Strawberry Farm

Appreciate Art at BenCab Museum

Immerse in cordilleran culture at tam-awan village.

  • Marvel at the Colorful Stobosa Artists’ Village
  • View Art at Ili-Likha Artist’s Village

Shop at Baguio Night Market

Buy souvenirs at the good shepherd convent.

  • Visit Historic Houses
  • What to Eat and Drink in Baguio

Local Cuisine

Recommended best restaurants and bars, practical information and tips, what to pack.

  • Sample Itinerary in Baguio
  • Day 1: Arrival + Explore Baguio Parks
  • Day 2:  Cordillera Heritage Tour
  • Day 3:  Souvenir Shopping + Departure

Baguio City in summer

Escape the Manila heat and travel to chilly Baguio. Find out the best time to go, how to go there and get around, must-see tourist spots, which restaurants to try, and more.

Baguio is a mountain resort city located in Benguet of Northern Luzon , Philippines. Considered to be the country’s Summer Capital, Baguio is undoubtedly one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines.

Also nicknamed The City of Pines, it is a popular weekend getaway for local travelers based in the metro

Filipino families also frequent Baguio on road trips because of the city’s proximity to Manila and its colder climate, owing to its high elevation. The temperature in Baguio is about 7 to 8 °C cooler than the lowlands, with average temperatures ranging from 15 to 23 °C.

Lowest temperatures are recorded between November and February, making this a great destination for those who want to escape the heat and humidity in Manila, especially during the colder Christmas season. 

Burnham Park in Baguio City, Philippines

You can explore the butterfly garden or hike the Yellow Trail in Camp John Hay. You can also immerse yourself in Cordillera’s cultural heritage at the Tam-Awan Village. There are also strawberry farms in nearby La Trinidad, where you can pick the plump red fruits yourself. 

While the city is best known for its parks and flower gardens, Baguio also offers a great range of places to eat, hotels , and other comforts. For first-time travelers planning to head up North, this Baguio travel guide should help you decide where to go and what to do while you’re there.

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Sunray through the pine trees of Baguio, The Summer Capital of the Philippines

For local visitors, summertime is the ideal time to visit Baguio. Filipinos living in the lowland regions, such as Metro Manila, flock to Baguio during the sweltering summer months of March, April, and May. 

Additionally, Baguio receives a significant amount of visitors during February for its annual flower festival, the Panagbenga Festival.

Many Filipinos also spend their Holy Week vacationing in Baguio. Read on to learn more about the Baguio weather, the holiday seasons in the Philippines, and the best times to go to Baguio.

Panagbenga Festival  | February

Panagbenga Festival is a flower festival celebrated in Baguio every February. Panagbenga Festival was first held in the early 1990s as a celebration of Baguio’s abundant flower harvest and as a way to uplift the locals from the devastating 1990 earthquake that hit the city.

The highlight of the month-long festivity is parades of intricate and vibrant floats decked with the best blooms from the flower farms of the Cordillera.

Another attraction you can look forward to is the local street dancers, garbed in brightly colored flower costumes influenced by the many indigenous tribes around Baguio and the Cordillera Region.

In fact, the term “Panagbenga” means  “season of blooming” in the language of the Kankanaey−one of the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera.  

If you want to immerse yourself in Baguio’s colorful and diverse culture, there’s no better time to visit than during the Panagbenga Festival in February.

Summer time in Baguio, The City of Pines

Thanks to Baguio’s highland location, the city maintains a cool temperature even during these months. The temperature in Baguio during the summer has an average high of 23°C and a low of 15°C. This is still pretty cold compared to the rest of the Philippines during the summer.

These months also receive the least rainfall, making it the best time range to explore Baguio tourist spots. If you’re in the country during the summer and want a quick reprieve from the heat, head to Baguio!

Just like the rest of the Philippines, Baguio has two seasons, the dry season and the wet season. However, Baguio weather does not vary drastically in terms of monthly average temperature compared to the rest of the country.

The dry summer season has an average daily high temperature of 23°C and a low of 15°C, while the wet season has an average daily high temperature of 22°C and a low of 13 °C. Thanks to the high elevation of Baguio, the temperature difference throughout the year is minimal.

However, it’s a different story when it comes to rainfall. The amount of rain Baguio receives throughout the year varies significantly. The dry months start in November and last through May.

January receives the least rainfall and has the least chance of rain. On the other hand, the rainy season starts in June and lasts through early October, with August being the rainiest month.

Unlike island destinations in the Philippines, the rainy season won’t stop you from enjoying Baguio attractions to the fullest. Although it gets even colder than usual during the rainy months, it can easily be remedied by bringing thicker cold-weather clothing.

Here's an overview of the average monthly Baguio temperature and rainfall:

Average monthly temperature in Baguio City, Philippines

Source: NOAA

Average monthly rainfall in Baguio City, Philippines

Source: Weather Spark

What to Wear 

Unlike the rest of the Philippines, Baguio is exceptionally cold at any time of the year − even during the summer season!  Although the Philippines does not technically have winter, you will want to wear and pack winter clothes when visiting Baguio.

Bring a thick jacket or sweater, and perhaps a pair of gloves, a bonnet, and a scarf. Wear warm and thick clothes made of wool or fleece, and go with sneakers instead of open-toe footwear. 

If you plan to go around Baguio during the early hours of the morning or late in the evening, don’t be afraid to layer on. It is notably colder in the morning and evening. During the noontime, you can get away with a scarf or a light jacket, especially if you’ll be walking around a lot.

How to Get to Baguio 

Visiting Baguio is now convenient and hassle-free due to the numerous bus companies, terminals, and tours providing transport to the province. After flights to Manila , travel time to Baguio from Manila is around 4 to 6 hours. Here are some of the best ways to go to Baguio:

Executive coaches with spacious legroom of the brand new Joybus units

There are a lot of bus companies that go to Baguio that are open for 24 hours. There is also no shortage of terminals where you can go to catch a bus to Baguio.

There is probably one near you. Choosing which terminal or bus company to take depends on where you'll be coming from and what exit you'll be taking. You can find bus terminals all over Metro Manila. Here’s a list of major bus terminals:

From Pasay City

There are a number of bus companies operating from Pasay to Baguio. The two most popular bus companies are Joy Bus (Genesis Transport) and Victory Liner . Both bus companies offer premier and deluxe-class seats and have routes passing the Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway (TPLEX), North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), and Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).

From Cubao in Quezon City

Aside from Victory Liner and Genesis Joy Bus, Partas also offers bus rides to Baguio. These bus companies have terminals in Cubao in Quezon City . Victory Liner, Partas, and Genesis also offer premier seats for a more comfortable trip.

From Avenida in Manila

Genesis Joy Bus and Philippine Rabbit Bus Lines have buses headed for Baguio at the Avenida Terminal in Manila. Both bus companies offer deluxe and semi-deluxe buses from Avenida to Baguio. These deluxe buses boast comfy couches with spacious legroom.

From Sampaloc in Manila

Victory Liner offers regular air-conditioned (AC)  buses headed for Baguio at their Sampaloc terminal in the city of Manila . As of now, first-class deluxe buses are not available yet. 

From Parañaque City

You can catch a ride to Baguio at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX). Solid North Transit’s Baguio routes at PITX offer the first point-to-point (P2P) buses that ply Baguio to Manila. Aside from spacious seats, P2P buses do not have stop-overs and have toilets on board, which ensures you get to Baguio faster.

Starting December 16, 2022, Philippine Airlines will have 4 flights per week servicing the Cebu to Baguio (CEB to BAG) and Baguio to Cebu (BAG to CEB) routes. From Cebu, your plane will depart from Mactan-Cebu International Airport and will arrive at the newly-opened Loakan Airport or Baguio Airport. The airport in Baguio was temporarily closed but was announced to reopen by the end of December 2022. The reopening of the airport near Baguio City will also make other North Luzon destinations more accessible from Cebu and other Visayas tourist spots and destinations. 

  • Check out our Cebu to Baguio itinerary  guide

If you want to experience Baguio completely without the hassle of commuting, then joining a shared or private tour is the most convenient way.

There are a lot of Baguio tour operators offering different Baguio tours and activities with free roundtrip transportation. You just have to look for the right one that fits your budget and schedule.

Drive to Baguio City, Philippines in an owned or rented vehicle

Make use of apps like Waze or Google Maps . Book with an accredited operator for your car rentals to avoid mishaps along the way.

Baguio is a relatively small city. As such, there are limited ways to get around. Additionally, a number of Baguio tourist spots are within walking distance from one another. Of course, you can always rent a car in Baguio if you prefer to travel privately and more comfortably.

If you don’t mind riding public transportation, your primary choices in Baguio are Grab Taxis, regular taxis, and jeepneys. 

Jeepney in the Philippines

When riding a jeepney, take note that payments are handed to the driver during the ride. If you’re seated at the far end of the jeepney, politely ask other passengers to pass it to the driver for you.

Likewise, if you happen to be the one sitting close to the driver, offer the same courtesy to passengers at the far end by passing along their fare to the driver. 

When you're about 5 to 10 meters away from your stop, locals will say, "Para po!" (Please stop) to notify the driver to slow down and stop at the nearest unloading station

Just like anywhere in the Philippines, jeepneys in Baguio have specific routes and stops. You can flag one down along major roads, or you can head to the nearest jeepney stops, which are also located near the tourist attractions. Here are the major Baguio jeepney routes and stops:

Mines View Park Route - Jeepneys with signages indicating Mines View will not only take you to Mines View Park but also to The Mansion, Wright Park, and Good Shepherd Baguio. You can catch this jeepney at the Bakakeng Terminal on Perfecto Street near Burnham Park, along Session Road,  and at all the stops mentioned above. You can take this jeepney to go from one tourist spot to the other.

Scout Barrio Route - To get to Camp John Hay, go to the Bakakeng terminal on the east side of Burnham Park along Perfecto Street. The walk from Burnham Park to this terminal will only take 3 minutes. Hop on a jeepney with signage that says Scout Barrio and ask to be dropped off at the gate to Camp John Hay.

Pacdal Route - Jeepneys with a Pacdal sign can take you to the Baguio Botanical Garden. You can catch the Pacdal jeepney at the Pacdal-Liteng Terminal at Lakandula Street. This terminal is just 3-5 minutes from Session Road. 

Long Long-Tam-Awan and Quezon Hill-Tam-Awan - If you’re heading to Tam-Awan Village, you can take jeepneys plying the Long Long to Tam-Awan or the Quezon Hill to Tam-Awan route.

Both jeepneys are available at the Guisad Jeepney Terminal along Kayang Street, near the Baguio Public Market. The terminal is 7 minutes away from Burnham Park on foot and 3-5 minutes from Session Road.

La Trinidad Routes - There are two terminals from which you can go to catch a jeepney to the famous strawberry farms of La Trinidad. You can head to the terminal along Shuntug Road in front of the Baguio City Hall, an 8-minute walk from Burnham Park.

Look for the jeepney heading to La Trinidad via Bokawkan. You can also opt to go to the La Trinidad Jeepney Terminal along Magsaysay Ave, which is an 11-minute walk from Burnham Park.

Asin Road Route - Jeepneys with signage indicating Asin Road head to BenCab Museum. You can catch this jeepney at the Guisad Jeepney Terminal along Kayang Street, near the Baguio Public Market. You can reach this terminal from Burnham Park by walking as it is only 7 minutes away on foot. 

One of the most common means of getting around in Baguio is by riding a regular taxi. There are a lot of taxis in Baguio. You can hail one practically anywhere; near bus terminals and around the popular Baguio attractions.

You can also find them along major roads, such as Session Road, Harrison Road, and Marcos Highway. Baguio taxis tend to have their windows open, making the most of Baguio’s chill air as natural air conditioning.

You can use a car booking app like Grab Taxi in Baguio. It’s just like a regular taxi with the added convenience of being able to hail a cab with your mobile app. If you want to book a ride faster, it helps to go to a known landmark. 

Car or Van Rental

Go around Baguio City in your owned or rented vehicle

Where to Stay in Baguio     

There are a lot of accommodation options in Baguio City, Philippines

Being a highly urbanized City, Baguio offers a variety of accommodation options to choose from including high-end hotels, affordable inns, cozy lodges, transient houses, and hostels. Find one that suits your budget and travel needs for a comfortable staycation in the Philippines . 

Depending on your budget and preference, it's essential to research not just hotels in Baguio  but also other types of accommodations before your visit. Several types are available throughout the city. 

You can find a private room or a dorm-type room, upscale accommodations, or cheap hotels in Baguio. There are also exclusive vacation houses for rent and transient houses in Baguio.

Here are some of the usual accommodations in Baguio. Be sure to check which of these accommodates the number of people you are traveling with.

Budget Hotels and Inns

If you prefer to allocate more of your budget to exploring Baguio’s tourist attractions, book a budget hotel. You can find plenty of cheap hotels in Baguio. You can even find ones that are located near tourist spots like Burnham Park or along the famous Session Road.

You can also opt for an affordable bed and breakfast place in the city. These budget accommodations offer private rooms with all the basic amenities you’ll need.

Transient House

You can consider transient houses in Baguio as your home away from home. These homey lodgings can have as much or as little furniture and home appliances as you want since you can request these from your host as needed.

Transient houses are also great if you’re traveling with a group of friends. Just be sure to bring your own towel and food. If you’re also planning to stay for a week or longer in Baguio, staying at a transient house is an excellent and affordable option.

Vacation Rentals

If you're looking for privacy or traveling with family, renting a private vacation house in Baguio is an excellent choice. There are several vacation rentals throughout the city. It's great if you're in a group because you can share the expenses. 

Luxury Hotels 

If you’re looking for more upscale accommodations, Baguio won’t disappoint. Baguio is home to 4- and 5-star hotels in the city that will pamper you and give you the full-blown luxury travel experience. Luxury hotels not only have stellar facilities and amenities, but they also pride themselves on their world-class service.

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Location is a big factor when booking your hotel in Baguio. The City of Pines has a range of accommodations catering to different types of travelers.  You’ll want to check out Baguio hotels near Session Road, Harrison Road, and Camp John Hay.

Aside from the fact that Session Road and Harrison Road are major thoroughfares, they are also near many Baguio tourist spots and transportation terminals. On the other hand, Camp John Hay has a number of hotels and is a tourist attraction itself. Here’s a run-down of the prime areas in Baguio to book your accommodations:

Camp John Hay

Facade of The Manor at Camp John Hay in Baguio City, Philippines

Promptly after being turned over to the Philippine Government, it was developed into a tourist attraction and open to all Filipinos and foreign tourists. 

You can do several activities at Camp John Hay. You can hike through the Camp’s pine tree-lined trail, check out their butterfly garden, go horseback riding, or get your adrenaline pumping by trying out their canopy ride and zip-lines.

There are a number of hotels in Camp John Hay. Most of the accommodations in and around the camp are luxury hotels like The Manor , Le Monet , and The Forest Lodge . In fact, Camp John Hay hotels are known to be some of the more upscale and plush accommodations in Baguio . 

Session Road

Traveler crossing the Session Road at night

Session Road is also only a few minutes away from Burnham Park. It is also near highly recommended Baguio restaurants such as Good Taste, Vizco’s, and Cafe by the Ruins. Additionally, Session Road is adjacent to Harrison Road, which is the location for the popular Baguio night market.

If you want a hotel near Burnham Park that’s also close to transportation terminals and commercial establishments, Session Road is the place to look.  

Harrison Road

Night Market along the Harrison Road of Baguio City, Philippines

At night, this road comes to life in a different way. Harrison Road gets closed to vehicles in the evening to give way to the Baguio Night Market.  Instead of cars lined up along this road, you will find rows of stalls selling merchandise such as clothes and street food. 

Baguio Night Market along Harrison Road is most famous for its “ukay-ukay” selection. Ukay-ukay is surplus items shipped from other countries or second-hand apparel such as clothes, bags, and shoes that are sold at bargained prices.

If you’re persistent or lucky, you can score vintage finds or branded items for a fraction of their original price. If bargain hunting is your thing, then book an accommodation near Harrison Road, where the action is. 

Depending on your budget and preference, it's essential to take note of the following: location, price, and service. While it's okay to stay in a cheaper place, you should factor in the number of people that will be staying. If you're in a group, it might be better to rent a private house or stay at hotels in Baguio that offer family rooms. 

You should also consider your Baguio itinerary when choosing a place to stay. You may want to book a place near tourist spots, near the terminals, or close to major roads where you can easily find public transportation.  Here are some of the popular accommodations in the City of Pines.

Luxury Accommodations

Baguio has a wide array of luxe accommodations. Indulge yourself at one of Baguio’s luxury hotels. These plush establishments will spoil you with stellar service, all-inclusive amenities, and premium facilities.  Here are some top-rated luxury hotels in Baguio that you can choose from:

The Manor at Camp John Hay

Facade of The Manor at Camp John Hay at night

Located inside Camp John Hay, The Manor is one of the top luxury hotels in Baguio. It is a grand colonial-style building within the former military recreational complex. The Manor is 15- 30 minutes away from other tourist attractions like Mines View Park, Burnham Park, and BenCab Museum. 

Guest room at The Manor at Camp John Hay in Baguio City, Philippines

The Manor offers rooms with a forest view or a garden view. Each room is fitted with an LCD television and a minibar. Some rooms have extra amenities like a fridge, a balcony, and a sofa. All of the rooms, however, have private bathrooms equipped with a shower and a bidet.

The Manor serves its guests a continental breakfast. Their in-hotel restaurant also offers international cuisine. The Manor also boasts a cozy piano bar, a fitness center, a spa, and a garden.

Hotel Elizabeth-Baguio

Hotel Elizabeth is one of Baguio’s premier hotels. It is a mere 8-minute drive from Burnham Park along Harrison Road and SM Baguio along Session Road. It is 5 minutes away by car to Mines View Park. It will also only take you seven to 10 minutes on foot to reach Wright Park and The Mansion.

Aside from its excellent location, Hotel Elizabeth boasts carpeted rooms equipped with an LCD cable TV, WiFi, a mini-bar, a working desk, and a fridge. Their private bathrooms offer free toiletries and hairdryers you can use during your stay.

You can also choose a room with a dining area and a balcony. Hotel Elizabeth's facilities include a fitness center, a cafe, a restaurant, a piano bar, and a picnic site.

Microtel by Wyndham Baguio 

Microtel by Wyndham Baguio is located in the heart of Baguio along Upper Session Road. It is only walking distance from SM City Baguio, Burnham Park, and Harrison Road.

It will also only take you 6 minutes by car to get to Baguio Botanical Garden, Wright Park, and The Mansion.  On the other hand, Mines View Park and Good Shepherd are 12 minutes away by car.

Microtel offers private rooms and suites with free continental breakfast and unlimited coffee. It has 92 air-conditioned rooms equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi and cable TV. Each room has a private bathroom complete with shower, bidet, and free toiletries. Microtel also has a restaurant and a bar.

Mid-Range Accommodations

If you don’t want to splurge for high-end amenities but still want a comfortable hotel to stay in Baguio, don't worry! You can find several accommodations that offer excellent service and facilities without burning a hole through your wallet. Check out these top-rated mid-range hotels in the Summer Capital.

Eurotel Baguio 

Eurotel is conveniently located along Abanao Street, near the commercial center of Baguio. If you’re looking for a Baguio hotel near Burnham Park, this is it. Indeed, Session Road and Burnham Park is just a 6-minute walk away. Meanwhile, SM Baguio Mall and the Victory Liner Bus Terminal are just 10-15 minutes by car. 

Eurotel Baguio offers air-conditioned rooms equipped with free wi-fi and cable television. Each room also has a private bathroom complete with toiletries. Eurotel’s facilities include a spa and sauna, as well as a restaurant that serves local and international cuisine. 

Another excellent mid-range option is Hotel 45. This laid-back hotel is situated near a major shopping center and main roads, where you can easily catch a jeepney or book a Grab Taxi.

In fact, Hotel 45 is only six minutes away from SM Baguio Mall and Session Road on foot.  It also takes 16 minutes to walk to Burnham Park and Harrison Road from Hotel 45. 

This hotel features a bar and a restaurant, as well as a spa and sauna facility. Hotel 45 also offers private rooms equipped with WiFi and a TV. If you want a reasonably priced hotel near SM Baguio, then Hotel 45 is your best bet. 

Venus Parkview Hotel

Twin beds at Venus Parkview Hotel in Baguio City, Philippines

You can find Venus Parkview Hotel along Kisad Road. It is conveniently situated near Session Road and Harrison Road. Venus Parkview Hotel is near Burnham Park. In fact, the hotel overlooks Burnham Park. It is also only a 9-minute journey by car to the Baguio Botanical Garden. 

This hotel provides air-conditioned rooms with an LCD television, complimentary WiFi, private bathrooms complete with bathrobes, a hairdryer, and free toiletries.

Their facilities include massage, karaoke, and a restaurant. Indeed, Venus Parkview is value for your money, especially considering their amenities and location. 

Budget Accommodations

If you’re backpacking or traveling on a tight budget, then budget-friendly accommodations are perfect for you. You can find top-rated low-cost accommodations in Baguio that have all the basic amenities plus a warm and welcoming staff. Here are some budget-friendly hotels and lodgings you can choose from:

Baguio Vacation House-Baguio Transient

Guest room at Baguio Vacation House

Baguio Vacation House is an excellent economical option for small groups and big groups that are visiting Baguio. On the other hand, Baguio Vacation House’s Baguio Transient is great for solo travelers  and vacationing couples on a budget.

This budget-friendly lodging is located along Aspiras-Palispis Highway, which is a 5- to 7-minute drive from SM Baguio, Session Road, and Burnham Park.  

Baguio Vacation House has rooms for two persons and rooms that can accommodate up to 10 adults and five children. Their rooms have all the basic amenities you need.

Some units even have a living room, kitchen, and dining area. Baguio Vacation House also has a restaurant and cafe where they serve freshly brewed Benguet coffee.

Ibay Zion Hotel

Ibay Zion Hotel is conveniently located in Mines View,  just two minutes away by car from the Mines View Park. The Good Shepherd Convent and delicacy shop is only 3 minutes by foot. 

Additionally, this budget hotel is a 5-minute drive from Wright Park and The Mansion; and a 10 to 15-minute drive from Burnham Park and Session Road.

Ibay Zion Hotel is a modest accommodation that offers private rooms equipped with WiFi, fans, satellite TV, and an en suite bathroom with a shower.

They also have dorm-type rooms with a shared bathroom and a stunning view of the mountains. Some rooms come with a seating area, a mini-fridge, and an electric kettle.  Ibay Zion also has a restaurant that serves local cuisine.

Le Monette B&B

Le Monette B&B is a top-rated budget accommodation along Carino Street. It is a mere 4-minute drive and a 12-minute walk to Burnham Park and the commercial establishments along Session Road. This humble and affordable bed and breakfast place is well-loved by both leisure and business travelers.

Le Monette B&B has standard rooms for 2 to 4 persons, family rooms for 5 to 8 persons, dormitory beds, and one whole house for 16 persons. Their rooms have WiFi, hot showers, electric kettles, and dining utensils.

Guests also have free access to the kitchen and are allowed to cook their own meals.  Le Monette serves breakfast on request as well. You can also opt to go to their Thai restaurant located within the premises. 

What to See and Do in Baguio     

Guide to the Philippines' top things to do in Baguio City map

From sightseeing and family-friendly activities to history and culture, Baguio has plenty of tourist attractions that are perfect for any type of traveler. There are a lot of Baguio tourist spots to visit, including historical landmarks, parks, gardens, museums, camps, and cultural villages.

Video by the Philippine Department of Tourism

The most popular attractions for first-time visitors include Camp John Hay, Burnham Park, Wright Park, Mines View Park, Baguio Cathedral, The Mansion, Baguio Botanical Gardens, Tam-Awan Village, and the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), to name a few. You can easily spend a day just going around to all these spots. 

Explore Burnham Park       

Travelers enjoy boating at Burnham Park in Baguio City, Philippines

The park is ideal for tourists traveling with children because of the family-friendly activities like biking and boating you can enjoy here. The century-old artificial lake is where locals and tourists enjoy boat rides on rented rowboats. 

Stroll at Camp John Hay        

Female traveler taking a stroll at Camp John Hay in Baguio City, Philippines

For those with limited time who want to visit just one place, Camp John Hay is one of the oldest and most popular recreational areas and tourist destinations in Baguio.

Formerly a rest and recreation facility for American soldiers, the charming camp is now home to several quaint lodges, restaurants, a golf course, and wide-open parks amidst pine tree-lined roads.

Landmarks here include the Cemetery of Negativism, Bell House, and an amphitheater where you can walk among flowers in bloom.

The Treetop Adventure inside Camp John Hay offers several thrilling rides including the Superman Ride (zipline), Canopy Ride, and Tree Drop (harnessed free fall) that provide fun for visitors of all ages.

See our popular Camp John Hay Tours

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Baguio City's starry night at the Mines View Park

Travelers also have a chance to dress in Ifugao tribal outfits like bahag (loincloth), vests, and headdresses, and hold shields and spears for photos here.  You can also get your fix of strawberry taho at Mines View Park since there are a lot of taho vendors here.

See our popular Mines View Park Tours

Baguio shared strawberry picking & city tour with transfers from manila, pick strawberries at la trinidad strawberry farm     .

Strawberry-picking at La Trinidad Strawberry Farm in Benguet

Visiting the strawberry farms in Baguio is one of the top experiences you can’t miss out on.  Head to the farms for  strawberry-picking tours or just indulge in all the strawberry-based cakes and local delicacies.

Grown in farmlands around Benguet, fresh strawberries (and products like strawberry jam, strawberry wine, etc.) are the most popular souvenirs from Baguio for tourists to take home. 

The La Trinidad Strawberry Farm just outside of Baguio is where visitors can enjoy the experience of harvesting strawberries for themselves during the harvest season. The best time to visit in order to go strawberry picking is from March to April. 

Aside from the strawberry farms, visitors will also find lovely flowers and green, leafy vegetables in various farms. There’s no entrance fee to explore the farm, but you have to pay a certain amount to pick the strawberries yourself.

Be sure to try the treats, such as fresh Strawberry Ice Cream and Strawberry Taho, sold by vendors at the farm for tourists.

See our popular Strawberry Farm Tours

Baguio has a vibrant art scene, with several museums showcasing the distinctive traditional art of the Cordillera Region. The BenCab Museum houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. 

The museum displays beautiful Cordillera art, sculptures, and paintings. It also contains a farm and garden eco-trail below the museum, which showcases the typical indigenous architecture of Ifugao, Kalinga, and Bontoc.

A river passes through the property, with cascading waterfalls on one end. The hill and mini forest across, which features an eco-trail, is also the source of fresh spring water used in the museum and farm. 

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Face sculpture of a Cordilleran local at Tam-Awan Village

The word Tam-Awan in the local dialect means vantage point, something like Cordillera huts on a hillside with a panoramic view of the South China Sea. The Tam-Awan Village was built by the Chanum Foundation in 1998. The foundation modeled it after a native Cordilleran village to give people a glimpse of the other parts of the region.

Tam-Awan Village is a great place to explore to learn more about the region’s indigenous art forms. The village also holds regular exhibitions and cultural shows from both local and visiting artists.

For those who want to stay for more than a day, the village also has a cafe where you can taste authentic Cordilleran dishes, as well as huts for lodging.

See our popular Tam-Awan Village Tours

Marvel at the colorful stobosa artists’ village       .

View of the Stobosa Artists’ Village, inspired by the Favela Paintings of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The eye-catching design adorning the houses on the hill was conceptualized by Tam-Awan Village artists and executed with the help of locals. A hanging bridge leading to the community provides a colorful photo-worthy spot for tourists.

View Art at Ili-Likha Artist’s Village        

Another place where visitors can see and appreciate modern Cordillera art up close is the Ili-likha Artist’s Village, an art and food hub hidden in the heart of the city near Session Road in Baguio.

This evolving space conceptualized by film director and writer Kidlat Tahimik is built around overgrown trees and makes use of discarded materials, broken tiles, and old bottles in its design.

There are a number of food stalls here serving interesting eats like balbacua (a beef stew made from oxtail, skin, and joints), fresh fruit shakes, and more.

Ukay-ukay stalls at the Baguio Night Market along Harrison Road in Baguio City, Philippines

Baguio is a well-known shopping and bargain-hunting haven, and the Baguio Night Market along Harrison Road is the bargain shopping hotspot. Although Harrison Road is a busy thoroughfare during the day, it gets closed to vehicles in the evening to give way to rows of ukay-ukay stalls. 

Ukay-ukay is surplus items shipped from other countries or second-hand apparel such as clothes, bags, and shoes that are sold at bargained prices. Visitors can buy affordable and quality jackets, boots, clothes, and other accessories at the ukay-ukay shops near markets that sell secondhand and surplus items.

Baguio is also overflowing with great places to shop for souvenirs, native crafts, and local delicacies. Mines View Park is a place to go souvenir shopping for woodcraft, sculptures, and furniture items. 

If you’re looking for native textiles and traditional clothes, the Easter Weaving Room is the place to go. On the other hand, you can find coffee beans and fresh vegetables at the Baguio Public Market.

Take home fresh strawberries from Baguio City

In fact, they have become synonymous with Baguio pasalubong. They also sell baked goodies like Lengua de Gato (butter cookies that resemble a cat’s tongue) and Alfajores (sweet sandwich cookies), homemade ice cream, and strawberry-calamansi juice.

Nuns and volunteers from the international congregation of The Religious of the Good Shepherd Sisters run the convent, with profits from Good Shepherd going to charity.

Students of the Mountain Maid Training Center and Development Inc. also create the products as part of the congregation’s livelihood program for poor female students from Kalinga and Bontoc.

Visit Historic Houses        

Aerial view of the abandoned Diplomat Hotel atop the Dominican Hill in Baguio

There are many ghost stories and urban legends surrounding areas, like Teacher’s Camp along Leonard Wood and the former Diplomat Hotel on top of the Dominican Hill.

The Laperal Mansion or the Laperal White House along Leonard Wood is another site believed to be haunted because of the mysterious deaths of each member of the Laperal Family and the deaths and devastation in the house during World War II.

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Bowl of salad in Baguio City, Philippines

Baguio is an amazing destination for foodies. There’s really something about the cooler weather that makes visitors work up an appetite. Many restaurants serve Western and Filipino dishes that make use of local produce like fresh vegetables and fruits.

Baguio is also a great place to experience the best of Cordillera cuisine. Whether you’re looking for cafes, fine dining establishments, or affordable restaurants in Baguio, 

Baguio is a melting pot of several indigenous peoples of the vast Cordillera Region, and this reflects in Baguio’s local cuisine.

Although the Cordillera mountain range supplies about 80% of the vegetables in the Philippines, the locals love meat. The most popular one is the Pinikpikan, which is a chicken dish prepared by beating a native chicken with wood and grilling it over a fire.

Another meaty favorite is the Etag, which is salted meat that is cured, placed in an earthen jar, and buried underground. While in Baguio you should also sample the Pinuneg, an Ibaloi blood sausage made of minced pork and innards.

Aside from the Cordillera native cuisine, Baguio is also famous for its strawberries. A trip to Baguio would not be complete without trying the strawberry taho, which is silken tofu flavored with strawberries.

Baguio’s strawberry shortcakes and strawberry jam also make for great pasalubong (presents brought home from a place one traveled to). 

Speaking of pasalubong, other sweet treats you can bring home are jars of Ube Jam and Peanut Brittle made at the Good Shepherd Convent near Mines View Park.

There are a lot of restaurants in Baguio that serve great Filipino Food and distinctly Cordillera cuisine. You can also find great dessert places and watering holes in Baguio. Since there are already so many restaurants in Baguio, it can be quite overwhelming to decide where to go. 

To help you choose where to eat in Baguio, we’ve narrowed it down to a few stand-outs. Here’s a list of the restaurants you can include in your Baguio itinerary. 

The Farmer’s Daughter

Pinuneg, sauteed Ibaloi sausages, is a traditional Cordilleran dish

If you want to sample traditional Cordilleran dishes like Pinikpikan, Etag (sun-dried smoked meat) and Pinuneg (sauteed Ibaloi sausages), visit The Farmer’s Daughter.

This native restaurant near Tam-Awan Village serves simple home-cooked regional cuisine centered on smoked meats, fresh vegetables, and native wines.

The Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant employs native cooking techniques and uses only the freshest local ingredients. If you want to experience true Cordilleran cooking in the outskirts of Baguio, there’s no better place than at Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant.

Good Taste Café & Restaurant

If you’re looking for affordable restaurants in Baguio, look no further than Good Taste Cafe & Restaurant. This popular diner is only three minutes away from Burnham Park.  It is a 24/7 restaurant that serves food influenced by Chinese cuisine. Aside from meals, they also have a bakery and pastry shop.

Good Taste’s best-selling dishes include Lechon Chopsuey, buttered chicken, Lumpiang Shanghai, and beef broccoli. They also serve free unlimited hot soup, which is perfect for Baguio weather.

Aside from their delicious dishes, Good Taste is also known for its generous servings. If you’re traveling with family or a group of friends, bring them to Good Taste for a hearty meal.

Cafe by the Ruins

Baguio Bagnet, double fried pork belly paired with padas bagoong and fresh tomato onion relish

One of the oldest restaurants in Baguio, Cafe by the Ruins serves authentic local dishes that showcase the region’s culture. The cafe is located along Shuntug Road, just a few minutes away from Session Road and Burnham Park.

Their specialties include the Baguio Bagnet with Padas Bagoong, Carabao Cheese Salad, Strawberry Smoothie, and home-brewed Tapuey (highland rice wine). Cafe by the Ruins is also well-loved for its champorado (sweet chocolate rice porridge), home-made bacon, Ruins coffee, and signature camote bread. 

Glenn 50’s Diner

Glenn 50’s Dinner is a famous retro-style dining joint tucked inside Porta Varga Mall along Session Road. Once you enter the 50’s Diner, you will be greeted with retro music on repeat, neon lights, and posters of Hollywood celebrities from that era plastered on the walls. 

More importantly, 50’s diner serves the typical American diner fare. Their must-tries include the Famous 50’s Burger, Pancake Tower, Steak, and Strawberry Shakes.

The local favorites are Mama’s Kidd (a chicken, spaghetti, fries, and rice combo), and Guys on the Hood ( a pork chop, spaghetti, fried chicken, pizza, and rice combo). Not only are the servings generous, but they are also very budget-friendly.

Baguio Craft Brewery

Glasses of beer during sunset at Baguio Craft Brewery

For beer lovers, no trip to Baguio is complete without passing by Baguio Craft Brewery. This home-grown watering hole serves fresh and unique craft beers like Lagud Strawberry Beer, Rolling Fog Wheat Ale, and Zigzagger IPA. If you’re undecided about which beer to order, you can ask for one free taste of each selection.

Aside from their delightful artisan beers, Baguio Craft Brewery also offers beer and food pairings that give the beer another dimension of taste.  Another thing Baguio Craft Brewery is proud of is that their brews do not contain additives and will not give you a hangover. 

Situated along Marcos Highway, the Baguio Craft Brewery is a great place to meet and mingle with locals and fellow travelers.

Hill Station

Hill Station has long been a homegrown favorite for Asian-European-inspired dishes. This fine-dining lodge-style restaurant is located in the same complex as the historic Casa Vallejo Hotel along Upper Session Road.

Hill Station offers an eclectic selection of Asian and Continental dishes. Their best-sellers include dishes like Crispy Belly Pork with Holy Basil and Dulong Pasta. You should also not pass up on their homemade Benguet coffee ice cream. If you want a fine dining experience in Baguio, try Hill Station.

Cafe Sabel is the in-house restaurant of the BenCab Museum on Asin Road. It is about 30-40 minutes away from the city proper and is a vibrant cafe that offers meals with a relaxing view of a garden, forest, and duck pond. 

The restaurant makes use of vegetables and herbs sourced fresh daily from BenCab’s organic farm. Bestsellers here include the Farm Fresh Salad with strawberry vinaigrette dressing and Grilled Pork Chop with Rosemary.

For dessert, try the Volcano Ice Cream, a serving of Vanilla Ice Cream topped with chocolate sauce and fresh strawberries.


When in Baguio, you shouldn't miss the chance to stop by Vizco’s and try the best strawberry shortcake. Vizco’s is conveniently located along Session Road, so you have no excuse not to sample one of Baguio’s top strawberry treats. They also have a branch in Camp John Hay.

A slice of Vizco's famous Strawberry Shortcake in Baguio City, Philippines

Aside from being a bakery, Vizcos also has a restaurant where they offer meals at a great price point. Head to Vizco’s for a hearty meal and an indulgent slice of strawberry shortcake.

For a hassle-free and convenient trip to Baguio, it's important to read up on practical tips. These will come in handy if it’s your first time in Baguio. 

All establishments in Baguio accept payments in Philippine Peso (PHP). Although a lot of establishments accept credit cards, it is still better to always carry cash with you.

You can find several ATMs and money changers in the city center, especially along Session Road.  Before heading to tourist spots outside of the city proper (ex. La Trinidad Strawberry Farm, BenCab Museum, and Tam-awan Village), be sure to withdraw or have your money changed to PHP while you're in Session Road.

Many Baguio locals are multilingual. The majority can speak three languages: Filipino, Ilocano, and English. Others can speak several native dialects, such as Kankana-ey, Ibaloi, Ifugao, and Kapampangan.

Rest assured, most residents have a functional command of English.  So don't be afraid to ask questions or directions. Say hi/hello first when approaching them to establish a friendly tone. Who knows? You might earn a new friend in the process.

Unlike the rest of the Philippines, Baguio is cold all year round. Even if you’re visiting Baguio during the summer, be sure to pack thick warm clothes, socks, and gloves.

As mentioned, the Philippines does not have winter, but you will want to pack winter clothes when visiting Baguio. Bring outerwear made of wool or fleece and sneakers instead of sandals.

Baguio is particularly cold during the early hours of the morning and when night falls. Although it is still cold during the day, you can still break a sweat if you’re walking around a lot. Hence, you also want to bring a light jacket for your noon excursions. 

Sample Itinerary in Baguio          

Travelers catching the sunrise at the Mines View Park in Baguio City, Philippines

Most visitors spend at least three days and two nights exploring the City of Pines. Here’s a sample itinerary that you can take inspiration from:

Day 1: Arrival + Explore Baguio Parks 

07:00 am - Arrival at Hotel

07:30 am - Check-in and breakfast at the hotel

09:00 am - Start of the guided tour to Baguio’s Parks: Camp John Hay and Burnham Park

12:30 pm - Lunch at Good Taste Cafe & Restaurant

02:00 pm - Resume the Guided Tour to Baguio’s Parks: Centennial Park/ Baguio Botanical Garden, Wright Park, The Mansion, and Mines Views Park

06:00 pm - Dinner at Glenn 50’s Diner

Day 2:  Cordillera Heritage Tour

08:00 am - Breakfast at Cafe by the Ruins

08:30 am - Start of Cordillera Heritage Tour; Baguio Museum, La Trinidad Strawberry Farm, and Tam-Awan Village

11:30 am - Lunch at the Farmer’s Daughter 

01:00 pm - Resume the Cordillera Heritage Tour; Ben Cab Museum, and Easter Weaving Room

04:00 pm - Back to hotel

06:00 pm - Dinner and dessert at Vizco’z 

08:00 pm - Bargain hunting at the Baguio Night Market

Day 3:  Souvenir Shopping + Departure

08:00 am - Breakfast at the hotel

09:00 am - Go to Good Shepherd Convent and Mines View to buy pasalubong and souvenirs

10:00 am - Back to the hotel; chill and pack up

12:00 nn - Lunch at Good Taste

01:00 pm -  Departure

Start Planning Your Baguio Trip!

A bowl of fresh strawberries from Baguio City, Philippines

The city has transformed to become more than just the Summer Capital and a City of Pines. Baguio has become a gateway to the Cordillera region. It continues to put the spotlight on the city’s deep Cordilleran heritage; from their cuisine, festivals, to their art. If you want to immerse yourself in the unique culture of the Cordillera, then start planning your Baguio trip!

The Summer Capital of the country has something for every kind of traveler. You can quickly complete your Baguio itinerary, as you’ll never run out of places to visit, things to do, places to explore, lessons to learn, and food to eat in the City of Pines.

Baguio is a good tourist destination in itself as well as a frequent stopover on the way to other top tourist destinations further North, such as Batad and Banaue , known for their beautiful rice terraces that are considered one of the country's UNESCO World Heritage Sites .

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Baguio City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines. Filipinos love visiting this place because of its cool climate, stunning views, affordable food, and rich culture and heritage. Our team regularly travels to this beautiful city in the mountains; thus, we created the Ultimate Baguio Itinerary Travel Guide.

Post Updated: September 7, 2023: We updated the travel requirements mandated by Baguio City’s tourism office. We also added the new 24-hour tourism hotline for any concerns. You can call the tourism office at (074) 446 2009. Additionally, we created a Google Map List of places to eat and tourist spots to visit that you can add to your smartphone for easier access. Head to the best restaurants and places to visit section of this post.

  • Basic Information and Brief History

Create a Visita Account and Generate QTP

  • Baguio Accredited Travel and Tours Agencies
  • 2 Days and 1 Night
  • 3 Days and 2 Nights

Best Hotel in Baguio

Best restaurants in baguio, tourist spots in baguio.

  • Best Month to Visit and Festivals

Baguio City: Basic Information and Brief History

Baguio is a highly urbanized city located in the province of Benguet. It is also known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines due to its chilly year-round environment. The city sits 4810 feet (1466 meters) above sea level, and its location is conducive to cultivating different root crops and vegetables.

Baguio City is also abundant in history. During the American Colonial Period in the 1900s, the US Military used Baguio as a hill station. Daniel Burnham, an urban designer, plans the whole city’s distinct layout. Unfortunately, during World War II, the Japanese attacked Camp John Hay, turning the city into ruins.

Currently, Baguio City is one of the most famous tourist spots in the country. But, who could imagine this mountainous city has a lot of historical moments that shaped the Philippines today?

Photo of Different Places in Baguio City

Baguio Travel Requirements 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected tourism not just in the Philippines but also around the world. Tourism is one of the economic sources of Baguio City, dramatically influencing people’s livelihood. As the city tries its best to recover from the pandemic, the local government decided to lift some of its travel restrictions to accommodate more tourists around the world.

Before visiting Baguio City, you need to have the following:

  • QR-Code Traveler’s Pass (QTP)
  • Vaccine Card/Certificate

To generate a QTP needed for your travel, please follow these steps:

  • Create a  Baguio Visita Account  at
  • Click ‘Schedule a Visit.’
  • Create and schedule your travel by filling out the fields of information given (travel details, accommodation, travel agent details, place of origin, transportation details, and vaccination category), then click the “PROCEED” button.

As per Baguio’s tourism office, registration through the Visita Website is still mandatory for non-residents and non-employees of Baguio City. Additionally, group registration is also available on the Visita Website. You can do that by doing the following:

  • Inside your Visita Account, go to My Travels.
  • Click the ‘Add a Companion’ button and type the details needed.

Please visit the Baguio Visita Website at for more details. You can also contact their 24-hour tourism hotline at (074) 446 2009 for any concerns.

Baguio Accredited Travel and Tours Agency

For a seamless travel experience in Baguio City, we recommend contacting a Baguio-accredited travel agency or tour guide before your visit. You can access the list of accredited travel agencies and tour guides through this link: . The local government recommends contacting a tour guide or travel agency before your visit.

Baguio Itinerary

It is important to have a planned itinerary for every vacation. This is vital for everyone to experience a seamless and hassle-free trip. Exploring Baguio City is easy. With proper planning, we can visit the city’s best spots efficiently. This section will feature several itineraries that will fit your needs.

Update: September 7, 2023: These itineraries are designed for DIY purposes. You can still check out these itineraries, which will give you an idea of where to go and what to visit in Baguio City. Again, contacting a travel and tour agency is highly recommended before visiting this beautiful city. Please see the link above for the complete list of accredited travel and tour agencies.

Baguio Itinerary 1 Day: Exploring East Side Only

Photo of mines View Park in Baguio City

This itinerary is suitable for a one-day tour. It is designed for travelers who plan to visit Baguio City as a side trip (for example, coming from Sagada ). It explores the city’s east side with a mix of chill and adventurous notes. The day will start at the stunning view of the Amburayan Valley in Mines View Park and ends in a relaxed way at Starbucks Camp John Hay.

Check the map below for the location of each tourist spot or restaurant mentioned. The map enumerates the places in chronological order.

Baguio Itinerary 2 Days 1 Night: Exploring Part of Baguio + La Trinidad and Tuba in Benguet

Photo of La Trinidad Strawberry Farm

The 2 Days 1 Night Baguio Itinerary explores the tourist spots outside Baguio City with a combination of the previous example. The first day will start at the luscious  Strawberry Farm of La Trinidad in Benguet and follow a southward fashion. The second day will be similar to the Day Tour Itinerary Sample.

The map below chronologically presents the places to visit for Day 1 of the 2D1N Baguio Itinerary. Day 2 is similar to the previous itinerary, so check the last map for reference.

Baguio Itinerary 3 Days and 2 Nights: Exploring Baguio and Certain Parts of Benguet

Photo of Baguio Night Market

This Itinerary explores the popular tourist spots and never-seen places in Baguio. The first day of this Baguio Itinerary will explore the outskirts of the city, specifically the elusive Café in the Sky. The rest of the days will combine the two previous itineraries.

As of September 7, 2023, Cafe in the Sky is closed to the public. We suggest being flexible in your itinerary and visiting other city breakfast cafes.

The map below features the places to visit for Day 1 of the 3D2N Baguio Itinerary. Kindly check the maps posted above for Days 2 and 3 of this trip.

These are our sample itineraries. We have used these itineraries in Baguio City for the last five years, and we hope this information will guide you in planning your next Baguio City Getaway. Now that you know our itineraries, it’s time to see our recommended hotels, restaurants, and other tourist spots in this marvelous city.

When choosing your accommodation, you must consider your budget and preferences. We are here to explore Baguio, not to hit the sack all day in our hotel room. That’s why a cheap yet comfortable room is enough. So please take a look at our recommended hotels and stays in Baguio.

Photo of Microtel in Baguio City

Our Choice: Microtel by Wyndham Baguio City

This is our favorite hotel in Baguio City. Microtel is a three-star hotel that provides outstanding comfort and service to its guest. What we like the most about this place is its location. Microtel is located beside Victory Liner Bus Station and is also accessible to different tourist spots in the city. They also have a complimentary breakfast buffet included in the room package.

Microtel’s rates are slightly expensive, and their standard deluxe room costs around PHP 4,000 a night. But with Agoda, you can book a room online at discounted rates of up to 50% off.  Click this link to see the discounted rates in Microtel.

Baguio City is also best when it comes to food trips. Most restaurants here offer big servings at an affordable price. The servings are so huge that you can share them with friends and family. Here are five of our recommended restaurants and cafes that you should try:

  • Good Taste Restaurant  – Best 24-Hour Restaurant. This food place offers a variety of Filipino Cuisine with huge servings at an affordable price!
  • Oh, My Gulay!  – An artsy place and restaurant located at the heart of Session Road in Baguio.
  • 50’s Diner  – Travel back to the 50s and enjoy the food of the American Era.
  • Baguio Craft Brewery  – Chill at night and have a glass of the best-tasting crafted beers in the city.
  • Lemon and Olives  – The First Greek Restaurant in Baguio City!

Photo: Where to Eat in Baguio

For more details and a complete list of our recommended food places in Baguio,  check out our trending post: Where to Eat in Baguio . In this article, we listed more than ten restaurants and cafes in Baguio, so check it out. If you would like to add a list on your Google Maps on your smartphone, click this link and follow the list that will pop up on your phone:

Baguio City has many tourist attractions that are great for family bonding or spending time with friends. You will surely enjoy exploring these places while savoring the city’s cold climate. Here are five tourist spots you can visit in Baguio City:

  • Burnham Park
  • Baguio Cathedral
  • Camp John Hay
  • Mines View Park
  • Tam-Awan Village

Photo of Baguio Tourist Spots

For more details, you can check our 18 Baguio Tourist Spots to Visit article . It’s a trending article that you should read, and it can also help you plan your vacation in Baguio City. You can also add and follow our tourist spot list on Google Maps on your smartphone. Click this link to add our list on your smartphone:

Other Information

When is the best month to visit baguio city.

It is best to visit Baguio during December, January, and February. These periods are also the most congested since travelers all over the country want to experience a pleasant cool climate. Furthermore, Baguio City celebrates the Panagbenga Flower Festival annually in February .

Visiting Baguio City during March, April, and May is also good, but it will be slightly warmer than the previous months. Avoid visiting Baguio City from September to November due to heavy rains, and some major highways are impassable because of the increased risk of landslides.

Any additional travel tips in Baguio City?

  • One important keyword:  Follow . Follow your itinerary, the city’s safety standards, and the travel and tour agency.
  • Bring your jackets . The night is colder than you think, and wearing a jacket is an added layer of protection against the city’s cold climate.
  • Always keep yourself hydrated . Baguio City is a high-altitude city, and you might experience altitude sickness if you explore the place on foot. Always bring a water bottle with you to avoid getting altitude sickness.
  • Always bring a small bag . In traveling, you might bring a big 30L to 40L backpack full of clothes and things you need for the following days of your trip. Of course, you will not be getting your heavy bags with you during the tour. Keep your main bag in your hotel room or accommodation. Bringing a small bag helps explore the city without the excess weight.
  • Reservations are king . It’s better to reserve things in advance before any trip or activity. Many travelers visit the city daily, and full accommodation is a common problem. Always book your accommodation in advance, it’s better this way than letting yourselves stay in the street braving the cold night.
  • Have an open mind and be responsible . We are all visitors to this place; be sensitive and respect their culture, values, and norms. Avoid throwing trash and be responsible.
  • If you wish to contact any tourism officials in Baguio City, you can visit their tourism Facebook page at: .

Did you find this post helpful? Please share it with your friends, and let us know in the comments section for any updates and suggestions for this post. This post was initially written by Blaine Lucero on February 7, 2019. Updated by Blaine Lucero on September 7, 2023.

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This is so informative and helpful. Thank you so much! We’re excited to experience strawberry picking specifically my son.

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Hi po, thank you so much, these will surely help us on our upcoming Baguio Trip…

Just want to ask lang po, if we’re planning for a 4D3N – 4 pax trip to Baguio+Sagada, do you think its better to book for a joiners trip going to Sagada? cheaper po ba if ganun? ehehehe salamuchhhhhh.

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hi. what time po open ang cafe in the sky?

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The last time we visited Cafe in the Sky was in 2017. We arrived at 5 AM and the cafe was already opened. I don’t know if it’s still the same today since that area is closed to the public. Only residents of Baguio City are allowed to enter the area.

Have a safe trip!

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Hi, totoo bang mahirap ang parking area sa mga tourist attraction? My friend told me na mas better iwan ang kotse sa accomodation then mag-taxi nalang?

Hi Carlo, Yes! The traffic is even worse during the holiday season. Most tourists keep their vehicles in their accommodation and ride a cab instead. Pero, it depends on the tourist attraction na pupuntahan ninyo. If you are planning to visit the most crowded places like (Wright Park, Mines View, Botanical Garden, and Session Road), I advise na mag-taxi na lang kayo. For places like BenCab and Strawberry Farm, you can bring your vehicle since medyo malayo na mga ito and baka mapa-mahal pa kayo if mag taxi kayo. Enjoy your upcoming vacation in Baguio!

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Hello! True bang di na need ng QTP/Visita requirements pag nagpuntang Baguio?

Hi Key, I asked the staff from local Baguio Tourism Office and said that QTP is still required when visiting Baguio City. However, based on the experience of my fellow blogger on his recent trip, they are not implementing the QTP strictly anymore. To be safe, just apply for a QTP in case they look for it.

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So helpful . Thank you!

My pleasure, Jessica! Enjoy your trip to Baguio City 🙂

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So detailed. Btw, may we ask how much is the estimated amount for the itinerary of 3 days and 2 nights? Thank you so much!

Hi Belle, for a group of 4 people. The estimated budget would be around PHP 2000 to PHP 3000 per head.

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Very helpful and detailed information indeed. Thank you so much. Do you have any updates to these places as of now in 2022? My family is planning to spend Christmas in Baguio City.

Hi Christine, I’m glad that we’re able to help! Enjoy your trip! 😁

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Baguio is the most beautiful place to visit in Philippines. I like it so much and thanks for sharing the detailed information which was really very helpful. Thank you and keep posting!

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Strawberry ice cream is really something that no one should miss when visiting La Trinidad farms.

Di ko knows yung Cogcoga. Akala ko bundok lang nandoon.

It was an unexpected turn haha. We discovered a high-altitude community filled with joyous and enthusiastic people 🙂

Baguio will always be my second favorite city after Legazpi City, Albay where I grew up.

Nakakatuwa kasi Good Taste din ang una kong hinahanap pagbaba ko pa lang ng bus sa VLiner. Fresh and generous!

Nakacheck in na din ako sa Bed and Bath kaso I really don’t prefer dormitory styles at di ko bet CR nila. Though it’s cheap and very accessible sa down town.Pero last time we were there to ask tariffs, pogi yung front desk lols!

I went to Legazpi City last 2011, I think it’s time to revisit your home city again 🙂

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Baguio itinerary: 30+ best baguio tourist spots and things to do (travel guide blog 2024 for first-timers).

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Traveling to Baguio City this 2024? Check out this updated Baguio Travel Guide Blog with a list of top things to do in Baguio, best tourist spots, awesome places to visit, recommended hotels and sample Baguio itinerary to help you plan your trip!

30+ things to do in baguio city + tourist spots and attractions 2024.

  • Lion's Head
  • Baguio Cathedral
  • Burnham Park
  • Camp John Hay
  • The Bell House
  • Cemetery of Negativism
  • Baguio Tree Top Adventure
  • Mines View Park
  • Strawberry Farms in La Trinidad
  • Bencab Museum
  • Baguio Museum
  • Tam-Awan Village
  • Old Diplomat Hotel
  • Baguio Night Market
  • Lourdes Grotto
  • Wright Park
  • The Mansion
  • Baguio Botanical Garden
  • Laperal Mansion
  • The Bell Church
  • Asin Hot Springs
  • Colors of StoBosa
  • Philippine Military Academy
  • Mt. Cabuyao
  • Baguio Public Market
  • Session Road
  • Good Shepherd Convent
  • Baguio Food Trip
  • Baguio Staycation
  • Sky Ranch Baguio
  • Panagbenga Festival
  • Mirador Heritage and Eco Park
  • How to Get to Baguio City?

WHERE TO STAY: Hotels in Baguio City

  • AWESOME DEALS! Hotels in Baguio with Promos and Discounts
  • Sample Baguio Day Tour Itinerary from Manila
  • Sample Baguio Itinerary (3 Days and 2 Nights)

Important Reminders Before Traveling to Baguio City

  • More Travel Guide Below!

What To Do in Baguio City

1. Take a photo of the Lion’s Head

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2. Visit and Pray at the Baguio Cathedral

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3. Jog, Bike, or Go Boating at Burnham Park

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4. Explore Camp John Hay

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5. Visit The Bell House at Camp John Hay

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6. Visit the Cemetery of Negativism

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7. Have fun at Baguio Tree Top Adventure

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8. Head to Mines View Park

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9. Visit Strawberry Farms in La Trinidad

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10. Appreciate Art and Nature at BenCab Museum

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11. Visit Baguio Museum

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12. Discover Tam-Awan Village

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13. Explore the Old Diplomat Hotel

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14. Go Bargain-Hunting at Baguio Night Market (Ukay-ukay)

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15. Go up and offer flowers at the Lourdes Grotto

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16. Try Horseback Riding at Wright Park

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17. Take a leisurely walk at The Mansion

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19. Take a photo of the Laperal Mansion

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20. Admire the intricate Taoist Architecture of Bell Church

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21. Take a Dip at the Asin Hot Springs

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22. Check out the Colors of StoBoSa (Valley of Colors)

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23. Visit the Philippine Military Academy

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24. Go hiking at Mt. Cabuyao in the nearby town of Tuba

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25. Buy fresh goods at Baguio City Public Market

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26. Enjoy the nightlife at Session Road

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27. Buy Pasalubong at the Good Shepherd Convent

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28. Go on a Baguio Food Trip

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29. Enjoy a Baguio Staycation

Awesome hotels deals and promos in baguio city.

  • Up to 40% off! - The Manor at Camp John Hay Discounted Room Package
  • Up to 20% off! - The Forest Lodge at Camp John Hay
  • Up to 30% off! - Kamiseta Hotel Baguio Discounted Room Package
  • Up to 25% off! - Grand Sierra Pines Baguio Hotel
  • Up to 15% off! - Safari Lodge Baguio by Log Cabin Hotel
  • Up to 15% off! - Microtel by Wyndham Baguio (Near Victory Liner and SM Baguio)

More Hotels and Transient Houses in Baguio City with Promos and Discounted Rates, HERE !

Sky Ranch Baguio

30. Enjoy Sky Ranch Baguio

Baguio Panagbenga Flower Festival

31. Experience Panagbenga Festival

Mirador Heritage and Eco Park Things to do in Baguio

32. Mirador Heritage and Eco Park

baguio travel tips


For the bus schedules, fares, travel time and more tips on how to get to baguio city from manila, please check out my post: how to get to baguio from manila by bus and private car.

Baguio Cheap Lodges Hotels Inns Hostels Rooms Hostels Tansient and Pension Houses in Baguio City

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Azalea residences baguio, c boutique hotel, microtel inn & suites by wyndham baguio, for my reviews on these hotels, please visit: ultimate list of best hotels in baguio city ..

  • Azalea Hotels & Residences Baguio
  • 3D2N at Chalet Baguio with Dining Credits
  • Safari Lodge Baguio by Log Cabin Hotel
  • Microtel by Wyndham Baguio (Near Victory Liner and SM Baguio)
  • The Orchard Hotel Baguio
  • Grand Sierra Pines Baguio Stay with PHP 1,000 Dining Credits and Perks

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  • 05:00 am - ETA in Baguio
  • Present ID & QTP at triage center
  • Morning tour stops and highlights: Philippine Military Academy, Camp John Hay, Wright Park, The Mansion, Mines View Park, Good Shepherd (Pasalubong Shopping) , Botanical Garden
  • 12:00 nn - Lunch
  • Afternoon tour stops and highlights: Stobosa Mural/Colorful Houses, Bell Church, Strawberry Farm (if open), Lourdes Grotto, Diplomat Hotel, Burnham Park √ Book a Guided Burnham Park Tour here!
  • 07:00 pm - ETD from Baguio City
  • 12:00 mn - ETA in Manila


Day 0 - departure.

  • 12:00 mn - departure from Metro Manila


  • 05:00 am - arrival in Baguio City / Present ID & QTP at triage center
  • 05:30 am - breakfast
  • 07:00 am - visit or attend mass at the Baguio Cathedral
  • 08:30 am - proceed to the hotel √ See here list of hotels in Baguio City
  • 09:00 am - early check-in (if allowed) or leave your bags
  • 10:00 am - go to Camp John Hay
  • Tree Top Adventure
  • 01:00 pm - Lunch
  • 02:00 pm - proceed to Burnham Park √ Book a Guided Burnham Park Tour here!
  • 03:00 pm - go biking, boating, or just hang out at Burnham Park
  • Baguio Instagram Walking Tour
  • Baguio Historical Walking Tour
  • Baguio Creative Walking Tour
  • University Guided Walking Tour in Baguio
  • 05:00 pm - Walk along Session road
  • 06:30 pm - Baguio Night Market or Sky Ranch Baguio √ Buy Discounted Tickets Here!
  • 08:30 pm - dinner
  • 09:30 pm - back at the hotel


  • 07:00 am - go to Bencab Museum
  • 08:00 am - explore Bencab Museum
  • 10:00 am - brunch at Sabel Cafe inside Bencab Museum
  • 11:00 am - go to The Bell Church
  • 12:00 nn - explore The Bell Church
  • 01:00 pm - walk to Colors of Stobosa
  • 01:30 pm - proceed to Strawberry Farms √ Book a Strawberry Tour here!
  • 02:00 pm - strawberry picking
  • 03:00 pm - go back to Baguio City
  • 04:00 pm - shop for pasalubong at Baguio Public Market
  • 05:30 pm - walk along Session Road, rest at Burnham Park √ Book a Guided Burnham Park Tour here!
  • 07:00 pm - dinner
  • 09:00 pm - back at the hotel


  • 05:00 am - sunrise viewing at Mines View Park
  • 06:00 am - shop for souvenirs
  • 07:00 am - walk to Good Shepherd Convent and buy Ube Jam
  • 08:00 am - visit Laperal House, Wright Park, have Stawberry Taho for breakfast, The Mansion and Baguio Botanical Garden
  • 11:00 am - back at the hotel, prepare for check-out
  • 12:00 nn - check-out
  • 01:00 pm - lunch
  • 02:00 pm - departure

Indeed, Baguio City 's cold weather, breathtaking views, charming ambience, delectable food offerings , endless list of scenic attractions and awesome things to do are just some of the reasons why it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines. There you have it, my top things to do in Baguio City that you should include in your itinerary! I hope this Baguio Travel Guide Blog help you decide where to go and what to do in Baguio City. For first-time travelers heading north of Luzon, save this and use it as your guide in planning your trip. Tara, let's visit Baguio City soon!

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Baguio Travel Guide (According To A Local)

Baguio Travel Guide: Here’s everything you need to know from travel tips, where to stay, what to do and food to eat, we’ve got you covered!

When I was little, I swore to myself I’d never go out of Baguio. In my perspective, as a little kid, Baguio was the only place in the Philippines that had cool weather – everywhere else was hell in temperature. Hahaha. I grew up in Benguet in a little gold town that’s only a few hours away from Baguio. Because of this, I’ve frequently visited Baguio and lived in it for so many years. So I’d like to consider myself a local.

Living in Baguio has led me to become my friends’ consultant when it comes to “things to do, places to visit and where to stay” in the city. I’ve also written a few articles about the city so feel free to check them out below.

Anyways, if you are planning the perfect trip to Baguio, this Baguio travel guide is just for you!

Let’s get started.

Important Information about Baguio

Baguio at a Glance: Everybody loves Baguio. It’s the so-called “coldest city in the Philippines”. At times, the temperature would drop to as low as 9 degrees Celsius especially from November to February. The abundance of pine trees around the city is one of the place’s most distinguishing feature. Tourists have loved the pine smell for so many years. (Sadly, these pine trees have decreased in number in the past 10 years.) If you love the mountain and the cold weather, come to Baguio.

Most popular places to visit in Baguio:

  • Burnham Park –  This is one of the most scenic spots in the city. Here, you can enjoy the flowers, go on a picnic, ride a bike or paddle a boat.
  • Camp John Hay –  When you think of Baguio, the first things that come to mind are pine trees, pine trees, and more pine trees, right? Live that dream in Camp John Hay. It’s best to visit during a sunny day and have a picnic, too.
  • Wright Park –  Wright Park is most famous for the horses. However, there’s more to it than horse riding. You’ll find here magnificent sceneries and more pine trees (hahaha).
  • Tam-awan Village –  If you want to experience a bit of Cordillera’s culture, go to Tam-awan Village. You can also choose to stay the night in one of the huts.
  • Botanical Garden –  I love Botanical Garden just because it’s filled with all sorts of plants. If you’re into that, check this place out!
  • The Mansion –  Want to see the house where the country’s presidents sleep when they visit Baguio? Visit the Mansion! It’s just a few steps away from Wright Park.

Other popular spots include:

  • Teacher’s Camp
  • Bell Church
  • Mine’s View
  • Diplomat Hotel

Confused that the Strawberry Farms aren’t included? That’s because it’s located in the nearby town – La Trinidad.

Related Article: Weekend Getaways Near Baguio Under 500 Pesos

Language & Helpful Phrases: Ilocano

  •        Thank you = Salamat
  •        Delicious = Naimas
  •        Bathroom =   Banyo
  •        How much is this? = Manu daytoy?
  •        Too expensive = Nangina
  •       I don’t want = Haanko kayat
  •        No = Haan
  •        Yes = Wen

Transportation around Baguio:

The main form of public transportation in Baguio is via jeep or taxi. You might have a hard time finding a vacant taxi or riding a jeep during rush hours (around 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM)

New Rules and Regulations:

Be aware of the new rules and regulations. It’s now not allowed to cross the street/walk on the sidewalks while using your gadgets, public display of affection (PDA) is not allowed in public, cursing is also not allowed, and so much more! Read here for more…

Best Time To Visit Baguio

Climate in baguio.

Since Baguio is located at a higher elevation than most places in the Philippines, you can expect a cool climate all year round.

  •        Rainy Season: June to December
  •       Dry Season:  January to May
  •       Coldest Months: November to February

Peak season for tourists is December, February, April and May. It’s mostly every holiday, long weekends, and Panagbenga festival.

Times to avoid traveling in Baguio

Avoid traveling to Baguio on holidays and long weekends. You have been warned. Tourists frequent Baguio during these times and you will find yourself in a lot of crowded areas especially during Panagbenga. Baguio’s roads are quite narrow and there is barely any parking space. There’s heavy traffic in all directions.

And the usual 15-minute ride? It’ll turn into 2 hours of hell inside the vehicle. For these reasons, locals barely go out of their homes on the weeks before and after Christmas, and during Panagbenga.


  • Panagbenga Festival, February: Also known as the Flower Festival, you can find here several parades featuring flowers, floats, and street dances.
  • Baguio Foundation Day ,   September: This is often a month-long celebration of the city’s founding day.
  • Baguio Arts Festival ,   November to December: Featured here are visual arts (photography, film, video, sculpture and art installations); performing arts (modern dances drama, music, poetry reading) and ethnic arts.

Related Article:  5 Things You Probably Don’t Know about the Panagbenga Festival

Top Things to Do in BAGUIO

Eat, eat and eat.

Over the years, Baguio has turned into a place of food heaven. You can find here hundreds of cafes and restaurants so go on a food trip and forget about your diet hahaha.


Located in Benguet, Baguio has quite a few interesting neighbors. Here’s a list of awesome places to check out.

  • Itogon – Mt Ulap , and Mt Ugo
  • Atok – Northern Blossom , Mt Timbak , and the Sakura Park (Haight’s Place)
  • Tuba – Bencab Museum, Valleypoint Campsite , and Aran Cave
  • La Trinidad – Strawberry Farm, Mt Yangbew/Jumbo , Mt Costa , and Mt Kalugong


Love coffee? Benguet has some of the country’s best coffee and Baguio has a lot of cafes. Just try not to go to Starbucks anymore. Better yet, go try the coffee in  Cafe Yagam .


Bring out those sweaters and scarfs, and get your OOTD on! Baguio can be too cold sometimes that all you’ll ever want is to curl up, read a book and drink coffee. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to experience the foggy weather, too.


There’s no place better than Baguio for that much-needed walking or running. Wake up early and join the joggers at Burnham Park.

Insider Tip: There are also groups who exercise at Burnham Park every morning. You might want to join in and do a little bit of zumba.


Session road is filled with restaurants, cafes and ukay-ukays. It’s basically the center of Baguio. On the lower side, you’ll see the Baguio Public Market. While on the upper side, you’ll find SM. Walk up and down for that much-needed exercise and when you’re done, reward yourself with a feast!


Other things you can do are:

  • Horseback riding in Wright Park
  • Visit museums
  • Go on a walk at Camp John Hay’s yellow trail
  • Go on an adventure at Tree Top Adventure
  • Get a massage at Northern Haven (I recommend their Ferguson Rd Branch) – Try their body scrub, sauna, and massage package!
  •  Go on a boat ride at Burnham Park
  • Try bowling at Centermall’s fifth floor.

You can also refer to this article:  15 Things To Do in Baguio City, Philippines (for Free)

If you don’t like all the hassle of planning your trip, this Baguio tour package is perfect for you.

Baguio Itinerary

I put together an ebook to help you plan out your Baguio itinerary. Download it here . It contains day trips, 2 days, 3 days and 4 days itineraries.

Best Foods to Eat in Baguio

Baguio is partly responsible for my current weight. Hahaha. When in Baguio, my friends and I usually go on frequent dinners. Plus, my husband being a foodie, I’ve been to a lot of restaurants in Baguio. Here are some of my favorites.

  • Lomo Ribs (Canto) – Indulge in a heartwarming meal with your family with this amazing dish and fall off the bone pork ribs that can make you say “wow”! The Lomo Ribs is a dish that you can enjoy on the daily.
  • Guys On The Hood (50s Diner) – If you are a very hungry person, then go satisfy yourself with the hearty meal called Guys On The Hood offered by 50s Diner. It consists of pizza, fried chicken, BBQ pork and a choice between fries and rice. What more can you ask for? (If you love burgers, you’ll love their pizza burger and bacon cheeseburger)
  • Buttered Chicken (Goodtaste) – If you are looking for the ultimate Baguio dining experience, then you should go to Goodtaste. They boast of an amazing menu filled with hearty meals that everybody enjoys. A lot of tourists agree that their buttered chicken tastes phenomenal. So give it a try and tell us all about it!
  • Cream Puffs (Goodtaste) – From the famous buttered chicken, you can also ask for Goodtaste’s cream puffs with feelings! No that was not a typo. It really is filled with love providing you with the warmth to fight off Baguio’s cold weather.
  • Bulalo (Ed’s Bakahan) – This is a hole in the wall restaurant located in the Baguio and it is definitely a place where you can enjoy meals in its simplicity like beef knuckles cooked for hours on end. They also serve papaitan as well as the best bakareta in Baguio. You will surely enjoy gnawing on the bones and appreciating the humble yet homey feeling of their restaurant.
  • Pani Puri (Qilla’s Restaurant) – Well, if you are looking for something foreign, then you can go on ahead to Quilla’s restaurant. Here you can find the best Indian meals as well as some Filipino meals with a few twists from their amazing Indian chefs. Their Pani Puri is so good that it can take you to another country and back in just a few bites! (Their biryani and lassi are also a must-try!)
  • Strawberry Cake (Vizco’s Restaurant) – If you love strawberries, then you will love Vizco’s strawberry cake even more!
  • Guisado (Rose Cafe) – This is one of Baguio’s best kept secrets! Guisado in Rose Cafe is best eaten hot with lots of chili.
  • Creamy Bulalo (Sage) – If you are looking for the best beef meal in Baguio, then a different take on the famous Bulalo dish will surely pique your interest. There’s the creamy bulalo at Sage. It is a bulalo steak that has been cooked the same way a regular bulalo would. However, it is served on a plate covered in Sage’s creamy sauce that compliments it so perfectly you’ll a hard time leaving Baguio.
  • Pinuneg (Farmer’s Daughter) – Authentic Igorot foods cooked the same way it was decades ago is an amazing experience in and of itself. Try the pinuneg and other meals on the menu at Farmer’s Daughter. I assure you this experience will last you a lifetime!
  • Watwat (Igorot Cafe) –  Another authentic Igorot food to try. Check out their unli watwat servings for only P300!

For more food, let me refer you to Find Good Baguio Foods . Xine has listed the best places to eat in Baguio. But for the mean time, here are some restaurants:

  • Good Taste Cafe & Restaurant
  • Slaughter House
  • Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant
  • O’ Mai Khan
  • Station 140

Mid-range to Fine Dining

NOTE: Some of these restaurants require reservations!

  • Le Chef at The Manor
  • Eve’s Garden
  • Anchor Wheel Delivery- Check them out on Facebook for deliveries. Their pizzas are to die for!
  • Foggy Mountain Cookhouse
  • Forest House
  • Hill Station
  • Hamada Restaurant
  • Mother’s Garden
  • O Dong Tong Samgyeopsal House Korean Restaurant
  • The Outlook Steak & Grill Restaurant
  • Mama’s Table
  • Cafe by the Ruins
  • Baguio Craft Brewery for Food + Beer
  • Secret Garden
  • Lemon and Olives

Where to Stay in Baguio

Have you already booked your accommodation in Baguio? If not, here are some that you can book:

  • Noel’s First Floor – Check Availability
  • Small House – Baguio – Check Availability
  • Koinonia Retreat Center – Check Availability
  • Lyn’s Do Drop Inn Transient House – Check Availability
  • 3BU Hostel – Check Availability
  • Ms. Olive’s Homestay – Check Availability
  • Austrianne Residences – Check Availability
  • Davimar House – Check Availability
  • French Nest at Baguio- Megatower Residences – Check Availability
  • G1Lodge – Check Availability
  • The Forest Lodge at Camp John Hay – Check Availability
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  • Outlook Ridge Residences N-206 – Check Availability
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  • The Manor at Camp John Hay – Check Availability

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If you’re planning on booking via Airbnb, here’s a P2,200 (44 USD) discount on your first booking when you sign up on Airbnb.

Typical Budget for Baguio

Baguio is paradise for people who want to escape the heat. The budget for a trip to the city will depend on you.

Good to know:  Save money by walking. Most of Baguio’s parks, buildings, and malls can be reached by foot at the central business district.


Budget traveler: If you are on a tight budget and watch your spending closely, P500 – P1000 could be a sufficient budget.

M id-range traveler: If you want to have a few splurges and stay in nicer accommodation, plan to budget P1000 – P2000 per day.


  •       Camping = P0-P250
  •       Budget room = P250-P1500 per room
  •       Mid-range = P1500-P3500 per room
  •       Luxury hotel = P3500+ per room
  •       Fast food = P100-P200
  •       Budget Meals = P50-P100
  •       Mid-range restaurant = P100-P200
  •       Fancy restaurant = P300-P700


  •        Taxi = starts at P60 (for short trip) to P200 (for far-off destinations)
  •       Jeepney = P8.50-P20

Responsible Travel Tips in Baguio

When traveling to one place, make sure you practice responsible tourism. Here are some tips to do so.

1. Respect the environment

Don’t litter. Please hold onto your trash until you find a garbage can. If you’re in Session road, you won’t find any trash can unless you go inside 7-Eleven.

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2. Avoid single-use plastic

Baguio is already starting a ban on single-use plastic. However, there are still shops that will wrap their products in these. So be sure to bring your eco bag and say no to single-use plastic.

3. Be considerate

Before you go to Baguio, read on the traditions, culture, religion, and customs of the place so you know what is appropriate and inappropriate. Most of Baguio’s residents are Igorots like me. And most often a lot of tourists come to Baguio looking for Igorots expecting as if they will find a group of people who are way behind today’s society.

I don’t know about you but we take insult in this. So please, before you go to Baguio, educate yourself and do your research. You might be insulting someone.

Tip: If you are bringing your car to Baguio, try not to honk your car multiple times. The locals don’t like that. You’ll be seen as a nuisance.

4. Shop local

Keep the traditional crafts alive and support local artisans. Buy from them. And try not to haggle, P20 may seem small to you but it can mean a lot to them.

5. Always ask permission

Be sure to ask for permission first when taking photos or videos especially when it comes to children.

What to Pack for Baguio

Always pack light so you can easily carry your bag around and avoid worrying about your stuff being left behind.

Here are some Baguio-specific items I’d recommend packing:

  • Eco-friendly Reusable Water Bottle
  • Light Rain Jacket (especially from June to November) 
  • T-shirts, a nice top, and a long-sleeved shirt
  • Power Adapter
  • Packing Cubes
  • Microfiber Towel
  • Travel Insurance
  • sneakers, hiking shoes (if you’re planning to hike) and some flats
  • reusable straw and  reusable bag  (no to single-use plastic!)

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How To Go To Baguio

If you don’t have a car, you can ride a deluxe bus or a regular aircon bus via Victory Liner, Solid North Transit or JoyBus of Genesis Transport.

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3-Day Journey Through Baguio: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Discover Baguio, the Summer Capital of the Philippines, nestled in the grand Cordillera Mountain Range. Known for its cool climate, scenic hilltop panoramas, and a rich blend of culture and heritage, Baguio promises an escape full of diverse experiences. From the colorful blooms of the Botanical Gardens to the vibrant arts scene in Tam-awan Village, the city offers a multitude of attractions for every traveler.

In this ultimate travel guide, we embark on a 3-day journey to explore the best of what Baguio has to offer. Whether you’re a fan of nature, art, history, or culinary delights, this itinerary is tailored to ensure you capture the essence of this enchanting city. Come with us as we delve into the heart of Baguio, exploring its famous landmarks, hidden gems, and the unique charm that makes it a beloved destination in the Philippines.

Ready your senses for an unforgettable adventure through pine-clad hills, artistic enclaves, and gastronomic journeys that define the soul of Baguio. Let’s uncover the marvels of this highland city together, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Burnham Park in Baguio, the Philippines

Baguio Day 1 Itinerary: Exploring the Summer Capital of the Philippines

Welcome to Baguio, the Summer Capital of the Philippines! Prepare for a day filled with adventure, culture, and gastronomic delights. Here’s your go-to guide for an unforgettable Day 1 in Baguio.

Morning: Breathe in Nature & Culture

Kickstart your day with a hearty breakfast at Café by the Ruins , where you can savor the taste of local and international cuisine amidst the remnants of Baguio’s historical backdrop. After breakfast, make your way to Burnham Park , the city’s most famous park. Enjoy boating on the lake, cycling around, or just a leisurely walk amidst its beautiful scenery. Next, proceed to the Baguio Cathedral for a spiritual and architectural experience.

 Lunch at The Farmer’s Daughter

For lunch, head over to The Farmer’s Daughter for an authentic taste of Cordilleran dishes.

Afternoon: A Cultural Immersion

Immerse yourself in the arts at the BenCab Museum , showcasing works by National Artist Benedicto Cabrera and other Cordilleran artists. Conclude your cultural journey at Tam-awan Village , where art, culture, and heritage converge in a recreated Cordilleran village.

Evening: Enjoy the City Lights

Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at a restaurant with a panoramic view of the city. Hill Station offers a mix of cuisines in a cozy ambiance perfect for capping off the day. After dinner, end your day with a stroll through the vibrant Baguio Night Market , where you can find a wide array of affordable goods, from clothes to street food delicacies.

Baguio Botanical Garden, the Philippines

Baguio Day 2 Itinerary: Art, Nature, and Relaxation

After an engaging first day, prepare for Day 2 as we continue exploring the enchantments of Baguio, focusing on art, nature, and leisure activities for a soothing experience.

Morning: Embracing Art & Nature

Start your day with breakfast at Arca’s Yard , where you can enjoy wholesome meals accompanied by a sweeping view of Baguio’s landscapes. Then, walk off your breakfast with a visit to the Baguio Botanical Garden , an oasis of native plants and sculptures that capture the essence of Cordillera culture. Don’t miss discovering the tranquil beauty of the Mirador Jesuit Villa Eco Park , home to the famous labyrinth and offering panoramic views of the city.

Lunch at Café Yagam

Experience the unique flavors of Cordilleran cuisine with a cozy lunch at Café Yagam , renowned for its authentic indigenous dishes.

Afternoon: Leisure & Cultural Immersion

Delve into the mysterious history of the Diplomat Hotel on Dominican Hill, offering insight into Baguio’s past and panoramic city views. End your afternoon with a shopping spree at the Baguio Public Market , where you can find fresh produce, souvenirs, and the famous Baguio ube jam.

Evening: Relax and Unwind

Catch the breathtaking sunset at Mines View Park , offering stunning views of the Cordillera mountains as the day comes to an end.

Conclude your day with a delightful dinner at Bistro Lokal , one of Baguio’s top-rated restaurants, offering a blend of local and international cuisine.

Camp John Hay in Baguio, the Philippines

Baguio Day 3 Itinerary: Leisure, Art, and Natural Wonders

For the final day in Baguio, let’s slow down the pace and immerse ourselves in the serene atmosphere of this mountain haven. Enjoy Baguio’s art scene, soothing parks, and incredible vistas.

Morning: A Slow Start with Art and Scenery

Begin your day savoring traditional Filipino breakfast and hot chocolate at Choco-late de Batirol nestled within Camp John Hay, surrounded by pine trees. After breakfast, Immerse yourself in the whimsical art community at Ili-Likha Artists Village . Explore its creative spaces and galleries, celebrating Baguio’s vibrant arts and crafts.

Lunch at Forest House

Enjoy a heartwarming meal at Secret Garden , known for its cozy ambiance and delightful fusion of Filipino and international cuisine.

Afternoon: Relishing the Outdoors

After lunch, take a leisurely stroll or picnic in the expansive grounds of Camp John Hay , enjoying its peaceful environment and heritage sites.

Evening: Enjoying Baguio’s Nightlife

Conclude your Baguio journey with a splendid dinner at Lemon and Olives Greek Taverna , offering authentic Greek cuisine with a view of Baguio’s landscape. End your Baguio adventure with a nightcap at Baguio Craft Brewery , sampling local craft beers and enjoying the company of friends in a relaxed setting.

Memories of Baguio

As our 3-day journey through the Summer Capital of the Philippines comes to a close, we are left with hearts full of unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for the cultural and natural beauty Baguio has to offer. From the tranquil mornings at the Botanical Garden to evenings filled with laughter and craft beers, each moment has contributed to a tapestry of experiences that define the essence of Baguio.

Beyond its scenic vistas and cultural landmarks, Baguio will remain in our memories as a place of warmth and welcome, where every corner turned unveils a new story. So here’s to Baguio—a haven of creativity, culture, and camaraderie. Until we meet again, may the spirit of the City of Pines continue to inspire and enchant us all.

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When it comes to picturesque destinations in the Philippines, Baguio often tops the list. Known as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines,” this charming city offers a delightful blend of cultural heritage, natural beauty, and delectable cuisine. Whether you’re a history buff, nature enthusiast, or foodie, Baguio has something to offer everyone. In this comprehensive 3-day itinerary, we’ll guide you through the best of Baguio, ensuring you make the most of your visit.

  • 1.1 Visit Mines View Park for Panoramic Views
  • 1.2 Discover the Rich History of Baguio at the Baguio Museum
  • 1.3 Immerse Yourself in Filipino Art at the BenCab Museum
  • 1.4 Take a Stroll Along Session Road
  • 1.5 End Your Day at Burnham Park
  • 2.1 Head to Camp John Hay
  • 2.2 Hike Through Picturesque Trails
  • 2.3 Experience The Mansion House
  • 2.4 Explore Wright Park
  • 3.1 Visit La Trinidad Strawberry Farm
  • 3.2 Explore Tam-Awan Village
  • 3.3 Indulge in Baguio’s Famous Food Scene
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Day 1: Exploring the City’s Cultural and Historical Gems

Hotel Recommendations:

  • Consider staying at Azalea Hotels and Residences for a comfortable and stylish accommodation option.
  • Stay at The Manor at Camp John Hay for a luxurious experience amid the beautiful surroundings of Camp John Hay .

Visit Mines View Park for Panoramic Views

Your Baguio adventure begins with breathtaking panoramic views at Mines View Park . Located atop a ridge, this park offers a sweeping vista of the city and the surrounding mountains. Don’t forget to try on traditional Cordillera attire and shop for souvenirs at the local stalls.

Discover the Rich History of Baguio at the Baguio Museum

Delve into the city’s fascinating past at the Baguio Museum . Explore exhibits that showcase Baguio’s history, from its indigenous roots to the colonial era. It’s a captivating journey through time.

Restaurant Recommendation: After your museum visit, dine at Café by the Ruins for a taste of Baguio’s culinary heritage. Their local dishes and cozy ambiance are a perfect match for your cultural exploration.

Immerse Yourself in Filipino Art at the BenCab Museum

For art enthusiasts, a visit to the BenCab Museum is a must. Founded by national artist Benedicto Cabrera, this museum houses an impressive collection of contemporary and indigenous Filipino art. The lush surroundings and mountain views make the visit even more memorable.

Take a Stroll Along Session Road

Session Road is Baguio’s main commercial street, and it’s teeming with shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Take a leisurely stroll, explore the local stores, and savor Baguio’s vibrant atmosphere. Don’t forget to try some local snacks and street food.

End Your Day at Burnham Park

As the day winds down, head to Burnham Park , a central green space in Baguio. Rent a boat and enjoy a peaceful ride on the park’s man-made lake. It’s the perfect way to unwind and reflect on your day of exploration.

Day 2: Nature Tripping in Baguio’s Surroundings

Head to camp john hay.

Start your second day at Camp John Hay , a former rest and recreation facility for the United States Armed Forces. Today, it’s a serene retreat with lush gardens, picnic areas, and historical sites. Take a leisurely walk and soak in the tranquility.

Hike Through Picturesque Trails

Baguio is surrounded by natural beauty, and there’s no better way to experience it than by hiking. Choose between the picturesque trails of Mount Costa or the Botanical Garden for a nature escape. Both offer opportunities to connect with Baguio’s stunning landscapes.

Experience The Mansion House

Visit The Mansion House, known as the official summer residence of Philippine presidents. This iconic architectural gem is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is an excellent spot for photos. Learn about its history and significance to the country.

Explore Wright Park

Wrap up your day with a visit to Wright Park . Here, you can either ride horses or watch captivating horse shows. It’s a unique experience that adds a touch of adventure to your Baguio trip.

Day 3: Taste Baguio’s Delights

Visit la trinidad strawberry farm.

No trip to Baguio is complete without indulging in strawberry picking at La Trinidad Strawberry Farm . Pluck your own strawberries and savor their freshness. It’s an experience that truly captures the essence of Baguio.

Restaurant Recommendation: For a delicious breakfast before your strawberry-picking adventure, try Café by the Farm .

Explore Tam-Awan Village

Tam-Awan Village offers a glimpse into traditional Cordillera art and culture. Wander through this art village, featuring traditional huts, art displays, and workshops. It’s a cultural immersion you won’t forget.

Indulge in Baguio’s Famous Food Scene

Wrap up your Baguio adventure by treating your taste buds to the city’s famous food scene. Try local specialties like ukoy (shrimp fritters), strawberry taho (soft tofu dessert), and baguette. Explore the local markets and eateries to discover the culinary treasures of Baguio.

Restaurant Recommendation: Satisfy your cravings for Baguio’s local delicacies at Good Taste , known for their delicious and affordable Filipino dishes.

With this comprehensive 3-day itinerary, you can make the most out of your trip to Baguio. Explore its cultural and historical sites, immerse yourself in nature, and savor the delicious local cuisine. You’ll leave Baguio with unforgettable memories of this charming city, cherishing the rich experiences it has to offer. Enjoy your Baguio adventure!

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BAGUIO CITY: Travel Guide, Tips, Cheap Hotels and More

Baguio is one of the quickest respites out the bustle of the congested Metro Manila. Widely known as the “City Of Pines”, this historical city showcases a plethora of delights which made it a favorite go-to city during holidays and the summer. Being located at the roof of the Cordilleras, the city doesn’t just have the coolest temperature all throughout the year but it also has the most diverse culture in the country. It is literally a melting pot of skills, art and traditions of various ethnicity which have thrived in the pine-scented mountains of Benguet and nearby provinces even before the country’s colonization.


Air travel is not an option to get to Baguio City. One can only get to Baguio by land. You can choose your own route depending on where you will be coming from.

From Manila

  • By Car – you have to pass through NLEX (North Luzon Express Way) then SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway). Upon reaching Tarlac City exit, turn left and drive a good 10 km more until you reach MacArthur Highway. Travel time is about 4-5 hours.
  • By Bus – you can choose from  Victory Liner , Partas and  Genesis  which have stations in Pasay City and Cubao, Philippine Rabbit, stations located in Avenida, Manila and many others. Fare as of January 2014 ranges from 450php to 460php. Travel time may take 7-8 hours depending on the traffic situation.

From Outside Luzon – you can choose to fly to

  • Manila – from NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport), hop on a cab taking you to any one of these bus stations (Victory Liner, Partas and Genesis)
  • Clark – from Clark airport, you can ask to be taken to Dau terminal which is used to be the pitstop of buses coming to and from Manila. There you can choose to hop on Victory Liner, Partas, Genesis, and Philippine Rabbit buses. Fare ranges from 400php to 450php.

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Where to stay in baguio.

Upon arriving in the city, there are people who would offer to take you on different transients, inns and hotels for a showroom for a fee of 50php. There you can choose the best one that suits your needs. There are almost a hundred hotels and inns in Baguio so there are plenty of them that you can choose from depending on your budget and preference. You may also want to drop by the city tourism office which is a few walks away from Victory Liner bus station to see a comprehensive list of transient houses, inns and hotels accredited by the DOT. There you can also get a map of the city free of charge.

Below is the list of some inns and hotels you might wanna stay in while in the city of pines. They are located near the heart of the city for better access to transportation, food and shopping markets.

Casa Vallejo – Upper Session Road, Baguio City Proper

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G1 Lodge Design Hotel – #2 Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City Proper

Kamiseta Hotel  – #20 Villamor St. Brgy. Lualhati , Outlook Drive, Baguio

Note: For larger groups of 5 and up, it’s best to stay in transient houses .

Day tour itinerary.

It is always good to plan your tour to save on cost and maximize time. There are a lot of tourist spots scattered all around Baguio and the secret to exploring them all even on a limited time is to have a well-organized itinerary. Go see the spots in one go for each area. Kindly refer to my list below.

1. La Trinidad Area (Chinese Bell Church, Strawberry Farm and Flower Farm)  – you can hop on one of the passenger jeeps parked near the city hall. Fare is P8.50/pax from the city to the Bell Church and another P8.50/pax going to the strawberry farm. If you wish to go to the Flower Farm from Strawberry farm then you would have to hail a cab as there is no jeep bound to that area. Fare may range from P150-P180.

2. Tam-Awan Village  – there are passenger jeeps parked near Baguio City market going to Quezon Hill. Hop on one and fare is P8.50

3. Good Shepherd, Mines View Park, Wright Park, Botanical Garden, The Mansion and Teacher’s camp  – you can wait for Minesview jeep passing by the Harrison Rd and fare is only P8.50.

4 .  PMA, Camp John Hay and Panagbenga Park  – take the PMA jeep parked at the eastern part of Burnham near Baguio City Plaza. Fare is 18php/pax.

5. Lourdes Grotto and Dominican Hill  – take Dominican hill jeep parked near the city market. Fare is 8.50/pax

6. Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, Bencab Museum and Asin Hotspring  – take the Asin Jeep near the city market. Fare is P15-P20/pax.

7. Burnham Park, Baguio Cathedral, Orchidarium and Session Rd  – these tourist spots are within the heart of the city so you can walk your way to each of them.

8. Mt. Sto Thomas  – you have to take a cab as there usually very few jeep drivers willing to take you up there.

9. Kennon Rd and Lion’s Head  – take the Camp 7 jeep located at Carantes St. Fare P8.50/pax.

Note: Taking a cab is always more comfortable than making your way through a passenger jeep with bunch of people around you, but if you are looking to discover and know the city better, it is always worth it.

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I really love the Ube Jam from Good Shepherd and the beautiful view of Mines View Park. Well, Baguio is one of the tourist spots in your country. I will definitely go back there. Your blog is very helpful.

Thanks Caroline

Hi there? Do you have an updates about the requirements for travelling at baguio city this holiday season? Much appreciated. Thanks.

Hi Shane. This is the only update I have so far

Hi! My family and I plan to go there next year around September can you recommend a good hotel. I have 2 teenagers and a preschooler. Also can you help me plan our itinerary? Thanks!

Hi. Since you will be going there with your family, might as well stay. In transient houses. It’s cheaper than staying in hotels. You can look for transient houses in airbnb or simply browse through facebook. As for your itinerary. Yeah will be glad to help you draft it out.

Hi Author, I am alone traveller I am planning to visit baguio I will be staying for 1 night only can you recommend me the best place to visit for that short period of time? I want to arrived in baguio at 7am and will be leaving the next day at 3pm. Your response is highly appreciated. If you can give me schedules and cost it will be very helpful. Fyi, I’m not maarti for place to stay the important is comportable lang po.

You can stay in AJ’s Pension House for the night. As for the places to visit, I think having breakfast in Cafe in the Sky would be a great starter for your day. YOu can also visit other Baguio staples such as Burnham Park, Minesview Park, Camp John Hay, The Mansion, Teacher’s Camp, The Lourdes Grotto, Diplomat Hotel and Bencab Museum..

Hello, we are planning to go to baguio this september. is it a great time to visit there? esp. in the strawberry farm.

I think di pa po season ng strawberries. 🤔

Hello may iba p ba kaung dates papunta dyn? Tia

Baguio tour package Open for joiners. 2 days 1 night March 4-5 ,2017 (sat and sun) 1,950 per head Inlcusios: Van (manila-baguio-manila) accomodation with meal driver tour guide gas and toll gates Tours Pick up: mercury drug, monumento caloocan city Departure: march 4 (2am) Arrival baguio: 6am Day 1 Lions head: 6am Accomodation check in: 6:30am Mines view – 9am Goodshepperd – 10am Wright park & the mansion – 11am Lunch Camp john hay – 3pm Back to transient: 5pm Dinner Sm baguio: 7pm night market & burnharm park: 8pm Day 2 (march 5 sunday) Breakfast: 6am Strawberry farm: (7am SHARP) (Bili pasalubong, vegetables, etc..) Back to transient 10am Check out: 12nn Burnharm park and baguio city supermarket: 1pm Back to manila: 4pm or earlier Arrival manila: 8pm to 9pm For more info call txt 09266679970 Michael Cupcupin

Hi! I just finished reading your blog about this tour u did and I was wondering if the accommodation you got to stay in was a nice place? Hoping fornyour feedback since me and my bestfriend is planning to take a tour in Baguio as well. Thanks much! 😉

Hi. Yeah it was a nice place but there are better places out there now. Try AJ’s Pension House.






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great site out here 🙂

Nice Blog about Baguio .keep up the good work 🙂

Hello, author! I am planning to go to Bencab Museum. From Partas terminal, ano po pwede masakyan papunta doon? 🙂

Hi Cherry Ann. From partas, ride a cab to the parking area where jeepneys bound for Asin area are parked. Ride the jeepney and asked to be dropped near BenCab Museum. If you want to avoid the hassle, you can simply hop on a cab and ask to take you to BenCab. 🙂

Thank you so much! ☺☺😘😘

hello author is it accurate until present? i plan to go here with my gf on our anniversary how much was your estimated cost for us to enjoy baguio ?

Hi Axle. Yes. The info is pretty much up to date. Prices have not gone up since the last time I was in Baguio in February 2016. Expenses really could vary. Depends on how long are you gonna be there, where you choose to stay and eat and what activities you would choose to do. I’ll try to write a more detailed summary of expenses so stay tuned. 🙂

hello Keza, thanks for the info . appreciate it so much thanks 😀

No worries Axle. You guys have fun in Baguio. 🙂

Hi..what month best to go to baguio.

Hi June anytime nman maganda sa Baguio but if you want to avoid the crowd during the rainy days from July-Nov. If you wanna go strawberry picking at kung gusto nyo maenjoy yung coldest season Dec-Feb. 😊

hi. me and my 2 friends we’re planning to go to baguio by august. i’m looking for a hotel/inn good for 3/4pax. can you suggest a cheap but very convenient one? thank you so much. 😊

Hi Erwin. Kung hinde nman kayo maselan at mapili then you can stay in Harrison Inn. Mura lang and near everything like market, malls, kainan and harap lang ng Burnham Park. If you don’t like it, along Harrison Avenue and Session Road maraming mura at magagandang hotels at inns. Ayt. Have fun you guys. 🙂

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BAGUIO CITY TRAVEL GUIDE | Itinerary + Budget + Map [Updated 2022]

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Baguio City has been called a lot of things—the City of Pines, the Summer Capital of the Philippines—but what it is, really, is my favorite city in the Philippines. It is arguably the hub of tourism in Luzon, especially during the month-long festivities of the Panagbenga Festival every February. It has the best thrift shopping places with its ukay-ukay stores. A food trip paradise with its numerous restaurants lining Session Road. And a weekend-getaway haven with its numerous tourist spots and general accessibility from Metro Manila. Its year-round cool and temperate weather only adds to its charm as a tourist destination. I know I’m not alone in nominating Baguio City as their favorite city, but if you’re still unconvinced, here’s a travel guide to convert you to become a certified Baguio Junkie.


Baguio City is located in the Cordillera Administrative Region in the Philippines. Geographically, it is located within the province of Benguet, but it has since separated from the province when it became a chartered city. It is classified as a highly urbanized city with a total of 129 barangays. It is bordered on the north by the town of La Trinidad, west by Itogon, and south and east by Tuba. Elevated 1,470 meters above the sea, it was established by the Americans in 1900 as the Summer Capital and a Hill Station--the only one of its kind in the whole of Asia.


It's generally okay to visit Baguio the whole year round, but the best time to go to Baguio depends on what you're looking for out of your trip. If you want to experience the coldest weather in the Philippines, go during the months of November to February. The cold peaks during January where temperature can go down to 6.3 degrees Celsius. If you want to avoid a massive rush of tourists, avoid the Panagbenga Festival dates which usually happen on February. The summer months of March to May can also be a good time to go to Baguio to get a little bit of respite from the heat. Note, however, that the weather can only go down to 25 to 16 degrees, the latter being during the dawn hours. These are the peak months of Baguio, be sure to book your hotels ahead of time and be prepared for the tourist crowd. The rainy months of June to October can be also a romantically beautiful time to go up to Baguio. It does get really cold during these months plus you get to experience a foggy Baguio. I would suggest these for tourists who have visited before—those who need not go to the usual Baguio tourist spots and can trade these for simple strolls around the city with umbrella on hand and long visits to cafes and restaurants. This is also the best time to avoid the crowd.


● Currency is in Philippine Peso. USD 1.00 is about PHP 58.00. ● ATM machines, banks, and money exchange kiosks are readily available and are spread throughout the city. The main hub is around Session Road. ● Type A (two flat vertical pins) is the electrical outlet used in Baguio City ● Always bring a jacket when traveling to Baguio City—it does get cold, even during the summer months. ● Baguio has a score of low when it comes to crime rates. The city is quite safe during the day, and even at night time. During my numerous visits to Baguio, I have never once felt unsafe or have fell victim to any type of crime. ● In cases of emergency and hospitalization, Baguio has a lot of hospitals plus a couple of General Hospitals and Medical Centers.


Baguio City is located some 250 kilometers from Metro Manila and is elevated 1,450 meters above sea level. Buses are the usual transportation of choice when going to the city and travel time usually clocks in at six hours (from Manila). There used to be flights in and out of the city in years past, but it has been discontinued indefinitely . Flights will resume to Baguio (Loakan Airport) from Cebu starting December 2022. The city can also be accessed through the Ilocos Region and other parts of Luzon through various provincial bus lines and vans.

Baguio City From Metro Manila


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Jeepneys and taxis are the main modes of transportation in Baguio. Although it can be said that taxi cabs are more prevalent in the city than jeeps. This is probably due to the fact that taking a taxi in Baguio City is very cheap since most don’t need to use their air-conditioning—saving a lot on gas. Cab drivers are also very honest, giving back your change up to the last centavo. Flag down rate is ₱35.00. It’s still, however, cheaper to ride jeeps whether you’re going back to your hotel or some tourist spot in the city. Most tourist destinations in Baguio is, more often than not, accessible via jeepneys. Most of the terminals are located at the Igorot Park, beside Burnham Park, and the streets along the Baguio Public Market. If you’re not familiar with these places, don’t be shy to ask locals where the terminals are for any given destination. Minimum fare is ₱11.00.


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Filipino and English are widely spoken in Baguio City but their main language is, surprisingly, Ilocano.  I was under the impression that Ibaloi, which is closely related to Pangasinense (another popular language in the city), or Kankana-ey, which is prevalent in the northern parts of Benguet Province would be more dominant. Here are a few phrases in Ilocano then to help endear yourselves to the locals (especially when haggling at ukay-ukay , lol).

Baguio Language

Thank you - Agyamanak Good morning - Naimbag a bigat Good afternoon - Naimbag a malem Good evening - Naimbag a sardam How much is… - Sagmamano ti… Where is… - Ayanna ti…


There are uncountable number of lodgings and accommodations in Baguio City. They range from cheap backpacker types to really posh hotels. It would take a dedicated website to list each and every inns, hostels, motels, dorms, homestays and hotels in Baguio City, so I’ll simply list down those where I’ve stayed in. The best area to stay in at Baguio is near Burnham Park since this is where most of good restaurants are in Baguio are. It is also convenient since the jeepney terminals are also just within the area. Granted that most of the big hotels around this area are expensive, you can find cheaper options along the side streets that are still within proximity to the park. And although it’s usually very easy to get a lodging as you arrive in Baguio City, I advise that you book ahead, especially during the busy Panagbenga and Christmas season.

Budget Hotel Baguio


Baguio City is a food-lovers paradise. The city has every cuisine you can think of in every style of restaurants possible. You can dine cheaply on Chinese dishes on one day and splurge on the same dish on a different restaurant the next day. But since you’re in Baguio, might as well chow down on greens more—fresh veggies are quite abundant in the area, making them really affordable. Most restaurants crowd around the Session Road area, but be adventurous and try some out of the way places too. Also, check out curious art cafés that makes dining almost secondary.


When in Baguio, these are some of the essential and unique food and delicacies you need to try at least once. These are the food Baguio is famous for.

• Baguio Garlic Longganisa • Strawberry Taho • Fresh Strawberries • Peanut Brittle, Choco Flakes, & Sundot Kulangot from the Baguio Public Market • Hot Choco from Choco-late De Batirol • Ube Halaya from Good Shepherd • Strawberry Cake from Vizco's

50's Diner Baguio City


Baguio City is one of the most visited regions in Luzon. With its slew of tourist spots that keep visitors going back, year after year, it really isn’t hard to reckon why. From pine-laden parks, to native villages. Horse-riding to boat-paddling. Trail hiking and strawberry pickings. Art museums and haunted houses. One can say that tourism is Baguio City’s middle name.

Baguio City Tourist Spots


Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City


BAGUIO ARTS FESTIVAL Festival Date: Every November to December

SILAHIS NG PASKO Festival Date: Every December


Shopping for pasalubong and keepsakes is part and parcel of visiting Baguio City. One simply cannot go back home without bringing jars of strawberry jams, choco flakes, kinky barrel-man carvings, tacky shirts, keychains, and ref magnets with you. Add the fresh veggies and strawberries that can be bought very cheaply almost everywhere and you’ve got more than you can probably lift back home. You’d definitely run out of space for those walis tambo and giant kutsara at tinidor carvings very quickly if you don’t watch it.

baguio travel tips


Printable baguio map.

Baguio City Tourist Spot Map


Baguio city sample itinerary with travel budget.

A two-day weekend tour is usually not enough to cover most of the tourist attractions in Baguio City. A three-day itinerary can do it, but for a more relaxed pace, I advise that you extend your vacation to at least five days. Spend those two extra days to visit the PMA grounds and the Balatoc Mines (now closed), or simply walk around the city—try out various restaurants, have coffee at the numerous cafes, and simply enjoy being in Baguio City. The Baguio itinerary I made can be for a day trip, an overnight stay, or a two-night stay. Traveling to Baguio City is not expensive. There are wide range of lodgings to choose from which can suit everyone’s budget. Food is also no problem since restaurants and eateries abound. Getting around is cheap, you can either ride a jeepney or take a cab, which is also surprisingly affordable, or better yet, walk. The city is both good for both budget backpackers and luxury travelers. Along with this Baguio itinerary is a budget guide. It details jeepney fares (most of the jeepney terminals are near Burnham Park or the public market, ask the locals), minimum food cost, and the cheapest room rental cost. Note that I purposely didn’t include the transportation fare of actually going to and from Baguio since that can differ greatly, depending on where you’re coming from. And as always, this budget guide is intended for the absolute minimum one can spend for a three-day Baguio trip based on the itinerary I listed below (not including the restaurants, shopping, and pasalubong).


• Depart at midnight from Manila and arrive early in Baguio City • Breakfast (Recommended: Goto BP or Zola | both open 24 hours)     ₱70.00 X 2 | AVERAGE CHEAPEST CARINDERIA MEAL COST • Check in at hotel (leave your bags at the lobby if early check in is not allowed)     ₱100.00+/- | TAXI FARE FROM BUS TERMINAL TO LODGING     ₱450.00 | LODGING RENT PER DAY FOR TWO ► CHEAPEST RATE ONLINE • Visit Burnham Park (Have coffee or strawberry taho)     ₱20.00 X 2 | COFFEE OR TAHO • Visit Orchidarium • Visit Baguio Cathedral • Visit Baguio Museum     ₱40.00 X 2 | ENTRANCE FEE    • Visit Tam-Awan Village     ₱15.00 X 2 | JEEPNEY FARE FROM KAYANG ST. TO LONG-LONG / TAM-AWAN     ₱60.00 X 2 | ENTRANCE FEE • Visit Igorot Stone Kingdom     ₱100.00 X 2 | ENTRANCE FEE • Lunch (Recommended: Forest House or Tam-Awan Village)     ₱15.00 X 2 | JEEPNEY FARE TO CITY CENTER     ₱70.00 X 2 | AVERAGE CHEAPEST CARINDERIA MEAL COST • Visit Camp John Hay (The Manor, Treetop Adventure, Cemetery of Negativism, Bell House, Butterfly Sanctuary, Commissary, Starbucks)     ₱9.00 X 2 | JEEPNEY FARE FROM BURNHAM PARK TO CAMP JOHN HAY • Hike through the Camp John Hay Yellow Trail     ₱9.00 X 2 | JEEPNEY FARE TO CITY CENTER • Dinner (Recommended: Oh My Gulay!)     ₱70.00 X 2 | AVERAGE CHEAPEST CARINDERIA MEAL COST • Hang out at 108 Session Road Cafe     ₱???.?? X 2 | OPTIONAL • Visit Harrison Night Market     ₱???.?? X 2 | OPTIONAL


• Early hotel check out (leave your bags at the lobby) FOR 2-DAY ITINERARY     ₱450.00 | LODGING RENT PER DAY FOR TWO • Breakfast (Recommended: Good Taste)     ₱70.00 X 2 | AVERAGE CHEAPEST CARINDERIA MEAL COST • Visit Bell Church     ₱9.00 X 2 | JEEP FROM RIZAL PARK TO BELL CHURCH • Visit Stobosa Art Mural • Visit Strawberry Farm     ₱9.00 X 2 | JEEP FROM STOBOSA TO STRAWBERRY • Lunch (Recommended: Valley View Cafe at Strawberry Farm or 50's Diner)     ₱11.00 x 2 | JEEP TO CITY CENTER     ₱70.00 X 2 | AVERAGE CHEAPEST CARINDERIA MEAL COST • Visit Laperal White House     ₱9.00 X 2 | JEEP TO MINES VIEW     ₱50.00 X 2 | ENTRANCE FEE • Visit Botanical Garden     ₱9.00 X 2 | JEEP FROM LAPERAL TO BOTANICAL GARDEN • Visit Wright Park and The Mansion • Visit Mines View     ₱9.00 X 2 | JEEP TO MINES VIEW • Buy jams at Good Shepherd • Dinner (Recommended: Cafe by the Ruins)     ₱9.00 X 2 | JEEP TO BURNHAM PARK     ₱70.00 X 2 | AVERAGE CHEAPEST CARINDERIA MEAL COST • Board bus to Manila END OF 2-DAY ITINERARY


• Early hotel check out (leave your bags at the lobby) FOR 3-DAY ITINERARY     ₱450.00 | LODGING RENT PER DAY FOR TWO • Breakfast (Recommended: Pizza Volante)     ₱70.00 X 2 | AVERAGE CHEAPEST CARINDERIA MEAL COST • Visit Lourdes Grotto     ₱9.00 X 2 | JEEP FROM KAYANG ST. TO LOURDES GROTTO • Visit Old Diplomat Hotel     ₱9.00 X 2 | JEEP TO OLD DIPLOMAT HOTEL • Visit BenCab Museum (make sure this does not fall on a Monday as they are closed, else, visit PMA instead)     ₱9.00 X 2 | JEEP TO CITY CENTER     ₱15.00 X 2 | JEEP FROM KAYANG ST. TO BENCAB MUSEUM • Lunch (Recommended: BenCab’s Cafe Sabel | if you decided on PMA, have lunch at 50’s Diner instead)     ₱70.00 X 2 | AVERAGE CHEAPEST CARINDERIA MEAL COST • Buy Pasalubong at Baguio Public Market     ₱9.00 X 2 | JEEP TO CITY CENTER • Get bags at the hotel • Dinner (Recommended: Te Quiero)     ₱70.00 X 2 | AVERAGE CHEAPEST CARINDERIA MEAL COST • Depart to Manila END OF 3-DAY ITINERARY


  ₱ 1,816.00 PER PERSON   ₱ 605.33 PER PERSON PER DAY

* Based on two persons traveling together for 3 days and 2 nights in Baguio City


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Baguio was my dream destination when I was growing up to almost adulthood. I didn't get a chance to go there until I was already in college. Loved the place....I still do even, after I have been to many places in the world. Nothing beats first love.

I have to agree Bert, even with its haphazard development, I still love Baguio :)

Detailed and thorough. Ang galing naman idol! Ü

Salamat Kath, will add some more Baguio tourist spots and restaurants in time. Andami ko pa rin gustong bisitahin dun at mga blog backlogs :P

Thank you sa info! I am looking for a hotel in baguio.

No problem Marco! The ones I posted above range from very cheap to very expensive :P

awesome! thank you for the wide range of list from the transpo to food to places 😉. God bless

whew! ang intense! lahat na andito na pati ang paghulog ko sa hydro falls. nice :)

Hahaha wala akong balak puntahan yang hydro falls na yang, effort!! I'll add Bridal Falls in this guide once I finally blog about it :D

waaah love this blog... dun ako lumaki sa Baguio... it changed so much... Thank you for this post...

No problem Maya! I'm always envious of people who have Baguio City as their hometown :)

Astig nito, kumpleto :) Nakakamiss tuloy ang Baguio, kaso parang ang dami nang tao ngayon dun, crowded na lalo kapag Panagbenga o Mahal na Araw...

Anjo, January is actually the perfect time to visit since this is the coldest months in Baguio. Just time your visit before or after the Panagbenga to avoid the tourist crowd :)

Thanks for the map!!! Ang dami kong nahanap na itinerary pero yung map talaga yung pinaka-helpful :) now i'll be able to manage efficiently yung pagkakasunod-sunod ng trip :)

No problem Jhenpot, glad you find my Baguio itinerary helpful :)

ang galing nman ng site na to. lahat andito na. kudos sa gumawa nito! :D

Salamat Lily, may may kaunting Baguio tourist spots na wala pa dyan, but I will always be updating this post for those :)

Bravo, Christian!

Thank you Turista Trails, akyat na ng Baguio! :)

Great posts!

Thanks Zosima! Enjoy Baguio! :)

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This blog serves as our guide during our visit in Baguio last weekend. We really enjoyed our trip although we missed some attractions listed like the PMA and Laperal house due to time constraint. One thing I've noticed missing is Rito's. Taob ang bulalo ng Batangas sa kanila! Thanks to the author of this site. Very helpful!

Haven't tried Rito's yet, actually this is the first time I've heard of them. Care to share their location? :)

It is located at Engineer's Hill, i guess a kilometer away from Victory Liner terminal. Just a small eatery though but serves great bulalo. :)

Thanks a lot! Will try that bulaluhan when I return to Baguio City. :)

can't wait to go there this coming november :)

magkano kaya ang budget. ? dlwa kame eh. susunduin namen ung itinerary mo.. salmat ng marmi

Hi Arthur, that would depend on where you would choose to stay. For the food, 200 per meal per person should be more than enough. For transportation, it's about 50 to 100 pesos per transfer to the tourist spots. :)

This is so informative. Kudos!

Thank you Wyatt, hope you get to use it on your Baguio trip :)

Great Guide, Balak namin pumunta ng wife ko sa December 25 , hehe. Ayaw namin gumastos ng malaki kasi may mas malayong trip kaming sa feb. Dahil sa guide mo sir mejo nagka-Idea para makapagplano. galing!

No problem Jerome! Let me know if you find something new in Baguio so I can update this guide. Enjoy your trip! :)

maraming salamat sa blog na 'to may idea na din ako kung pa'no ko ba-budgetin yung budget ko pag pumunta kami dyan. hehehe very very very helpful. thank you, Sir. :)

No problem sir! Hope you have a fun Baguio getaway! :)

It has been a long time since I last visited Baguio. Thanks to your site I now have an idea how to maximize our vacation and where to go for 3 days. Thank you!

No problem Adrian, enjoy Baguio's cold weather!

I am planning to go next month. any suggestion where can we stay (5 travelers) that closer to the main attraction and syempre mo good price din... I still contemplating kung mag co commute kami or mag re rent ng car with driver.... all suggestion is greatly appreciated.. Salamat po

Hi Lea, I think Baguio Holiday Villas is the perfect place for you. It's walking distance from Burnham Park and price is competitive specially for big groups. They also have a kitchen, so you can cook your own meals and save a bit. For me, commuting to Baguio is always better, more economical. Once in Baguio, you can always take a taxi, which is very cheap compared to the ones in Manila. :)

I'm planning to surprise my boyfriend to a Baguio getaway this end of the month. thanks for this blog. Now I know where to start. Specially the map, it's really a big help.

Glad the Baguio tourist spot map helps! I was initially hesitant on putting it up as it was such a task, but now I'm glad I did :)

The cover photos you make are hypnotically beautiful! The images, typography, the little details. Everything! You're one of the best, no-shit, no-nonsense bloggers out there. Galing na magpicture, galing pa magsulat. Idol!

Thank you Patrick for the kind words, means quite a lot to me to get these kinds of compliment from readers :)

Kuya Max, wala ng PNKY cafe. It was replaced by another resto but I forgot to take note of the name.

Aww talaga? How's the new restaurant? Same ba nung old PNKY, rebranded as new one or totally new talaga?

Guys on my next vacation i have a plan to bring my family in baguio, and we will stay for 3 days this is our first time to visiti the summer capital of the philippines. I am just curious how much do i need for our travel total of 7-8 persons. and renting a lodging house is more advisable rather than to check-in on a hotel? Bcoz we want to buy our own foods in the market and cook. Please help me guys.... Thanks :)

Hi Win, renting a lodging house is definitely much more affordable than a hotel since you're a big group. If you have a bit of a budget, I suggest you stay at the Baguio Holiday Villas (listed above). They have a kitchen so you can save up a bit on food, plus it's near Burnham Park and the public market. :)

Hi just wanna ask if there is any 24hours trip via van in cabanatuan termina going to baguio or what is the last trip ?

Hi, I'm really not familiar with the Baguio van schedule from Cabanatuan City, but I don't think it operates 24 hours

I have been there too. Ilocos and Baguio in a 5 day trip. visit my blog for tips

Yung Itenerery po ba is base sa pagkaka sunod sunod ng distansya ng mga Tourist Spots? Thanks! :)

Yes, the trip itinerary is set in conjunction with the distances of Baguio tourist spots from each other :)

You are heaven-sent! This is truly legit :)

No problem, enjoy Baguio's sights! :)

ilove this site:) complete info:):):)

Thank you Lei! I will post an update for Baguio's tourist spots and hotels soon :)

Want to discover Baguio City? Have fun with our Baguio City Tourism Frontliners accredited by the Department of Tourism. Our tourist guides are friendly and very accommodating with a budget friendly you can now discover Baguio City top destinations: Camp John Hay, Minesview Park, Botanical Garden, Wright Park, Bell Church, Lourdes Grotto, PMA, Easter Weaving, Baguio Cathedral Church and many more. For inquiries Call or text Globe: 09169820564 Smart: 09205150729

Thank you for an insightful and in-depth guide to our hometown, Baguio City. Rarely do we see anyone put such an effort in helping tourists (even locals) find the best places to go in Baguio. Keep up the good work and we're looking forward for more of your Baguio adventures

You're welcome BCD, Baguio has always been my one of my favorite places in the Philippines, hence this travel guide :)

Hello po. Thank you sa very complete na guide na ito. May sample itinerary pa. Ask ko lng po, what hotel best to stay base sa Day 1 ng itinerary sa taas? Salamat po.

Hi Anonymous, when it comes to location, I'll have to choose Hotel Veniz :)

hi, updated paba itong article na to???

Yes, I updated it February this year :)

Good day I'd just like to inquire if is it ok to relocate in Baguio?

I'm not really sure as I haven't really tried living in Baguio :)

Detailed informative and helpful guide. :)

One thing though, estimated budget trip to baguio? For two person. :)

Hi NinjaLiit, it's quite hard to estimate a budget for a trip because everything would depend on where you're gonna stay, where (and how many times) you're gonna eat, and what mode of transportation you're gonna take.

Thank you very much for this Sir! This will serve as my guide this weekend (Nov 19-21)! I hope I can maximize this time away from Manila. :)

Hi Mich, glad to help! Enjoy your Baguio trip! :)

hi christian... thanks for the info... tanong ko lang... mas ok bang mag commute kysa sa mga tour package? for 2days? wala kc akong idea 1stime ko lang sana ppunta sa Baguio since its my bday this dec17 hehe ano kaya mas bet? thanks

Hi, if you have the budget, I'd say go for the Baguio tour package. It is more convenient and will lessen the chances of you wasting time by transferring from one place to the next. The downside is, it would be more expensive. If you're more adventurous, go for the DIY commute to and in Baguio. It is quite easy and relatively cheap to get a taxi in Baguio. Plus you get to stay on each tourist spot in Baguio on your own time. :)

hai Christian, have u heard about cafe in the sky (la presa) ? do you have any info about that place? how to get there commute or taxi? cos i researched it some of them said taxi fare go there 150-300 1 way, some said 800++ round trip. please advice me if u have any info. thx.

Hi Bobby, I haven't been to that place yet. Will try it out next time I go up to Baguio again :)

Hi Christian, Sadly the LGU already restricted access to Sto Tomas. There was a directed recently disallowing tourist to go there. Café in the Sky is not operating anymore but they still have the hotel. You can go to that if Café in the Sky will confirm your reservation ahead in the checkpoint after the Green Valley area. It is sad as this is my favorite area in Baguio, Im sure with your masterful hand with the camera, pictures of this place would entice more and more tourist but again sadly, no one can go there anymore except those who live there

That's too bad as I really haven't been to that area yet. Hopefully they reopen it in the future. :)

Hi Christian! I am planning to go to Baguio for a 4-day vacation alone. :) :) I am pretty much on a very tight budget so this is very helpful. :) I'm hoping to get a cheap room. Thanks!

Hi there, good luck on your Baguio trip! Did you get a cheap accommodation? :)

I love your blog!!!! Thank you so much!!! mag isa kasi akong magtatravel sa baguio at vigan, and I'm from Cebu! kaya salamat kasi sobrang detailed ng blog mo. :D

No problem Cherry! Are you gonna go straight by bus from Baguio to Vigan? :)

No, sir. Limited days lang kasi at mas gusto ko i feel yung lugar so baguio muna then babalikan ko nalang ulit and vigan. :)

My Partner and I will be in Baguio this coming April 10-12, 2016 and this Blog made it so much easier for me to plan our vacation. I was even searching for a Map that would easily tell me where to go, and this Blog has it! Whew! I hope that our Vacation will be awesome!

Hi RC, I'm glad you were able to utilize my Baguio tourist attractions map :)

Hi, I love your blog. These is helpful I'm planning to go to Baguio with my family for 3 days. Can you suggest a cheap transient house? a clean & a safe one? Near at Camp John Hay or Sm Bagiou hopefully. Thank you so much

I haven't really tried staying at a transient house before, so I can't recommend any. If you're considering a dorm, I've tried AKAP Dormitel, the cheapest I've stayed in so far while in Baguio, but it's one jeepney ride away from Burnham Park

Can you send me a sample itinerary for one day tour in baguio only.thanks and more powers

Hi Jessa, you can use the Day 1 of the itinerary I posted, just squeeze in Mines View, Botanical Garden, Wright Park and The Mansion in there :)

Hi Christian, can you suggest a 1 day itenerary in Baguio, we were from Manila, approx we will arrive in Baguio by 5 or 6am and we will stay in Azalea Residences. Thank you & God bless!

Hi, sorry for the delayed response. You can probably squeeze in the Day 1 and Day 2 Baguio itinerary I posted above. :)

Hi Sir! ask ko lang kung naexperience mo ng mag early check in sa mga hotels or lodges sa Baguio? How much do they charge sa early check ins?? thanks!!

Hi, hotels in Baguio usually allow early check in if the room is not being used. Better call them a day before if they would allow such. :)

We are heading to Baguio nextweek for our 10th year anniv with the kids and I found this blog with detailed itinerary. Will use this as our guide, thanks for this. Hopefully the weather will be good! We are booked at Hotel Elizabeth:-)

Hi Sweet Haven! Glad you find my Baguio guide to be helpful! Enjoy Baguio!

good day! punta sana kami this weekend. from nueva ecija kami,suspended padin kaya ang bus until now? tsaka alam mo kaya sir ang timing ng van nila? maraming salamat po. btw, great post.. sobrang helpful! keep it up sir :)

Hi Erian, better contact the bus services from Nueva Ecija to Baguio for their schedule. Enjoy Baguio! :)

maulan ba jan kpag october?

With the weather today, it's really kinda hard to predict

Hello. My partner and I are planning to have a 2days and 2nights vacation in Baguio. How much do you think is our budget sa tours and food?

Hi Kathreen, budget for tours, less than a thousand pesos for each if you're gonna do it on your own and just take cabs or die jeepneys. For food, depends really where you're eating. A meal can range from PHP60.00 (carinderia) to about PHP250.00 (famous restaurants) per person.

Baguio din ang fave kong city! :) I fell in love simula nung nkapunta ako dito. Planning to go back this Nov. Season po ba ng strawberry? thanks

Same here, Baguio remains one of my favorite cities in the Philippines! Strawberry season in Baguio starts from November to May. :)

Wow, isn't this blog the best? I mean, you've covered EVERYTHING! I've been to Baguio 3x already but I'm planning to celebrate my birthday weekend there so I'm just looking for new places and itinerary. I almost forgot about Stobosa. Maybe you can also add Cafe in the Sky, "La Presa" and Dinosaur Island as an update for others. Kudos! :) Elaine

Hi Elaine, thank you so much for appreciating this guide. Will try and include those on the next update after I visit them myself. :)

heya mccoy onkyo606 finally had the chance to get back after more than a year. last time i was in baguio was in feb 2016 traffic was hellish that weekend but we still enjoyed our stay. we will miss another visit this december aswe decided to go further north this time. i will try to do a quick visit though balikan lang. i have been frequenting the place the past 5 years but will neverget tired of it. have you tried eating at tono tono yet? i bet you will keep going back too. i just forgot the exact location but that bulaluhan on your way to mines view is also worth a try.

Hello sir Onkyo606! I know how you feel, bad traffic jams but still, we still head over to Baguio! Will keep those restaurants on my list, too many good places to eat out in Baguio. :)

Hi po! Pwede na ba mag-strawberry picking ng October? Planning to visit Baguio next week. Thanks! :)

Hi Catherine, I guess there's already strawberries by October, although strawberry season usually starts on November :)

Greata BLog out here ! Baguio City is one of the best attraction and historical places here in the Philippines

Thanks Jaycee :)

Hi! Punta kami ng boyfriend ko sa Baguio this october 18 and will follow your itinerary dahil 3 days naman kami. :) Pwede bang kung kailan nandun na kami saka lang kami maghanap ng hotel? Saka saan ba magandang magstay na swak lang sa budget and for two? Thank you.

Yes, it is possible to find an accommodation right there and then, but you might not get the lowest available price. I recommend Hotel 45 for budget walk-ins.

Need po nmin tour guide tom couple po..alis po kmi tonight dito manila

Hi Irene, sorry for the late reply. Were you able to find a tour guide in Baguio?

ganda po ng Blog mo :) Very informative :) Thank you for posting.

Thank you Eyna! Enjoy the tourist spots in Baguio!

Meron pa bang AKAP Dormitel? :)

As far as I know, AKAP Dormitel is still open for lodgings. Better contact them first, just to be sure.

Thank you sa mga ideas! God Bless

You're welcome Anna! Enjoy your Baguio trip!

nice blog very detailed. thanks much :)

Thanks Allan! Have a good time in Baguio!

It makes me want to back again to Baguio. Nothig really beats first love, of all the beautiful places I had visit.

Yes Princess, Baguio does that :)

Love your blog po, detailed.. Thank you for the informative blog about baguio tour

No problem Bernadette, enjoy your Baguio itinerary :)

nice blog po! so excited to visit baguio!

When are you going? Ber months are the best time to go to Baguio, super cold!

the Cheapest to stay in Baguio is at Bab's Transient house for only 250 per night per person where you can cook your own food and free use of utensils and LPG and rice cooker and for your convenience when touring in baguio just negotiate a jeepney driver for the whole day tour for about 2000 -2500 a day.

Ang galing mo po sobrang detalyado. Gusto ko rin sana pumunta dyan ngayong December pero solo lang ako and at the same time medyo kinakabahan kase hindi ko kabisado yong lugar. Pero dahil dito siguro e note ko na lang yong places tapos pag nandun na ako saka na lang ako mag tatanong sa mga tao hehe! Salamat po sa info. God bless.

Hi Anne, you need not worry about security in Baguio, if you somehow get lost, just ask around, lots of friendly people in the city. :)

Ok. Thanks Christian. God Bless. :)

Ay Sir may follow up Q po ako hehe.. Kahit po ba hindi ka mamitas ng strawberry sa strawberry farm may entrance fee prin? Thanks.

No entrance fee at Strawberry Farm if you're not gonna pick :)

Thanks again! God Bless. :)


Kailan po ito?

Hi everyone, punta po ako ng Baguio this coming Nov.25 to Dec.2 for a convention. Gusto ko sanang magside-trip/tour sa City anytime between those dates, baka meron ditong magtour during those days, pwedeng maki-join? hehehe :) -Dennis, Davao City

Baguio trip joiners, anyone? :)

Waaaaah. Me and my boyfriend plans to visit Baguio. We 1st decided to avail tour package but we finally decided to travel on our own. And thanks the Lord your blog will definitely help us get through our trip. Kudos to your work!! 😁😁 Will definitely updte you. Will follow this.

Hi Nela, have a safe Baguio trip! :)

great site! just what I needed! great job sa author nito.

Thank you! Baguio guide with love :)

very informative thank you

No problem, Xena! Have a nice Baguio trip!

hi po :) ask ko lng if bukod b ung expenses ng baguio itenerary sa baguio travel???

Yes, it is. But, you can customize it to your liking. :)

Ang galing NYU nmn Po may map guide sa tourist spot, salamat Po sir Christian ��

You're welcome Jr! Enjoy Baguio! :)

Wow this will be really helpful for me once I visit Baguio this year! I'll make sure that this coming 2017 will be my "Travel/ Adventure Year" and Baguio is definitely a part of it ��It's time to save at least P2k/ head hehe since I wanna bring my family as well. Thanks for your effort! Keep up the good work ��

Wow, Baguio's a good place to start travelling. It's very easy to get around to! :)

Hi Christian, were going to visit baguio. Tatlo sasakyan kami from Nueva ecija. Pare pareho kami Walang alam s baguio. May alam kaba tourist guide n marerefer s amin to follow your two days tour. Bka kc masayang Oras nmin pag wala kmi guide

Hi, I really don't know any tour guide in Baguio. What you can do is load up for an unlimited internet on your phone and use the gps coordinates I posted above so you won't get lost going to Baguio's tourist spots. And, you can also ask people, they're pretty friendly. :)

WOW ANG GALING MO SIR :) Bukod sa AKAP DORMITEL ano pa ang mas cheapest? Im planning to go there kasi on FEB 25-26. Panagbenga grand festival. San kaya pinaka maganda mag stay? yung dadaanan ng float and street dance? thanks sir :)

So far, that's the cheapest Baguio lodging I know of. You may also try Hotel 45, it's a bit more pricey, but they have better rooms and location.

Will follow this itinerary sa bday ko this january 20! Nag leave ako ng jan.20-21, then off ng 22-23. Thanks for this blog! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Four days in Baguio! Enjoy sir! :)

Ohmooo! Thankyou sa Blog na to. Sa totoo lang gusto ko lang magtravel ng hindi nagpapabook. Gusto ko ako lang para hawak ko time ko lalo na pag pagod ako sa kakalakad :) Napakaimpormative nito. See you soon Baguio. After 17years makikita ko ulit ang Baguio :) <3

Hi Sharmayne, glad to hear that you're coming back to Baguio! Hope you have a hassle-free DIY Baguio tour! :)

yung 3k per head keri na ba yun sa 3days & 2 nights?

Hi Regine, if you're staying on a really affordable accommodation, 3,000 pesos for a 3 days, 2 nights tour of Baguio is okay. :)

I Love this site complete info�� Thanks Christian

Hi Diana, thanks for appreciating! Hope you have a fun time in Baguio! :)

pag may sariling car po ba. lahat po ba ng pupuntahan na tourist spots may parking lot po ba? at kung free o may bayad po? Thanks po

Hi, some tourist spots in Baguio have parking lots for private cars. A few, you just have to park on the street :)

My husband and I with our 7 years old son will go to Baguio this February 4 to 5, what will be the best itenarary for almost one and a half day? If we leave from Manila at Saturday 6am, we will most likely arrive there at Saturday noon. Makakapaggala kami from that time to 6pm. Then Sunday 7am to 4pm. Ano ano magandang unahing puntahan on that so limited amount of time? Thanks a lot!

Hi Lara, the best thing to do is to check the Baguio tourist spots map I posted above for places that are within each other, then you can formulate your customized Baguio one and a half day itinerary

Hi! We'll be at baguio in two weeks from now.. We choose your itinerary and got some ideas.. But my bf hard to find cheap accommodation like what you had.. Any suggestions for accommodation?? specially this season is really too hard to find better but cheap rooms to stay in at baguio.. Any suggestion? Like Bed and breakfast that you know? Most of transient we found got some issues on bathrooms and cr😞 hope you can help us

Hi, I suggest that you check the link I posted above for more Baguio accommodations :)

Hi., balak namin mag walk in if ever maghanap ng accommodation, hindi ba mahirap mag hanap ng cheap na tuluyan dun if ever? 2 adults and 1 toddler(2yrs old)

It would be a bit hard to find accommodations on Baguio for walk ins on weekends, for weekdays, I guess it wouldn't be that hard

Hi, Christian! You're a genius! I loved reading through your blog (note that I am NOT a reader and how hard I try not to read through articles and just skim through them) and learning a lot on how to get to places and just know what to do once you're there. It will be my first time to travel alone on a DIY IT trip and I have spent days, literally daaaayyyyss just trying to figure out how to plan this trip properly and without hassle. I'm very meticulous, especially to the detail regarding the value and quality that I get out of my money now more-so for I'll be shouldering my expenses alone for this trip. NEWBIE here! haha and with your blog, It's like I know the ins and outs of Baguio already. This blog of yours is without a doubt helpful and informative. THANK YOU!! p.s.: It is only in your blog that I got the number of the hotel that I've been trying to reach for days and I just booked a room for 3 nights! YEY!

Hi Eeia! Thank you so much for appreciating my blog! Always glad to help out a fellow traveler, especially when it comes to Baguio. I love this city!

I'm actually preparing for a trip sometime in October. This would really help me a lot.

Hi Cromwell! Happy this Baguio travel blog helps! :)

Hi Sir! Katapos ko lang po basahin ung guide nyo, maraming salamat dito... we'll be in Baguio sa Friday kaya i-bookmark ko itong blog mo. Thanks!

Hi Edgardo! Glad my blog helped! How was your trip? :)

Thanks to this ... I find it really helpful. If we opt for car rental, do you have any recommendation for the most reliable, safe and affordable provider? Great thanks

Hi Cecile, I'm not that familiar with car rentals in Baguio. What you can do is simply flag a taxi and request if they would be okay in renting their cab for the day. Most taxi drivers in Baguio are quite honest, so I don't think you'd have any problem with them. :)

Hi Chienthy, the early check outs are for those wanting a shorter stay in Baguio and won't be finishing the whole itinerary :)

Hi, thanks for blogging this, super helpful siya for me who doesnt know how to set a getaway. Any recommendation sa hotel? I have 1,500 to 2000 per night budget, for 2 person, yung accessible sana sa public transportation. Thank you

Hi John, for cheap Baguio accommodations, I suggest that you search on Agoda, they have lots of affordable places there :)

I am now going to follow your itinerary. You're such a blessing! Thank you!

No problem! Enjoy Baguio!

hi thank you for the information it really helps a lot.. may i copy your sample itinerary?

hello.. this blog is so helpful. :) we are planning for DIY with my husband :) its our first time to go in baguio :) :) thankyou :D

Happy Baguio trip! :)

Thank you kuya sa blog mo.ask ko lang bakit ang lalayo ng mga pupuntahan kagaya ng baguio cathedral tapos papunta ng tam-awan village yung kasunod. Hindi po ba pwdeng laperal white house n lng muna? Naguluhan lng po ako hehehehe Sana po masagot mo po thank you

You can switch the itineraries, of course. The Baguio Cathedral is at the center so, it's up to you where to go next after that. I dedicated the second day to the Laperal area and the first day to visit Tam-awan, which is quite isolated. :)

Such a helpful blog! Thanks a lot for this gonna bookmark this so i can celebrate my birthday in Baguio City.. PS Is the price of the foods in your blog is updated this 2017?

Enjoy your Baguio trip Rommel! Prices for the food are updated up to 2016 :)

So thankful i found this blog =) We're on our way to Baguio right now and im with my partner, well truth to be told im really hesitant to do a DIY travel. But i have no worries at all now =D Im so amazed with the wide range of choices and very detailed itinerary that you have.. KUDOS to you sir!

Wow, a romantic Baguio getaway! Enjoy your trip, sir! Delete

Whats is the best time to arrive in Baguio if its a 3 days 2 nights tour? Any suggestions? Thank you.

To maximize your Baguio trip, I suggest that you take the midnight bus ride from Manila. You'll arrive in Baguio very early the next day. If your accommodation doesn't allow early check in, just leave your bags at the lobby first :)

Hi, fees and fares ganyan pa din hanggang ngayon? thanks :) your blog is so helpful

Hi, yes, more or less the fees are still updated :)


Wow, to Baguio all the way from Davao! Enjoy the City of Pines sir! :)

Your blog is very detailed and informative! I think, everything I should know were all written. I've always wanted to go to Baguio alone. Would it be possible for me to go on holidays? e.g Oct.31-Nov.2 Thanks!

Hi Chii, I think going to Baguio during All Saints Day and All Souls Day would be a good idea since most people usually head over to the cemeteries on those times. And that can only mean one thing, less people in Baguio! :)

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The Philippines' "summer capital" is a mountain retreat from the craziness of Manila and Quezon City, but it's not just a place to recharge your batteries after experiencing the lowlands. This highland city is a hive of artistic energy, a thriving student hub, a place to experience the riches of pinoy culture, and it even has strong historical links with America.

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Astonishing natural wonders await visitors, from the cloud forests around Mount Pulag to the exquisite Bridal Veil Falls, while the city itself presents an enchanting multicolored sight as it tumbles down the hills around its cathedral. An unexpected treat for visitors to the Philippines, Baguio is well worth some of anyone's time.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Baguio

1. it's the gateway to luzon's stunning scenery.

Baguio itself is beautiful, but it's the cordillera surrounding the city that really astounds. Whether you head to the picturesque rice terraces of Banaue or the jagged valleys of Kalinga, jaw-dropping scenery is never too far away.

2. The Vibrant Student Scene

Baguio is home to a massive student population of 250,000, and it shows in the city's artistically inclined, fun-loving vibe. From live country and jazz music to bowling alleys and craft ale bars, it's a place where the evenings tend to be fairly busy.

3. History Around Every Corner

Baguio's history is full of interest for American visitors, from the converted airbase at Camp John Hay to the splendid city park laid out by an American visionary. In fact, the city was once called "little America", and it still has close trans-Pacific ties.

4. Great Markets and Food

With a wealth of pinoy restaurants, cosmopolitan chefs from Europe and the rest of Asia, and some of the world's finest coffee, Baguio is an unheralded but incredible foodie destination.

5. The Cool Upland Climate

Baguio is 4,900 feet above sea level, which gives it a completely different climate to Manila, and one which is cooler and much more pleasant.

What to do in Baguio

1. visit camp john hay.

Once a US air base, Camp John Hay is home to golf courses and stables where you can saddle up to explore forest trails, and it has a wonderful butterfly sanctuary, gorgeous gardens, and the unique "negativist" cemetery - where negative thoughts are symbolically buried.

2. Stock Up on Souvenirs at Tam-awan Village

This reconstructed tribal village (or "garden in the sky") is both historically fascinating and a treasure trove for art lovers. Have your portrait drawn, see sculptures made by Ifugao artists, and browse the collection of locally woven bags and baskets to find some unique gifts.

3. Go Hiking at Mount Pulag National Park

Mt. Pulag is a fantastic place to hike and absorb some mountain scenery. Luzon's highest peak is around 30 miles northeast of Baguio, but you can get there easily by car or join organized tours. Following the Akiki Trail with a professional guide (PHP2,400) is the best way to take it all in.

4. Relax at Asin Hot Springs

Being in a geologically active zone has its benefits - including access to thermal springs. Head to Asin Hot Springs to soak in your own private sulfur-rich pool. If you take meat or seafood along, you're free to cook up a barbecue at the resort's grilling stations as well.

5. Take Some Snaps at Bridal Veil Falls and the Lion's Head

Baguio's location in Luzon's cordillera means that photo opportunities abound, but few places are as beautiful as Bridal Veil Falls. Along the way, stop at Lion's Head to pose with the city's iconic sculpture, which is cut into the cliffs on Kennon Road.

Activities & attractions in Baguio

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Where to Eat in Baguio

Café Adriana by Hill Station focuses on Spanish cuisine and commands amazing views across the cordillera. The Baguio Craft Brewery mixes 18 craft beer taps with high-quality burgers and other pub classics, while Vizco's Restaurant and Cake Shop blends sublime cakes with pinoy dishes like chicken tocino or boneless bangus. Meals aren't usually expensive, and you can enjoy a 3-course feast for PHP150-300.

When to visit Baguio

Baguio enjoys relatively mild weather, and the temperatures vary very little all year round. The months from March to June tend to be the busiest (particularly during the Holy Week celebrations), along with December when locals take Christmas vacations. So avoid those periods if you're looking for a tranquil, low-cost escape.


How to Get to Baguio

The closest airport to Baguio is Clark International Airport, just north of Manila - around 110 miles away. From there, you can catch buses with 5 Star or Victory Liners (which take 6 hours and cost PHP500-1,000). A taxi will set you back about PHP5,000, but should be slightly quicker.

If you intend to hire a car at Clark International Airport, driving to Baguio is easy. Take the E1 expressway straight to the upland city. If you're coming from Ninoy Aquino Airport, remember to bypass Manila via the AH26 along the way to avoid the capital's traffic.

Victory is the main operator on the Manila to Baguio route, running hourly services from their Monumento terminal in Caloocan City, a northern suburb. Buses take 6-8 hours and cost PHP400-1,000. Dagupan also run buses from their New York St terminal in Cubao, Quezon City for around the same fare.

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Where to stay in baguio.

Central Baguio is the place to look for luxury hotels, and the city's popularity as a summer resort means that there's plenty of choice. The Burnham Suites on Kisan Road is central and offers a fine international restaurant on-site, while the homely Hotel Veniz is conveniently located for the public market. If you want to stay in a more secluded spot, the Manor at Camp John Hay is hard to beat. At the heart of the city, Session Road is a great place to base yourself, with plenty of decent shopping, dining, and nightlife options, while Camp John Hay blends fine hotels, golf courses, riding schools, theater performances at the Bell Amphitheater, and a range of beautifully kept gardens and forest trails.

Where to stay in popular areas of Baguio

Most booked hotels in baguio, how to get around baguio, public transportation.

There is no public transport in Baguio itself. Ohayami Trans offer buses from the city to Banaue's dramatic rice terraces, while buses also travel to Bontoc, putting Kalinga within reach.

Taxis are the primary means of transportation in Baguio. Expect a flag drop of PHP35, followed by around PHP25 per mile after that (which is usually calculated in increments of PHP1.5-2 per 320 feet).

Driving is a convenient option, with ample parking in destinations like Camp John Hay (but fewer spots in the center, so beware). Companies like Avis and Enzo Rent A Car Baguio offer rates of approximately PHP1150-1300 per day for an average-sized vehicle.

The Cost of Living in Baguio

The starting point for shoppers is Baguio City Market at the end of Session Road, where you can pick up antiques, locally made rice wine and Arabica coffee, silver jewelry, or handwoven blankets. After that, head up Session Road to browse the boutiques and stop at a resto, before hitting SM City Bagiuo, the city's premier shopping complex. Other great places to snap up souvenirs include Mines View Park and Harrison Road night market, which is famous for its flower stalls.

Supermarkets and Food Stores

The City Market is an excellent place to shop for fresh produce, but Baguio also offers conventional supermarkets like C & Triple A Supermart or Robinsons. Prices aren't too high; expect a gallon of milk to cost about PHP320 and 12 eggs to be in the ballpark of PHP72.

Baguio on a Budget: A Three-Day Expedition of Scenic Wonders and Gastronomic Bliss

Discovering the magic of baguio: a destination for every budget.

Baguio , the Summer Capital of the Philippines , is a mountainous city in Northern Luzon that offers a breathtaking view and cool weather all year round. Dubbed the City of Pines, it has become a popular tourist destination among locals and foreigners alike. As you explore Baguio , you’ll find yourself surrounded by lush pine trees and rolling green hills.

The sound of chirping birds and rustling leaves will give you a sense of peace and serenity rarely found in big cities. In addition to its natural wonders, Baguio also offers an array of exciting activities that cater to every travel style.

Whether you’re looking for adventure or just relaxation, Baguio has something to offer without breaking your bank account. This guide will take you through a three-day itinerary filled with scenic spots, cultural immersion, culinary delights, and adventure trips that won’t hurt your wallet.

Budget-friendly Travel Options

Before getting into the itinerary itself, let’s first talk about how to get there on a budget. If you’re coming from Manila or nearby provinces in Northern Luzon like Pangasinan or La Union , taking a bus is your best bet.

Victory Liner operates 24/7 with buses leaving every hour from terminals located at Pasay City (EDSA), Cubao (Quezon City), and Caloocan (North EDSA). Fares range from Php 450 – Php 750 depending on the class of bus you choose.

If you prefer to travel by car or motorcycle, there are several routes available depending on your starting point. From Manila via SCTEX/NLEX the TPLEX route takes approximately four hours while those coming from La Union can take Kennon Road which offers scenic views but can be challenging given its steep climb.

If this is your first time in Baguio , your best choice would be to stay within the city proper. There are a variety of accommodations available ranging from budget-friendly hostels to luxurious hotels.

You can find affordable options like Baguio Holiday Villas , Iggy’s Inn , or Microtel by Wyndham . Prices range from Php 1000 – Php 3000 depending on the type of room you choose.

The Ultimate Scenic Spots

The first day of your itinerary will be dedicated to exploring Baguio’s scenic spots. The city is known for its parks and gardens that offer a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Start your day with an early morning stroll at Burnham Park, a popular attraction located at the heart of the city.

You can rent bikes or paddle boats for an affordable fee and explore the park’s man-made lake or simply take a leisurely walk along its pathways. After Burnham Park, head over to Session Road, which is considered the main thoroughfare in Baguio City .

This place offers various shops selling souvenirs, handicrafts, and food items that are unique to Baguio . It’s also worth mentioning that you can find some restaurants here that offer cheap but tasty meals.

In the afternoon, make your way up to Mount Cloud Bookshop where you’ll find a small bookstore nestled atop a hill overlooking the city center. Take in the stunning view of the surrounding greenery while browsing through their collection of locally sourced books.

Getting Immersed in Culture and Cuisine

On Day 2, immerse yourself into Baguio’s rich culture and cuisine with our itinerary picks that won’t hurt your wallet. To start your cultural immersion journey head over to Tam-awan Village where you’ll learn about traditional Igorot culture through art exhibits and interactive workshops led by local artists. The entrance fee is only Php 50 per person.

Next, satisfy your taste buds with local delicacies that can be found at the Baguio City Public Market. Try out the famous strawberry taho, ube jam, and peanut brittle which are known to be Baguio’s food staples.

Prices range from Php 30 – Php 100 per serving. To end your day on a high note, attend a cultural show at the Bencab Museum where you can witness traditional dances and music performances by different indigenous groups in the Philippines .

The entrance fee is only Php 120 per person which already includes access to the museum’s exhibits. Stay tuned for Day 3 of our itinerary which features adventure trips and exciting eco-tourism activities that will complete your Baguio experience without breaking the bank!

3 Days Itinerary

Day 1: exploring baguio’s scenic spots, burnham park: a bike ride to remember.

If you’re a nature lover and enjoy a good bike ride, then Burnham Park should be your first stop. Located at the heart of Baguio City , Burnham Park is the perfect place to start your day and soak up the fresh air.

You can rent a bike for as low as PHP 40 per hour and explore the park’s beautiful surroundings. Take in the scenery while riding along its man-made lagoon, or simply sit back and relax on one of its many benches.

Burnham Lake in Tranquil Burnham Park, Baguio City

Session Road: Shop and Dine Like a Local

After working up an appetite at Burnham Park, head over to Session Road for some shopping and local eats. Session Road is known for its wide range of shops that cater to all kinds of interests.

From clothing stores to specialty shops selling souvenirs, there’s something for everyone here. And when you need a break from shopping, indulge in some local delicacies at one of the many restaurants lining the street.

Session Road - Baguio City's Vibrant Commercial Hub

Mount Cloud Bookshop: A Scenic Hike with Culture

To cap off your first day in Baguio City , take a hike up to Mount Cloud Bookshop. This quaint bookstore offers not only books but also cultural experiences that will make your visit worth it.

As you hike up towards Mount Cloud Bookshop, take in the scenic view of Baguio City below you. Once you reach the top, reward yourself with some hot coffee or tea while browsing through their extensive collection of books on Philippine culture.

But before heading back down, sign up for one of their cultural workshops or talks where they cover various topics about Philippine heritage like traditional embroidery techniques or native musical instruments! Whether you’re a book lover, culture enthusiast, or simply want to see Baguio City from a different perspective, Mount Cloud Bookshop is definitely worth adding to your itinerary.

How to Get Around Baguio City

Getting around Baguio City is easy and affordable. You can opt for jeepneys, which are the most common mode of transportation in the city. Fares start at PHP 8 per person and routes are displayed on signs on the front of each vehicle.

Taxis are also available but may be more costly. For a more unique way to get around Baguio City , try the traditional horse-drawn carriages called kalesa.

These can be found in Burnham Park and Session Road and offer a nostalgic way to see the city’s sights. Prices vary depending on the length of your ride.

Where to Stay in Baguio City

There are plenty of budget-friendly accommodations in Baguio City that cater to all kinds of travelers. Here are some of the affordable lodging in the city.

Budget Hotels :

  • Zen Rooms Basic Iggy’s Inn Baguio : This hotel offers clean and comfortable rooms at affordable rates. It’s located just a few minutes from Baguio Cathedral, Burnham Park, and other famous landmarks. The hotel provides free Wi-Fi, 24-hour front desk service, and daily housekeeping.
  • The Podium Boutique Hotel : A cozy and modern hotel located in the central business district of Baguio . It has comfortable and stylish rooms with basic amenities such as air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also features a restaurant and a coffee shop.
  • Baguio City Center Hotel : A simple yet comfortable hotel near Baguio City Hall and Burnham Park. The hotel offers spacious rooms with basic amenities such as air conditioning, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi. It also has a restaurant and a coffee shop.
  • Green Valley Baguio Hotel and Resort : A quiet and peaceful hotel on the outskirts of Baguio . It offers spacious and cozy rooms with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and forests. The hotel also has an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, and a restaurant.
  • Paladin Hotel : A charming and historic hotel in the heart of Baguio . It features well-appointed rooms with elegant furnishings, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also has a restaurant, a bar, and a garden​.

Guest Houses :

  • De Hagan ID Transient Baguio City: This is a popular choice among guests booking guest houses in Baguio .
  • Small House – Baguio: Another popular guest house.
  • Jabbitos Baguio Transient House: Also popular among guests.
  • Micah’s Condo: This condo offers a bedroom and bathroom setup, ideal for families. It’s located near attractions like a strawberry farm, bell church, and Mirador.
  • The Oak Smart Suite 2BR Baguio: The unit is near Wright Park, John Hay, and Baguio Country Club. The self-check-in is very smooth and the host is very accommodating and responsive.
  • The Penthouse Zonevill Condo: Offers self-check-in and out convenience.
  • Fe and Jun Condo Unit Rental: The location is near many attractions like Lourdes Grotto, Burnham Park, etc. The owner is very kind and approachable.
  • Edna Lozito’s Apartment: The apartment is clean, neat, and equipped with all kitchen utensils. The host is very accommodating.
  • Serenity House: The house is spacious, clean, and very homey. The host is very considerate and accommodating​.

Day 1 Food Recommendations

  • Good Taste Café & Restaurant: This restaurant is known for its affordable and delicious Chinese food. Some of the must-try dishes include buttered chicken, beef with broccoli, and pancit canton.
  • Chaya: This Japanese restaurant serves fresh and authentic sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese dishes. Try their salmon sashimi, tempura, and ramen.

Day 2: Immersing in Baguio’s Culture and Cuisine

Discovering traditional igorot culture at tam-awan village.

If you are looking for a unique cultural experience, then a visit to Tam-Awan Village should definitely be on your itinerary. This is a reconstructed traditional Igorot village that provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about the customs and traditions of the indigenous people of the Cordilleras. As you explore the village, you will get to see traditional Ifugao houses made from bamboo and cogon grass and learn about their construction techniques.

You will also have a chance to interact with local artists who specialize in traditional crafts such as weaving, carving, and pottery. And if you’re lucky, you might even get to witness a traditional dance performance!

Tam-awan Village - Baguio City's Cultural Gem

Sampling Baguio’s Unique Delicacies at Baguio City Public Market

No trip to Baguio would be complete without trying out some of the unique delicacies that the city has to offer. And there is no better place to do this than at the Baguio City Public Market.

Here you can find everything from fresh strawberries (which Baguio is famous for) to strawberry taho (a sweet dessert made from tofu), ube jam (a purple yam spread), peanut brittle (a crunchy snack made from peanuts and caramelized sugar), and much more. The market is also an excellent spot for souvenir shopping as there are many stalls selling locally-made handicrafts such as woven baskets, hand-carved wooden figurines, and embroidered clothing.

Photo of Baguio Public Market, Baguio City Philippines

Immersing Yourself in Art at Bencab Museum

Located just outside of Baguio City proper, Bencab Museum is a must-visit destination for art lovers. The museum was founded by Benedicto Cabrera or BenCab, one of the most prominent artists in the Philippines . The museum has a vast collection of contemporary art from both local and international artists, with a particular focus on Philippine art.

Visitors can see paintings, sculptures, and other works of art that offer diverse perspectives on Filipino culture and society. One of the highlights of visiting the Bencab Museum is watching the cultural show performed by the Kawayan Folk Arts Group.

The group is made up of young performers who showcase traditional dances from different regions in the Philippines . Their performances are full of energy and an excellent way to learn about Philippine culture.

Photo of BenCab Museum, Baguio City Philippines

Other Cultural Attractions in Baguio

Aside from Tam-Awan Village and Bencab Museum, there are plenty more cultural attractions worth exploring in Baguio .

The Saint Louis University Museum of Arts and Culture showcases the history and heritage of the Cordillera region through artifacts, costumes, photographs, and multimedia exhibits.

Another must-visit destination is the Baguio Museum which has a collection that includes ethnographic materials relating to Igorot life, photos documenting Baguio’s history as a hill station retreat during colonial times, and artworks by local artists (including BenCab), among others.

Photo of Baguio Museum

Day 2 Food Recommendations

  • Oh My Gulay!: This vegetarian restaurant offers a unique dining experience with its artsy interiors and stunning views of the city. Try their vegetable lasagna, mushroom sisig, and strawberry smoothie.
  • Amare La Cucina Pizza: This Italian restaurant serves delicious wood-fired pizzas and pasta. Try their margherita pizza, carbonara pasta, and tiramisu.

Day 2 is all about immersing yourself in Baguio’s unique culture while sampling its delicious cuisine. A visit to Tam-Awan Village will give you insight into traditional Igorot life while exploring Bencab Museum will expose you to Philippine contemporary art at its finest. And don’t forget to try out all sorts of yummy delicacies at the Baguio City Public Market!

Day 3: Adventure Time in Baguio’s Surrounding Areas

Strawberry picking and vegetable farm tours in la trinidad valley.

On the third day of your budget-friendly Baguio adventure, why not take a trip to La Trinidad Valley? Known as the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines ,” La Trinidad offers scenic farm tours where you can pick fresh strawberries, vegetables, and other crops straight from the field.

You can also learn about the different farming techniques used by local farmers and support their livelihood. One of the most popular spots for strawberry picking is Strawberry Fields Farm, which charges only Php 450 per kilogram (as of writing).

As you wander through rows of luscious strawberries, breathe in the fresh mountain air and admire views of the nearby Benguet mountains . And don’t forget to try some strawberry ice cream or jams – they’re made on-site and are absolutely delicious!

Photo of Strawberry Farm in Benguet

Eco-Adventure Tour at Camp John Hay

After your farm visit, head back to Baguio City for an Eco-Adventure tour at Camp John Hay. This former American military base has been transformed into a natural haven with various activities suited for all ages.

For adrenaline junkies, try out their Tree Top Adventure Park which features zip lines that allow you to fly over lush pine trees. For more laid-back options, there’s a mini-golf course or horseback riding through scenic forest trails.

And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, sign up for archery lessons or wall climbing. But even if you’re not looking for adventure sports, Camp John Hay has other attractions such as nature trails that take you through beautiful landscapes filled with hanging bridges and waterfalls.

Relaxing Dip at Asin Hot Springs

As your budget-friendly Baguio journey comes to an end, cap off your day with a relaxing dip in Asin Hot Springs. Located 16km away from the city, this natural hot spring offers visitors the chance to soak in mineral-rich waters that are said to have therapeutic and healing properties.

You can access the main pool which is surrounded by lush greenery and has views of nearby mountains . There are also private pools available for those looking for more intimate settings.

Before heading back to your hotel, grab a bite to eat at one of the local eateries nearby. You’ll find delicious food options such as grilled fish, sinigang soup, and other Filipino dishes that are sure to satisfy your cravings.

Day 3 Food Recommendations

  • Lemon and Olives: This Greek restaurant offers a variety of Mediterranean dishes such as gyros, souvlaki, and moussaka. Try their chicken gyros, Greek salad, and baklava.
  • Chocolate De Batirol: This café is known for its traditional Filipino hot chocolate made from cacao beans. Try their classic hot chocolate, suman sa lihia, and bibingka.

Recap of itinerary highlights

Over the course of three days, we’ve explored some of the best sights and experiences that Baguio has to offer. We started by exploring scenic spots like Burnham Park and Mount Cloud Bookshop on Day 1.

On Day 2, we immersed ourselves in Baguio’s culture and cuisine with visits to Tam-Awan Village and the Baguio City Public Market, topped off with a cultural show at Bencab Museum. On Day 3, we had an adventure-filled day trip to La Trinidad Valley for strawberry picking and vegetable farm tours before finishing our trip with a relaxing dip at Asin Hot Springs.

Our itinerary covered a range of activities that are perfect for budget travelers who want to make the most out of their time in Baguio without breaking the bank. From free activities like walking along Session Road to affordable food options at the public market, there’s plenty to see and do without spending much money.

Encouragement for travelers to visit Baguio

We hope this itinerary has convinced you to add Baguio to your list of places to visit in the Philippines . With cool weather year-round and a vibrant cultural scene, there’s something for everyone in this city located high up in the mountains .

Baguio is also easily accessible from Manila via bus or private car, making it a convenient destination for both locals and tourists. And with so many budget-friendly options available for food, accommodations, and activities, there’s no reason not to visit!

If you’re looking for more adventure outside of the city limits, there are plenty of nearby attractions like Mount Pulag National Park or trekking through rice terraces in Sagada . Overall, we hope this article has shown that it is possible to explore Baguio on a budget while still having a fantastic time.

Whether you’re an avid hiker or a foodie looking to try out new local delicacies, there’s something for everyone in this charming mountain city. So pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable trip!

About Baguio

With its temperate climate, this is a great place to get away from the bustle of Manila. The city is also known for its tropical pine trees, earning it the title “City of Pines”. It is the highest significant Philippine city in terms of elevation. Baguio is renowned as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” due to its pleasant climate with an average temperature of 22°C. Tourists flock to this mountain city in the summer and during holidays such as Christmas and New Year. This quick guide to Baguio City contains a list of the city’s most popular attractions.


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Baguio City is now under ALERT LEVEL 1! Great news for tourists planning a trip to the City of Pines because this means easing of restrictions and fewer requirements for the traveling public.


Baguio is actually among the first big cities to reopen to tourists with an organized, digital scheduling process, in an effort to accommodate visitors and revive the tourism in the city. Over the past two years, the list of requirements have changed — especially the inclusion of a negative test result, which comes and goes — depending on the local conditions and number of cases.

But some requirements are constant. For example, visitors are required to sign up for a Baguio VISITA account, schedule their visit, and follow the health protocols during their stay.

Tourists in Baguio

If you’re considering a trip to Baguio soon, we’ll share with you the requirements you need to present and steps you need to take in this article, including some insights that we gathered based on our own personal experience. We also have a video version of this post below:


Who can visit Baguio?

For leisure travel or tourism purposes, only the following visitors are allowed to enter Baguio City:

  • All travelers from Areas under ALERT LEVEL 1 and 2. Requirements differ for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. (See details below.)
  • Travelers from Areas under ALERT LEVEL 3 must be FULLY VACCINATED . You’re considered fully-vaccinated 2 weeks or 14 days after receiving your second shot for 2-dose vaccines (only shot for one-dose vaccines).

Travelers 17 years old or below are NOT required to present proof of vaccination or testing as long as accompanied by vaccinated or tested adult.

Who are NOT ALLOWED to Enter Baguio?

The following are NOT allowed to enter Baguio City for now.

Baguio Alert Level 3 4 5 Restrictions

  • Travelers from ALERT LEVEL 4 and ALERT LEVEL 5 areas . The community quarantine status of your origin may change so ask the LGU for the latest update. These restrictions may also change in the future.
  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers from ALERT LEVEL 3 . For Alert Level 3, only fully vaccinated travelers are allowed. If you only got one shot of a two-dose vaccine, you are considered “partially vaccinated.”


Here are the requirements for FULLY VACCINATED tourists coming from ALERT LEVEL 1, 2 and 3, including the documents you need to get a QR-coded Tourist Pass:

  • Approved Baguio Visita QR-coded Tourist Pass (QTP) and confirmed schedule. You may need a valid ID and a recent photo to complete this. You’ll find a step-by-step guide on how to get a QTP below.
  • Valid ID. Government-issued.
  • Vaccination Certificate or Card. Here’s how to get a VaxCertPH. But LGU-issued vaccination cards are accepted, too.
  • Proof of accommodation. If you’re paying for your accommodation, book an establishment that is listed on Baguio VISITA. You can also find below a list of accredited hotels in Baguio .
  • Triage upon arrival. There is a central triage area, but some hotels and bus terminals have their own. More info below.

For UNVACCINATED OR PARTIALLY VACCINATED tourists from areas under Alert Level 1 and 2, any of the following can be submitted in lieu of a vaccination certificate:

  • Negative Test Result. This may be an RT PCR test done within 72 hours prior to arrival in Baguio. See list of accredited and licensed testing laboratories below or here!
  • Medical Certificate stating that the traveler is not eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine, issued by the Local Health Officer.

Here’s an infographic by the Baguio LGU that summarizes the requirements:

Baguio Requirements for Unvaccinated Travelers

Here are other important notes to keep in mind.

  • Schedule your visit at least one (1) day before your trip .
  • Only a limited number of travelers per day will be allowed entry so make sure you schedule your visit beforehand.
  • No QTP, no entry! QTP refers to the QR-coded Tourist Pass, which will be issued to you when you register or schedule your visit. No walk-ins or on-the-spot registration. Travel only once you have a QTP.

What to Do Before Visiting Baguio

Here are the steps you need to take before your trip.

1. Create a BAGUIO VISITA account.

To do this, go to the official website of BAGUIO VISITA at .

Baguio VISITA is a new arm created by the local government, in collaboration with the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Board, to facilitate tourist processes in the city. VISITA stands for VISitor Information and Travel Assistance.

The website looks like this:

Baguio Visits Website Homepage

To sign up for an account, follow these steps:

  • Accomplish the sign-up form. Enter your personal info (name, nationality, birth date, etc.), current address, and contact details.
  • Upload a valid ID and current photo for identification. Most government IDs like passport, SSS/UMID, driver’s license, senior citizen ID, and voter’s ID are accepted.
  • Read the Data Privacy and Consent Agreement. Click Confirm if you accept the terms.
  • Check your email inbox. A verification link will be sent to your email address. Click on that and you’ll be redirected back to the VISITA website.
  • Login again to finalize verification process.

That’s it! You now have a BAGUIO VISITA account.

2. Schedule a visit.

Baguio Visita Schedule Trip Page

  • Log in to your account. You will be greeted with an illustrated menu.
  • Click on SCHEDULE A VISIT. You will be presented a form.
  • Complete the scheduling form. You will be asked to provide details about your trip including your point of origin, purpose of travel, mode of transportation, your travel dates, your travel agency, your hotel or contact person in Baguio.
  • Accomplish the HEALTH DECLARATION FORM. You will be asked questions about your current health (whether you’re experiencing symptoms), exposure history, and other clinical information. Click SUBMIT!
  • Upload a copy of your VACCINATION CARD/CERTIFICATE (if fully vaccinated) or NEGATIVE TEST RESULT (if not fully vaccinated). Once you have uploaded the documents, click CONFIRM. Although your registration can still be processed even if you skip this step, it’s highly recommended that you upload a copy. Either way, you must bring your vaccination card or test result when you travel as it will be checked at Triage on arrival day.
  • Finalize your application. After completing the Health Declaration Form, your application will be reviewed, which can take up to 24 hours.
  • Contact the accommodation establishment you booked. Let them know that you have already scheduled a visit at the Baguio Visita website and that you’re waiting for their approval. Send them your name and all your companions’ full names. It should take up to 24 hours.
  • Check your email or log in to the Baguio Visita website. When your application is approved, you should receive an email confirmation with a link to a QR Coded Tourist Pass (QTP). You can also check the status on the VISITA dashboard.
  • Download your QR Coded Tourist Pass (QTP). This code is unique to you and it contains your name, photo, and travel dates in Baguio. You must print it or save on your device.

The QTP is essential. You have to keep a copy with you at all times when in Baguio because you will need to scan it at certain checkpoints including the triage area, hotel reception, and key attractions around the city.

The QTP looks like this:

Baguio QTP Sample

3. Upon arrival, proceed to TRIAGE.

All tourists must undergo triage when they arrive in Baguio City. There are central triage areas but some hotels and bus terminals have their own.

Triage at Newtown Hotel

  • For yellow QTP, the triage area is at Central Triage
  • For blue QT, you may proceed to your hotel or bus terminal for triage

Visitors who are showing symptoms, regardless of the test result or their vaccination status, will be tested, isolated, and referred to health officials for next steps.

4. Follow all health and safety rules within the city.

  • Wear a face mask at all times.
  • Observe physical distance of one meter.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands whenever possible.
  • Try to avoid crowded places as much as you can.


Are children / minors allowed to visit.

Yes, if they’re coming from areas under Alert Levels 1 & 2. Minors are not required to present proof of vaccination or testing as long as they are accompanied by vaccinated or tested adult.

For those coming from areas under Alert Level 3, vaccinated minors are allowed. We’re still trying to determine if unvaccinated minors from Alert Level 3 are OK. Will update this part soon.

We’re traveling as a group. Does everyone need a QTP? Can we register as a group?

Family at the Mansion Wright Park

Every single traveler needs to have their own QTP. But the good news is, you can now register as a group. This is a newly implemented feature of the Baguio Visita website.

To do this, one member of the group needs to create a Baguio Visita account and schedule a visit. Then follow these steps:

  • On the dashboard, go to MY TRAVELS tab.
  • Choose the trip you wish to add companions to and then tap the 3 dots next to it.
  • Choose ADD COMPANION on the prompt that would pop up. You will be directed to the MY COMPANIONS page.
  • Add a vehicle or add a companion for each vehicle. Then input the details for the vehicle or each companion accordingly.

Note that your companions should be staying at the same place on the same travel dates.

  • If you’re staying at a hotel/accommodation establishment, you can add up to 9 companions and up to 2 vehicles.
  • If you don’t have an accommodation booking, you can add up to 4 companions on one vehicle.

Once approved, each member of the group will get their own unique QTP.

I still have not received a QTP. It’s been days but my schedule is still not approved. What can I do?

Contact the accommodation establishment that you booked. It is usually the accommodation management that approves QTP applications. Let them know that you have already completed the Baguio Visita registration and scheduling process and that you’re just waiting for their approval on their end. Don’t forget to send the names of all your companions.

This happened to us. We were waiting a long time so we reached out to the hotel. They also could not approve my companions’ applications because they didn’t have their names. But once I sent them the names, they were promptly approved.

There were some other quirks, too. On another instance, the hotel management asked us to practically re-do the application because the Triage site assigned to us was at another hotel. We wouldn’t have known this if we didn’t contact them directly.

If you’re not booked with a hotel, contact Baguio Visita through the following:

  • (074) 446 2009 (7am – 11pm)
  • 0956 572 9097 (7am – 3pm)
  • 0956 572 9093 (3pm -11pm)
  • 0956 572 9094 (11pm – 7am)

I’ll be staying at 2 different hotels within one trip. How do I choose two hotels on Baguio Visita?

You can’t choose two accommodation establishments on just one application. If you’re moving to another hotel in the middle of your trip, you need to schedule two separate Baguio Visita trips.

This is also based on personal experience. Due to room availability issues, we had to book two hotels. We were asked to create two separate schedules on the Baguio Visita website, received two QTPs, and underwent triage twice.

Are there available public transportation options to Baguio?

Yes, visit this page for your options: BAGUIO BUS SCHEDULE!

Within the city, taxis and jeepneys are all operational.

Where can we stay in Baguio?

It is highly recommended to book an accommodation with a Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) from the Department of Tourism. Here are just a few of many options:

baguio travel tips

  • G1 Lodge #2 Leonard Wood Rd., Baguio City Check Rates & Photos! ✅
  • The Orchard Hotel Baguio #149 Legarda Road, Baguio City Check Rates & Photos! ✅
  • City Travel Hotel #16 Kisad Road, Burnham-Legarda, Baguio City Check Rates & Photos! ✅
  • Citylight Hotel #245 Upper General Luna Road, Baguio City Check Rates & Photos! ✅
  • Travelite Hotel Legarda Travelite Hotel cor. Legarda Rd. & Bukaneg St., Burnham-Legarda, Baguio City Check Rates & Photos! ✅

For more options, check out this post: LIST OF DOT-ACCREDITED HOTELS IN BAGUIO! ✅

Staying in a stranger’s residence for a fee is NOT ALLOWED and is punishable by law. If you’re paying for lodging, make sure you book an authorized hotel or inn.

What are the accredited COVID-19 testing centers?

There are dozens of licensed COVID-19 testing laboratories around the Philippines. But here are a few that you may book online via Klook.

  • Singapore Diagnostic, Makati Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • Safeguard DNA Diagnostic, Mandaluyong Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • Manila Healthtek Inc., Marikina Branch Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • Philippine Airport Diagnostic Laboratory, Pasay Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • Kairos Diagnostics Laboratory, Quezon City Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • Be Safe MD Inc., Quezon City Branch Check Rates & Availability! ✅


Are leisure tours allowed in Baguio?

All types of tours including DIY or same-day tours are already allowed.


  • 2020 November 19 – Originally published
  • 2021 March 2 – Removed swab test as requirement. Added public transportation options. Expanded scope to all tourists from PH.
  • 2021 March 19 – Negative RT-PCR/Antigen/Saliva test requirement is reinstated.
  • 2021 July 5 – Vaccine card/certificate is now accepted for fully-vaccinated travelers.
  • 2021 October 26 – Baguio reopens to leisure travelers. Only fully-vaccinated adults and minors aged 12-17 with negative antigen or RT-PCR test are allowed. More details above.
  • 2022 January 10 – Leisure travelers coming from areas under Alert Level 3 (including Metro Manila), even those who had been fully vaccinated, are required to present a negative test result.
  • 2022 February 21 – Fully-vaccinated leisure travelers coming from areas under Alert Levels 1 & 2 may visit Baguio again without swab test. Those coming from Alert Level 3 are required to present a negative test result.
  • 2022 March 18 – Applied Alert Level 1 changes. Added ADD COMPANION steps to Baguio Visita process.

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Where can I download the covid rapid antigen testing form

Nikita Kaye

Im a resident in baguio city locked down here in manila… what requirements do i need?

Emilia Dumanglig

I am a resident in Baguio city, locally stranded ako sa manila..what requirements do i need?

Engr Danilo Q. Ganal

If I have a companion, does he or she needs also to register or have an account to register

Jonas Robica

hi blogger…

may ask ako…. balak namin mag tour sa baguio this 1st week of March, and may dala akming PUSA naka bag naman ito… hmm.. allowed ba ito sa BUS?

one more….

OFW ako mag SWAB TEST na ako sa AIRPORT, need ko pa ba mag test ulit before departure? please lemmeknow… thanks much!

Lovely Chavez

hi po ask ko lang po,per head po ba ang pag register?


Are you accepting tourist travelers with kids po? With parents nmn po

Baguio is now accepting tourists with kids.

Ricky Laminero

We will go to Bagiou for a meeting. We will be there for just 4 hours. Do we need to fill up all the requiremwnts needed?


Hi. Should the people coming with me in my visit should also make their own accounts? Meaning if 20 people would tag along, 20accounts in the visita.baguio…. Should be made too?

Unfortunately, yes. They want to make sure everyone going to Baguio is registered. If there are minors create an account for them just encode your mobile and telephone number.

Juan de la cruz

Huwag muna kayo magpunta sa baguio. Madami pa rin requirement na kailangang para makapunta ka. Which is hassle lalo na kapag kasama mo pa pamilya mo. S ibang lugar nalang.

Hindi naman masyado. We are a big family. Marami lang kelangan fill-up na somehow talagang medyo hassle sa gusto mag-travel. Kaso ganon talaga and sitwasyon ngayon. Kaya extra payment din sa test. So expect na lang na dadagdag lang ng extra sa antigen test. So far, mas konti nakasakay sa Bus since hindi allowed punuin, so mas ok din. Don lang medyo tumatagal sa pagfill-up sa Visita Baguio Site kasi kelangan i-register lahat ng pupunta including minors, pero so far, ok naman. We’ve done booking accomm, registering sa site and buying ticket online sa Bus. To buy online via Victory you must do it least 48 hours before your scheduled departure. Antigen test is available at the Bus Station din naman. Just make sure to arrive 2 hours before your scheduled trip. You get the result in 30 minutes. Pagbalik, after your Baguio trip di na kailangan ng test.

Danilo Royol

Less hassle pa sa Tagaytay, walang masyado kailan, madali pa sumakay ng bus sa PITX. Forget Baguio!!!

We tried considering Tagaytay but the place is ridiculously overpriced considering its pandemic. We are also a big family, Baguio for us is way better. We get more value for our money. The accommodations are better and bigger. We also have many places to visit and more accommodations to choose from.


anong requirements ang hinanap? may hahanapin parin kahit nakaregister na sa BAGUUIO VISITA?

Just the QR code. If you haven’t uploaded your antigen test, you can bring a copy of it and present it once you arrive in Baguio.

is there a need to create an account for minors? Thanks

Yes, you need to create an account for the minors. Create an account for them and just encode your phone number. Make sure to book from an LGU registered hotel/accommodation. Upload valid ID’s. Fill up everything including the health declaration. There is an option to get an antigen test once you arrive in Baguio or before leaving Manila 72 hours prior to your departure. if you are traveling by bus, they offer it (Victory and Genesis). You must arrive 2 hours at the Bus Station before your scheduled trip. You can always edit your file from the Baguio Visita site so make sure to do all of this ahead of time. You will get a QR code once your registration is accepted. Hope this helps.

Marjune Brena Garcia

I am travelling with my partner and 3 months old daughter.. should we need to create account on every member?

Yes. You need to create an account for the minor. Just encode your phone numbers. Anyone who will join you must be registered. Hope this helps.


Pwede po ba magpa schedule or mgregister dito sa visita.bguio mga 2 or 3 days before the travel date.Thank you?


paano po kapag may kasamang kids? Kailangan pa ba sila mag Rt-PCR test?


Ano po requirement for children below 18 years old? Do they need a rt-pcr test result or not?

Andrea T. Cortez

if you are fully i need to undergo antigen PCR test?

Jhong Cabungcal

i will travel for buss. I am from ucpb and will visit our branch and bank properties we are fully vaccine na. overnight only. what is the requirement


Hi, my cousin would like to visit me here in Upper Rock Quarry, Baguio City for a week maybe, he is fully vaccinated and is from manila. Is it possible for him to stay here for a week? And is Fully Vaccination card and Visita baguio qr code enough? He is having axiety attack and depression thats why he wanted to stay with me for a bit.. Thank you

Ariel Bautista

Paano yan may condo kmi sa mine view sa europa.. kailangan pa nmin mag booking


Tanong ko lng po,taga ifugao po aq pro fully ang bus papantang banaue,kaya gusto ko po sanang dumaan ng kailangan ko pa po bang magpabook ng hotel?


Hello, is it required to have an accredited travel agency when scheduling the visit to Baguio (like in La Union) or this is optional?

dick manuel

good day po, pg hindi po leisure ang pakay s baguio parehàs din po ng requirments? hindi po mg stay jaan bale bababa din po the same day.ty po

Dency milana

I and my kids were having a medical exam appointment on 2nd wk of feb. At NHSibag…my query is,are we still going to have rt pcr?we are fr launion..

Aiden Agayo

Hello po san po pwede mag inquire ng leisure travel sa Benguet, yung pang stay in for years para tulungan ko yung kamag anak ko sa probinsya? Sana mapansin..


Pwede mag ask po ano requirements sa walng vaccine if gusto mag visit sa baguio po Slmat


Paano po ang transportation details? Pwede bang mag enter ng information tapos in the last minute palitan din? Di kasi namin sure kung what transportation (private car) ang gagamitin. Pwede po ba yun?

Yosh Dimen

Yes, na-eedit naman ang trip details kahit nasubmit na. Dun sa Dashboard, click on SCHEDULE NEW VISIT tapos dun sa next page, don’t schedule a new trip. Instead, sa ilalim nun, may option to edit ung previously submitted travels. :)

Di ko lang alam until when pwede gawin yun pero na-eedit sya. You may also contact ung accommodation establishment nyo (if nakabook kayo sa hotel) kasi sila rin yung isa sa nag-aapprove.


Hi need ba iregister yung 3 yrs old ko for the dashboard qtp?

Ang alam ko po, lahat ay kailangang iregister individually. Pero di ko po sure.


Thank you. This is very informative and helpful.

joselito alipio

pwd po ba ang 1 day tour

Gisela V. Enriquez

If we are travelling as a group, do all of us have to register and have an account?

Hi Gisela, they’ve just added a new feature that allows registrants to add companions.


Hi, pag nawala vaccination card.. pde ba upon arrival sa triage na lang ung pag antigen? And how much?

Chi-Chi M.

Hi! We are planning to go to Baguio next week. We already registered in Visita Baguio. Question po is, we will be bringing our 10 year old. Do i need to register her too? Since no option naman ng partially vaccinated palang or minor. Thanks po.

Cacay Robles

We are From saudi arbia then from naia We will go to Baguio directly. What are the requirements that we need to do?

Hi Cacay! Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with the policies for those coming from abroad. Best to message them directly at

Rodolfo F Fernandez

Bakit po hindi accredited ang Gladiola Center ng Benguet State University?

Hi Rodolfo, naku, di ko po alam. Best to contact na lang po Baguio Visita regarding accreditation ng mga hotels.

Tricia Cuevas

This is the most comprehensive guide to Baguio Visita! They should hire you so they can place all these directions in their site. Thank you so much for all the effort!

Thank you, Tricia! :)

Thanks, Tricia! We’ll also be creating a comprehensive Baguio Travel Guide soon! :D

ella villacantos

Hello, I’d like to ask you a question regarding a vaccinations. What if we don’t have access to a booster? That’s the only problem we have; four of us have been vaccinated, and my father have a booster, but we don’t. What am I supposed to do?

Hi Ella, parang hindi naman po yata required yung booster shot? Kung tama po alala ko, basta fully vaccinated (usually 2 doses), OK na.

thank you very much


If you don’t have any valid Id you can enter Baguio


Hi. Is QTP still needed in Baguio this May 2022? And do they still check it when you visit tourist spots?

Paolo Diomampo

What if I initially indicated Victory Liner for the mode of transportation in the Baguio Visita site, but then we needed to change it to Joybus. Is this okay?

Hi Paolo, you can still edit/change mode of transportation sa Visita website.

Joenenamae Alfonso

Is pet allowed po in baguio?

Arneli Romeral

Hello, alam niyo po ba kung allowed na ang paglipat ng house sa baguio na haling sa manila? Lilipat kasi kami ng baguio.

john paul

hi. can i change the date of travel?


Sobrang laking help! Andito na lahat. Thank you so much! :)

emmanuel soriano

just going to visit my daughter


Allowed na po lahat ngayon, wala na ang restrictions for almost everything

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BAGUIO CITY – The country’s Summer Capital will remain open for leisure and non-essential travels for fully vaccinated individuals. However, those coming from areas under Alert Level 3 will have to present a COVID-19 negative test result before entering the city.

In his first issuance for 2022, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong ordered tighter restrictions for leisure and non-essential travelers from January 6 to 18.

Under Executive Order No. 1-2022, fully vaccinated leisure and non-essential travelers from areas under Alert Level 3 must still present RT-PCR negative tests results taken within 72 hours before their entry. Border guards and triage centers will also honor negative results of rapid antigen tests conducted 24 hours before arrival.

The City Health Office will also supervise triage units in the city. Visitors may take their antigen test in these facilities upon arrival.

The test requirement order also covers travel companions aged 12 to 17, “regardless of vaccination status.”

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All VISITA registrations approved before January 6, remain valid. However, the testing requirement shall apply.  The city will allow essential travel for authorized persons outside of residence (APORs) with complete travel documents. They also need to register at .

Magalong reduced the maximum number of daily visitors approved by the city through the Visitor Information and Travel Assistance app (VISITA, ) to 4000 from 5000.

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City Tourism Officer Alec Mapalo said those booked in hotels with triage units through VISITA are excluded from the maximum visitor count.

“We can still go beyond 4000 [if we include those] in hotels or accommodations with triage facility,” Mapalo said.

“We have a separate list for that, but they are also limited to 70% capacity,” he added.

The set limit plus the 70% occupancy would still be around 8000 individuals a day, according to Mapalo.

However, he pointed out that accommodation facilities filled only about half of their rooms even at the peak period of the holiday season.

Mapalo said visitors in the city peaked on December 26, with 7400 individuals based on VISITA registrations.

He said the city might further reduce the limit after the set period in the order. The local government may also expand coverage of the testing requirements to include all travelers and decrease accommodation capacity.

Magalong said the city temporarily suspended the approval of new travel requests in preparation for the gradual reduction of travelers to minimize the risk of transmission from other localities with raised alert levels.

“We are actively aligning proactive plans across all affected sectors so that travel can still take place in a safe environment with minimized risk,” he said. –

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Tiny cabins, locals-only hotel deals + 8 more texas travel tips in june.

Getaway Piney Woods

Getaway Piney Woods boasts 40 tiny cabins spread across 99 acres of remote, beautiful Texas land.

Ah, summer. The days are long, the nights short, and the heat unforgiving. Sometimes, it's just not enough to hang around at home on the weekends when you could be spending time exploring a different city or small town. Need help deciding where to take a quick vacation, road trip, or staycation? Here are 10 events and happenings to help plan a fun-filled getaway in June.

Around Texas

All Hotel ZaZa locations in Texas can get a $100 credit for hotel spa services, room service, poolside snacks or drinks, and more during stays from now until Monday, September 2 with the promo code "ROADTRIP." The hotel chain is also partnering with Austin-based hot sauce brand Yellowbird to spice up their food and beverage menu with the addition of summer corn fritters and two new cocktails: Little Birdie and Spicy Sundown.

In the Hill Country

ICYMI: The highly anticipated Camp Landa RV Resort recently opened in downtown New Braunfels just in time for the city's popular summer vacation season. The resort brings classic 1960s "Great American Getaway" vibes throughout its RV sites and Cozy Cabins, offering fun outdoor amenities like a heated pool with a swim-up bar, a dog park, pickleball courts, and more. Rates for back-in RV sites begin at $62.86 in June, and Cozy Cabins are available starting at $174 per night.

Texas wine-lovers who want to spend more time in Johnson City will appreciate Carter Creek Winery Resort and Spa's new "A Taste of Hill Country" curated experience. The package provides overnight accommodations in one of the resort's deluxe villas, lavish resort spa amenities, and three premium wine tastings at Carter Creek Winery, William Chris Vineyards, and Lost Draw Cellars. Starting rates for the "A Taste of Hill Country" package begin at $139 per night. Reservations can be booked via Carter Creek's website or by calling 1-855-386-0052.

Rusk House Serviced Apartments , a brand new accommodation for long-term stays in Houston , opened in mid-May in the heart of downtown. Guests can book weeklong stays in luxurious and furnished one or two-bedroom apartments that come with fully equipped kitchens, bathroom amenities, wifi, and more. Each apartment combines the best of both worlds by offering the comfort and convenience of home with hotel-style amenities like housekeeping, coffee, same day dry cleaning, and on-site dining options. Opening rates begin at $199 per night, with special rates based on the length of a guest's stay.

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Texican Court in Irving is offering an exclusive Six Flags Over Texas In Arlington package for thrill-seeking dynamic duos looking to get away for the weekend during the summer. In addition to overnight accommodations for two at the hotel, the special will offer guests two tickets to Six Flags (a short 20-30 minute drive away), complimentary breakfast at Two Mules Cantina, and free hotel parking. Nightly rates for the Six Flags package begin at $252.

Travelers looking to enjoy the beauty of Texas nature can head to Larue and disconnect at Getaway Piney Woods , a collection of 40 tiny cabins sprawled across 99 acres of land located 1.5 hours outside Dallas. Each cabin comes with all the relaxing amenities you need to unplug from city life – including a cellphone lockbox – so you can plug into a rejuvenating stay without distraction. Bring a book, a guitar, or a portable speaker and reconnect with what makes you happy. Rates at Getaway Piney Woods begin at $139 per night in June.

Back by popular demand: Backyard Unplugged nights at the Hotel Drover in Fort Worth are returning every Friday and Saturday night from 7-10 pm, all summer long. Hotel guests and visitors are invited to this free public event, which features special themed events every month, live music, and exclusive cocktails. June's lineup of musicians include Cory Michael (June 7), Scotty Issacs (June 8), Michael Lisenby (June 14), Sarah Schafer (June 15), and more.

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Going on vacation doesn't have to mean getting on a plane or going on a long drive. In fact, Austinites can escape the city bustle with a short (1.5 hour) drive to Round Top for a small town getaway. For visitors who can't get enough of Round Top's charming atmosphere, several boutique hotels are offering up to 25 percent off weeknight stays from Sunday through Thursday with the promo code "SUMMER25." Hotels participating in the summer special include Red Antler Luxury Bungalows, Hotel Lulu, Wander Inn, Round Top Inn, Round Top Motel, Kobza Haus. The Frenchie will offer the special for August-only stays. Travelers can book their stays by calling their hotel of choice, or visiting their websites.

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Austinites can take advantage of the locals-only spa specials at W Austin's Away Spa all month long this June, which include complimentary valet parking for up to three hours. Austin locals can receive 30 percent off massages, body treatments, and facials, and a 20 percent discount on nail and waxing services Monday through Thursday (excluding holidays). The "Local Serenity Special" will offer Austinites 20 percent off one service, 25 percent off two services, and 30 percent off three or more services for even more relaxation. Guests can book their appointments by calling (512) 542-3626 or by visiting the Away Spa website .

European-inspired resort Commodore Perry Estate is launching its own locals-only offer this summer, but for all Texans: A 30 percent discount on the best available rate, and a $100 dining credit for Lutie's, the estate's on-site farm-to-table restaurant. But for those coming in from out of town, "The Austin Escape" package alternatively offers a $150 resort credit and an on-property Mercedez Benz for the duration of the stay. Last, but not least, "The Suite Escape" will provide a 15 percent discount on any suite booking, a $150 resort credit, daily breakfast, and an exclusive San Saba amenity. Nightly rates begin at $449 for a room, and $961 for a suite, and can be booked online via .

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Summer pit stops, world's largest buc-ee's to open outside austin in june.

Texas travelers heading south from Austin (to where remains to be seen) have a new must-see pit stop to add to their itinerary this summer: The largest Buc-ee's in the U.S., opening at 10070 I-10 in Luling on Monday, June 10.

As CultureMap reported in 2022, this new Buc-ee's is replacing Luling's current store, which was built in 2003 as Buc-ee's first family travel center. The new space claims the "world's largest" title thanks to its gigantic 75,000-square-foot-plus space, 120 "fueling positions," and all of the cult classic Buc-ee's snacks, barbecue, and beverages that travelers have been obsessing over for decades.

Following the opening of the store at 6 am on June 10, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 12 pm.

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The new Luling Buc-ee's will open June 10.

"We are thrilled to open the doors to the world’s largest Buc-ee’s travel center right here in the Great State of Texas," said Buc-ee's director of real estate Stan Beard in the release. "It’s particularly exciting, considering this is the Buc-ee’s that started it all, so we are really looking forward to celebrating with the incredible people of Luling."

Previously, the Buc-ee's in New Braunfels reigned as the largest convenience store in the world, at a little more than 66,000 square feet in size. Due to the chain's expansion throughout the South, the Buc-ee's in Sevierville, Tennessee, eventually took the title away from Texas; It was then taken by the Buc-ee's in Johnstown, Colorado. The new Luling store beats those out-of-state stores by about 1,000 square feet.

The new store will bring 200 jobs to the city, and lauds its own pay in the press release for "beginning well above minimum wage." Employees receive full benefits, a six percent 401k match, and three weeks of paid vacation time.

Still — and this may come as a shock — not everyone hears "world's largest" and "120 fueling stations" and feels warm and fuzzy. Buc-ee's has not gone without controversy regarding its environmental impact on the communities it serves; Specifically, the consequences of overdevelopment tend to ignite debates about where Buc-ee's really belongs.

Although indigenous activist organization 7 Directions of Service isn't based in Texas, it does bring up some salient points in its campaign to "Stop Buc-ee's" from expanding to Mebane, North Carolina. The group outlined its four main reasons for opposition on its website: environmental harms; the “desecration” of a large section of the Occaneechi Trading Path that runs from Virginia to Alabama; the company’s not-so-shiny history with employees ; and an overall disdain for fossil fuels in a growing climate-conscious world.

Among its environmental concerns was that an influx of cars to the new Buc-ee’s would result in a significant increase of air pollution. In Luling's case, CultureMap does not have data on how traffic would change — or if it would change at all — on the main highway connecting Houston and San Antonio.

Buc-ee's currently operates 35 Texas stores and 14 stores across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, and Colorado, with two more locations in Virginia and Mississippi breaking ground earlier in 2024.

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Italy has it all. The big boot concentrates some of Europe ’s most beautiful landscapes, islands, beaches and lakes , mountains and rolling vine-covered hills, and adorns them all with more art and architecture than anywhere on the planet.

You can go back every year and never see it all. Because Italy has only been as a single country since 1871, each regions has developed its own distinct character, cuisine and wine. Whether you love art or archaeology, fashion or fast cars, or food, wine and la dolce vita , you’ll love Italy.

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Italy is a year-round destination. Summers are hot and crowded (the Italians themselves go on holiday in August ) but that’s also the time for beaches, festivals and sitting out under the stars. Spring is a delightful time to visit, with numerous events, especially around Easter, while in autumn the colours are magnificent in the mountains and vineyards as the wine harvest takes place. Winter is stellar for skiing and snowsports, opera lovers, and visiting the cities and museums minus the crowds.

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Italy’s capital, Rome , is one of the world’s great cities, the magnificent stage for a lion’s share of European history, a palimpsest where ancient, medieval, Renaissance and Baroque landmarks stand shoulder to shoulder. It is the only city that surrounds a sovereign country, Vatican City, yet alongside the grandeur of the Pantheon and St Peter’s, the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain, the Castel Sant’Angelo and Spanish Steps and 900 churches, there is a sense of fun. Hit the lively bars, lick gelato under the parasol pines, and hire a Vespa to pretend you’re in Roman Holiday .

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Smaller towns and villages across Tuscany make for perfect holiday hideaways

Synonymous with landscapes swathed in vines, olives and cypresses that look as if they were lifted straight from a Renaissance fresco, Tuscany is a rare region that achieved a kind of perfection by the 16th century – then had the sense to not change. Tuscany’s precocious capital is Florence , where wealthy patrons, notably the Medici, helped herald in the Renaissance and filled the city with works that changed the history of art and architecture. The smaller art cities – Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Arezzo – and hill towns are jewels, and beaches line the coast when you need a break from all that art and culture.

Visiting Venice out of season means the same beauty but less crowds

The dream city floating on water is almost too beautiful for its own good – in fact, so many want to visit that the city has started charging day-trippers admission. But La Serenissima deserves so much more than a few rushed hours. The Grand Canal, the Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s and its piazza, the Rialto bridge – all the iconic sights take on an extra magic when illuminated at night (and the day trippers have gone). Venice is exceptionally atmospheric in winter, when the mists rise, and you can have its churches and palazzi filled with masterpieces by Titian, Bellini, Tintoretto and Veronese almost to yourself.

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The Bay of Naples

Naples is an underrated city – and gateway to the Amalfi Coast

Passionate, noisy, chaotic, anarchic, fabulous Naples is the queen of the south, with its unforgettable views across the water to the still smouldering Mount Vesuvius. The volcano’s most famous victim, Pompeii, is only a short train ride away, and more fascinating than ever thanks to the recent excavations. The enormous royal Palace of Caserta with its endless gardens is just inland, while the three irresistible islands in the bay – ritzy Capri, beach-rimmed Ischia and tiny Procida – are a foretaste of the sublime, vertigo-inducing Amalfi Coast that begins just to the south.

Sicily has become increasingly popular after featuring in TV show ‘The White Lotus’

The Mediterranean’s biggest island is a mini continent, with its own culture, dialect, cuisine and stunning relics of its ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Norman and Neapolitan past. Palermo concentrates much of the art, but then there’s Agrigento with its Greek temples, romantic Taormina with its Greek theatre overlooking Mount Etna, superb Roman mosaics at Piazza Armerina, Byantine Norman ones at Monreale, and the elegant Baroque towns of Noto, Modica and Ragusa. The small islands of Sicily’s coasts are equally fascinating, notably the volcanic Aeolian islands, where Stromboli erupts every few minutes.

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Abruzzo has both lush countryside and beautiful beaches

In between central and southern Italy, encompassing the highest Apennines, Abruzzo is the ‘Green Region of Europe’. More than half of its territory is protected in national parks and nature reserves, home to brown bears, wolves, golden eagles, porcupines and chamois. It’s an ideal destination for an active holiday, with its walking and cycle paths, mountain lakes, beaches, ski slopes, striking hill villages and archaeological sites.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

This little triple-barrelled region borders Austria and Slovenia, and is only a 40-minute drive from Croatia . Its capital, Trieste, was once the chief port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, lending it a unique Mittel European atmosphere and cuisine. There’s arty Udine, long part of the Venetian Republic, and Aquileia – one of the best preserved Roman cities – plus sandy beaches and rolling hills that produce some of Italy’s finest white wines. In the north tower the fanatical Friulian Dolomites and Julian Alps and in between, you’ll find the Tagliamento, one of the last wild rivers in Europe.

Valle d’Aosta

Valle d’Aosta is know as the ‘little Rome of the Alps’

This emerald valley in Italy’s far northwest is framed by Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn and majestic Gran Paradiso National Park. Smallest and least populated of Italy’s regions, where both Italian and French are official languages, it’s dotted with castles, chalets and happy cows with huge bells who produced the valley’s famous Fontina cheese. The pretty capital, Aosta, is full of Roman-medieval charm.

The mountainous instep of the Italian boot was long unknown to most tourists, although it’s just beginning to be discovered. There are small beach resorts along the Ionian and Tyrrhenian, some beautiful villages, lovely Aglianico del Vulture wine, and the fascinating city of Matera, where people lived in caves in a river canyon into the 20th century; today it’s a Unesco World Heritage Site and stand-in for ancient Jerusalem in a number of recent films.

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Eat in bologna.

The capital of Emilia Romagna (think prosciutto, Parmesan, tortellini, mortadella, etc), Bologna is foodie heaven. Its Quadrilateral market is a gastronomic epiphany, and will whet your appetite for a dish of tagliatelle alla Bolognese – the heavenly origin of spag bol.

Garden hop on the Italian Lakes

Few places on earth can match the gorgeous scenery, villas and gardens that grow in the singular microclimates of Italy’s enormous alpine lakes – Maggiore, Como and Garda . Regular ferries and boat services will get you there – or hire your own boat.

Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy

Take in an opera

Along with Italy’s cathedrals of trilling arias – Milan ’s La Scala, Venice’s La Fenice or Naples’s San Carlo – there are wonderful summer festivals in Verona’s Roman Arena, Macerata’s Sferisterio in the Marche, Rome’s Baths of Caracalla, and others dedicated to composers, like Puccini in Torre del Lago (Tuscany), Verdi (Parma), and Rossini (Pescara).

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Race a Ferrari

Fancy yourself a racing driver? Try your hand on a simulator at the Enzo Ferrari museum in Modena, the capital of Italy’s ‘Motor Valley’. For more Ferrari action, there are factory tours in nearby Maranello, plus the chance to visit the homes of Lamborghini, Maserati, Pagani and Ducati with their museums and factory tours.

Getting around

Italy has a superb rail network, and the high-speed service between the major cities makes taking the train cheaper, more convenient and more comfortable than flying. Frecciarossa (red arrows) trains go up to 300km/h (186 mph) between Turin, Milan, Bologna, Florence, Naples and Salerno, and between Turin, Milan, Verona and Venice. Coaches to towns and villages not on the rail lines are also excellent and usually depart from the nearest train station. In the cities, public transport (metros, trams, buses and, in Venice, boat-buses called vaporetti) are also easy to use.

Money-saving tip

If you aren’t bring the kids, you’ll save hundreds of pounds by avoiding travel during the school holidays, when flight and hotel prices soar. Some major attractions, such as the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, also charge less if you go between November to February.

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What’s the weather like.

It can get uncomfortably hot in July and August , especially in the south and Po Valley. Spring and autumn are mild (October and November are the rainiest months); winters require coats, even in Sicily.

What currency do I need?

What language is spoken.

Italian, but English is widely understood.

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