BAGUIO CITY: Travel Guide, Tips, Cheap Hotels and More 15


Baguio is one of the quickest respite 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 althroughout the year but it also has the most diversed 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.

HOW TO GET THERE


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 where you will be coming from.

1. 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 LinerPartas 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.

2. 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.

WHERE TO STAY


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 are 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.

1. Harrison Inn – this is located along Harrison Rd. in front of Burnham Park beside BPI and a few walk from Jollibee. Rate starts at 500/day and above.

2. Baguio Village Inn – located along Magsaysay Ave. rates starts from 250/day and up.

3. WEST INN – located at 24 Kisad Road, Baguio City. rate starts at 1,400.00/day.

4. Holiday Park Hotel – in 129 Abanao Extension, Baguio City. Rate starts at 1,800.00/pax

5. Venus Parkview Hotel – in 19 Kisad Road, Baguio City Rate starts at 1,650.00/day

6. Paladin Hotel – in Abanao Extension cor. Cariño St. Rate starts at 1,300.00/day

7. Pines View Hotel – in 24 Legarda Road, Baguio City. Rates starts at 1,600.00/day

8. Ina Mansion – in Kisad Road, Baguio City. Rates start at 1,250.00/day

9. Baguio Kisad Hotel – in 24 Kisad Rd., Baguio City. Rate starts at 1,400.00/day good for 2-4pax

10. Hotel Veniz – Abanao St., Baguio City. Rate starts at 1,350/day.

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.

4PMA, 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.

Related Read: Baguio City Tourist Spots: A Showcase Of The City’s Art


SUMMARY OF EXPENSES 3D2N & SAMPLE ITINERARY


DAY & TIMEACTIVITIESCOST PER PERSON
TOTAL EXPP3580
DAY 1

0100
0600 – 0700
0700 – 0800
0800 – 0900
0900 – 1200
1200 – 1300
1300 – 1700
1700 – 1800
1800 – 2300
2300



TOTAL


Depart for Baguio
ETA Baguio. Breakfast
Early Check-In: Harrison Inn 2 Nights P500/night/room
Settle in. Take some rest. Freshen Up
Start Tour at Mines View Area
Lunch
Continue Tour at Camp John Hay
Travel Back To City Center. Dinner.
Experience Baguio’s Night Life (Session Road & Harrison Avenue Night Market)
Lights Out


P455
P100
P500

P150 (Fare & Fees)
P100
P50
P120
P200 (Drinks. Few Buys


.P1,675/Person
DAY 2

0600
0600 – 0800
0800 – 1100
1100 – 1200
1200 – 1300
1300 – 1800


1800 – 1900
1900 – 2200

2200
.


TOTAL


Wake Up Call
Freshen Up. Breakfast.
La Trinidad Area (Strawberry Picking!)
Lunch
Tamawan Village
Lourdes Grotto
Maryknoll
BenCab Museum
Dinner
Socials or Do a Spooky Tour At Diplomat Hotel (Ask local tourism office to get permission)
Lights Out



P100
P200
P100
P200



P100
P200




P900
DAY 3

0500
0500 – 0700
0700 – 0800
0800 – 1200



1200 – 1300
1300 – 1500
1500


TOTAL


Wake Up
Burnham Park (Jog. Boating. Biking)
Back to the Hotel. Breakfast. Freshen Up
Start Tour (Pack up and Check Out)
Baguio Cathedral
PMA
Kennon Road & Lion’s Head
Lunch
Shop For Pasalubong
Travel back home



P50
P100
P100



P100
P300
P455

P1005

 

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