Baguio City has always been a favorite destination for local and foreign travelers alike. The city is not only famous for its tourist destinations, it is also a place to enjoy fun and unique activities. Here are just some of the activities that you can undertake during your stay in the City of Pines:
- Appreciate art and nature at the BenCab Museum
“BenCab” is short for Ben Cabrera, a National Artist, who now resides and works in Baguio City. The museum houses his paintings, sculptures and installations and those of up and coming young artists. The museum also houses Café Sabel, a memorabilia shop, and a garden where you can see typical indigenous Ifugao, Kalinga and Bontoc architecture and farm produce.
- Soak up the intricate architecture of the Bell Church
For those who want a different knid of place to visit, the Bell Church is the place to add to your list. The Bell Church has a colorful façade and intricate details that never cease to amaze locals and foreigners. It showcases Chinese culture, Buddhism and the history of China.
- Take a breathtaking photo of The Valley of Colors
The Valley of Colors is a line-up of colorfully painted houses erected on the hill of Barangay Balili, the barangay as you enter the municipality of Trinidad. It is basically a huge artwork and one of Baguio’s newest attractions. The inspiration behind this project comes from Brazil’s Favela paintings.
- Have fun at Camp John Hay’s Tree Top Adventure
Tree Top Adventure is perfect for friends and family who want to experience nature 100 feet above the ground. It has jungle trails, suspension bridges and a motorized canopy tour. Camp John Hay is also a one-stop-shop if you want to eat, shop for bargain items, have a picnic or just look around and take photos of nature.
- Buy fresh goods at Baguio City Public Market
Instead of eating out, why don’t you cook something for dinner? The market is the best place to get a glimpse of the local fruits, vegetables and other dry goods. This market prides itself of being clean, cool, cheap and complete.
- Look for the cheapest clothes and shoes at Ukay-Ukays
Thrift shopping is something Baguio boasts of. In fact, balikbayans go here to shop for their winter clothes. Be on the look out for classing rubber shoes which are in good condition, signature bags, leather, denim, accessories and even tableware.
- Pick fresh strawberries at La Trinidad Strawberry Fields
Baguio is known to carry more varieties of fruits and vegetables since the climate is colder here so it’s best to get as much as you can for home. After you’ve picked your strawberries, ask the farmers which vegetables are also ripe for picking. It is best to go around September to December for strawberry picking.
- Discover Tam-Awan Village
Baguio’s Tam-Awan Village is basically a model village with Ifugao huts and Kalinga houses that resemble how a traditional Cordillera village looks like. You can interact with locals, see work of local craftsmen, have your portrait sketched and experience nature all in one place. It’s a refreshing scene if you really want to get to know the Cordillera culture.
- Pose for a phot at The Mansion
The Mansion is the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. You can either have a photo-op outside its gate or go inside and look at its mini museum. All items are collectibles from the past art collections and memorabilia of former presidents.
- Buy ube jam at Good Shepherd Place
Good Shepherd Ube jam is the go-to pasalubongs of Baguio visitors to their friends and family. But actually, there are more options to choose from like Peanut Brittle, Strawberry Jam, baked goodies, and strawberry calamansi juice.
- Discover books by local authors at Mt. Cloud Bookshop
If you are looking for a place to hang out and read books by local authors, Mt. Cloud is your bookshop. Aside from that, they also host talks, workshops and other mini events that would spur up your interest and knowledge in the arts.
- Experience nature at Baguio Botanical Garden
Nothing much happens in the place but that’s the beauty of it. This is a peaceful piece of land filled with different species of flowers, beautiful ponds, towering Pine trees, stone paths and a few nipa huts. This is the best place to play with your camera and take photos of nature.