Baguio tourist guide

Baguio is a green university town set amongst the lush rolling hills of the Cordilleras and makes a pleasant stop on the route north from Manila. The cooler climate of Baguio has made it a popular mountain retreat from the scorching heat of the Manila summer. But this ‘city of pines’ was the site of a major earthquake in 1990 which ravaged the city and claimed around 1,000 lives.

At the centre of Baguio is scenic Burnham Park which is filled with hawkers, monuments and a pleasant boating lake. Many of the city’s hotels back on to this green space and it is a useful reference point for exploring the area. Session Road is the congested city’s main thoroughfare and packed with shops, restaurants and commercial buildings.

Attractions & activities

There is plenty to keep visitors to Baguio occupied with some great attractions and activities around the town. Go boating in Burnham Park, pony trekking or visit hot springs...more

Hotels & lodging

Baguio is home to some cheap backpacker hostels for budget travellers and some swanky hotels for business visitors. Many establishments boast fantastic mountain views as well...more

Restaurants & bars

Baguio is a vibrant place with a good selection of fast food restaurants plus some bohemian eateries with all organic produce. The student nightlife scene is centred around Nevada Square...more

Transportation

Getting around Baguio can be tiring as the high altitude and hilly terrain can be tiring. There are plenty of taxis around, however, and direct buses to all major Luzon hubs...more

Brief guide to Baguio - 'city of pines and flowers'

City Market to the north of Burnham Park is a great shopping experience with a range of local food, crafts and textiles on offer. There is a huge SM Mall to the west of Governor Pack Road which has every highstreet name and modern convenience. The city lies at 1,400m above sea level with nights getting rather cold here, so bring some warmer clothes.

Weaving and woodwork are popular here and there are great trekking opportunities in the nearby mountains with hot springs and strawberry farms abundant. By virtue of the city’s 250,000 students, there are plenty of internet cafes dotted throughout the city which are extremely inexpensive and offer decent connections.

The city’s main police station is next to the Abanao Street Fire Station, while Baguio Medical Center (#9 Military Cut-Off Road, 2600 Baguio, tel: +63 74 442 3338, +63 74 442 2626) is the best place to contact for help with health issues. But remember that travel insurance before coming to town. The Post Office is found on Post Office Loop and accepts mail to be held ‘poste restante’ if you will to collect something in the city during a future visit.

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