Let’s Go to Baguio

Baguio (derived from the Ibaloi word for moss) is the Summer Capital of the country. Baguio City is otherwise known as the City of the Pines — it is a highly urbanized first class city established by Americans in the 1900. It was incorporated as a city in September 1, 1909.

Baguio City is home to a presidential mansion, a supreme court office, and legislative offices. Baguio is also the capital of the Cordillera Administrative Region of the Philippines.

At an altitude of 1500 meters, Baguio is nestled in a tropical pine forest which is eight degrees cooler than any lowland area on the average. Baguio seldom exceeds 26 degrees centigrade (about 78.8 degrees Fahrenheit) even during the hot summer months. From November until May, Baguio turns into a tropical paradise as greens become more distinct emphasized by the beautiful terrain marked by low verdant knolls and hillocks. The cool climate, the panoramic views of lovely flowers and foggy hills is enough to delight the soul. This makes Baguio a favorite summer destination by local and foreign tourists.

The tourist sites in Baguio City include Burnham Park (named after the city’s planner Daniel Burnham), the Baguio Cathedral, Session Road (the city’s commercial center), Baguio Grand Mosque (caters to thousands of Muslim families), Camp John Hay, the Philippine Military Academy, an Orchadium, Asin Hot Springs, and a whole lot more.

Baguio City has 109 hotels, inns, and lodging houses totaling to about 4,700 rooms available for rent. There’ll be times when these lodging facilities will be way packed with visitors and tourists during the peak summer season. Due to the demand on lodging, local residents may allow visitors to rent a room in their homes or even just let tourists stay as guests.

Cost for lodging in Baguio would be from Php 500 to a whopping Php 4,000 for the whole stay. That is pretty much the average cost when compared to lodging rates in Manila. Baguio City also has 1,117 restaurants so you don’t have to worry about your dining needs.

So how do we get to Baguio? We can travel by air to Baguio’s Loakan Airport (located 20 minutes south). Flights from Manila to Baguio are scheduled only during the morning since visibility drops down to zero when the afternoon fog starts to form. The flight from Manila to Baguio is approximately 50 minutes.

If you want to drive to Baguio then you’ve got about six hours of driving ahead of you — if you take the Kennon Road going up to Baguio City. The Kennon Road is truly as scenic as it is dangerous to travelers since it winds through a narrow steep valley. It is the fastest route compared to the Marcos Highway (which will take you about fifteen minutes longer to get to there) and the Naguilian Road which may add three solid hours to your travel.

If you plan to go to Baguio by bus the regular bus companies that can take you there are the Philippine Rabbit, Partas, Victory Liner, Dangwa Tranco, Dagupan Bus, Saurog Transit, Genesis, and Greenland. The average bus fare would cost around Php 300 but that can change depending on the bus company and if you’re traveling to Baguio on a first class trip or not.

If you’re looking to find a way to beat the summer heat in the Philippines go to Baguio and enjoy a fun-filled cool summer.

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