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Tourist Attractions in Baguio

  • Session Road – At the heart of downtown Baguio is Session Road. This incline cuts through a row of business establishments which includes restaurants, groceries, drugstores, bookstores and other specialty shops. Marvel at quaint tribal memorabilia while Igorot sidewalk vendors convince you to purchase unique love potions and herbal cures. Nightlife converge to wine and dine until the wee hours of the morning.
  • Tan-Awan Village – It is about two kilometers northwest of the town center. It is a replica of an Igorot Village that was built on the side of a hill. It is possible to stay overnight in these original Ifugao houses, the brainchild of the Chanum foundation, a group of artists who are dedicated nurturing the native culture in the Cordilleras. There are demonstrations of handicraft skills like weaving, wood carving and rice production.
  • Central Market – The life vein of Baguio courses within and throughout the central market. No trip is complete without a visit to its showcase of fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, preserves, jewelry and even surplus army goods.
  • Camp John Hay – Formerly a rest and recreation station of U.S. military troops, this facility was turned over to the Philippine government on July 1, 1991. The 535-hectare haven boasts of a world class 18-hole golf course, wooded hiking area, a skating rink, bowling alleys, tennis courts and a mini-golf course. Camp John Hay also has cottages, which are now open to the public.
  • Mansion House – This imposing and majestic Baguio mansion housed a long line of Philippine presidents and American governors-general. Its ornate iron gate is often to curious visitors.
  • Easter Weaving Room – Episcopalian missionaries have played an important part in educating the native Igorot. Visit the Easter Weaving Room and admire tattoed tribesmen as they create the most ornate weaves from the indigenous backstrap looms and other more conventional looms.

How to Get There

One can travel by land or air. A local airline flies daily from Manila to Baguio in 40 minutes. Taking the bus will take around 5 to 7 hours depending on traffic and road condition. Flight arrival is at the Baguio Airport Road. if you take the bus, arrival will depend on the location of the bus terminal within the vicinity of Baguio.

There are four routes to Baguio. The Naguilian Road, which is an hour from La Union. Kennon Road, the popular zigzag road presenting a thrilling ride to the mountain city with glorious scenes along the way, is the shortest among the way, is the shortest among entry points (only five hours from Manila). Light vehicles often take this route.

Or take the Palispis-Aspiras Highway, the most famous among travelers since it is the toll road taken by Baguio-bound buses from Manila. It is a distinctly world class thoroughfare, boasting state of the rock sheds, a fly over, and anti-erosion structures. This is the same road where one can get a glimpse of the historic bust of former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos who envisioned the conception of the route to improve trade relations among the Montanosa and the Ilocos Region. Also, there is the Halsema Road that leads to the hinterlands of the Cordilleras.

How to Get Around

Jeepneys and cabs are available.

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