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- 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.
- Banaue Rice Terraces – Tagged as the “Eight Wonder of the World,” the Banaue Rice Terraces start from the base of the Cordilleras and reach up to several thousand feet high. Its length, if stretched from end to end, could encircle half of the globe. The rice paddles are fed by mountain springs and streams that are channeled into an irrigation canal that runs downhill through the terraces.
- Tam-an Village – Tam-an is a small Ifugao village located about 323 steps down from the Banaue Hotel’s swimming pool. Interesting to see here are the bones of their ancestors bundled, preserved and wrapped in colorful handwoven blankets.
- Banaue Museum – The museum is a just few minutes’ walk from the Poblacion junction. It houses artifacts, costumes, writing and photos about the Ifugaos and other tribes of the Cordillera region.
- Creative Pagan Museum – This museum houses an extensive collection of Cordilleran sculptures. A beautiful garden with an Ifugao hut can be seen outside the museum.
- Viewpoint – It is located on top of a plateau. From here one can take great pictures of the rice terraces from different angles and magnitudes. One also has the option to trek the terraces from here.
- Hapao Rice Terraces – The rice terraces located in Hapao are one of the few extensive centuries-old, stone-walled terraces. It is believed that the Terrace Culture of the Ifugaos started here.
- Poitan Village – Here, one can see the legendary “stone post” protected and idolized by the village people. One can also see the most sacred idol of the Ifugaos- the bulol or “Rice God” – protecting the grains in the granary. Ifugao huts line the mountain slopes in this village.
- Guihob Natural Pool – It is kilometers from the town proper. One has to hop and jump over huge boulders to reach the crystal clear waters of Guihob. It is perfect place for those who want to take a refreshing swim.
- Batad Rice Terraces – Batad is approximately 16 kilometers from the town proper. Here the amphitheater-like terraces are found. Tattooed men and women can also be seen cultivating their daily staple here. Tattoes are similar to clothing for the locals of this part of Banaue.
- Tappiyah Waterfalls – These cascading waterfalls can be found in Batad. The falls has an enourmous basin where one can swim.
- Banga-an Village – Banga-an is twi kilometers from the junction leading to Batad. One can simply idle his hours away gazing at the village’s fascinating environs.
- Mayoyao Village – Mayoyao is located 41 kilometers from Banau. Its main attraction is its stone-walled rice terraces.
- Duclingan Hot Springs – These hot springs are found at the bank of the Banaue-Duclingan River and adjacent to a deep pool.
- Mount Amuyao – It is the 8th highest peak in the Philippines, with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. It is located between the boundary of Banaue and Mayoyao.
Its summit provides a climber with a breathtaking panorama of the Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Ifugao.