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Monday, February 27, 2012

Baguio City Travel Guide: Baguio and Benguet Discoveries and Hot Spots

Baguio City is known as the summer capital of the Philippines.  It attracts a lot of tourist because of its cool weather.  Baguio City is also the most urbanized city in North Luzon.  There a lot of malls, restaurants,schools, banks and hotels in  Baguio City.  It is also equipped with electricity and connectivity.  Baguio City is filled with both private and public transportation which attributes to its frequent traffic.  However, it is the accessibility and easy transport to, from and within Baguio City that makes it a great tourist location.  There are a lot of foreigners in Baguio City which is why the locals are accustomed and very friendly towards them.



Baguio City Map




Baguio City Climate
Due to its high altitude, Baguio City has a cool temperature ranging from 10 to 23 degrees Celsius.  During the rainy season (May to October), it can be foggy and damp.

Baguio City Trip Budget

The Budget for a Baguio City Trip  ranges from 3,000 php to 5,000 php.  Your  Baguio City Trip  Budget should include allocations for the following:
Transportation

Public Transportation
  • To and From Baguio
    • Bus 
      • Victory Liner
        • Regular (Travel Time: 6-7 hours with 2 stops):
          • Cubao Terminal - 445 php
          • Pasay Terminal - 455 php
          • Caloocan Terminal - 445 php
          • Sampaloc Terminal - 445 php
        • Deluxe (Travel Time: 5-6 hours via SCTEX with CR)  
          •  Cubao Terminal - 715 php
          • Pasay Terminal - 715 php
  • Within the Baguio 
    • Jeep (Minimum Fare is 8.50 php)
    • Taxi (Flag down rate is 35 php for the first 500 meters)
    • Van for Hire 
Private Transportation via car from Manila
  • Take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) up to Exit 85 to get to Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).  Turn right and head for Baguio via Tarlac.  From Tarlac exit, follow the road signs going to MacArthur Highway and drive straight until you reach Rosario, La Union.  Turn right at the junction to Kennon Road or straight from the junction to Marcos Highway. 
Baguio City Trip Itinerary
There are two options in making your Baguio City Trip Itinerary:

1. Avail a tour with a planned out itinerary from travel and tours companies
2. Plan you itinerary by considering the following:
    a.  Baguio City Trip Samples Itineraries
    b.  Baguio City Activities By Area:

Baguio City Downtown Area
Leonard Wood Road Area
  • Botanical Garden (Leonard Wood)
  • Good Shepherd Convent (Gibraltar Road)
  • Mines View Park (End of Gibraltar Road)
  • Teachers Camp (Leonard Wood-Teachers Camp Road)
  • The Mansion (Gibraltar Road)
  • Wright Park (Gibraltar Road)
Commute to Wright Park, The Mansion, Good Shepherd Convent and Mines View Park:
NOTE: All are along Leonard Wood to Gibraltar Road so just drop of where you want to go in this order (Teachers Camp - Botanical Garden - Wright Park and The Mansion - Good Shepherd Convent - Minesview Park)
  • Ride jeepney labelled with "Baguio Plaza-Minesview" at the Minesview Jeepney Terminal. Good Shepherd Convent along Gibraltar Road is around 1 kilometer away Minesview Park(Fare price: 8.50 php)

Camp John Hay Area 
  • Historical Core
  • Scout Hill
  • Ecotrail
  • Treetop Adventure
  • Igorot Garden
  • Shalan di Kabadjo
    • Horse back riding
  • Pagnagbenga Park (Loakan Road)
  • Philippine Military Academy (Loakan Road) - Bring valid ID
Commute Guide to Camp John Hay:
1. From Scout Barrio Jeepney Terminal (formerly Bakekang Terminal)

  • Ride jeepney labelled with "Baguio Plaza-Scout Barrio" at the Scout Barrio Jeepney Terminal.  Tell the driver to drop you off at the gate of Camp John Hay.  (Fare price: 8.50 php)
2. From PMA
  • Ride jeepney or van labelled with "Baguio Plaza-KIAS-PMA-Springhills-Apugan" which will pass by Camp John Hay.
Commute Guide to PMA: Ride jeepney labelled with "Baguio Plaza-KIAS-PMA-Springhills-Apugan" or "Plaza-Loakan-PMA" at the Loakan PMA Jeepney Station.  (Fare price: 18.25 php; Commute Time: Approx. 30 minutes)
 

Itogon Benguet Area
Commute Guide to Balotoc Mines: Ride jeepney labelled with "Acupan-Balatoc" at the Acupan-Balatoc Jeepney Station near the corner of Jose Abad Santor Dr and Harrison Road .  (Fare price: 28 php; Commute Time: Approx. 30-40 minutes)

Naguilan Road Area
Commute Guide to Tam-awan Village and Arko ni Apo: Ride jeepney labelled with "Baguio-Plaza-Quezon Hill-Tam-awan" at the San Luis Jeepney Terminal. You will be dropped off somewhere near so that when you walk uphill, you will reach Tam-awan Village. (Fare price: 8.50 php)



Commute Guide to Lourdes Grotto:
1. From Lourdes Dominican Jeepney Terminal
  • Ride jeepney labelled with "Baguio Plaza-Dominican-Lourdes" at the Lourdes Dominican Jeepney Terminal. (Fare price: 8.50 php)
2. From Tam-awan Village
  • Ride jeepney labelled with "Baguio Plaza-Quezon Hill-Tam-awan" and ask to be dropped off at the intersection between Naguilan Road and Dominican Hill.  Walk down Dominican Hill to reach Lourdes Grotto. (Approximate distance is 400 meters before you reach its 252 steps) (Fare price: 8.50 php)
La Trinidad Benguet Area
Commute to Bell Church and Flower Farm and Strawberry Farm: Ride jeepney labelled with "Baguio-Buyagan" or "Baguio-La Trinidad" along Magsaysay Avenue side of Baguio Center Mall or Trinidad Jeepney Terminal.  You can also see them passing around Shantung Road and Baguio City Hall.  It will first pass by Bell Church which is approximately 4 kilometers away from the Strawberry Farm.  For the Strawberry Farm, ask to be dropped off at the BSU last gate. (Fare price: 11.25 php; Travel time: Approx. 30 minutes - 1 hour depending on traffic)
Marcos Highway Area: 
  • Baguio Dairy Stock Farm 
  • Green Valley
  • Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary (Sto. Tomas Road)
  • Mount Santo Tomas (Tuba, Benguet)
  • Baguio Eco Park
    (Tuba, Benguet)
    • Dinosaur Island
    • The Holy Land
    • Tuba Science Museum

Hope this Travel Tripsters Baguio City Trip Guide Helps!  
(Last Update: June 12,  2016) 

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