If you’re confident enough to say that you’ve taken enough trips to Baguio to experience its best, think again.
The City of Pines may have long been a popular destination for Filipinos and foreigners alike, but it sure doesn’t run out of fascinating attractions to offer. Every visit to what is tagged as the Summer Capital of The Philippines and its surrounding towns and provinces always comes with surprises, and you sure don’t want to miss out on them!
Here, we round up five tours you should definitely take on your next trip to Baguio—that is if you haven’t yet!
Baguio Countryside Half Day Tour
Escape the hustles and bustles of Baguio and take a refreshing trip to the countryside. Go strawberry-picking in La Trinidad or sneak a peek at how expert weavers create native masterpieces at weaving at the Easter Weaving Room. You may also support the local artisans by purchasing their handmade goods.
Banaue Rice Terraces Private Tour
Often tagged as the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Banaue Rice Terraces are a testament of the Ifugaos’ hard work and persistence. Sculpted on the mountainside, mainly by hand, this picturesque UNESCO-listed attraction is believed to be over a thousand years old.
Tourists are welcome to visit and take in the fantastic views of the terraces up close. In case you’re wondering, The best time to go is either between April and May or October and November when the terraces are in their greenest state.
Also away from the city center of Baguio, Sagada is a popular mountain town in the Cordilleras that’s a great destination for spelunking, with its enchantingly fascinating caves.
Situated in the Mountain Province, it boasts several attractions—both man-made and natural—that will certainly leave you in awe.
This tour will take you to Echo Valley’s hanging coffins, which exhibit a traditional burial ritual of local tribes under the belief that the higher the deceased were placed, the greater chance their spirits have of reaching a higher nature in the afterlife. Then on to Sumaguing Cave that flaunts unusual limestone formations, and the century-old St. Mary’s Church.
Mount Pulag Climb
In the mood to stretch those legs? Perhaps, a climb to the Philippines’ third highest peak will satisfy your thirst for adventure.
Mt. Pulag, a mountaineer’s favorite, rises 2,922 meters above sea level and is best known for the heart-rendering sight of a sea of clouds it treats to successful climbers. While it is among the highest mountains in the country, it features four major trails, namely Ambangeg, Akiki and Tawangan from Benguet, and Ambaguio from Nueva Vizcaya—all of which have varying skill and difficulty levels. If you’re a beginner, it’s best to take the Ambangeg Trail, an 8km trek with a gradual incline to the summit, which usually takes about 4 to 5 hours.
Arts & Museum Tour
Baguio has such a bustling art scene, with celebrated artists like Benedicto Cabrera and Kidlat Tahimik calling it home. Its cool weather, breathtaking landscapes, and rich cultural background make for great inspiration for various creatives. So if you’re in a creative slump and are in need of a good dose of inspo, you might want to take the Arts & Museum Tour.
This half-day tour will take you to experience Baguio City and its surrounding area’s finest museums and galleries, including the famed BenCab Museum, where you will find National Artist Benedicto Cabrera’s permanent collection of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture. The tour will also give you a glimpse of Cordilleran heritage and history at the Baguio Museum and Tam-awan Village, a reconstructed Cordillera village featuring traditional huts and an artsy Insta-perfect cafe.
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