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Baguio City is set apart from the rest of the country because of its pine trees and cool temperature averaging 68 F or 20 C year round. It is located in the Cordillera Mountains, five hours away from Manila by land, and is the summer capital of the country.

Situated amidst the mountainous region of Cordillera, 1,500 meters above the sea, 250 kilometers north of Manila, Baguio City is one of the few place in the Philippines blessed with a cool climate. On average, Baguio is at least eight degrees cooler than any place in the lowlands. Not surprisingly, Baguio has become the "summer capital" of the country. It is gifted with a variety of cultural, historical and scenic attractions which make it an important and interesting destiantion. As early as March, tourists and locals take the six-hour trek up the zigzagging Kennon Road. Within a mile of the city, the sweet scent of pine trees and flowers already permeate the air.

Artists are particularly drawn to this serene city. The annual Baguio Arts Festival attracts aspiring painters and sculptors from all over country. Writers convene in Baguio to meet and recharge.

However, Baguio wasn't always a place of peace and leisure. In the early 19th century, the Spaniards stumbled upon this ore-rich valley - and fought feverishly with the local tribes to gain control of the land's bounties. While the Spaniards succeeded in founding some form of governance in the area, the mountain tribes proved too diffcult to rule. Thus, the Spaniards parceled out the province to the landed gentry.

Burnham ParkClub John HayThe MansionMines View Park

It was the Americans, perhaps longing for colder climates who saw the vast recreational potential of Baguio. After building Camp John Hay, the Americans proceeded to carve Kennon Road from out of the mountain - and limked Baguio to Manila - and eventually to visitors of all creeds and races.

Excerpt and photos from Asia Travel

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Map

Baguio

Baguio Center

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Transportation
Manila -> Baguio
Mode
Company
Schedule
Cost
Contact Number/s
Address
Air
Asian Spirit
MWFSun - 1035
P1650 + P150 tax
(632) - 8518888
Nevada Square, 2 Loakan Rd, Loakan Airport
Land
Dagupan Bus Daily P285 - 50
Dangwa Bus
- do -
- do -
-
18
Partas Bus - do - - do - - 50
Phillipine Rabbit
- do -
- do -
-
53
Victory Bus Liner
- do -
- do -
(632) - 8335020
Edsa Blvd., Pasay City (51)
Others -> Baguio
Company
Schedule
Origin
Route
Point in Baguio Center Map
Byron Bus
Daily, every half hour 0600 - 1600
Dagupan
-
50
Dagupan Bus
Daily
Dagupan
-
50
Dangwa Bus
Daily 0700 - 1600
Banaue
Bayombong - San Jose - Carmen
18
Daily 0600 - 0900
Bontoc
-
Eso-Nice Transport
Daily
San Fernando
Bauang
14
Fly The Bus
MF 1230
San Fernando
-
Swagman Travel, Gen. Luna Rd cor. Leonard Wood Rd.
Lizardo Trans
Daily 0500 - 1000
Sagada
-
18
Philippine Rabbit
Daily
Dagupan
-
53
Daily 0130 - 2230
Laoag
Vigan - San Fernando - La Union
Daily
San Fernando
Bauang
Victory Liner
Daily
Olongapo
Angeles
51
Baguio -> Manila
Mode
Company
Schedule
Cost
Contact Number/s
Point in Baguio Map
Point in Baguio Center Map
Air
Asian Spirit
MWFSun - 0915
P1650 + P150 tax
(6374) - 4438794
45
-
Land
Victory Bus Liner
Daily
P285
-
21
51
Phillipine Rabbit
- do -
- do -
-
-
53
Around Baguio
Company
Contact Number/s
Point in Baguio Map
Point in Baguio Center Map
Avis
(6374) - 4424018
-
39
Jeep - - -
Reg. Taxi - - -

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Accommodation
Establishment
Cost
Contact Number/s
Email Address
Point in Baguio Map
Point in Baguio Center Map
Aussie Hotel
P1550
(6374)-4425139
baguio@swaggy.com
-
56
Baden Powell Inn
P300 - P3500
(6374)-4425836
-
-
48
Baguio Palace Hotel
P1500 - P1800
(6374)-4436622
-
-
26
Baguio Village Inn
-
-
-
5
-
Benguet Pine Tourist Inn
P300 - P800
(6374)-4427325
-
-
19
Benguet Prime Hotel
P1500 - P1800
(6374)-4427066
-
-
36
Burnham Hotel
P985 - P1100
(6374)-4428415
-
-
40
Chaparral Inn
-
-
46
-
Concorde Hotel
P1800 - P4500
(6374)-4432058/60
concorde@mozcom.com
35
-
Diplomat Hotel
-
-
-
33
-
El Cielito Inn
P1050 - P2500
(6374)-4428743
-
22
58
Forrest Inn Hotel
-
-
-
-
12
Highland Lodge
P190 - P450
(6374)-4427086
-
21
Holiday Villa Court Hotel
-
-
-
-
12
Hotel 45
P300 - P650
(6374)-4426634
-
-
31

Hotel Supreme

P1400 - P1850
(6374)-4422855
supreme@burgos.slu.edu.ph
2
-
Kisad Hotel
-
-
-
-
37
Leisure Lodge
-
-
-
-
1
Mido Inn
-
-
-
-
25
Mount Crest Hotel
-
-
-
-
4
Mountain Lodge
P1000 - P1200
(6374)-4426175
-
14
-
New Belfrant Hotel
P1550 - P2050
(6374)-4424298
-
-
20
New Plaza Hotel
-
-
-
-
35
Patrio de Baguio
-
-
-
-
47
Prince Plaza Hotel
P1500 - P3000
(6374)-4425093
-
-
22
Vacation Hotel Baguio
-
-
-
11
-
Venus Parkview Hotel
-
-
-
-
32
Victory Hotel
-
-
-
46
-
Villa La Maya Inn
-
-
-
16
-
Villa Rosal Hotel
-
-
-
-
17
Woods Place Inn
-
-
-
36
-

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Dining
Establishment
Point in Baguio Map
Point in Baguio Center Map
19th Tee Patio
38
-
456 Restaurant
-
11 / 31
50's Diner
-
5
Balajadias Restaurant
7
-
Barrio Fiesta
-
55
Cafe by the Ruins
-
6
Fast Food Center
-
16
Chowking
-
25
Cook's Inn Restaurant
-
40
D'Popular Restaurant
7
-
Dunkin' Donuts
-
11
Fast Food Shopping Arcade
-
20
Halfway House
27
-
Jollibee
-
36 / 52
Kowloon House
-
46
Lone Star Steak House
43
-
Manila Cafe
-
7
McDonald's
-
11 / 29
Mister Donut
-
42
Mr. Ching Cuisine Restaurant
-
26
Music Box Pizza House
-
9
Pilipino First Restaurant
7
-
Ramos Restaurant
7
-
Shakey's Pizza
-
45
Sizzling Plate Restaurant
-
41
Star Cafe
-
27
Sunshine Restaurant
-
25
Swiss Baker
-
42
Swiss Made
-
45
Tano's Restaurant
7
-
The New Ganza Steak & Chicken House
-
24
The Salibao Restaurant
-
38
The Voyagers Restaurant
22
-

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Entertainment
Establishment
Point in Baguio Map
Point in Baguio Center Map
Cafe Teria
-
16
Cozy Nook
-
33
Crystal Den, Victory Hotel
46
-
Joey's Place
-
12
Music Box Pizza House
-
9
Peak a Boo Disco
-
8
Rumours Disco
-
30
Spirits Disco
-
13

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Amenities
Site
Point in Baguio Map
Point in Baguio Center Map
Baguio General Hospital
40
-
Baguio Medical Center
36
-
Bell Church
1
-
Benguet Supermarket
-
36
Bookmark
-
44
Cathedral
18
43
Cemetery of Negativism
42
-
Center Mall
-
11
City Hall
13
3
City Market
12
10
Convention Center
28
59
Cyberspace Cafe
-
4
Dominican Hill
33
-
Equitable PCI Bank
-
2
Igorot Lodge
32
-
Maharlika Livelihood Center
-
16
Philippines National Bank
-
28
Post Office
13
3 / 49
Snider Hall
30
-
St. Joseph Church
10
-
St. Louis Filigree Shop
-
34
St. Louis University
8
-
Sunshine Department Store
-
15
Swimming Pool
41
-
Teacher's Camp
19
-
Tennis Courts
31 / 41 / 44
-
Tourist Office
24
54
University of the Philippines
26
57

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Activities
Site
Description
Point in Baguio Map
Point in Baguio Center Map
Ambuklao

Ambuklao Dam is the biggest rock filled dam in Asia and one of the major watersheds in the country. The reservoir is surrounded by 73,000-ha pine forest. It is situated a approximately 30km northeast of Baguio.

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Baguio - Benguet Mountain Province Museum Ethnic artifacts 28 59
Baguio Country Club - 23 -
Balatoc Mines

The mine is in Itogon, approximately 10km southeast of Baguio. This is an informative mine tour hosted by Benguet Corp. The tour includes a mini-train ride to the underground mine, demonstrations on mining equipments, a visit to the mines museum.
http://www.benguetcorp.com/html/ecotourism.html

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Botanical Garden Native Igorot huts 19 -
Burnham Park Lake for boat rowing, park for picnics, strolling, and biking, children's playground, basketball courts, kiosks, football field - -
Camp John Hay Gardens, picnic areas, parks, ampitheater, and hiking trails, golf course, swimming pools, tennis courts 34 -
Easter School of Weaving Native fabrics and other handicrafts 4 -
Liberty Park - 42 -
Lourdes Grotto Favorite pilgrimage site during Holy Week. Access to the top of the grotto could be made by climbing the 252 steps or by driving a light vehicle through a winding, narrow and steep asphalt-paved road. 25 -
MacArthur Park View Point - 29 -
Maharlika Livelihood Center Shopping: arts, crafts and food. - 16
Main Club - 39 -
Mines View Park

Panoramic view from an observation deck

9
-
Orchidarium - 23 -
Philippine Military Academy Exhibit halls 45 -
Tam-awan Village Igorot Huts 3 -
The Mansion Elaborate landscaping 15 -
Wright Park Horseback riding Behind Botanical Garden -

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