Baguio City – A lively city located in the mountainous province of Benguet, part of the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon, Philippines.
Just about six hours from the country’s capital, Metro Manila, Baguio has been a famous escape from the hustle and bustle of the metro.
Baguio City has cool temperature that averages 21 degrees celsius during the hottest months of April and 18 degree celsius during cold months of January. Even during summer season of the whole country, Baguio city’s temperture remains cool. That makes it unique from other Philippine provinces and reason why many tourists goes up to Baguio during summer months of February to May. Large number of tourists both local and foreign were recorded during this season.
For years, Baguio City has known to be the “Summer Capital of the Philippines“.
What about going there during christmas season?
Because…It was last week of December when we had a family vacation in Baguio. It’s christmas season. It’s holiday season. The whole country is on vacation mode.
Without much anticipation on the volume of passengers that will go to Baguio City on these days of the year, we did not book for bus tickets in advance in the nearby terminal. Unfortunately, bus tickets were sold out. But fortunately, we are still able to get tickets on the terminal in the New Manila, approximately 30-minute drive from the house.
The struggle is real….
Heavy traffic on the way to Baguio. Long ques on toll gates and slow moving traffic on high way. It took us almost 8 hours to reach Baguio City bus terminal.Two hours more than the normal 6 hours travel time.
Struggle doesn’t end there. From the bus terminal to the transient house, which was suppose to be just a 15-minute drive, it took us almost one hour to reach the place. Heavy traffic was all over Baguio that time. It seems that all the vehicles that causes daily traffic in EDSA, Metro Manila are in Baguio.
Nevertheless, it’s an experience! 😉
Day 1 The road trip!
Day 2 Excited to explore Baguio!
Day 3 Strawberry picking no more!😢
Early morning, we went to the Good Shepherd Monastery to buy the famous Ube Jam produced on this monastery.
After that, we went to the city center and drop our bags in the courtesy booth of SM Baguio, then we head to Strawberry farm in La Trinidad.
Early afternoon, we depart from Baguio going back to Metro Manila. The trip was not totally fulfilling. But still happy to experience Baguio.
Because it’s holiday season, we were not able to explore much of Baguio’s tourist destination especially in the city center.
More to look forward when I come back in the Summer Capital!
- Session Road
- Kennon Road
- Our Lady of Lourdes Groto
- Baguio Cathedral
- Burnham Park
- Tam awan Village
- Bell Church
- Lion’s Head
- Camp John Hay
Hoping for more travels and crazy adventures! 😉