Experience Baguio with These DIY Tips
Baguio City, the country’s “Summer Capital,” is a top-of-mind getaway for family and friends even beyond the whole year round because of its cool weather, timeless charm, and infinity of things to do.
With the seamless interconnection of the metro’s tollway system, it has become a virtual next-door neighbor that can easily be reached anytime. But along with the ease of travel comes the issues of traffic jams, lack of parking spaces and overtourism, particularly on weekends.
And with the sought-after monthlong Panagbenga Festival just around the corner, we can expect tourists to troop to the mountain resort to participate in the festivities.
Below are some practical hacks to experience the city with less hassle and explore beyond the usual go-to places.
1. Take a bus.
Because of its allure and popularity, the city’s traffic situation has become a major concern. An alternative is to take point-to-point buses such as Joy Bus of Genesis Lines and Victory Liner Inc, which can take you there in just about 4 hours, under P 1,000 one-way and can be booked online. These premium coaches also go to the NAIA terminals, major malls, the Paranaque Integrated Transport Exchange (PITX), Clark Freeport, and other major cities for easier commuting.
Victory Liner boasts a spacious terminal and route network across northern Luzon and can bundle travel packages with Microtel Hotel. It recently launched its top-of-the-line Royal Class sleeper buses to give commuters a stylish transportation option where they sleep soundly while traveling.
If bringing your own vehicle is necessary, visiting on weekdays to avoid the weekend rush and when Session Road is closed to vehicular traffic for the outdoor market and interactive creative art activities is ideal.
Rediscover the ageless charm of the “City of Pines” through the Camp John Hay Forest Bathing Trail, where you can trek, commune with nature, and get a therapeutic experience as you cut across the pine forest.
Local birdwatchers and the Department of Tourism-Cordillera Administrative Region validated the presence of at least 21 bird species, which include the Benguet bush warbler, red crossbill, and the Philippine hawk cuckoo. With a forest path already in place and easy-to-spot avians, birdwatching is expected to be the city’s next tourist drawer and recreational activity inside the former US…