About Baguio

Baguio, for many, is a retreat from the sweltering lowlands to the pine filled highlands. Following your drive up the mountain, you will be greeted with a climate and culture very different from the rest of the Philippines. Whether you want to learn about local cultures, sample local cuisine, or simply get away to the great outdoors, Baguio serves as your gateway to the Cordilleras.

Quick facts about Baguio:

Common languages spoken: Baguio Ilokano, English, Kankanaey, Ibaloi, and Tagalog.

Population: 320,000+

Altitude: About 5,000 feet above sea level.

Visit www.GoBaguio.com for more information (external site not affiliated with Doane Rest).
Baguio Wikipedia page (external site)

Baguio Weather

While Baguio and the Cordillera’s are part of the Philippines, weather here can often be very different from other areas. We recommend checking the weather in Baguio and the North before coming up.
Pagasa – Northern Luzon Weather (external site)
US Navy METOC – Typhoon Warning Center (external site)

Places to Visit

In addition to seeing, Baguio itself, there are also many different attractions to see in the area. In no particular order, simply grouped based on location.

  • Botanical Garden (nature), Wright Park (horseback riding), Mine’s View (shopping)
  • Camp John Hay (shopping, hiking, and ziplining), PMA
  • Burnham Park (bike and boat rentals), Baguio Museum (cultural and historical), Session Road (shopping), Night Market (shopping), SM (shopping, dining, and recreation at Sky Ranch)
  • Tam-awan Village (cultural and art), Igorot Stone Kingdom, Mount Costa (hiking), Admiral’s Farm Park (hiking), La Trinidad Strawberry Farms
  • Lourdes Grotto, Heritage Hill and Nature Park
  • Asin Road Woodcarving and Hot Springs, Ben Cab Museum (art)

Special Laws in Baguio

There are a few special laws to be aware of. They are the following:
Anti-distracted ordinance – No walking on sidewalks while using mobile devices (external site)

Vehicle Coding – Vehicles are not allowed to drive within the highlighted area from 7am to 7pm based on the last number on their license plate. The perimeter roads highlighted in dark blue can be driven on when it’s your “no-drive day.”

The fine is P500 or so per day.

1 or 2 = Monday
3 or 4 = Tuesday
5 or 6 = Wednesday
7 or 8 = Thursday
9 or 0 = Friday

 

Map of Baguio for Coding Vehicles