DIY Travel Guide: 2N3D Baguio City and La Trinidad Escapade for Php 2,500

Baguio is regarded as the Summer Capital of the Philippines because of its unusual cold weather all through out the year. It is one of the few places in the country where you can visit to escape the summer heat and enjoy a chilly weather. Aside from its cold weather, this place also offers a magnificent view of cordillera administrative region mountain ranges and breathtaking destinations — from its rich heritage to its indigenous culture.

How to get there?

Victory Bus Line located in Cubao

  • Hourly trip going to Baguio everyday.
  • Travel time is around 5 hours
  • Fare is at 445 for regular and 356 for Student with ID/PWD/Senior Citizen

An option if you’re not in a tight budget and can sacrifice 275pesos for convenience purposes you may take the deluxe bus (JoysBus) of Genesis Bus Line located also in Cubao.

  •  Free bottled water and a biscuit
  • Free use of blankets
  • NO BUS STOPS
  • Comfortable seats (28seater bus) with CR
  • 3-3.5hours travel time
  • Fare is 720 (no discounts for Students/PWD/Senior Citizen)

The Journey

DAY 1

1. Good Shepherd Place

How to get there: Ride a jeepney going to Mines View Park. Jeepney terminal is located at lower session road just in front of the famous bakery in Baguio, Danes Bakeshop. Fare is Php. 10.00

Place: This is the home for the most famous Ube jam in the country. It is recommended that you buy your jams here because it is a lot cheaper compared to those found in the Baguio city market.

2. Mines View Park 

How to get there: From Good Shepherd, it is already walking distance going to the park.

Things to do:

  • ➡ Cordillera region mountain ranges viewing.
  • ➡ Try wearing traditional costumes for 20pesos (unlimited use)
  • ➡ Have a selfie with the horses or St. Bernard’s dogs (huge doggy)
  • ➡ Try your luck at the Wishing well
  • ➡ Buy your pasalubong here.
  • ➡ Steetfood fest (Pusit!)

3. The Mansion

How to get there: From the park, ride a jeepney which is just beside the entrance of Mines View park and tell the driver to drop you off at The mansion. Fare is 8.50

Place: This is the official place for the President during summer time! For security reasons, visitors are not allowed to room around the place. 

What to do?

  • ➡ Take a great shot at the infamous gate of The Mansion. 👌

4. Wright Park

How to get there: From the mansion, cross from the other side of the road. You’re already at Wright park.

Things to do:

  • ➡ Take photos at the beautiful “Pool of Pines”, an elongated rectangular manmade body of water and at the end of the park is the well-known park circle.
  • ➡ Buy Natives’ handicrafts
  • ➡ Walk at the wide stairway made of stones that leads you to the horses
  • ➡ Ride a pony if you have extra money.

5. Ketchup Community

How to get there: From Wright park where ponies are located, just cross to the other side of the road. 

Place: The area has five restaurants.

  • ➡ Canto
  • ➡ Happy Tummy
  • ➡ Green Pepper
  • ➡ Rumah Sate (Indo-Malay Cuisines)
  • ➡ Rancho Norte (offers exotic Filipino dishes)

**For our part, we ate our lunch at Canto and tried their famous Pork ribs (the serving is big).

6. Arca’s Yard

How to get there: From Ketchup Community, hire a taxi that will take you to this place. Fare is around Php 70. If you’re coming at the city town proper, you will need to ride a jeepney that is bound to TipTop Ambuklao RD. 

Place: Arcas yard is located at Tiptop, Ambuklao Rd, Baguio City. This is the best place to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee after a  heavy meal! This is a must visit place when in Baguio. ☕🎂

7. Botanical Garden

How to get there: From Arca’s Yard, ride a jeepney going to city proper and tell the driver to drop you off at Botanical garden. Fare is 8.50

Place: It is also known as the Igorot village since from here you’ll be able to see nipa huts that are typically the home for natives back in time.

Things to do:

  • ➡ Admire and be fascinated with the garden
  • ➡ Walk inside the Japanese Tunnel used during WWII

8. The Laperal Whitehouse

How to get there: From Botanical Garden, you can just walk going to this place. Or if you’re tired then you can ride a jeepney just in front of Botanical Garden for Php 8.50

Place: Considered as one of the most haunted places in Baguio city. Today, it became a museum showcasing the beautifully made arts and crafts by Filipinos thru the use of Bamboo and wood.

Entrance fee: Regular 50// Student 30

9. Pink Sisters Convent

How to get there: From Laperal Whitehouse, it is already walking distance going to the convent (5 to 10 minutes walk). Just ask the locals as to where is the convent since it is not along the highway. 

Place: A very solemn place where you can pray and talk to God.

10. SM Baguio

How to get there: From Pink sisters, you will be able to see SM. It will take you around 10 minutes of walk going there. An option is to catch a jeepney for 8.50.

Place: Largest shopping mall in Baguio.

11. Baguio Cathedral

How to get there: Exit from SM and walk down going to Baguio post office. From there, walk straight.

Place: Biggest catholic church in the city. 

12. Session Road

How to get there: From the Cathedral, it is a 2 minute walk going to Session rd.

Place: It is considered as the heart of Baguio since it is the center for business of the city.  In here, you will find different restaurants that offers natives to foreign cuisines.

Things to do:

  • ➡ Try Vizcos restaurants strawberry shortcake
  • ➡ Try Teahouse’s Palabok, Streamline cake or its famous Chona’s delight
  • ➡ Try dining in at the infamous Volante restaurant
  • ➡ Walk slowly from upper to lower session rd. Enjoy and take photos!

13. Melvin Jones/Burnham Park/Rose Garden

How to get there: From lower session rd (DBP bank) walk towards Hotel Veniz. From there, you’ll be able to see the park and the garden.

Things to do:

  • ➡ Biking/Boating (Fee depends whether it is peak season or not. If peak season, Dec to May, they charge 100 for 30minutes. Otherwise, your 100 pesos is for unlimited time.)
  • ➡ Skating @Baguio Skating Rink located at the park
  • ➡ Picnic
  • ➡ Watch Football game at Melvin Jones
  • ➡ Enjoy the scenery

14. Goodtaste Restaurant (Dinner)

How to get there: From Rose Garden, walk towards the path going to the Capitol or just ask the locals where is this restaurant. It will only take you around 5 minutes of walk.

Place: Food are palatable. Big servings. Affordable price. This is the most well known resto to the locals. 

15. Camp Johnhay

How to get there: From Igorot Park (near Hotel Veniz) ask the locals where is the jeep bound to Camp Johnhay. Fare is 8.50

Place: A beautiful resort in the mountain. You can tour around the place and can even visit the Manor House. Within Camp Johnhay, you can find different restaurants and cafes. During Christmas season, a Christmas village is being built as an additional attraction for the place.

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DAY 2

16. Tam-Awan Village

How to get there: Ride a jeepney bound to Quezon Hill located at Baguio City market (back of Abanao Square) and just in front of Dane’s Bakeshop. Fare is Php. 8.50

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17. Ben Cab Museum

How to get there: From Tam-awan Village, you can hire a taxi to get you to the museum. Fare is around Php. 100. Another option is to go back to Baguio City market and ride a jeepney bound to Asin road (terminal is across the terminal for jeepney bound to Quezon hill) for Php 11.00

Place: It is a place where arts, crafts and collections of Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) are displayed. The museum preserves the culture of the indigenous people of Cordillera Administrative Region.  

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18. Night Market

How to get there: Located at Harison road Baguio City, in front of Melvin Jones. Night Market stats at 9PM onwards.

Things to do:

  • ➡ Ukay-ukay shopping!
  • ➡ Streetfood fest! 

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DAY 3

19. Strawberry Fields

How to get there: Ride a jeepney located at the back of Centermall. You can either ride a jeepney bound to Buyagan or Pico La Trinidad. Fare is at Php. 14.00

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20. STOBOSA Mural Arts

How to get there: From strawberry farm, walk towards the highway road. From there, ride any jeep that is bound to Baguio City. Just tell the driver to drop you off at the painted houses. 

21. Bell Church

How to get there: From STOBOSA, just walk straight to La Trinidad Arc. From there, you will be able to see the temple. 

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22. The Old Diplomat Hotel

How to get there: Ride a jeepney bound to Dominican Hill. Terminal is at the public market, at the back of Abanao Square. Fare is Php 8.50



23. Lourdes Grotto

How to get there: From Diplomat hotel, walk down straight to this place.

Place: This is the place for devotees of Lourdes. It is recommended that you start at the foot of the stairway. Be ready for a 252 steps upward. 

So there you go fellas. I hope this article helps you in your Baguio trip planning especially this coming month of February. 

Baguio-La Trinidad Itinerary

DAY 1
2:00 AM ETD Victory Cubao
7:00 AM ETA
7:00-9:00 AM Checked in/Breakfast/Prep for Day 1 Adventure
9:00-9:20 AM ETD/ETA to Good Shepherd
9:20-9:40 AM Tour around Good Shepherd
9:40-10:20 AM Mines View Park Tour
10:20-10:30 AM ETD/ETA from Mines view park to The Mansion
10:30-10:45 AM Photo Ops at The Mansion
10:45-11:30 AM Tour and Photo Ops around Wright Park
11:30- 1:00 PM Lunch at Ketchup Community (Canto)
1:00-1:15 PM ETD/ETA at Arca’s Yard
1:15-2:30 PM Photo Ops at Arca’s Yard
2:30-2:45 PM ETD/ETA at Botanical Garden
2:45-4:15 PM Tour and Photo Ops at the Garden
3:15-3:30 PM ETD/ETA at Burnham Park and Rose Garden
3:30-6:30 PM Biking/Boating
6:30-8:00 PM Dinner at Goodtaste
8:00-8:30 PM ETD/ETA at Camp Johnhay
8:30-10:00 PM Christmas Village and Camp Johnhay at Night
10:00 onwards Lights Off
DAY 2
8:00 AM Wake up
8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast/Prepare for Day 2 Adventure
9:00-9:30 AM ETD/ETA Tam-awan Village
9:30-12:30 AM Photo Ops/Trek
12:30-12:50 AM ETD/ETA Bencab Museum
12:50-3:00 PM Photo Ops/Tour around the Museum
3:00-3:30 PM ETD/ETA Baguio Town Proper
3:30-4:30 PM Late Lunch
4:30-9:00 PM Back to Home to rest
9:00-12:00 PM Baguio Night Market and Night Life
12:00MN onwards Lights off
DAY 3
8:00 AM Wake up
8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast/Prepare for Day 3 Adventure
9:00-10:00 AM ETD/ETA Strawberry Field
10:00-11:00 AM Photo Ops/Strawberry Picking/Lettuce Picking
11:00-11:30 AM ETD/ETA STOBOSA Mural Art
11:30-12:00 NN Photo Ops at STOBOSA Mural Art
12:00-12:15 PM ETD/ETA Bell Church
12:15-1:00PM Photo Ops at Bell Church
1:00-2:30 PM Lunch at Jack’s Restaurant
2:30-3:00 PM ETD/ETA at Old Diplomat Hotel
3:00-4:30 PM Photo Ops
4:30-6:30 PM ETD/ETA at Lourdes Grotto
6:30-7:30 PM Enjoy the solemnity of the place
7:30-8:00 PM ETD/ETA Baguio City Town Proper
8:00-10:00 PM Dinner/Pack up things
10:00-4:00 AM ETD/ETA at Cubao via Victory Bus

SUMMARY OF EXPENSES

Day 1
Fare 890 445
Breakfast 170 85
Lunch at canto lomo ribs 480 240
Benguet coffee at Arcas yard 100 50
Christmas village 200 100
Dinner 230 115
Taxi fare **Ketchup Community to Arcas (55) and Camp Johnhay back to Home (85) 140 70
Jeepney Fares 111 55.5
Total Expenses Day 1 2,321.00 1,160.50
Day 2
Breakfast 150 75
Jeep to Tam-awan Village 17 8.5
Entrance Fee 100 50
Taxi Tam-Awan to Bencab 100 50
Entrance Fee 240 120
Jeep fr. Bencab to Town 22 11
Lunch 190 95
Dinner @Ramyun House 198 99
Night Market 150 75
Other Expenses 100 50
Total Expenses Day 2 1,267.00 633.50
Day 3
Breakfast 150 75
Jeep to Strawberry Field 28 14
Jeep fr. Strawberry field to STOBOSA 17 8.5
Lunch 180 90
Jeep to Diplomat Hotel 17 8.5
Jeep fr. Lourdes back to town proper 17 8.5
Taxi fare from Home to Genesis Bus Terminal 75 37.5
Fare 890 445
Total Expenses Day 3 1,374.00 687.00
Grand Total of Expenses for 3D2N 4,962.00 2,481.00

Note: For our accommodation, it is free since my parents are renting an apartment in Baguio as my brother’s home while studying. However,there are transient houses in Baguio city that offers 250pesos per head. Or you can try to book ahead of time at Hotel 45 located at Session road. A matrimonial bed for costs 500 pesos that is good for two with common CR. If you want to have a private CR, it will cost you additional 400 pesos. Contact Number: (074) 304 2963

You may want to check this sites for your further reference of Baguio Transient Houses

  1. http://www.senyorlakwatsero.com/2015/06/01/baguio-accommodation-cheap-lodges-inns-rooms-homestay-pension-houses-and-hotelsbaguio-city-accommodation-cheap-lodges-inns-rooms-homestay-pension-houses-and-hotels/
  2. https://outoftownblog.com/a-list-of-baguio-transient-houses/

For BOOK LOVERS, you can also visit this place. You can have a good read for a very cheap price!

BOOKENDS 

How to get there: From Jollibee Harison Road, just walk up straight.

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8 thoughts on “DIY Travel Guide: 2N3D Baguio City and La Trinidad Escapade for Php 2,500

  1. kisseygulle says:

    Why is there two different totals in Summary Expenses? Sorry, I am just very curious. But besides that, this post is very informative and helpful! Love some DIY Travel posts! Also, I’m itching to visit Baguio. Thank you for this blog post!

    Liked by 1 person

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