Baguio, the ‘City of Pines’, is a refreshing escape from the heat and bustle of Manila. Situated high in the Cordillera Mountains, it’s the perfect place to soak in the beauty of the Philippines.
The city was established by the Americans in 1900 at the site of an Ibaloi village known as Kafagway. It was the United States' only hill station in Asia. The name of the city is derived from bagiw, the Ibaloi word for "moss". Baguio City is situated at an altitude of approximately 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) above sea level, and is surrounded by mountains.
The old city center, full of interesting architecture, is a great place to start your exploration. Take a walk around the historic Burnham Park or the colorful Baguio City Market. For some of the best views in the city, head to Wright Park and its iconic mini-train. And don’t forget to take a break at one of the city’s many cafes, where you can enjoy local delicacies such as the famous strawberry taho.