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Baguio as a mountain resort is the perfect place for nature lovers. With the city’s cold weather and lush landscapes, it’s no wonder that Baguio is a top destination for those who love being outdoors.

So if you’re wondering what to do in Baguio as a tree-hugger, we created this Baguio travel guide, especially for you. Here are 7 ways to experience the great outdoors of the Mountain City.

Things to do in Baguio: For Nature Lovers

1. Forest Bathing at Camp John Hay

Camp John Hay is one of the most popular tourist spots in Baguio. With trails waiting to be explored, it’s a great place for morning strolls, forest bathing, trekking, biking, and hiking. Before you make your way through the Yellow Trail or the Camp John Hay Eco-Trail, be sure to bring your camera. There are plenty of photo opportunities along the way.

Another fun thing to do is book an eco-adventure tour at Camp John Hay. Visit the Butterfly Sanctuary, or if you prefer adrenaline-pumping activities, opt for the Superman Ride (zipline) or the 60-foot-high Tree Drop.

Photo by May Ann Racuya

2. Nature Walks at the Botanical Garden

A trip to the newly updated Baguio Botanical Garden is another worthwhile trip for nature lovers. Enjoy some peace and quiet while appreciating the garden’s enchanting attractions: Centennial Garden, Dahlia Garden, Sunflower Section, PMSEA Botanic Park, Fil-Chinese Friendship Park, Japanese Tunnel Walk, Korea Garden (Taebek Park), Pagoda or Viewdeck, City of Vaughan (Canada) Park, Thailand Friendship Park, Yellow Margeurite Garden, Mini Bamboo Walkway, and the Cordillera Village.

3. Take Night Strolls at Burnham Park

If you’re looking for a place to relax and enjoy near Baguio’s busy city center, then Burnham Park is the perfect option for you. Considered the city’s “Mother of All Parks,” Burnham is one of Baguio’s most famous open green spaces. Brimming with lush greenery and blooming flowers, visitors can have a picnic or rent a bike to explore the park’s attractions. The park’s main attractions include the Children’s Playground, Rose Garden, Orchidarium, Picnic Grove, and the Igorot Garden.

Burnham Park in Baguio City

Photo by Mark Jan Calub

4. Enjoy Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary’s Cosmic Journey

The Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary focuses on the restoration and preservation of nature. The historical timelines, natural phenomena, and world religions helped shape the attractions featured in the sanctuary. Tagged as a “green” museum, it lives up to its name by being a calm oasis in nature away from the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life. This beautiful sanctuary is a place for people to come together and reflect on what is important to them. You can also conduct team-building activities on-site. At Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, everyone is welcome!

5. Reconnect with Your Inner Self at the Mirador Heritage and Eco-Spirituality Park

Situated in the city of Baguio, the newly opened tourist attraction, Mirador Heritage and Eco Park is located behind Lourdes Grotto, the most visited grotto in the entire province of Benguet. Some of the highlights include the Japanese-inspired Mirador Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Rock Gardens, and the instagrammable Torii Gate at Peace Memorial. The five-hectare park is divided into different sections and attractions-making it an ideal spot for solo travelers or groups. A peaceful walk through Mirador Park allows you to revisit your inner self.

6. Go Horsebackriding at Wright Park

Wright Park is named after Governor Luke E. Wright, the former governor-general of the Philippines. This tourist destination is just one of the many scenic spots in Baguio and is located in the city’s eastern part and across the main gate of The Mansion (the official summer residence of the president). This famous park offers attractions such as the “Pool of Pines” and the Park Circle.

One of the must-do activities in the park is horseback riding. Beginners are encouraged to practice around the walking rings. For experienced riders, the legendary Pony Boys can help set up your perfect trail ride. You can book a four-to five-hour long ride to Mount Santo Tomas, Green Valley, Loakan Airport, Crystal Cave, and the Japanese Trail. For shorter rides, the two-to-three-hour-long Marlboro Country and the Country Club Trail provide easier routes.

El Retiro Baguio

7. Book your Stay at El Retiro, an Exclusive and Private Luxury Vacation Home in Baguio

El Retiro Baguio is a historic vacation home situated in a quaint residential area on Outlook Drive. The charming and elegant mid-century heritage home is full of character. It is an ideal getaway for families and groups of friends who want to experience Baguio’s laid-back lifestyle and serene natural environment in a private, exclusive, and luxurious setting. This nostalgic Baguio accommodation will take you back to the charms of Old Baguio.

If you’re looking for a place to immerse in nature and outdoor activities, Baguio is the place for you. From hiking and biking to horseback riding and picnicking, there’s something for everyone here. Discover what Baguio has to offer. Start planning your trip today.