Aside from its cold temperature, nature’s view is the other top reason why I would always want to visit Baguio. A park overlooking the Cordillera mountains, a quick stop at Mines View Park is definitely one of the recommended things to do when in Baguio especially for the first-time visitors.
Good Shepherd Convent
Before we headed our way to Mines View Park, we dropped by to the nearby Good Shepherd Convent. Popular Baguio sweets can be bought here as “pasalubong” like ube jam and peanut brittle.
Good Shepherd Convent’s ube jam is my favorite! I can consume one jar in a day and I like it better when it’s put in the refrigerator. We even saw some locals peeling some “ube”. Buying the convent’s products actually help Cordillera students go to school.
They also have a viewing deck where you can grab some photos with the mountains as background.
Mines View Park
Five-minute away from Good Sheperd, we arrived at Mines View Park. Several souvenir stalls welcomed us. As we entered the park, we saw different kinds of plants being sold.
You can buy desk plants with a price starting at PHP50. Others cost around PHP100-PHP150 like eggplant and chilli plants. These probably are also good souvenirs from Baguio.
Going down further, we walked through concrete staircase. Tourists were busily doing two things: taking pictures with pink horses and renting Cordillera native costume. They charge PHP50 for taking pictures (3 shots) with the horse. You can have the photo taken with a group. This is quite popular with the kids.
On the other side, some people were merrily renting Cordillera native costume for PHP20. Some wore the costume and had their photo taken with the Cordillera Mountain as background. Cool idea!
Continuing to walk, we finally reached the ridge where a small gazebo is located.
A lot of people flocked the viewing deck to snap those photos with nature as background. You can even rent a binocular for PHP20. The sight of the green mountains is just relaxing to see! Despite the busy crowd, staring blankly at nature is comforting. Better not to go on weekends or peak season to indulge yourself in a more contemplating mood.
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