Baguio Botanical Garden: A Serene Place That Lets You Get Closer to Nature and Peace

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True to being the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio never disappoints its visitors to give them a cool breeze they’ve been craving in the humid city. But aside from this, what pulls travelers to visit Baguio are the beautiful tourist spots that take people’s breath away. One of these attractions is the Baguio Botanical Garden.

Unlike other attractions, nothing much happens in this Baguio tourist destination. But that’s actually what people go there for aside, of course, from the beautiful ponds, vibrant flowers that bright up the day, and towering pine trees that are totally perfect as backdrops for the ‘gram!

About Baguio Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden in Baguio is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the city. It gives visitors a respite from the busy city life through its calming ambiance. There are plenty of pine trees lined up in the area, bright flowers, sculptures depicting the different rituals of the Cordillera tribes, and the Igorots who are more than willing to take a photo with you for a small fee.

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Baguio Botanical Garden History

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Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

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The Botanical Garden Baguio history started many years ago. Before being known to what it is today, this botanical garden Baguio City had many names—Igorot Village (for the different Cordillera huts and statues that decorated the park); Imelda Park (named after then First Lady of the Philippines for such a long time); Botanical & Zoological Garden (was said to have been a zoo); and, most recently, Centennial Park (in celebration of 100 years of Baguio City).

Upon arriving at the Botanical Garden Baguio tagalog, you will be welcomed by a stunning sculpture made of stone painted in bronze that depicts the different rituals of the Cordillera tribes, and real Igorots dressed in their traditional clothes willing to take a photo with you for a minimal fee. 

Once you’re inside, you will see several gardens, an art gallery, and souvenir stalls selling native handicrafts lined up in a row. Then you’ll also see the different relics from Botanical Garden’s Igorot Village days with large statues showing different Cordillera tribesmen and symbols, and the native Cordillera huts.

Botanical Garden Baguio Location

You can find the Botanical Garden Baguio City at 37 Leonard Wood Rd. 2602 Baguio. Check out this Botanical Garden Baguio map to be guided.

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How to Get There

By private transport

From Session Road, drive to Leonard Wood Road. The Botanical Baguio is past Teachers Camp. You can find the entrance to your right.

By public transport

From the plaza, ride any jeep bound for Mines View, Pacdal, Beckel, Country Club, Navy Base, Tuding, Itogon. These jeeps pass Leonard Wood Road. You can also hail a cab to make your trip smoother and hassle-free.

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Rates and Other Information in Visiting

Botanical Garden in Baguio entrance fee: Free

Picture-taking with native Igorots: PHP 20 per person per photo

Operation hours: 6am to 6pm

Tourist Spots Nearby

  • Teachers Camp
  • Wright Park
  • Burnham Park
  • PMA
  • The Mansion

Must-read: 15 Must-Visit Baguio Tourist Spots for a Fun Escapade

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Where to Eat Near Baguio Botanical Garden

The Garden Diner

The Garden Diner baguio botanical garden

Photo credits to The Garden Diner

This restaurant is conveniently located inside the Botanical Garden so in case you want to take a break from walking and have a sip of coffee with a view, check out The Garden Diner.

Address: Botanical garden, Tavera, Baguio

Opening hours: 8am to 9pm

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Budget: PHP 100 per person

Must-try: Grilled pork stir fry with egg noodles, Cookies and Cream Pearl Cooler

Secret Garden

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Photo credits to Secret Garden Resto & Cafe Co.

Another restaurant with a view near Botanical Baguio is the Secret Garden. The interior is full of wooden materials that gives you a cabin experience. 

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Address: 34 Paterno St, Camp John Hay, Baguio

Opening hours: 10am to 10pm

Budget: PHP 200-400 per person

Must-try: Pesto with seafood, Beef steak, Secret Garden Pizza, White Snow Pizza

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Red Rustikz

Red Rustikz baguio botanical garden

Photo credits to Red Rustikz

Craving something savory? Head to Red Rustikz and taste one of Baguio’s best pasta and pizzas! They will easily satisfy the hungry traveler in you.

Address: 82 Upper, Gen. Luna Rd, Baguio

Opening hours: 10:30am to 6:30pm

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Budget: PHP 200-500 per person

Must-try: Pasta, Pizza, American Burger, and Pork Chimichurri

Where to stay

Here are the best budget hotels for an affordable staycation in Baguio. Make sure to book your accommodation at www.zenrooms.com to enjoy quality at the lowest rates!

1. Mountain Lodge and Restaurant

ZEN Rooms Mountain Lodge Baguio

Price from PHP 2,300/night

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Address: 27 Leonard Wood Rd., Baguio

Amenities: 24h Front Desk, Parking, Flat Screen TV, Cable TV Channel, Private Bathroom, Study Desk

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2. Venus Parkview Hotel

ZEN Rooms Venus Parkview Baguio

Price from PHP 2,200/night

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Address: 19 Kisad Rd., Baguio

Amenities: 24h Front Desk, 24h Room Service, Parking, Hotel Restaurant, Ironing Facilities, Baggage Storage, Designated Smoking Area, 24h Security

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Check-in requirements

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Guests from MGCQ and GCQ Areas1.  RT-PCR tests with negative results should be taken not earlier than 48 hours prior to traveling or Health Certificate
2. Travel Authority from your local government
3.Quick Registration at http://visita.baguio.gov.ph/
4. Hotel booking confirmation
5. Valid Government ID such as passport, driver’s license, SSS UMID, Postal ID, Philhealth ID, TIN, Voter’s ID, Senior Citizen ID, PWD ID.  
Guests from Baguio1. Health Certificate
2. Hotel booking confirmation
3. Valid Government ID such as passport, driver’s license, SSS UMID, Postal ID, Philhealth ID, TIN, Voter’s ID, Senior Citizen ID, PWD ID.  

Frequently Asked Questions About The Baguio Botanical Garden

Q: Do you need a travel authority going to Baguio?

A: Yes, a travel authority is required to enter Baguio. If you’re planning a staycation in Baguio, always check out the Facebook page of the Public Information Office – City of Baguio to be updated.

Q: How do I get to botanical gardens from Baguio?

A: You can reach Botanical Garden Baguio wikipedia in two ways:

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By private transport

From Session Road, drive to Leonard Wood Road. The Botanical Garden Baguio City is past Teachers Camp. You can find the entrance to your right.

By public transport

From the plaza, ride any jeep bound for Mines View, Pacdal, Beckel, Country Club, Navy Base, Tuding, Itogon. These jeeps pass Leonard Wood Road. You can also hail a cab to make your trip smoother and hassle-free.

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Q: Is Baguio open for tourists?

A: Yes, Baguio is open for local tourists but Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, and Region 3 residents can only travel to Baguio starting October 22.

Travelers from MGCQ, GCQ, and local areas need to follow these conditions:

Travelers from GCQ and MGCQ areas:

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  1. RT-PCR tests with negative results should be taken not earlier than 48 hours prior to travelling or Health Certificate 
  2. Travel Authority from your local government 
  3. Quick Registration at http://visita.baguio.gov.ph/
  4. Hotel booking confirmation 
  5. Valid Government ID such as passport, driver’s license, SSS UMID, Postal ID, Philhealth ID, TIN, Voter’s ID, Senior Citizen ID, PWD ID.

Travelers from Baguio

  1. Health Certificate 
  2. Hotel booking confirmation 
  3. Valid Government ID such as passport, driver’s license, SSS UMID, Postal ID, Philhealth ID, TIN, Voter’s ID, Senior Citizen ID, PWD ID.  

For more details, check out the Facebook page of the Public Information Office – City of Baguio to be updated.

Must-read: Latest Philippines Tourism News: Domestic Travelers Can Now Get Subsidized RT-PCR Tests

Q: How far is the strawberry farm from Baguio City?

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A: The famous strawberry farm in Benguet is located just 30 minutes away from Baguio City.

Q: What is there to do in Baguio for 3 days?

A: Baguio is perfect for short trips, too. We recommend you make the most of Baguio by going to the parks, botanical garden, go boating, museum-hopping, and more.

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