Saturday, April 5, 2014

Wandering in Baguio: Mines View Park

After visiting Camp John Hay, Wright Park and The Mansion, we headed to the northeast side of Baguio City to check out Mines View Park. Upon arrival, we had a difficult time finding a parking space since there are several vehicles parked along the road. There are also plenty of vendors selling souvenir items, fruits and vegetables, street food and other locally made handicrafts. Mines View Park is undoubtedly Baguio's most popular tourist attractions.

From the park entrance, we descended through a stone-covered walkway that leads to a unique-shaped "gazebo" or viewing deck. This viewing deck offers a panoramic view of Benguet's gold and copper mines and the Cordillera mountains. Many tourists hang out in this area and have their photos taken with the mines view as their backdrop. 

Tourists may also rent full Igorot costumes for poster taking. Another interesting attraction inside the park is the Saint Bernard named "Doglas" who is available for picture-taking with tourists for a fee.

On the upper side of the road outside the park are several restaurants, some of which also offer a view of the mines. Across the road are souvenir shops selling indigenous carved artifacts.

How to Get There:

From Baguio City proper, look for passenger jeepneys with the Plaza-Mines View signboard. You may also take a taxi from the city to the park.

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