The mountain breeze in Baguio, high in the hills of Luzon in the Philippines, makes this city a wonderful escape from the muggy heat of the islands. It's a favored vacation spot for both locals and tourists, and a great place to chill out and take life down a notch. Make a reservation at one of a selection of top hotels in Baguio, and you'll get the best of the Philippines without having to deal with the worst of the weather.
The most iconic symbol of Baguio is the giant lion's head sculpture at Lion Park, four miles south of the city, which you'll most likely pass on your way in or out of town. Don't forget to stop and take a picture! On the other side of the city is Mines View Park, where you'll have stunning panoramic views of Baguio and the surrounding area. The main hub in the downtown area is the vibrant Session Road, where you can easily spend hours eating, shopping, and people-watching. For a little respite, head to nearby Burnham Park for a walk or a boat ride on the lake. A lot of the cheap hotels in Baguio are located in this area, so you won't be far from the action.
Philippine cuisine is influenced by other Asian styles, as well as Spanish food, so you'll get paellas and omelets alongside rice and noodle dishes. Local specialties include adobo, chicken or beef cooked in vinegar, garlic, and soy sauce; and kare-kare, an oxtail stew with peanut flavoring. The Philippines is a coffee-drinking nation, and it's served with most meals; beer is the most popular alcoholic drink. The majority of bars and restaurants are along Session Road, and many Baguio hotels also serve food and drinks.
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