From SM Baguio, we took a taxi and went to Mines View Park. The 15 minute travel costs around 100 pesos.
MINES VIEW PARK
Mines View is one of the most popular tourist destination in Baguio, overlooks the mining town of Itogon, particularly the abandoned gold and copper mines of the Benguet Corporation, and offers a glimpse of the Amburayan Valley.
The way to the view deck is crowded with stalls selling an array of flowering plants and succulents.
Activities here include costume renting, riding and picture taking with a pink pony.
View of the abandoned mining town of Itogon.
People are waiting turns to take groupies and selfies from the view deck.
The Mansion House is the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. It consists of an elegantly designed Spanish Colonial Revival main building and a guest house. The elaborate main gate, made of ornate ironwork, was earlier reported as a replica of one of the main gates at Buckingham Palace in London, which is false. The front gate is still one of the most photographed section of the property. Tourists can visit the Mansion House’s museum containing presidential memorabilia.
From Mines View Park, we took a taxi going to The Mansion. For 50 pesos we were at the area in less than 5 minutes.
This massive Iron gate looked marvelous.
This vivid pink colored jeepney caught my attention, and I can’t help but to take pictures with it.
Across the road from the Mansion House is Wright Park, a quiet promenade with a long reflecting pool lined with pine trees.
These old columns made me imagine that a portal was in front of me. And I was thinking if I should enter or not. Hahaha too much Encantadia feels here.
A long stairway lead visitors to the back where ponies for children are available for hire. Dotted all around the nearby hills are vacation homes and small inns.
We took a picture with super cool dog, look at those glasses.
I always wanted to ride a pink pony. For 200 pesos you can ride a pony for 30 minutes. Black, white, brown and pink colored horses are available. I chose the pink one, because you know it’s cute and hot. Hahaha This was the first and probably the last time. So, how was the ride? It was freakin scary. I thought I was going to fall anytime.
The day ended with mom buying strawberries and me eating them. Sweet.
That ends our Baguio Adventures. I hope to comeback again for a whole family vacation.
For the other parts of this Baguio City Travel Guide, please check these links:
– Teacher’s Camp, Travel Guide Part 1 of 4
– Safari Lodge, SM Baguio, Ukay Ukay at Session Road, Travel Guide Part 2 of 4
– Baguio Botanical Garden, Travel Guide Part 3 of 4
– Mines View, The Mansion, Wright Park, Travel Guide Part 4 of 4