Mirador Heritage and Eco-Park: Japan in Baguio with My Kids!

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Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Mirador Heritage and Eco-Park with my kids. Situated in Baguio City, Philippines, this multi-terrace landscaped park offers a captivating blend of natural beauty, historical significance, and exciting attractions. Nestled in the same location as the renowned Lourdes Grotto, the park spans five hectares and provides a commanding view of Baguio City. As we embarked on our adventure, we were eager to discover the park’s rich history, immerse ourselves in its breathtaking landscapes, and create cherished memories together. Mirador Heritage and Eco-Park, spanning five hectares, is a treasure trove of various sections and attractions. The Rock Garden beckoned us with its uphill hiking trail, adorned with rock-landscaped steps, pathways, and boulders. As we ventured higher, we were rewarded with scenic views of Baguio City. Another captivating section was the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, reminiscent of the famous Japanese tourist attraction.

The swaying bamboo created a serene forestry atmosphere, transporting us to a different world. Additionally, the Peace Memorial, highlighted by a Japanese torii gate, provided a picturesque spot for photography. There was a long queue and it was sunny during our visit so we weren’t able to take photos. The beautiful and colorful view of the Baguio’s scape paid for it, nevertheless. We learned that the bell hanging above the gate was made from an unexploded and neutralized bomb recovered after World War II. Furthermore, Mirador Heritage and Eco-Park is home to the renowned Lourdes Grotto, an important pilgrimage site for the Catholic faithful. The 252-stair steps leading to the grotto offered an opportunity for reflection as we climbed, lighting candles and offering flowers to seek intercession from the Blessed Mother. We found solace and tranquility in this sacred space, surrounded by the devotion of fellow pilgrims.

Attraction-packed park

Adjacent to the grotto, we discovered the Jesuit Villa and Retreat House. Originally a meteorological observatory and Jesuit residence, it now serves as a serene retreat house. The tranquil surroundings provided a sanctuary for spiritual nourishment and moments of reflection, allowing us to reconnect with ourselves and find inner peace. Moreover, one of the highlights of our visit was the breathtaking sunset views offered by Mirador Heritage and Eco-Park. On clear days, the park affords panoramic vistas of the western villages of Baguio and the Lingayen Gulf, creating a mesmerizing backdrop for a peaceful evening. What I just noticed during our visit, it still gets hot and humid at noon time despite the place famous for its cold weather. Although it feels fresher than Metro Manila, you’ll still get pretty sweaty and thirsty during the sunny hours.

To complete our visit, we made our way to Café Iñigo by Ebai, located atop the park. Situated in what was once a long-distance station of PLDT and a caretaker’s house, the café offers a range of delectable cakes, pastries, specialty drinks, and stunning views. However, we weren’t able to order anything as we were about to eat somewhere else. Our adventure to Mirador Heritage and Eco-Park was an enriching experience that combined history, natural beauty, and spiritual reflection. From exploring the various sections and attractions to immersing ourselves in the serenity of Lourdes Grotto and the retreat house, we found ourselves captivated by the park’s charm. The breathtaking sunset views and the delightful café added a touch of magic to our visit. Mirador Heritage and Eco-Park is a hidden gem that offers a haven of tranquility and exploration, perfect for creating cherished memories with loved ones.

Tips and Guidelines

  • Mirador Heritage and Eco-Park is open daily from 6 AM to 6 PM, so plan your visit accordingly.
  • The entrance fee is PHP 100 per person, and children below 12 years old can enter for free. Make sure to have cash on hand for the entrance fee.
  • Additional donations for the maintenance of the park are welcome and greatly appreciated. Your contribution will help preserve and enhance the park for future visitors.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes suitable for walking and exploring the park’s trails and attractions.
  • Bring essentials such as sunscreen, insect repellent, and drinking water to stay protected and hydrated during your visit.
  • Follow the park’s guidelines and regulations, which may include restrictions on bringing pets or outside food.
  • Mirador Heritage and Eco-Park offer various sections and attractions. Take your time to fully explore and appreciate the natural beauty, historical significance, and recreational opportunities it offers.
  • Bring a camera or smartphone to capture stunning views, serene landscapes, and memorable moments with your loved ones.
  • Mirador Heritage and Eco-Park provide a tranquil environment for reflection and relaxation. Take the opportunity to unwind, reconnect with nature, and enjoy the serenity of the surroundings.
  • Help preserve the beauty of the park by practicing responsible tourism. Dispose of trash properly and respect the natural environment during your visit.

Where else?

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