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One of the things I love about Baguio is that feasible attractions are only a few rides away from each other. So after a leisurely visit to The Mansion, Wright Park and Wright Park Riding Circle, you could go straight to another popular site in the “Summer Capital of the Philippines”.

Mines View ParkFrom the name itself, Mines View Park offers a spectacular sight of Benguet’s gold and copper mines. From this spot, the Cordillera Mountains are also easily seen against the blue backdrop of a clear sky and would be an excellent background for pictures.

Binoculars are available for a price and would give you a clearer and more astounding view of the mountains. To spice up the picture taking session, Ibaloi people, the Natives of Benguet are garbed in their native clothes and would be willing to pose with you. Not only that, Mines View Park houses a stretch of stores that offers a wide range of souvenirs. From key chains, t-shirts, wood carvings, necklaces, peanut brittle and my personal favorite – strawberry jam, they have it all! Choices are extensive, for better prices make sure to walk around and compare prices before actually buying anything. You have to admit, half the fun is the sense of adventure exploration brings. Benches are, of course, scattered around the area wherein you can sit and rest your tired legs.

Getting there isn’t a hardship at all. Mines View Park, being a prominent tourist attraction is easy to locate. Just hire a cab and tell the driver where you want to go. However, make sure that you time your visit perfectly. Catching the spectacular view would be impossible when the fog has already settled. Visit while the sun is still shining for a true Mines View Park experience!

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