Horseback riding is THE one thing that they definitely would not miss doing in all our trips to Baguio.
They love horseback riding so much that they even have favorite horses at the riding trail in John Hay. V’s fave is a horse named Rainbow, while Pat’s is Tanduay (yeah, yeah, it’s named after one of Baguio folks’ favorite beverages).
They love horseback riding so much that hub, at one point, considered buying a horse! Eh. Not gonna happen. Where are we gonna park it? Out in front of the house, tied to the gate? 😀
Update, 29 December 2015: Our favorite horseback riding spot is Shalan di Kabadjo at Camp John Hay, because there’s a trail through a wooded area that leads to a riding circle on a flat area. Last year (2014), an hour of horseback riding cost P370.00. We realize the prices go up almost every year. The horseback ride area is near The Filling Station; it’s on the right if you’re coming from the main gate on from Loakan Road.
The other horseback riding area in Baguio is Wright Park Riding Circle. This is where I learned to ride horses as a kid. It is basically a circle area and the horses go round and round. If you’re adventurous, you might find this too boring. The smell of horse manure could be overpowering too. The upside is the adults can go up the Wright Park steps and enjoy the beautiful view of the city, the manmade lake, and the Mansion House. Rates at Wright Park is the same as the one in John Hay.
Finally, if you are truly adventurous and want to ride in the hills and among the trees, then go to “Marlboro Country”. You can get the horses on South Drive, near the Baguio Country Club, and right before the South Drive gate of Camp John Hay. I am not familiar with the rates here, but definitely more expensive. For the less adventurous, you may opt for the South Drive road side package. But I really do not recommend this, as horses get in the way of car traffic. And traffic in Baguio is horrible during the holidays. So, please don’t. Either go for the riding circles, or the mountains.
Where to eat after horseback riding in Wright Park? Cross the street and go to Ketchup Food Community. Try Canto and Happy Tummy, my two favorites there. Or for budget but yummy burgers, go for Nelly’s Best Burgers near the St. Joseph Church.
Reminder to tourists: As always, when visiting Baguio (or any tourist place for that matter), please respect the culture and the environment. Please don’t trash our city. We welcome tourists with open arms, as our businesses rely on you. But please do your part so that Baguio will remain beautiful, clean, and always wonderful to go back to year after year. Thank you!