Baguio Eco-Trekking at Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary

I woke up early with a cool Baguio breeze passing through the windows of our one-bedroom suite. I rushed to see the beautiful sunrise and spent few minutes standing, staring at Baguio Pine trees. It was a wonderful yet rare experience for a person who has spent all her life living in Manila.

Beautiful Baguio Sunrise!
Beautiful Baguio Sunrise!

I went back to our room to wake up the two as I was looking forward for another sweet treat over a cup of hot tsokolate at Tradisyon.

Hearty breakfast at Azalea Residence
Hearty breakfast at Azalea Residence
Baguio Eco-Trekking at Maryknoll Eco Sanctuary
Maryknoll Sanctuary, Baguio City 25 North Sto Tomas Road, Campo Sioco, Baguio City

Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary has a gallery and an eco-trek area where one can simply enjoy fresh air, greeneries as you walk around the huge eco sanctuary. Each stations shows the connection of humans and nature.

Eco-trek Sanctuary
Eco-trek Sanctuary

Upon arrival, we stayed few minutes in the gallery before we started the trek then we were given a map which we then gave to the kids and allowed them to lead us inside the sanctuary.

Maryknoll Gallery
Maryknoll Gallery

The large hectare Maryknoll has 14 stations which includes “dinosaurs on the scene, mammals arrive, bird take flight, the village period, the earth’s religious tradition’ among others. 

Trekking starts here!
Trekking starts here!

The kids were excited and immediately grabbed our hands to start the eco-trek. Parents/guardians should look after their children because of hilly terrain. Better bring a bottle of water the kids might get thirsty especially during summer.

Station 2: The Planet Earth Emerges Station
Station 2: The Planet Earth Emerges Station
Station 4: Dinosaurs on the Scene
Station 4: Dinosaurs on the Scene
The newly hatched Dino egg
The newly hatched Dino egg

Walking lasted about 45 minutes to an hour, well depending to you if you wanted to stay longer in each stations for photography.

Pine trees and flowers along the way
Pine trees and flowers along the way

The activity also serves as an exercise for adults. The best part of the trek is passing  the hanging bridge (if you’re not afraid of heights).

Hanging Bridge
Station 10: The Hunting & Gathering Age A Hanging Bridge

One of my favorite stations though was the bell or the welcome station, where one had to ring the bell to show support to mother earth.

The Bell
Ding! Dong!

You’ll find landmarks and significant signage on every stations.

The kids were so eager to find each and every stations. No complaints from long walks. Bianca’s favorite was the Igorot houses located after passing the hanging bridge. It’s the 11th station called the Village Period. It was also her first time walking a hanging bridge and she had a wonderful experience.

Station 9: Early Humans Live in Caves
Station 9: Early Humans Live in Caves
Inside a cave
Inside a cave
Station 9
Station 9

They told us the sanctuary was built after the 1990 earthquake that massively hit Baguio City.

Maryknoll Sanctuary, 25 North Sto Tomas Road, Campo Sioco, Baguio City

The sanctuary represents the significant relationship of humans, nature, earth and human culture.

Station 7: The Flowers Spread
Station 7: The Flowers Spread

She run to see the Igorot houses and started climbing, I was there to assist her.

Station 14: The Earth House
Station 14: The Earth House

Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary is located at North Sto Thomas Road. You can take a cab or jeep going there. A minimal fee is asked which goes to maintenance of the sanctuary. They also offer a dorm-type accommodation. It’s worth visiting so I hope you will include MaryKnoll on your next Baguio Trip!

Marjorie Uy

Marjorie Uy is the wifey in the SeatForTwo.com tandem. She is passionate about food, recipes, cook books and dessert is her favorite part of the meal! She’s a coffee person. She loves to cook and has collected recipe books for more than 15 years now; the latest is entitled “Everything Peanut Butter” Jonel gave her on their wedding day.

She used to work as a Civilian Nurse in a military hospital and as NCLEX Coach for a U.S based company. Today, she’s a full-time housewife and blogging become her hobby.

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