February 7, 2017

Mount Costa: A New Tourist Attraction In Baguio City And La Trinidad, Benguet

If you are looking for something new to do in Baguio City or La Trinidad, we have some great news for you. A sprawling set of several beautiful gardens called Mount Costa has just opened its doors a few days ago. It's a great destination for folks who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Baguio City and La Trinidad. Peaceful and surrounded by lush vegetation, Mount Costa is perfect for nature walks. Whether you want to have some alone time or you want to enjoy the company of friends or family, the gardens have everything you need for a tranquil and memorable day. The place is a nice addition to popular nature destinations in La Trinidad like Mt. Yangbew and Mt. Kalugong.

How to get to Mount Costa
Technically speaking, Mount Costa is located within the town of La Trinidad in Benguet since it's adjacent to the Pico-Lamtang Road. But it's also very near the city of Baguio. It's accessible via Bauang-Baguio/Naguilian Roads or through Bokawkan/Easter/Tacay Roads. You can also take a cab and instruct the driver to take you through the Pico-Lamtang Road. For additional information about Mt. Costa, you can contact them through their official Facebook page here or visit their website here.

What to expect from Mount Costa
There's a collection of around 24 gardens in the place. All of these are open air gardens that were designed and planted while taking into consideration the contours of the land. It has twelve (12) signature gardens. These are as follows - Inca Garden, The Bud Garden, The Maze Garden, The Formal Garden, Concentric Garden, The Koru Garden, Outdoor Musical Garden, Enchanted Garden, Romeo and Juliet Garden, The Zen Garden, The Grid Garden, and The Mirror Garden. The park is open from 9:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon.

Other noteworthy things to see in Mt. Costa:
1. Twig Art - Art installations using dried twigs as the main medium.
2. Spectrum Garden - Features artworks using variously colored ropes as the medium.
3. Land Art - Landscapers and architects would find these quite interesting.
4. Reflection Pond - Stare into your own soul the way our ancestors did it when their mirrors consisted of still waters.
5. Children's Garden Space - A place for kids to hang out and have unbridled fun.
6. Mini Bowl - Play a game and have fun.
7. Plant Staging Station - The nursery where seedlings are raised before transplanted elsewhere.
8. Chill Area - Feel the kind of tranquility that only nature can provide.
9. Al Fresco Dining Area - Tired of strolling through the gardens? This dining area has you covered.
10. The Amphitheater - A venue for entertainment and live performances.
11. The Green Living Room - Lounging areas for guests who want to escape the open air.
12. Food Kiosks - Munch on delicious food offerings.

How much is the entrance fee?
Adults - 350 pesos
Students (must present a valid ID) - 250 pesos
Senior citizens and PWDs - 250 pesos
Children below three years old - free entrance
Green Living Room Rental - 1,000 pesos

Other important reminders:
1.With the exception of baby food items, outside food and/or beverages are not allowed inside the gardens.
2. The admission gate closes at 4:00 in the afternoon.
3. Children should be accompanied by adults at all times.
4. Bring insect repellents, sunglasses, and umbrellas.
5. Picking of flowers and other plants are strictly prohibited.
6. Smoking (including vaping) is not allowed inside the premises.