Tagpuan: Serenity Camp – Benguet’s Quick Hideaway Haven
Tagpuan: Serenity Camp – Are you up for a new adventure?
Given the mountainous topography of Benguet and the Cordillera Region, you really cannot afford to miss countless views in every corner of the province, including Baguio City. In this blog, me and my friend, together with her daughter, visited one of the newest exclusive attractions in La Trinidad, the Tagpuan: Serenity Camp in Barangay Beckel.
This nature camp will not only make you experience Benguet on a whole new level but it will also bring you back to basics – no plugs for electricity supply, no WiFi, and no frills traditional camping. It really made our stay much closer to nature and to the beauty it gives that we tend to take for granted everyday. They named the place “Tagpuan: Serenity Camp” as this aims to be a meeting place of family and friends who seek to unwind and forget the hustle and bustle of the busy city. All you need is the company of each other!
In between “Into the Woods” and “Sea of clouds”
Tagpuan: Serenity Camp is nestled in between the lush woods of Benguet and is situated at the tip of a reinforced cliff where you get to see the sea of clouds if you are lucky enough. With the Cordillera mountains as its background, of course. As a local, I still get in awe with what nature brings and Tagpuan will never disappoint.
Note, too, that as of this writing, the camp does not yet offer food and beverage for its guests so we brought our own food and drinks for the experience. This is also a good way to bond with your family and friends over food while enjoying the cold Cordilleran breeze or just simply enjoying what nature has to offer beyond your expectations. It is the perfect way to just relax and enjoy the view – all nestled in one place!
The amenities that Tagpuan offer are:
- 1 parking slot (for guests with private vehicles)
- Chimney and Butane Stove (for cooking)
- Cooking Utensils
- Bonfire Area
- Comfort Room
- Tent and Beddings
- Outdoor Bathtub (for pictorial purposes for the meantime, it will be fully operational by December 2021)
- Outdoor electricity – solar lamps and rechargeable lights are on site. (Don’t forget to bring your powerbanks as there are no power outlets in the area – to maximize your camping experience!)
- Standby Camp Master (in case of emergency and if guests have other needs / inquiries)
How to get to Tagpuan: Serenity Camp
|Via Jeep / Public Transport||Ride a jeepney that is bound for Beckel, fare is around ₱ 15.00 – 18.00 and travel time is around 15-20 minutes depending on the traffic. The place is accurately pinned on your preferred navigation app and your landmark would be the Beckel Sub-Outpost Building on the left side of the road (the shortcut road going to Shilan, La Trinidad). From there, take a few steps upwards and you will see a series of wood fences on your right side, just right before the newly constructed house. It is just around 2-3 minutes away from Arca’s Yard / Potenciana Avenue.|
|Via Taxi||Ride a taxi and tell the driver to bring you to Shilan Junction via Ambuklao Road. Travel time is around 15-20 minutes depending on the traffic. The place is accurately pinned on your preferred navigation app and your landmark would be the Beckel Sub-Outpost Building on the left side of the road (the shortcut road going to Shilan, La Trinidad). Fare would approximately be around ₱ 150.00 – 200.00.|
|Via Private Car||The place is accurately pinned on your preferred navigation app and your landmark would be the Beckel Sub-Outpost Building on the left side of the road (the shortcut road going to Shilan, La Trinidad). Turn left and the property is just a few meters away from the main road. There is one parking slot for every group of guests checked in. Travel time is around 15-20 minutes depending on the traffic.|
*As of September 16, 2021, their established rates are as follows:
|Day Rate||Weekday: Sunday, Monday – Thursday = ₱ 2000 (for 2 adults)|
|Weekend: Friday, Saturday = ₱ 2300 (for 2 adults)|
|*Additional ₱ 500 per head (max of 2 pax)|
|Overnight Stay||Weekday: Sunday, Monday – Thursday = ₱ 3200 (for 2 adults and 2 kids, aged 12 y/o and below)|
|Weekend: Friday, Saturday = ₱ 3500 (for 2 adults)|
|*Additional ₱ 500 per head (max of 2 pax)|
(Note that rates are subject to change anytime without prior notice. Will try my best to update this blog if there are changes in the future!)
|Address||Marlboro Country, Beckel, La Trinidad, Benguet|
|Check-in / Check-out Times||1400 H // 1200 H|
|Contact Number/s||+63 946 302 9910|
|Social Media Account/s||Facebook: Tagpuan: Serenity Camp|
|Are pets allowed?||Yes. The Camp is pet friendly! Just be responsible for their wastes.|
|Is smoking allowed?||Yes. In certain areas of the camp. Just inform the in-house standby camp master.|
*Disclaimer: Tagpuan: Serenity Camp is a strictly-by-reservation-only facility and walk-in guests are not allowed. Message their Facebook Page for any transaction. This is to give way for the facility to prepare and clean the premises for the next guests booked in the facility as well. The property also requires at least 50 % downpayment of fees upon discussion of rates. Views and opinions expressed in this blog are the author’s own and is not influenced by the property’s management.*
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