Tourists flock the different locations of an Uphill Cebu Tour, while I’ve never been. As a Cebuana, I’ve decided to go for the experience first-hand. So Aimer and I finally played tourists in our own hometown the day after Christmas 2019. We used her SUV and hired a driver for 8 hours. We stayed at Yello Hotel, so the Torii Gates photo ops were inevitable.
West 35 Eco Mountain Resort
First stop? West 35 Eco Mountain Resort! Nothing more calming than seeing a lot of greens around you. Plus breathing in fresh air is a bonus.
It is easy to spot photo-worthy scenes in the area. The hanging bridge is actually for kids. But they do allow grown-ups on it as long as it is crossed one person at a time. Safety should always come first.
The Christmas feels was strong! They really made the effort of putting up sparkly lights and fancy decors everywhere!
Their Christmas Tree was a real pine tree and it was so pretty! The colors were all well put-together.
We had our lunch at Haven Cafe and the view was so amazing. Camera-worthy angles are everywhere!
The activities at West 35 are for the entire family. One can go on the zipline. There’s also the kid’s play area. Mostly, you have the view to enjoy. And of course, there is Haven Cafe if you ever get hungry.
I just had to show you their restroom with a view. You’d enjoy it during the daytime for sure. I’m afraid that it might be a scary scene at night. But, I’ve never tried, so don’t take my word for it yet.
Enjoying and experiencing the beauty of nature will always be the best part of being here, for me.
The Viewing Deck
The Viewing Deck is amazing! Most especially, if you’ll have it all for yourself. It’s quite liberating.
Coffee will never be out of any agenda. It will always be a part of who I am and who I’m going to be. We just had to chill at 21Km Coffee. As they say, “It takes 21 Km to have a good cup of coffee.”
The view at the back is gorgeous. It’s a quaint cafe up in the mountains. Love their coffee with art. I can actually sip a cup without totally destroying the design. It just gradually disappears with every sip. I’d like to call it “the art of sipping coffee art”.
And of course, we also had to check the #CebuLittleAmsterdam that is Sirao Garden. And to see what the fuss was all about.
There are a lot of photo-worthy spots. The challenge is getting a good shot with all the people around.
One need not worry, if the friend that you are with knows timing and angles for great shots.
The great uplifted hands are from Sirao Garden. But the rest of the photos from here on out are from Sirao Pictorial Garden and Camping Site.
Sirao Pictorial Garden and Camping Site.
So, there are 2 Sirao Gardens to choose from. I’ve heard the owners are siblings. Sirao Garden #CebuLittleAmsterdam charges 100 pesos for entrance fee, while Sirao Pictorial Garden and Camping Site charges only 60 pesos.
I love the Asian and nature feels that Sirao PGCS brings. The photo possibilities that you can do are infinite.
I am showing different angles and poses for the same area, just to feature the photo opportunities that one can enjoy at the site.
The area is jam-packed with people, so the ability and skills of your photographer really matters.
Overall, we enjoyed picking spots and taking shots. Regardless of the rainy weather that day. Warning: It can get muddy so wearing your white shoes like I did is risky. If you want good photos from Cebu to remember by, I strongly suggest an Uphill Tour.
It’s good to know and experience what you already have in your own locality before you start exploring another world elsewhere. Would you also like to play tourist in your own hometown? Share your itinerary!