Rediscover Buenos Aires Mountain Resort in Bago City

Most of Negros Island’s beauty remains hidden from the rest of the country. This boot-shaped island is blessed by nature with fascinating places waiting to be discovere.  Bago City in the Province of Negros Occidental on the Western side of the Island is probably one of those places that when God gifted the mortals with natural treasures, received a lot.

Bago City’s upland area sat at the foot of Mount Kanlaon where it has numerous springs and waterfalls thus the city has several mountain resorts both privately and publicly managed.  One of the government run resorts is the Buenos Aires Mountain Resort which recently reopened after it has undergone renovation for almost a year.

Road to Buenos Aires

Located near the foot of Mount Kanlaon in Brgy. Ilijan, Bago City, Buenos Aires Montain Resort has several accommodation and pool choices for visitors. The resort is less than 45-minute drive from Bacolod City and the roadside view is very idyllic. Unlike most part of Negros Occidental, it is in Bago City where you’ll see a lot of rice fields side by side with sugarcane plantations. Bago City is considered the rice granary of Negros Occidental.

Mount Kanlaon view from Buenos Aires

I played tour guide to my cousins from Iloilo when they had a weekend vacation in Negros Occidental a few weeks ago.  My nephews and nieces haven’t been to Mambukal yet, so a day tour of Mambukal is a must. It was a long weekend so most resorts including Mambukal were already fully-booked but we were lucky Buenos Aires has an available room enough for nine people.

Buenos Aires offers various accommodation to choose from. There are picnic huts for daytime visitors and cottages for overnight guests.

My cousin requested somebody to book for us at Buenos Aires earlier. When we arrived at Buenos Aires at half past three was when we learned that we were booked in a non-aircon dormitory because it’s the only room available. However, the kids were complaining of the heat so we decided to request to be transferred to an airconditioned room. Fortunately for us, somebody backed out from a booking so we were moved to one of the newer Family Cottages (P3,500).

Buenos Aires Family Cottage

The cottage has two aircon rooms, one with two double deck beds and one with a matrimonial bed. It also has a large sala-dining area with a TV, refrigerator, dining table and sink. The bathroom was also spacious. The cottage also has a balcony at the back overlooking a river.  The sound of the water cascading over the rocks is very soothing it will lull you to sleep on a warm afternoon. That’s exactly what we did after a shower under the cool mountain spring water of Buenos Aires.

We brought our own food for dinner but there are also food stalls at the entrance of the resort. The food are mostly home-cooked and there’s Chicken Inasal right off the grill for pulutan.

The following day, the kids and teens had so much fun frolicking at the pool since they had the pool for themselves very early in the morning. I explored the other parts of the resort and was awarded by a beautiful view at the top of the hill where the resort Hostel was located. To the East, the summit of Mounta Kanlaon peeks through the morning mist and to the West, the plains of Bago City.

Buenos Aires Pool

Although there is not much to do in Buenos Aires unlike Mambukal, it’s a nice place to relax on a weekend. The resort is well maintained, beautifully landscaped, quiet and very accessible from Bacolod City. It was all worth the travel we made.

Going to Buenos Aires Mountain Resort

From Bacolod City, take the Road Star Bus at the Bacolod South Terminal (Sambok) to Ma-ao, Bago City (P40/person). From Ma-ao Public Market, take the tricycle to Buenos Aires Mountain Resort (P150-hire).

There’s also an alternate route going to Buenos Aires from Mambukal Resort in Murcia. If you’re from Mambukal, turn left at crossing going to Sitio Manghumay. There’s a sign that says “going to Pataan” but to make sure you won’t miss it, ask the locals once you reach the army headquarters.  When you reach crossing Sitio Pataan, the road to your left will lead you to Pataan Mountain Resort while the road to your right will lead to Kipot Falls and Buenos Aires Mountain Resort. Follow the road to your right until you reach a crossing to your left with a sign leading to Buenos Aires and Rafael Salas National Park around 6km from crossing Sitio Pataan.

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Buenos Aires Mountain Resort
Brgy. Ilijan, Bago City
Negros Occidental

For Booking & Reservation, contact:
Bago City Tourism Affairs Office
Tel. No.: (034) 461-0540
Telefax: (034) 461-1028
Front Desk:  (0917)301-4251

Buenos Aires Mountain Resort Rates:

Overnight Facilities

Cottages

Rates Per Day

Capacity

Maximum Capacity

Family Cottage 101 (non-aircon)

P1,500

4

6

Family Cottages 102 to 104 (aircon)

3,500

7

15

Hillside Cottages 101 to 105 (non aircon)

800

4

6

Hillside Cottages 106 to 110 (aircon)

1,200

4

6

Hostel Rooms 101-108 (aircon)

1,250

4

6

Dormitory Room 101 (non-aircon)

200/pax

11

Dormitory Room 102 (non-aircon)

200/pax

11

Dormitory Room 103 (non-aircon)

200/pax

12

Dormitory Room 104 (non-aircon)

200/pax

12

Dormitory Room 105 (non-aircon)

200/pax

12

Dormitory Room 106 (non-aircon)

200/pax

12

Dormitory Room 107 (aircon)

1,500

5

MYT Suites Room A (aircon)

2,000

4

8

MYT Suites Room B (aircon)

2,000

4

8

MYT Suites Room C (aircon)

2,000

4

8

MYT Suites Room D (aircon)

2,000

4

8

Daytime Facilities

Picnic Huts

Rates Per Day

Maximum Capacity

Picnic Huts (along the river)Maragandang Picnic Huts 101 to 110

P200

15

Picnic Huts 101 to 105 (along the garden/20 meter pool)

200

15

Picnic Huts 106 to 107 (at the back of the bath house)

400

25

Picnic Huts 101 to 102 (along the stage)

200

15

Picnic Hut 103

400

25

Olympic Picnic Huts 104 to 109 (along the Olympic and kiddies pool)

200

15

Olympic Picnic Huts 110 to 113

400

20

Pavilion 101

400

20

Pavilion 102

600

25

Pavilion 103

1,000

30

Pavilion 104

1,800

60

 

Function Halls

Rates Per Day

Capacity

Maximum Capacity

Farmers Training Center

80

80

Asaw-Asaw Hall

50

50

Don Jorge Araneta Hall

1,500

60

80

Jet Hall

1,500

60

80

Gym

3,000

500

500

 

Entrance Fee (inclusive use of swimming pool)

Rates Per Day

Adult

P50

Children (12 years old & below)

30

Parking Fee

Motorbikes/Bicycles

20

Tricycle

40

Light Vehicles (below 10 passengers)

60

Heavy vehicle (more than 10 passengers)

80

Kitchen

Group 20 pax & above

1,000

20 pax & below

500

Extra

Extra Person (in all overnight facilities)

250/pax

Foam

100

Pillow

50

Bed Sheet/Blanket

100

Exclusive Use of Pool (Whole day 8 hours)

20-Meter Pool & Kiddie Pool

4,000

50-Meter Pool (Olympic) & Picnic Huts & Pavilion

7,000

Kiddie Pool (Olympic) & Picnic Huts

3,500

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