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Baco

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Baco a municipality in Oriental Mindoro. It's a quiet place, out of the way of the bustling night-life and commerce of Puerto Galera and Sabang, 45 minutes to the west (by jeepney), and the uninteresting capital of Calapan, 30 minutes to the east.

Understand[edit]

Baco is the mini capital of an area consisting of 27 agriculturally oriented barangays. It serves as the shopping center for small things, as the meeting point for the people, the place where the (high) schools are, and it is a jeepney-stop for Calapan-Puerto Galera jeepnies. Baco officially has about 35000 inhabitants, but in Baco proper you will probably not even find a thousand of them. The rest live by farming in the barangays.

Get in[edit]

You can get to Baco via Puerto Galera or via Calapan. Travel by jeepney or by airco-van. Baco has no harbor, and there is only one road going through Baco, the western Nautical Highway.

Get around[edit]

Getting around in Baco is easy. Take a jeepney, walk around the whole town in 20 minutes, buy a mineral water, and sit and wait for the next jeepney to continue your trip.

See[edit]

In Baco, there is essentially nothing to see that is anything special. It is just a quiet, friendly, safe, small town with nice people.

Do[edit]

For a tourist, there is nothing to do in Baco, except enjoying the tranquillity.

Buy[edit]

Locals buy small every day things and school supplies in Baco. Tourists can buy some fruits and mineral water.

Eat[edit]

Baco has a series of very small mom-and-pop restaurants. The food is generally safe to eat for tourists, but the water should be avoided. There is no need to make a list of restaurants as they are all within a very short walk from each other. Also, they all base their menu on the ingredients that are locally available (rice, pork or chicken, and some vegetables of that season). All restaurants can modify food to your demand.

Drink[edit]

Mineral water and whatever else comes from a bottle. The town has no bars, no disco, no theater, etc.

Sleep[edit]

There is one hotel in Baco, near the gas-station.

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