If you’re seeking for adventure in Philippines, Sagada might be a perfect place for you. I’ve been mesmerized with this small city but full of adventurous activities. There are tons of things to do in Sagada starting from mountain biking/trailing, cave exploration, waterfall trekking, also learning about the local culture.
Sagada is located in Mountain Province. I think the name is tricky, is it the name of the mountain is Province, or the Province name is Mountain. I got the answer. In fact, it is the Province which named Mountain, confusing right? From Banaue we took a van heading to Bontoc for one and a half hour. Don’t sleep along the ride because the view is spectacular with all the green mountains and some rice terraces. From Bontoc City there’s a jeepney to Sagada. I wasn’t awe by the city at first but the more I stay in Sagada, the more I love the city. The fresh cool weather and the comfortable ambiance of the city hypnotized me to stay. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time left so I only spent two days in Sagada, skipping all the activities that could possibly done in Sagada. I did only short caving to Sumaging Cave, one of the most favorite attraction in Sagada.
First part of the cave is slippery since the moss covering the stones. Hang on the stone side so you won’t fall and hit your head. Then after passing this slippery path, we had to take off our sandals and stepping on a nice surface, don’t worry it’s not slippery. There are some small pools inside the cave, it’s very fun dipping your feet in the cold water. Overall, it’s an easy one and a half hour caving but in some point you need to be extra careful especially in the rope part. I almost fell because my leg slipped off the other way, it’s hard to balancing myself. After all, I remembered what my guide told me, don’t let off the rope whatever the situation is.
|Imagine, a crocodile and Banaue Rice Terrace|
Getting to Sagada
From Banaue there’s a mini van leaving to Bontoc (PHP 150) approximately one an a half hour, then from Bontoc a jeepney leaves to Sagada (PHP 50) for one hour. From Baguio there’s bus leaving from the terminal. Travel time around 6 hours (PHP 220).
Bus schedule from Sagada to Baguio: 5 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.
Jeepney from Sagada to Bontoc: 6.30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where to Stay in Sagada
I stayed at Residential Lodge, it’s still 500 meters down from the city but it offers a nice homey feeling. Moreover it’s cheap, only PHP 250/person/night. St. Joseph Rest House also has the cheapest room for PHP 500/room/night. It has restaurant as well, although the service is kindda slow.
Tours in Sagada
Guide for short caving to Sumaging Cave: PHP 500 (4-5 person)
Guide for connection Caving Lumiang to Sagada Cave: PHP 800 (4-5 person)
Minivan to the cave (return): PHP 350/car
Entrance Fee: PHP 35/persom
There are also tours to waterfalls, just have a look at the tourist information center.
Traveled in 6-10 February 2014
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