A Guide in Traveling to Sagada

I’ve always wanted to go to Baguio in view that grade faculty, but my mom may not let me due to the historic earthquake occurred there when I turned into in my mother’s womb. The earthquake passed off whilst my mom was traveling lower back to Manila from Baguio. And now I’m 26 years vintage but, I nonetheless have not been there.

Craving for a cold location on the pinnacle of the mountains, a pal of mine invited me to have an adventure. Not in Baguio alternatively, in Sagada. One of the coldest locations in us of a. A place of peace and relaxation. It’s like a break out the place from the metropolis and fact. And from the well-known movie “That Thing Called Tadhana,” it is an area wherein damaged hearts move.

Traveling to Sagada is right for the circle of relatives, buddies, couple, or maybe a soloist. Though handiest decided on locations are beneficial for seniors and kiddos and of course, make sure to have a comfy ride from side to side for the reason that it will be a protracted one. So, to all folks that are projected to go there, here are my reviews of the locations we’ve been and the meals we’ve got eaten.


My pals and I took the Coda Bus Line in Cubao for P700 one way – routing from Cubao to Sagada Town Proper. Make certain to buy tickets earlier because the bus is continually full. Coda Bus Line is placed in HM Transport Terminal, Maryland nook EDSA. The travel time is 10-12 hours so, I without a doubt endorse this bus which has reclining seats and true track & films. You’ll thank me after experiencing it. The bus departed in Cubao at 9:00 pm, Friday closing February 10, 2017. After 5 hours, we already arrived Baguio City at 2:00 am. We had two stopovers from then till we arrived Sagada Town Proper at 7:00 in the morning. Guide

On our manner home, we also took Coda Bus Line for P700 one way. I endorse to shop for roundtrip bus tickets ahead. From Sagada Town Proper, search for the jeepney going to Bontoc provided via Coda Bus Line because the bus terminal going returned to Manila is in Bontoc. No additional fee needed in the jeepney as this is covered in the bus price. Riding their jeepneys is one of the fun parts in Sagada. If you are one of the adventurous people, undertaking your self to seat on the pinnacle of the jeepney. Yes, you examine that proper! The seat on top of the jeepney except for the bags of the passengers. Most of the those who did it become guys but some women are courageous sufficient to attempt. I always conceived of it as a horrifying element since you may be seeing the cliff from above. But if your attention to the scenery, you will be thanking God for the high-quality view. It’s like a postcard brought to existence. Another exact factor approximately this bus is, you have got a stopover someplace with zero visibility to buy greens and other delicacies and another stopover in Banawe Rice Terraces for photo taking.


We stayed in Misty Lodge Hotel and Café – 2km away from Town. It might also appear some distance but we didn’t regret staying there. The hotel is very lots comfy and they serve the satisfactory meals on the town. Upon entering the residence, you may see a quite decorated Café with a Chimney on the facet. They have one room on the floor ground, four rooms on the second one floor, and five rooms on the attic. The rooms are accurate for a soloist to a bunch of 4 people consistent with the room. Since we’re a set of eight, composed of four boys and four women, we requested for two rooms abreast. Fortunately, the to be had rooms are placed in the attic, dealing with each different. The room for four human beings has 2 beds with a facet table and cabinet. Their 2d ground has a dwelling region with a deck of books that you can use to your spare time while the attic has a hangout place on the middle of the rooms for peeps who want to play board video games. The residence is packed with books and games that guests can use for amusement. The lodge is relatively recommendable even though they best have a shared toilet. They best have two massive lavatories for the complete house so, you would possibly want to wake up early as predicted to keep away from the traces. Another proper issue on this hotel is that they don’t become off the lighting fixtures at night time. You also have to word that they turned off all of the lighting fixtures, even the street lighting, at 10:00 pm.

I additionally recognize some folks who stayed at Rock Inn Hotel. It’s additionally a pleasing lodge, however, farther from Town than in Misty Lodge. And some other one is at Residential Lodge. Residential Lodge is already positioned in Town so you do not want to worry about foot long distances in a totally cold street after the activity or after ingesting. But due to the fact it is in Town, they observe the lights curfew consequently, turning off the lights at 10 pm which includes the room lights. So you can not do something past 10 pm aside from dozing.


There are lots of activities in Sagada, though a maximum of them requires hiking. So, in case you’re visiting with seniors or children, select best the ones which can be safe for them and make certain to hire a traveler guide. Here are some of the activities my buddies and I went to.

Mt. Kiltepan
We arrived at 7:00 am in Sagada Town and had our breakfast in Misty Lodge Café because we also want to test in. Unfortunately, we can’t have an early test-in, so we determined to depart our luggage on the receptionist and went to Mt. Kiltepan. From Misty Lodge, it’s a 2km stroll to the entrance of Mt. Kiltepan and a 20-30mins walk to the top and you can pass there even without a guide. It’s a secure vicinity; just be careful whilst you stand on the cliff. You also can take your vehicle or lease a jeepney to head on top. This mountain became featured in the movie “That Thing Called Tadhana” wherein the lead actress launched her emotions by way of shouting. Though within the film, they went there to watch for the dawn even as we went there at 10 am and the view remains the first rate! A clear view of the proudly Filipino made Rice Terraces. I bet no different businesses ever thought of going there unless it is sunrise properly, we’ve got the region all to ourselves. We took a whole lot of outstanding pix without dashing. But if you want to look the ocean of clouds, you need to move up there at 4:30 am and anticipate the sunrise. I’ll let you know, it’s absolutely really worth it. Sagada

Echo Valley Tour -> Hanging Coffins -> Underground River -> Bokong Falls
On our 2nd day, we determined to lease a guide for an Echo Valley Tour for P500 for a set of 10 people. This tour is composed of many routes, depending on your last destination and right here’s ours. We first went to the church and the hill of cemetery wherein we listened to the history of the places and their traditions. Then we walked to the Echo Valley, an area where in case you shout, you will hear it echoes. It’s exceptional! Then we went right down to the striking coffins. It’s not horrifying, it’s quite confusing especially the ones on the center of the rocky mountains. How did they even managed to deliver it all up and push it within the mini caves? Still disturbing, we hiked until we attain the underground river where we had to light fixtures our torch inner to peer wherein we’re going. You ought to be cautious inside because of some of the stones are so low, you would possibly hit your head. When you reach the quit of the river, it means you have to reach Bokong Falls. It’s just a small fall however it’s lovable. There, we enjoyed our lunch and swimming. Afterward, we took an exclusive path heading lower back to Town. It took us nearly four hours on this excursion, however, we enjoyed it.

Sunset in Lake Danum
Feeling pump, after our Echo Valley tour, we’ve got a little snack of barbecue and hotdog then we rented a shuttle for P600 to power us to Lake Danum. A lot of visitors went there to time lapse the sundown. Sadly, the sun was covered with clouds so we haven’t sincerely seen it simply. But still, it is a pleasant place to have picnics. I also propose buying their on the spot espresso (Organo Gold espresso) or yogurt whilst looking ahead to the sundown. It’s clearly scrumptious!

Marlboro Hills
Since we already went to Mt. Kiltepan, we determined to hike up in Marlboro Hills to look the ocean of clouds. We started hiking at four: 00 am on a Sunday at the same time as the sky drizzles. We hiked up for 1hr and 30mins and it’s getting less warm and chillier. It’s better than Mt. Kiltepan and it is not that recommended if it’s raining due to the floor receives muddier. It’s 0 visibility up there and makes certain you’ve got your fleece jacket on.

That’s all our activities in the course of our stay in Sagada. We also have some other riders to Bomod-OK Falls but it was canceled due to their ongoing ritual on that day. Other than that, you may try going to Sumaguing Cave, Blue Soil, Lumiang Cave, Ganduyan Museum, Pongas Falls, and to the well-known Sagada Rice Terraces.


If you’re searching out something to replace your burned energy after the activities, Sagada has hundreds of restaurants that you’ll no longer neglect. Of all of the places I’ve been, Sagada is the best area in which all the meals they served have vegetables. You don’t need to request for it, it’s miles given. Not simply that, their veggies are sparkling and scrumptious. Their dishes are tasteful and the tacky pizzas & mouthful burgers are those which you shouldn’t allow the pass of. Of route, remember to try their famous creamy yogurt. It is their forte due to its creaminess and freshness of fruits flavored in it. I advocate you attempt consuming in Misty Lodge Café, Sagada Brew, Salt & Pepper, and Gaia Café. Those are a few we’ve got been to and it is an ought to! Especially Gaia Café, this location has a view of Banawe Rice Terraces and it’s fine for his or her espresso and muffin. Also, it’s far better if you try their local meals that you can buy within the streets such as wheat bread with chocolate/cheese, grimy ice cream w/ Hershey’s syrup, and yogurt.


Wondering where to buy souvenirs for your family? Well, you don’t want to ride far away for the reason that Town is a small area and have masses of souvenir shops. I advocate which you hoard their purple wine. HAHA Just kidding! They promote one of the fine wines and my favored is Charlina Bugnay Red Wine that I simplest bought for P150-P160 according to bottle, relies upon on what shop you acquire it. Aside from that, I’ve also bought a percent of mountain leaves for P10 and turmeric tea for P150, which is very good in cleansing the frame.

For four days, we, in reality, did enjoy going there and I’m pretty positive I’ll be back there. If you’re a soloist looking for a break out location or someplace to loosen up, this is an exquisite region for you. Or perhaps you are a couple or friends or own family this is up for a journey, keep in mind to carry you’re A-recreation! Also, bear in mind to carry moisturizers and sunblock. Even even though it is cold, solar’s warmness is strong enough to burn your pores and skin. Truly, Sagada is one in all a type! So while you’re there, capture the instant!

Pamela W. Holloway

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