Pride of Mountain Province in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), the 5th class municipality of Sagada, is a famous must-visit of travelers and tourists alike who are looking for a serene escape from the bustle of the city. With agriculture and tourism as their main economic driving force, visitors can enjoy various natural sceneries and local harvests.
One of the outdoor activities you should do while in Sagada, you can explore the caves by going through small entrances and passages. If you are an advanced spelunking enthusiast, you can even do rappelling, rock climbing, and even swimming through the freshwaters.
A unique experience you don't want to miss out on when visiting Sagada is harvesting your oranges at Sagada Rock Inn and Cafe. You will have your shears to cut the stem of the trees for fresh oranges, and your payment will depend on the quantity you want.
Not a fan of caving? You may still enjoy hiking up the hills to see a grand picturesque 360-degree view of the tall Cordillera mountains and a vantage view of the grassy hills nearby. Don't forget your jacket while going to Marlboro Hills for Sagada weather is relatively chiller when up there during the morning.
Are you an early riser? Try to wake up earlier than usual to see the sunrise behind the Cordillera peaks of Mt. Kiltepan (1,636 m) flanked by clouds. Perfect for a picture, also feel the calming vibe of nature for a healing trip.
Sagada is usually famous for its hanging coffins, but other tourist spots are also worth exploring, such as the caves, mountains, terraces, valleys, and more.
Going to these Sugong Hanging Coffins requires some trekking, for they are found high up on the cliffs. An ancient tradition of the tribe in Sagada, these coffins are from the burial practice wherein they believe that their deceased souls' are closer to heaven by doing so.
En route to Lumiang Cave in the Sumaguing-Lumiang cave connection, you can see small coffins dating from 500 years stacked on top of each other at the entrance. These coffins have deceased thought of placed in a fetal position due to the belief that they should leave the world similar to how they come unto it.
They may not be as grand as Banaue's, but they are still a sight to behold! For planting rice in mountainous areas, its architecture has small rocks piled on top of each other, giving creative wall-like looks that are somehow similar to stairs.
Following your visit to the hanging coffins, you may still want to consider continuing your trek to Echo Valley. As suggested by its name, it is a famous spot for how your voice will echo through and back the valley if you shout.
All year round, Sagada has a relatively colder temperature than its neighboring tourist spot Baguio, which attracts the interest of adventurous Filipinos and foreigners who are into hiking, trekking, and exploring caves and mountains.
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Going to Sagada isn't easy as it seems, for you will surely go through bumpy or twisty mountain paths for around 11-13 hours from Manila. But, there are now a few ways of going there through different modes of travel available.
Don't worry if you missed the direct bus going directly from Manila to Sagada, for you can also ride another. Banaue is one of the spots most visitors before going to Sagada. If this is also the case for you, you can ride a 9-10hrs overnight bus (usually Ohayami Trans or Coda Lines).
From Bontoc, you can ride a van for 2 hrs, then from the stop, ride a 45-minute public jeepney ride to Sagada. Jeepneys are available from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
If you are going to Sagada with a large group, you may want to consider hiring an entire jeep for your company instead, which will take you directly from Banaue to Sagada for 3 hrs.
There are direct buses from Manila to Baguio, which takes around 4.5 hrs- 6 hrs of travel, but seats sell out often. To go to the terminal, ride a taxi going to the bus stations in Baguio Dangwa Terminal. Take note that the buses leave every hour only from 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM, and the last trip leaves at 1 PM.
If you prefer driving independently or with a driver, you can go to Sagada from Manila using Waze or Google Maps.
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