Travel Guide : Sagada, Mountain Provice



FACTS ABOUT SAGADA

  1. Sagada is located in Mountain Province and part of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
  2. Sagada has two climates, wet and dry season. Wet season is from November to February while dry season is from March to May. It is coldest during February, when the average temperature drops as low as 4 degrees Celsius.
  3. People of Sagada are Igorotos who speaks their local dialects called Kankana-ey. However most residents are also fluent in filifino (tagalog) and english.
  4. Christianity has long been established in Sagada.
  5. Sagada has total of 19 barangays : Aguid, Ambasing, Angkileng, Antadao, Balugan, Bangaan, Dagdag (Poblacion), Demang (Poblacion), Fidelisan, Kilong, Madongo, Patay (Poblacion), Pide, Nacagang, Suyo, Taccong, Tanulong, Tetepan Norte, and Tetepan Sur
HOW TO GET AROUND?

Walk or bike. With the smallest land area of 8,337 hectares from the Mountain Province plus blessed with a cool climate and lush pine forests, walking is a MUST to make the most of the Sagada experience. If you came thruohg private transport, you can also bring your own bike.

WHERE TO STAY?

Inns and transient home can easily be found around the area. Room rates is 150 to 300 pesos per person.WHERE TO EAT?

There are a lot of small restaurants around the area where you can eat at a very affordable price. People of Sagada don’t serve frozen food or don’t store supplies like in other cities. This is the reason why often time certain dishes from there menu are not available.
Tip : Don’t wait yourself to get hungry before ordering or going to the restaurants since food are made to order. It is advisable to order your food three to four hours before you dine in the restaurants.

Salt and Pepper
They offer a variety of dishes but they are limited specially when there are too many customers. The ambiance will make you feel home. Food is great and very affordable. They also serve brewed coffee and I just love it!
Another plus is that they accept credit and debit cards!

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Sagada Lemon Pie House
They have limited dishes but they are famous with their Lemon Pies. Layered with sour lemon paste as the base, and is topped by a soft meringue icing. They also have egg pie, apple pie and blueberry pie if your into sweets.

WHAT TO DO?

There are a lot of IG worthy sceneries in Sagada but if you think that taking photos is the only thing that you can do around with awesome place, then you are absolutely wrong. Here are some place that you can visit and activities that you can do.

  • Sagada’s Church of St. Mary the Virgin.Sagada is the only predominantly Episcopalian christian city/municipality in the country. The American missionaries established an Episcopalian parish in the very early 1900s called the Church of St. Mary the Virgin. It was originally built under the direction of Rev. John Staunton year 1904, under the American regime and became a parish year 1962. This structrure have survived the World War 2 and was just repaired.

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  • Kiltepan Tower/Viewpoint. When you reached the top of the hill you will be amazed with the spectacular scenery and endless mountain panorama. You can also find trhe view of the breathtaking rice terraces. This is also a perfect place to witness the glorous sunrise. As the dawn break the sky will be filled with different hues of the sky. You can see the deep blue sky slowly brightens and turned to bright yellow.
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  • Echo Valley and the Hanging Coffins. This is a popular place where you can find the hanging coffins from the limestone cliffs. You will pass through the municipal cemetery before you can see the view of hanging coffins. A short trek is required to get deep  down the valley. The trek is short but it wasn’t easy be extra cautious with your steps.
  • Chase Water Falls. Pongas (Twin Waterfalls). Treking in a narrow trail for 2-3 hours  is required to get to the top of the mountain where you can find the amazing view of the twin falls. Other falls that you can visit are Bomod-ok Falls and Bokong Falls .
  • Spelunking/Caving. Your Trip to Sagada will never be complete without trying their extreme activities, especially Cave Connection. This is spelunking both the Sumaguing and Lumiang Caves for roughly 4-5 hours. The cave connection starts in Lumiang Cave where you can find the wooded coffins in the entrance of the cave. You will then exit at Sumaging Cave where you can find amazing rock formations.Sumaguing is bigger and longer than Lumiang. It is very dark inside Sumaguing cave. It is avisable that you bring your own flash light.

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Here is a list of other must-see places in Sagada :

  • Visit Ganduyan Museum. Packed with precious artifacts and antiques from the Cordillera region of the Philippines. Antique basketry, weapons, farm tools, beads, jars, wooden items and textiles can be seen here. Each display offers an insight into the rich culture of the Cordillera Igorots.
  • Lake Danom – has a small pool where you can watch the sunset
  • Latang Underground River – it is near Matangkib cave
  • Mt. Amapacao – tallest mountain in Sagada
  • Mt. Polis – offers a view of forest and villages
  • Sagada Weaving Shop – sells woven bags, wallets, hats etc.
How to get to Sagada?
Check out my previous post, Travel Guide : How to get to Sagada?
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Travel Guide : How to get to Sagada?

HOW TO COMMUTE GOING TO SAGADA
A. Manila – Sagada

Daily trips are availble at CODA LINES Corporation. Bus leaves Manila by 9:00 am going to Sagada. While from Sagada bus leaves by 2:00 pm going to Manila.
CODA LINES Corporation
Location : HM Transport Inc. Monte de Piedad, corner Maryland street, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Contact number : 0927 559 2197 
Email : codalinescorp@gmail.com
B. Manila – Baguio – Sagada

1. From Manila take a bus going to Baguio. Large liners, like Victory Liner and Genesis Bus have buses that leave every hour and are open 24/7.
2. From Baguio take a local bus going to Bontoc, the capital of Mountain province.
3. Take a jeepney from Bontoc to Sagada.
C. Manila – Banaue – Sagada

OHAYAMI TRANS

Location : Cor. Fajardo St., Lacson Ave, Sampaloc, Manila
Mobile : 0927-649-3055 ; 0917-506-0817 
Telephone : (02) 516-0501 
Book online!

1. Take a bus going to Banaue.

2. Take a van from Banaue going to Sagada or Bontoc. The passenger vans are usually parked at the jeep terminal near the Banaue tourism office. These vans has a quick stop over in view point Banaue where you can take some photos of the famous Banue Rice Terracess.
Total travel time may take upto 12 hours.
HOW TO GO TO SAGADA VIA PRIVATE TRANSPORT?
Drive along NLEX, passing by provinces of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, and finally, Mt. Province.
Get to know more about Sagada from my other post.
Travel Guide : Sagada, Mountain Provice
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Why do I travel alone or at least join a tour as a joiner?

Solo travel is not for everyone. But I don’t want to wait for people and hold back from going places and enjoy what life has to offer.

I used to wait for my friends then start planning as a group then when the time is near everyone would just back out. It was just a waste of time and effort and that could really cause a lot of depression in my part. Especially from someone who is working in a BPO industry where filing a vacation leave is really a challenge.

I started reading online blogs about DIY trips and being a solo traveler. It really caught my attention and I challenge myself to go alone. Upto this time I am enjoying my time alone. I enjoy exploring new places by myself.

Here are the reasons why I travel alone or at least join a tour as a solo joiner.

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1. EASIER PLANNING

We all have our own bucket lists of places that  we want to travel in our lifetime, but all too often we hold ourselves back from experiences because we have no one to share this moments and great experiences. However If you will keep on waiting for the “right person” or your “travel buddy” you might just be spending your lifetime waiting Instead of enjoying the mountains, the forest, beaches and more.

It is much easier to plan alone. You can easily go out whenever you want without waiting for other people.


2. MORE “ME TIME”

Going alone or solo travel offers the time and space for your valuable alone time. It will give you time to learn more about yourself.

3. ULTIMATE FREEDOM

Travelling solo means that you alone are responsible for yourself and your journey. You can do everything at your own pace.

4. YOU’RE THE MASTER OF YOUR ITINERARY

You are not bound to any schedule that you need to follow. You can maximize your own time. You can stay a little bit longer to those places that you enjoyed the most.

5. MEET NEW FACE AND MAKE NEW FRIENDS

I personally have struggles is socializing and communicating with other people. But since I go alone I’ve learned to asked question and communicate with strangers that eventually discovered set of new friends.

6. CONFIDENCE BOOSTER

I still feel a bit nervous when I’m kicking off a solo trip, but in the end, nothing makes me feel more confident or capable than conquering the world on my own.

7. HELPS TO REDISCOVER YOURSELF

Since I have no one to depend on I learned to do things on my own. I learned to conquer my fears. I have learned new skills and abilities.

8. MAKES YOU A BETTER TRAVELER

Traveling alone teach you to become observant of people and places around you, which makes you more compassionate and a better person overall. It helps you to become kinder and more patient. I personally learned to be more curios and attentive than when I’m with a travel companion.
9. YOU CAN STAY WITHIN YOUR BUDGET

I am a spender that is a fact. But since I have traveled alone this is one of the great lessons that I have learned – stay within my budget. Since no one is there to help me with my finances, I’ve learned how to compare prices and find best deals. I learned to become resourceful. You will learn the difference between your needs and wants.

10. MORE SATISFYING

It is more satisfying knowing that you did it all by yourself without depending on someone. You can keep the experience and lessons for a life time.