Last updated: 2014

Sagada had always been in my bucket list considering that I made a decision to become a travel blogger. even when the only thing I knew about Sagada was the Hanging Coffins, I already wanted to check out the place and get lost in its nurturing charm. There was just something about Sagada that was fascinating to me. Or maybe I just really loved the highlands.

The first time I set foot on Sagada was during our company trip in 2009. even before we hopped out of our rented vehicle, I already fell in love. The sights that welcomed us as I peeked through our van’s window were all captivating and breathtaking. Within a minute considering that we entered the town, I had made a decision that I need to return. and return I did. The next time I visited, I was with my closest friends, all of whom had been dying to be here. It was one of our barkada’s best trip ever.


How to get to Sagada
Where to stay in Sagada
What to do in Sagada: Tours
Places to check out in Sagada
Where to eat in Sagada
Preparing a 3D/2N Sagada Itinerary
Budget Breakdown
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How to get to Sagada

There are three routes that you can take to get to Sagada from Manila by means of public transportation: by means of Baguio City, Bontoc or Banaue. For a lot more information on these routes, please click the links below. They will lead you to a friend’s blog, check out Sagada, the most beneficial guide on traveling to and around Sagada that you will find online.

Via Baguio City
Manila to Baguio — victory liner (Cubao), P445, 6 hours
Baguio to Manila — Lizardo Transit, P220, 5 hours

Via Banaue
Manila to Banaue — Autobus (Sampaloc, Manila), P462, 9 hours
Banaue to town proper — Tricycle, P20
Banaue to Bontoc — Immanuel Bus, P100, 2 hours
Bontoc to Sagada — Jeepney, P35

Via Bontoc
Manila to Bontoc — cord excursions (E. Rodriguez, Quezon City), P650, 12 hours
Bontoc to Sagada — Jeepney, P40, 45 minutes

You may also hire a van for 3D/2N. There are lots of vans for rent for Sagada trips out there and the most common rate we encountered when we asked around was P17,000 for the van rental inclusive of driver’s fee, toll fees, gas and driver’s accommodations. The van and the motorist will be with you for the entire trip. This is a good option if you’re a group of 10 or more.

Our van contact was Kuya Jojo. His number is 09155197077.

Where to stay in Sagada

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Sagada is a small town. There are no fancy hotels or luxury resorts here. but the town’s main street is flanked with guesthouses, lodges, and inns. Still, during height season (November to January, March-May), it is best to book in advance. The normal cost of a stay here per head is P250 during peak, and P200 during offpeak. here are some of my recommendations:

Residential Lodge

Ligaya’s Guesthouse

Residential Lodge – town proper, +63 919 672 8744

George Guesthouse – town proper,  +63 918 548 0406

Ligaya’s Guesthouse and cottages – far from the highway, +63 918 343 8415, +63 920 7849633

There are lots of others but the three above are those that I have tried. Again, please make a reservation in advance!

What to do in Sagada: Tours

First things first, you need a guide. You don’t want to be exploring the caves or meandering to the falls alone. The Sagada landscape is rugged and treacherous. One slip and Sagada might just be the last place you’re gonna see. So yes, you need a guide. and it’s also your way of helping the community earn.

Sumaguing Cave
To hire one, just check out the SAGGAS office (Sagada genuine Guides Association) at the town proper. The office is just beside Salt and Pepper Diner, along the main road of the town. like I have said, Sagada is a small town. everyone there knows where the SaGGas office is. once there, you will be asked to choose the excursion you want. here are the crowd favorites:

Sumaguing Cave
Spelunking is the name of the game in Sagada and Sumaguing is best for beginners! You’ll see wonderful rock formations inside the cave. You’ll get wet soaked because you’ll be dipping in cold, cold water at one point. There’ll be a lot of climbing and crawling and rock hugging! You’ll also be astonished by the strength, balance, and flexibility of the excursion guides, depend on me. It normally includes a short stop at Lumiang Burial Cave.
Rates: 1-4 persons (1 guide) – PhP 500, 6-9 persons (2 guides) –  PhP 800

Cave Connection: Lumiang Cave to Sumaguing Cave
While the Sumaguing Cave excursion makes a sidetrip to the mouth of Lumiang Cave, the Cave connection allows visitors to enter the burial cave and come out of Sumaguing Cave on the other side of the mountain. Of course, it’s not easy. I’m shocked that I was able to survive it.
Rates: 1-2 persons (1 guide) – P800, 3 persons – P1200, 4 above – P400/pax

Bomod-ok Falls
The big Falls. You’ll walk across mountains to reach it. The getting there is quite a challenge but this 200-ftcascade will deliver. You’ll be balancing on the edge of the terraces while wallowing in the stunning scenery. You may also opt to take a dip at the pool at the base of the waterfall. You might find yourself doing something new — vomit air — so bring lots of water and energy.
Rates: 1-10 pax (1 guide) – P600 

There are lots of other sites that are well-worth a check out including Kiltepan Viewpoint, Echo Valley (Hanging Coffins), Lake Danum, and Bokong Falls. choose three and a guide will take you there for only P400 for up to 10 guests.

Note that the rates here are lifted off of the SaGGAs web site in 2011. To make sure you have the updated rates, please get in touch with them.

Places to check out in Sagada

The photos below will lead you to a lot more details about the destination. These are the places that I have already checked out in Sagada. allow me to share my experiences and reviews.

Sumaguing Cave

Cave Connection

Lumiang Burial Cave

Mission Compound Cemetery

Bomod-ok Falls

Echo Valley and Hanging Coffins

Kiltepan Viewpoint

Bonfire Festival

Orange picking at rock Inn

Sagada Weaving

Where to eat in Sagada

I have tried lots of restaurants in Sagada but the four a lot of memorable were the following. click on the name of the restaurant to read my full reviews.

The popular Lemon Pie of the Lemon Pie House

Cafe Bodega, rock Inn: Cafe Bodega serves mostly Filipino food including some local favorites. Every serving is big enough for group sharing. but what I like best about this place isn’t what’s on the table but in the backyard. visitors may go orange-picking (ponkan na ponkan) here for P50 per kilo.

Salt and Pepper Diner. This is my normal breakfast spot. While it offers a variety of dishes, they normally just serve longganisa and tapa when there are too lots of customers. Don’t worry because both dishes taste good especially when paired with coffee or chocolate.

The Lemon Pie House. Of course, the Lemon Pie house uses other appetizing dishes aside from lemon pie. like lots of restaurants in Sagada using home-cooked meals, there are only a few items on their menu, categorized into breakfast dishes, lunch and dinner, beverages, and desserts. Their egg pie was also a best-seller.

The Yoghurt House. favorite among tourists for their homemade yoghurt (d’oh!). They also serve rice meals and pasta dishes among others. but yep, don’t leave Sagada without having a cup of yoghurt!

Preparing a 3D/2N Sagada Itinerary

Before you build your itinerary, here are some things you might want to consider to make the most out of your trip.

If there’s one thing you shouldn’t miss in Sagada, it is spelunking! choose between Sumaguing Cave excursion and Cave Connection. bear in mind that Cave connection is a lot a lot more tough and requires a lot more strength, endurance, and time. If it’s your first time inside a cave, choose Sumaguing. Don’t do both on the same trip because the Cave connection also passes through Sumaguing Cave. If you have a knack for adventure and the muscle power to match, pick Cave Connection.

The Sumaguing/Cave Connection, and Bomod-ok excursions are the most popular activities here in Sagada. and they are very physical activities. emphasis on very. It is best to do them on separate days because they can drain all your energy and sanity, too. (ΧΑΧΑΧΑ.)

If you can, check out Sagada during the period between Christmas and new Year so you could join the Bonfire Festival, an annual event hosted by the Sagada genuine Guides association (SaGGAs). Tourists get to party Sagada-style at the Kiltepan viewpoint (top of a hill) and take pleasure in good food and music.

You may also choose to check out Sagada during the Halloween season so you can experience the Panag-apoy, a special observance of the All Saints’ Day.

On your way back to Manila, make a side trip to Banaue Rice Terraces, Bontoc, La Trinidad, or Baguio (depending on your chosen route).

With these in consideration, here’s our initial itinerary. We were a group of 10 so we made a decision to rent a van instead. Renting a van allows your group to maximize your time (best for those who only have less than 4 days to spare).

07:00 pm – meet up (Manila)

07:00 am – Arrival in Sagada
07:20 am – breakfast at Salt and Pepper
08:30 am – check in at Ligaya’s guest House
09:30 am – Lumiang Burial Cave
10:15 am – Sumaguing Cave/Cave connection Tour
01:30 pm – Lunch
03:00 pm – Echo Valley, Sagada Weaving, mission Compound
06:00 pm – Dinner
07:00 pm – Rest

06:00 am – wake up call
07:00 am – Bomod-Ok Falls
12:00 pm – rock Inn and Cafe, Orange picking
03:00 pm – change clothes, rest
05:00 pm – Prepare for Bonfire
12:00 am – return to Hostel

04:30 am – wake up call
05: 10 am – enjoy sunrise at Kiltepan Viewpoint
06:30 am – ETD Sagada, Sidetrip to Banaue
08:00 pm – ETA Manila

If you’re taking publicΜεταφορά, σημειώστε τα χρονοδιαγράμματα των λεωφορείων, ειδικά τα λεωφορεία από το Baguio στη Sagada.

Κατανομή του προϋπολογισμού

Το ταξιδιωτικό σχέδιο παραπάνω συνεπάγεται τα ακόλουθα έξοδα. Και πάλι, έχετε κατά νου ότι αυτή η κατανομή υποθέτει ότι είστε μια ομάδα που ενοικιάζει ένα φορτηγό. Το συνολικό κόστος μπορεί να μείνει πολύ χαμηλότερο εάν λάβετε τα μέσα μαζικής μεταφοράς.

P1,700 – ενοικίαση βαν ανά άτομο

P1,400 – Συνολικά τρόφιμα

P500 – ξενώνας της Ligaya, 2 νύχτες

P80 – Εκδρομή σπηλαίου Sumaguing (P800/10 PAX)

P40 – Echo Valley Excursion (P400/10 PAX)

P60-Εκδρομή Bomod-Ok Falls (P600/10 PAX)

P250 – Εισιτήριο Bonfire Fest (συμπεριλαμβανομένου του μεταφορά, του δείπνου σε μπουφέ και των ποτών)

P50 – Rock Farm Orange Picking Tee Picking

P20 – Τέλη ντους (Σπήλαιο Sumaguing)

P200 – παρεπόμενα (εμφιαλωμένο νερό, πρόχειρο φαγητό κ.λπ.)

P4,300 – Σύνολο

Εάν είστε μόνοι, μπορείτε να ζητήσετε από μια άλλη ομάδα να σας “απορροφήσει” και να σας αφήσει να συμμετάσχετε στην περιοδεία τους. Με αυτόν τον τρόπο, μπορείτε να εξοικονομήσετε πολύ περισσότερα. Μπορείτε επίσης να σχηματίσετε μια ομάδα με άλλους σόλο ταξιδιώτες.

Για αυτό πρόκειται! Και ω, μην ξεχάσετε να φέρετε ένα σακάκι και ένα μαντήλι. Θα λατρέψετε το κλίμα κατάψυξης!

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