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Sagada

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Sagada is a small town in the Mountain Province of Luzon, Philippines. It is famous for its beautiful caves, hanging coffins, as well as the serene mountains.

Get in

  • From Baguio, 8 hours depending on road conditions,. : several buses a day, starting at 6:00 AM with several trips until 1:00 PM. The ride on a Lizardo Trans bus takes 6 to and costs 220 pesos.Note: If you will be traveling on a Holy Friday, only one bus will travel and it will operate on a first come, first served basis.
  • From Bontoc: local jeepneys ply this route throughout the day (first one 8.30 am and last one 17.00 pm) for 50 pesos.

Get around

  • On foot - explore the beautiful mountains around Sagada. There's a number of sights that can be seen within a fifteen or twenty minute walk from the town center and the tourist office, although the caves can (with good reason) only be be explored with the help of a guide.
  • Jeepney - can be hired.

See

  • Sagada Popular Sites, [1]. The Mission Compound, Kiltepan Rice Terraces, Echo Valley Cliffs and Hanging Coffins, Sumaging (the Big Cave), Bokong and Bomod-ok Waterfalls, Burial Cave, Mount Ampakaw, Underground River, Lake Danum


Do

  • Caving - : A 2-3 hour cave connection trip including a visit of the Sumaguing Cave, the burial cave/ Lumiang Cave and the hanging coffins goes for 800 pesos for 1person, 400 additional pesos for an additional person. The group goes in from Burial Cave and comes out from Sumaging cave. Book at the tourist information counter. Prepare to get wet and ziplock all the belongings. Normal caving costs 500P for a group of 1-4 person, 500P for a group of 5, other changers for a larger group.
Entrance to the big cave at Sagada
Inside the big cave at Sagada
  • Hiking-Bumud-ok Falls (BIg Falls) - Take a jeep near the Municipio, one heading for Bangaan. Fare is P15. You do not need a guide to go to the big falls. It has a well-established path. Make sure to try jumping from the ledge.
  • Rock Climbing-- near Echo Valley. It only costs P200 per person inclusive of all gears and guide fee. No time limit.
  • White Water Rafting - White Water rafting is available on the Upper Chico River, typically from July to early January, but that may vary slightly with rainfall. The sections of the river being rafted are downstream from Bontoc, except in unusually high water when rafting above Bontoc is possible. Most sections have numerous class 3 to 3+ rapids and several class 4 rapids. Equipment is international standard and guides are trained by US rafting professionals. Cost ranges from 2500 to 3500 pesos/person depending on group size and section being rafted. Inquire at Sagada Outdoors, in the white commercial building across from the jeepney stop or see www.luzonoutdoors.com.

Buy

  • Sagada Weaving (Sagada Weaving and Souvenir Shop), Nangonogan, Poblacion, Sagada (10 minutes walk from the center of the town towards the direction of St. Theodore's Hospital), [2]. -- Store for local and handwoven products are one of the more popular souvenir shops in Sagada. It is one of Sagada's biggest employers and one can visit the weaving looms to view how intricate the weavers go about in producing the handwoven raw materials. Very affordable prices too.

Eat

  • Yoghurt House (BOLKANA HOUSE), Dagdag, Sagada (Go down the main road from the municipal hall). The YOGHURT house at the boundary of Poblacion and Dagdag is a popular and excellent restaurant. They serve meals from breakfast to dinner. Specialties include varied yoghurt dishes and fresh local produce.
  • Bilig cafe: located at the basement of the municipal hall.If you are facing tha hall, look for stairs at the side of the building.The cafe has excellent rice meals, pancakes, fantastic coffee, and more.Check out the cool postcards on the ceiling.Meals are from $1-$3.
  • Salt&Pepper, Dagdag, Sagada, Mountain Province (On the main road down the municipal hall), +639081774972. The restaurant has good vegetarian options, Filipino specialties and picnic baskets to take out for a hike! The friendly staff also take orders for late dinner (beyond the curfew hour) and early (before 6 AM) breakfast or packed meal. Wifi also available. The restaurant also offers tour meal packages for a cheaper price. Contact the number above for inquiries.
  • St. Joe's Cafe - attached to St. Joseph's Resthouse. Inconsistent food, but the sizzling plates are quite good, and the building feels like a ski lodge.

BANA CAFE- green buliding which serves native coffee and excellent breakfasts on a ledge overlooking sagada valley. on the LHS of the main road, before the yogurt house.

Drink

Many of the guesthouses have an attached bar/restaurant. The city has a late-night curfew and is dark at night, so don't anticipate a night of bar-hopping.

  • Kimchi Restaurant and Bar. Right in the center of town, when most of the places close down, and the lights go out, this is the only place still open late into the night. Nice music. They close up when people stop drinking.

Treasure rock resto bar and inn overlooking a hanging coffin or 2 at the end of the main sagada road before you cross the bridge in the direction of the big cave. Jerry the owner will light you a bonfire while you watch the sun disappear from the front of the bar, and if you're lucky his wife will cook some damn tasty fried chicken too. has no official closing time. difficult to find, look for the hand-painted sign and climb upwards then to the left for 2 mins.

Sleep

  • George's Guesthouse: [3] , Try getting the penthouse rooms. You will have a balcony where you can hang out at night, lay out mats to check out the stars, have a cool view of Sagada. The owners are extremely helpful. P200 ($3-4) per person. Cheaper rooms are also available.
  • Masferre Country Inn and Restaurant. Masferre Country Inn and restaurant offers hotel-like amenities including a full service restaurant. It also houses the world-renowned photographs of the father Philippine photography, Eduardo Masferre.
  • Residential Lodge: various rooms, no dormitory. Php 250, cooking facilities, Free coffee & hot or cold water, hot shower, wifi included, lots of info on local area. good views.

Treasure rock resto bar and inn overlooking a hanging coffin or 2 at the end of the main sagada road before you cross the bridge in the direction of the big cave. newly opened inn, rooms just renovated in local pine wood, chillout area, cooking facilities, Php250 with views of forest & hanging coffin. Jerry the owner will light you a bonfire while you watch the sun disappear from the front of the bar, and if you're lucky his wife will cook some damn tasty fried chicken too. difficult to find, look for the hand-painted sign and climb upwards then to the left for 2 mins.

  • treasurerockinn@yahoo.com or jerry.fatiig@yahoo.com ,face book-jerry fati-ig, sagada makingking, 09398169086. checkin: 10am; checkout: 10am. 250.
  • treasurerockinn@yahoo.com or jerry.fatiig@yahoo.com.
  • treaurerockinn@yahoo.com.


Get out

  • The Rice Terraces at Banaue and en route to Banaue are truly spectacular and not to be missed.
  • Bontoc has an interesting museum of Bontoc Igorot culture.
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