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* '''Hanging coffins''' There are several places in the area, where you find hanging coffins. One spot is quite downhill in the town, but it's not very spectacular. So if some locals send you there, when you ask for hanging coffins, don't go there unless you're on the way downhill anyways. The main location is in the north of the valley behind a Christian graveyard. Coming from Sagada central main road, head north / uphill for the municipality hall. Turn right there, following main road, and after the basketball court, turn right again. Pass the church on your left and go up the stairs until you face a small gate. Turn left and on the Y-fork after 150 meters, turn right. Cross the graveyard straight ahead. Follow the small path for maybe 300 meters and still uphill, you should already see the coffins on the opposite side down in the little valley. Go downhill, keep right, and you run straight into the main coffin spot. Hidden around this area, you can find several other coffins decorated into some rocks. Best light for pictures is in the afternoon. No guide required.
Tourist Information has posted a person at the stairs to the graveyard (mentioned in the directions above), and now requires travelers to get a guide (P200 for a guide). They are able to call for one while you wait at the stairs, however, the path down to the hanging coffins is easy to navigate and quite obvious, making the guide very much unnecessary. History/information about the site was not covered in the guided tour.
Note: Nov 24, 2015 - Tourist Information has posted a person at the stairs to the graveyard (mentioned A guide is mandatory. Since many tourists behave disrespectful in the directions above)this spiritual area, and now requires travelers to get they won‘t let anyone pass without. Price for a guide (is P200 , useful and interesting information about coffins included. Ask for a English speaking guide). They are able It is also required to call for one while you wait pay the environmental fee P40 per person) and show receipt at the stairs, howeverentrance point to various sights, the path down to the including hanging coffins is easy to navigate and quite obvious, making the guide very much unnecessary. History/information about the site was not covered in the guided tour.
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* <do name="Caving" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">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 for 1st person, ₱400 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. You will have to swim at least 10m to get across one portion. Normal caving costs 500P for a group of 1-4 person, ₱500 for a group of 5, other changers for a larger group.
*PLEASE NOTE - Please note that the main attraction, the featured "cave connection," is a rather extreme activity. If you are overweight or out of shape, you will most likely not enjoy this and/or not be able to complete this. Some of the crevices you go through are just too small. The guides are very helpful and knowledgeable, but they are your only real safety net, as you are hanging on the walls with steep drops beneath you throughout the tour. A good alternative would be to do the "other" cave tour, not the main "cave connection."
That being said, if you are up for adventure, you will definitely enjoy this. 95% of the people will just go down and up the Sumaguing cave and only 5% will attempt the cave connection. So the cave connection is not the "main" activity. It's hard to do and midway it's pretty sure you'll regret putting yourself in this life threatening situation. Go to bokong falls first climb to the high rock over the waterfall and jump. If you think that was easy you're ready for the cave connection. </do>
* <do name="Hiking Bumud-ok Falls (Big Falls)">Take a jeep near the Municipio, one heading for Bangaan. Fare is ₱15. 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.</do>
* <do name="White Water Rafting" url="http://www.luzonoutdoors.com">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.</do>
 
* <do name="Sunrise at Kiltepan Peak">It is worth getting up early and get to the mountain from which you have an outstanding view through the entire valley. Cloud formations change every minute as the sun crawls to the top of the mountains, allowing for marvelous views. You can walk there from town or get in by car, use road next to Petron petrol station (SUV required) to get to the parking area on top. Food stalls offer coffee and all types of fresh local breakfast options.</do>
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*<eat name="The Log Cabin" alt="" address="Sagada Besao Road | Poblacion Ato, Sagada, Luzon 2619, Philippines" directions="Head up the hill from the main bus stop and less than five minutes later, the Log Cabin will be on your right." phone=" +63 915 671 7949" url="" hours="6:00 PM-9:00 PM" price="$$-$$$" lat="" long="">Sizable portions, actually palatable food, fair price for what you get. Vegetable options abound with healthy choices of meat involved. Don't write it off for being Westernized - even the locals frequent here all the time! Homey atmosphere with free water (but no dessert). Make sure you reserve/order one day in advance for a spot, otherwise they'll be so packed that you won't get a seat! This also expedites the process of having your food ready upon arrival.</eat>
*<eat name="Slabhouse Cafe" alt="" address="South Road" directions="Walk down the main junction hill for five minutes and look to your right. There's some steps up to a wooden establishment with a white on brown banner that says Now Open, Slabhouse Cafe." phone="" url="" hours="11:00 AM-9:00 PM" price="$-$$" lat="" long="">Super fair prices for Filipino food. Sizable servings with an added bonus that you can ask for less oil/butter in your food. Very friendly staff and fairly new business (as of May 2017). </eat>
 
==Drink==
*'''Indigenous Inn''' just down the street from the Activity Guide Center, this newly renovated guesthouse has clean rooms with comfortable mattresses. P400 double, twin P450. Hot shower, free wifi on the 1st floor.
*'''Isabelo's Inn''' just down the stairs from Sagada Guesthouse (or behind the big building opposite the bus stop). 500PHP 800PHP for a clean comfy double room with private bath room (Jan 2013May 2018) , double rooms with shared bathroom also available, WIFI in the room, currently a shared bathroom (with hot water), but construction is under way to make rooms ensuitewestern or Filipino breakfast for P140 available. Rooms have a balcony.
* <sleep name="Masferre Country Inn and Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">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.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Davey's Inn and Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="11:30am" price="500PHP for a double bed with share bathroom, but hot water. Wi-Fi available.">The restaurant serve some good food too. If you plan to come back late (meaning after 22:00), just tell the owners before. (Formerly known as Alfredo's Cabin.)</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Travellers inn" alt="" address="Sagada" directions="opposite salt and Pepper" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="250-300 for a single, 500 for a double" lat="" long="">guest house with self catering kitchen.</sleep>
*'''The Rice Terraces at [[Banaue]] and [[Batad]]''' are spectacular, particularly during season when they are green with rice shoots. During peak tourist season there may be jeepneys direct to Banaue for P195. Otherwise, take a jeepney to Bontoc and another jeepney from there. For the brave, a seat on the roof will offer you truly spectacular views!
*'''Baguio''' There are several buses daily to [[Baguio]], 7:00am, 11:30am, and 1:00pm. The trip is a scenic one over the mountains, passing the highest point in the Philippine highway system. P220
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