My Little Adventure in Sagada, Mt. Province

by • July 9, 2013 • Featured, ReviewsComments (0)3838

Contributed By: Beezz

While the Philippines is more renowned for its stunning coastlines, it also has its share of jewels when it comes to mountainous destinations. Among them is the small, tranquil town of Sagada, which is located 275 kilometers north of Metro Manila.

Sagada Rice Terraces by Doods Dumaguing/Creative Commons

Sagada Rice Terraces by Doods Dumaguing/Creative Commons

Although Sagada is in a mountainous region, it’s not really a location for tough uphill climbs per se; rather, this remote town at 5,000 feet above sea level offers a variety of outdoor adventures that would still prove challenging enough for your physical constitutions.

The region generally has temperate weather (mostly cool for the better part of the year) and boasts of wondrous waterfalls and cliffs, rich traditions and heritage, and luscious delicacies and food. All these make Sagada a destination for those who desire immersion in both nature and culture.

How Do You Get There?

Unless you have a private car, there are no direct trips from Manila to Sagada. You can only get there via Banawe, Bontoc, or Baguio, which is a trip that may involve 1-2 stops. The fares for all three transit areas are almost the same rates though.

Where Can You Stay There?

Despite its size and remoteness, Sagada has managed to embrace tourism. This means accommodation shouldn’t be much of a problem, even without reservations, as there are plenty of inns and lodges in the town. But the top accommodation pick for most travellers is the Residential Lodge Inn, owned by a very kind lady whom guests and locals call Tita Mary Daoas.

What Activities Await You There?

Spelunking in the Crystal, Lumiang, and Sumaguing caves. We recommend the Sumaguing-Lumiang cave connection for the challenge (takes about three hours getting from one end to the other)

Spelunking in Sagada Cave by Mike Ocampo/Creative Commons

Spelunking in Sagada Cave by Mike Ocampo/Creative Commons

Tours in the Underground River, Echo Valley, and Bokong (small) falls

Take a dip at Bokong Waterfalls by yeowatzup/Creative Commons

Take a dip at Bokong Waterfalls by yeowatzup/Creative Commons

Trek to and bathe in the ice-cold waters of Bomod-ok (big falls). The walk there takes about 2-3 hours

Sagada Waterfalls by Caitriana Nicholson/Creative Commons

Sagada Waterfalls by Caitriana Nicholson/Creative Commons

See ancient burial sites and hanging coffins up close

Ancient Burial Caves by Shubert Ciencia/Creative Commons

Ancient Burial Caves by Shubert Ciencia/Creative Commons

See wild horses frolicking around Sagada’s Marlboro country

Sagada Marlboro Country by Madeleine_H/Creative Commons

Sagada Marlboro Country by Madeleine_H/Creative Commons

Taste the famous lemon pie of Sagada at the Lemon Pie House

Delicious Lemie from the Lemon Pie House by Madeleine_H/Creative Commons

Delicious Lemon Pie from the Lemon Pie House by Madeleine_H/Creative Commons

Witness the glorious sunrise on a cool morning at the Kiltepan viewpoint

Sagada Sunrise by Jojo Nicdao/Creative Commons

Sagada Sunrise by Jojo Nicdao/Creative Commons

All in all, my Sagada escapade was definitely a trip to remember and if you haven’t set foot there before, it’s time you include it next on your travel bucket list. It’s also an excellent side trip after touring around Baguio.

About the author
Aside from being a voracious reader and travel enthusiast, Beezz also runs a writing and VA service at BeezzAcademy. You can ask questions or send any comment at avidthinker20@gmail.com.

** Note: Pictures in this post (attributed to their respective photographer) were added to enhance the presentation of the contributed article. They are not from the author of the article.

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