Sagada is located in the Mt. Province of North Luzon. It is a town full of natural beauty and fantastic culture. Sagada is one of the top eco tourist destinations in the Philippines. There are a lot of tourist spots here that you can’t find anywhere else in the Philippines.
Spelunking in Sumaging Cave
Tourist can go way underground and do spelunking in Sagada’s famous caves just like in Sumaguing Cave with its wonderful rock formations like the Elephant, Queen of the Cave, and King’s Curtain, or go on a trek on Sagada’s highest peak, Mt.Ampacao. Sagada has also some surprises for tourists like the beautiful sunrise view at Kiltepan’s Peak or a romantic sunset atLakeDanum. For hikers, you can cool of in the cold pool below Bomod-ok falls after a hard days trek or you could just have a food trip and enjoy a bowl of yogurt at the Yogurt House.
Kiltepan Sunrise in Sagada
How to go to Sagada?
You can reach Sagada via 2 ways if you are from Metro Manila, first is via the Baguio route, and the second is via the Banaue/Bontoc route. Both routes have scenic views, with the rice terraces as the main attraction.
If you’re going via the Baguio route, take any bus from Cubao,Pasay or Sampaloc bound for Baguio City. The trip may take you around 5 to 6 hours. Most Sagada bound buses are parked in the Dangwa terminal in Baguio City. It is a 6 hour journey where you can see lots and lots of vegetable farms and rice terraces along the way. Most buses leave with an hour interval, and last trip is around 1 to 2 in the afternoon. Schedule is the same with the Sagada to Baguio buses.
Cable Bus Tours
If you’re in Manila, you’ll have a couple choices if you decided to take the Banaue route. Autobus has a 9pm bus that leaves their Lacson terminal in Sampaloc bound for Banaue, while Cable Bus Tours has an 8pm bus bound for Bontoc. Its terminal is located in a parking lot right after St.Luke’s Hospital inE. Rodriquez Ave in Quezon City.
The Cable bus fare from Manila to Bontoc is 650 pesos. You can reserve your tickets for they only have one trip per night. Here is Cable bus tour’s contact numbers: landline (02) 257-3582 or you can text them at cell phone number (0929) 819-46-88.
We opted to take the Cable Bus Tour’s bus because Bontoc is closer to Sagada and is just a jeepney ride away, sadly we won’t be seeing the famous Banaue rice terraces, for when the bus reached Banaue, it is still 5 in the morning. Don’t forget to take your jackets and blankets out of your bags by the way, for it gets cold inside the bus during the wee hours of the morning.
We arrived in Botoc, Mt.Province at around 7am. We took a quick breakfast at Mr. Donuts, and headed for the Bontoc Museum. Here you can find pictures of our Igorot ancestors, as well as artifacts like bow and arrows, traditional clothes and pottery. It also features a replica of a typical Igorot village, complete with houses, vegetable gardens and a pig pen with a black native pig. Entrance fee is only 50 pesos, but you are not allowed to take pictures inside the museum, but it’s ok if you’re in out in the model Igorot village.
Igorot Village outside the Bontoc Museum
From there, we went back to the town center and rode a jeepney bound to Sagada. Sagada is just 45 minutes away from Bontoc. You can either sit inside the jeepney and talk to the locals and other tourists, or you could go and sit on the roof and see what the rest of the Mt. Province has to offer.
Jeepney going to Sagada
After reaching Sagada, it is best to register first to the town hall, for safety precautions. You’ll be paying for only 10 pesos per person for the registration fee. Your Sagada tour guide can help you on this one.
Where to Stay in Sagada
I suggest you stay at George Guest House. They have clean rooms at affordable prices. The rooms are equipped with a tv set and the bath room has a water heater.
George Guest House in Sagada
They also serve food at a very friendly price. You can have breakfast there and Try their pancit canton and chopsuey. The people there are also very nice. I suggest that you should make reservations first before going to Sagada for the George Inn is very popular among tourists and travel agencies that conduct cheap Sagada tour packages because of their affordable room rates and good location.
For reservations, the contact number of George Guest House in Sagada is (0918)-5480406.
Cheap Sagada tour packages from Manila
Another option on how to go to Sagada is to enroll on a Sagada tour package. These affordable tour packages are often organized by local travel agencies. You can find their offers and services from a lot of local websites. Just be careful when booking online for these companies collect payment once you made your reservations.
These Sagada tour packages usually cost 2000 pesos or a bit more per person but covers most expenses such as transportation fromManilato Sagada and back, hotel accommodations and Sagada tour guides. Food is usually not included in the package. Here you will join a group of about 12 persons, ride with them in a van, stay with them in a hotel or a dormitory and tour Sagada as a group.
The only down side of availing these Sagada tour packages is that most activities are crammed in a 2 day tour leaving you very tired and allows you limited time to truly enjoy and explore the beauty of the place.
The advantage however for these tour packages is that the cost would be cheaper since your going out with a group, and most expenses like for transportation and lodging will be equally shared among you. Another advantage why you can opt for these cheap tours is that most of them are held during the weekends, perfect for people you would just to go on a short break and have the perfect weekend get away far from Metro Manila.
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