Going to Sagada was already a challenge, it takes much time to visit this place but it awaits different activities depending on your personal preference. During my recent stay in Sagada we were pressed with time but still manages to do a lot no matter what. Sharing here below my personal Sagada activities you may check out as well, plus an idea if its really for you too!
This was part of my Baguio – Sagada Escapade, after spending 2 days in Baguio City, we headed next to Sagada. So what do we do in Sagada anyways? After we had our lunch we headed straight at the Municipal Tourist Information Center, and paid for the environmental fee of Php 35 per person right away.
*Note : Make sure to keep your receipt at all times while staying in Sagada, as all activities requires you to show the copy of the receipt.
The Municipal Tourist was just right in front of the bus terminal and so we checked the tour group and the schedule of what could be best for us. We got this brochure as reference for all the activities, so you can then decide what tour you are rooting for!
If you do not have much time to spend at Sagada make sure you plan properly. Doing the DIY style may also require at least 4 pax of you to start the tour, other wise it would be very expensive to shoulder the entire cost.
So first things first, Sagada wouldn’t be complete without the famous caving / spelunking experience.
*Note : Apart from the usual rate of the tour, transportation is exclusive of its cost, it would be best to go with a group of friends or family as it will save you cost if you’re sharing it.
SUMAGUING CAVE / SPELUNKING ACTIVITIY
Budget : P500 – 4 pax or less | P600 – 5 pax | P1000 – (2 guides) 6 – 9 pax | P1200 (2 guides) 10 visitors
Duration : 2 – 3 hours
Optional : (transportation 2-way P350)
First we tried Sumaguing Cave / Spelunking, which according to them would take around 2 – 3 hours and / or depending on the movement of the trail. We were 5 girls who are all first timers of this activity. It was also raining pretty hard when we get there which makes it more scarier, but the guide was telling us that it is still safe to continue it.
Spelunking was such a great experience, it feels like conquering all your fears once you’re inside the cave.
Lined up in one from the slowest to the fastest member of the group, so you’re sure no one misses out. Once the guide teaches you and shows you how its done, one should be able to picked it up and understand that you can’t stay all day in the cave if you do not move on. (hahah!)
Golden Rule :
-One must not be “pabebe” on this, you’ll get you’re hands and feet dirty all the time
-Wear the most comfortable outfit you could thought off, OOTD’s are so not my major concern on this :p
-Make sure you wear slippers, or a footwear that could easily be removed as the second part of the trail requires you to be barefooted
-Shorts is okay, leggings could also be a good choice, but it gets a little wet at some areas
-I do not recommend you holding a bag or pouch when you enter the cave, as your hands get busy trying to save yourself from falling or from injury.
-Your cellphone or cameras may be best if its inside a dry bag or waterproof bag for safety and hanging in your neck
It was pretty cold as well inside the cave, the water was super and extra cold and as mentioned it was raining hard when we get there so there were water everywhere. If you are afraid of the dark, make sure you bring flashlight with you. One should be ready of the heights as well and the small openings for some areas.
They weren’t really much time for a photo op, or we were freaking tired rather trying to figure out if it was the best decision we had to do (hahaha!)
As per the guides, the cave gets busy during weekends and it is really noisy and crowded at the same time. Moments like waiting for the first group to finish happens as well. By 4PM is the last time, a group could enter the cave, estimating that it would be finish by 6pm. We ended our caving at around 5PM, but Sagada gets a little dark earlier as what we experience in Manila. We head back right away to the lodge and grab a cup of hot chocolate since it was freaking cold already!
We were so tired after Spelunking but we felt so proud of our self after finishing it. One could try the Sumaguing-Lumiang Connecting Spelunking if you have much time to spend and much will to try and experience.
WATCH SUNRISE AT KILTEPAN
Travel Time : 15 – 20 mins
Transpo Fee : 500 good for 10 pax
One of the highlights in Sagada is the sea of clouds at Kiltepan which is totally amazing!
We left the lodge at 4:30AM to make sure we get a nice spot for the sunrise! And true enough though it was a Monday people started picking up as time goes on. Making sure they get the perfect spot to capture it. Aside from the sea of the clouds the entire ambiance at Kiltepan was really superb and amazing.
One can shout at the top of their lungs as what the movie projects :p just for a person to release everything! Haha!
Food stalls are everywhere! And to tell you, it was really pricey. We decided to get back in the town proper after the sunrise at around 630AM and had our breakfast in town instead.
ECHO VALLEY WALKING TOURS
There were actually many options for the walking tours and it depends on how much time you still have to stay.
As for my case, compressed over time we decided for the Echo Valley Hanging Coffins Tour in the morning, before we head back to manila. It is a short hike to the view point and a challenging slippery walk to have a close-up view of the coffins. The coffins were hanging due to tradition and practices of the locals. Better asked your guide about it to elaborate it better.
It was another enchanting view on top of it after the small hike which took us at around 2 hours to return.
There was still much to see and to try in Sagada (*I know) but we ‘ll just have to maximize the time we got. 🙂 Hurrying to be back at around 9AM at the lodge to make sure we made it to the earliest bus trip ride as much as possible.
Traveling back to Baguio requires the single terminal in Sagada, everything was also on a first come first travel policy as well. Make sure to make it till the 1PM bus ride back to Baguio because once you miss it out you’ll have to stay for another night at Sagada before heading home.
So there, I felt that I haven’t really gotten the chance to really immersed in this wonderful place and I’m sure that I’ll be back for another adventure. If you are a traveler I suggest that it is still best to do it DIY, to make it more personal and you get to maximize your time with the activities you choose for yourself.
Weekdays would always be the best time to travel (as for me *wink) and If I were to choose to be back in this place, I would surely be back.
Sagada was truly truly amazing, and it will definitely give you that moment to relax, time to think, time to realize that it is possible to shout at the top of your lungs at Kiltepan for you to move on, to be adventurous and be strong that every challenges is like a Spelunking activity (hard and scary, but everything is worth the try), to appreciate the beauty of the nature and all resources with your own two eyes. Let me know how do you find Sagada?
And yes, maybe that’s some of the reason why broken hearts go to SAGADA.
Here’s my budget breakdown for my stay :
So there let me know if you have questions.
All the love.