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How to get to Sagada?

How to Commute going to Sagada



A. Manila - Sagada


Daily trips are availble at CODA LINES Corporation. Bus leaves Manila by 9:00 am going to Sagada. While from Sagada bus leaves by 2:00 pm going to Manila.

CODA LINES Corporation
Location : HM Transport Inc. Monte de Piedad, corner Maryland street, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Contact number : 0927 559 2197 
Email : codalinescorp@gmail.com
Website : http://www.codalinesph.com

B. Manila - Baguio - Sagada


1. From Manila take a bus going to Baguio. Large liners, like Victory Liner and Genesis Bus have buses that leave every hour and are open 24/7.
2. From Baguio take a local bus going to Bontoc, the capital of Mountain province.
3. Take a jeepney from Bontoc to Sagada.

C. Manila - Banaue - Sagada


OHAYAMI TRANS
Location : Cor. Fajardo St., Lacson Ave, Sampaloc, Manila
Mobile : 0927-649-3055 ; 0917-506-0817 
Telephone : (02) 516-0501 
Book online!

1. Take a bus going to Banaue.
2. Take a van from Banaue going to Sagada or Bontoc. The passenger vans are usually parked at the jeep terminal near the Banaue tourism office. These vans has a quick stop over in view point Banaue where you can take some photos of the famous Banue Rice Terracess.

Total travel time may take upto 12 hours.


How to go to Sagada via private transaport?


Drive along NLEX, passing by provinces of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, and finally, Mt. Province.

Get to know more about Sagada from my other post.

 Sagada, Mountain Provice











Sagada, Mountain Province

SAGADA


Sagada is a small and tranquil town in the Cordillera Mountains, within the Philippines’ Mountain Province. It is approximately 5000 ft above sea level which gives it a relax and cool temperature weather. With its famous hanging coffins, wondrous caves and cliffs, lofty rice terraces, majestic waterfalls, luscious foods and delicacies, rich heritage and traditions, Sagada promises everyone an unforgettable and truly remarkable experience with nature and culture.





Facts About Sagada
  1. Sagada is located in Mountain Province and part of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). 
  2. Sagada has two climates, wet and dry season. Wet season is from November to February while dry season is from March to May. It is coldest during February, when the average temperature drops as low as 4 degrees Celsius.
  3. People of Sagada are Igorotos who speaks their local dialects called Kankana-ey. However most residents are also fluent in filifino (tagalog) and english. 
  4. Christianity has long been established in Sagada.
  5. Sagada is politically subdivided into 19 barangays : Aguid, Ambasing, Angkileng, Antadao, Balugan, Bangaan, Dagdag (Poblacion), Demang (Poblacion), Fidelisan, Kilong, Madongo, Patay (Poblacion), Pide, Nacagang, Suyo, Taccong, Tanulong, Tetepan Norte, Tetepan Sur

How to get around Sagada?

Walk or bike. With the smallest land area of 8,337 hectares from the Mountain Province plus blessed with a cool climate and lush pine forests, walking is a MUST to make the most of the Sagada experience. If you came through private transport, you can also bring your own bike.

Where to stay?

Inns and transient home can easily be found around the area. Room rates is 150 to 300 pesos per person.


Where to eat?

There are a lot of small restaurants around the area where you can eat at a very affordable price. People of Sagada don't serve frozen food or don't store supplies like in other cities. This is the reason why often time certain dishes from there menu are not available.

Tip : Don't wait yourself to get hungry before ordering or going to the restaurants since food are made to order. It is advisable to order your food three to four hours before you dine in the restaurants.

Salt and Pepper
They offer a variety of dishes but they are limited specially when there are too many customers. The ambiance will make you feel home. Food is great and very affordable. They also serve brewed coffee and I just love it!
Another plus is that they accept credit and debit cards!

Sagada Lemon Pie House
They have limited dishes but they are famous with their Lemon Pies. Layered with sour lemon paste as the base, and is topped by a soft meringue icing. They also have egg pie, apple pie and blueberry pie if your into sweets.

WHAT TO DO?

There are a lot of IG worthy sceneries in Sagada but if you think that taking photos is the only thing that you can do around with awesome place, then you are absolutely wrong. Here are some place that you can visit and activities that you can do.


  • Sagada’s Church of St. Mary the Virgin.Sagada is the only predominantly Episcopalian christian city/municipality in the country. The American missionaries established an Episcopalian parish in the very early 1900s called the Church of St. Mary the Virgin. It was originally built under the direction of Rev. John Staunton year 1904, under the American regime and became a parish year 1962. This structrure have survived the World War 2 and was just repaired.

  • Kiltepan Tower/Viewpoint. When you reached the top of the hill you will be amazed with the spectacular scenery and endless mountain panorama. You can also find trhe view of the breathtaking rice terraces. This is also a perfect place to witness the glorous sunrise. As the dawn break the sky will be filled with different hues of the sky. You can see the deep blue sky slowly brightens and turned to bright yellow.

  • Echo Valley and the Hanging Coffins. This is a popular place where you can find the hanging coffins from the limestone cliffs. You will pass through the municipal cemetery before you can see the view of hanging coffins. A short trek is required to get deep  down the valley. The trek is short but it wasn't easy be extra cautious with your steps.

  • Chase Water Falls. Pongas (Twin Waterfalls). Treking in a narrow trail for 2-3 hours  is required to get to the top of the mountain where you can find the amazing view of the twin falls. Other falls that you can visit are Bomod-ok Falls and Bokong Falls .

  • Spelunking/Caving. Your Trip to Sagada will never be complete without trying their extreme activities, especially Cave Connection. This is spelunking both the Sumaguing and Lumiang Caves for roughly 4-5 hours. The cave connection starts in Lumiang Cave where you can find the wooded coffins in the entrance of the cave. You will then exit at Sumaging Cave where you can find amazing rock formations.Sumaguing is bigger and longer than Lumiang. It is very dark inside Sumaguing cave. It is avisable that you bring your own flash light.


Here is a list of other must-see places in Sagada :
  • Visit Ganduyan Museum. Packed with precious artifacts and antiques from the Cordillera region of the Philippines. Antique basketry, weapons, farm tools, beads, jars, wooden items and textiles can be seen here. Each display offers an insight into the rich culture of the Cordillera Igorots.
  • Lake Danom - has a small pool where you can watch the sunset
  • Latang Underground River - it is near Matangkib cave
  • Mt. Amapacao - tallest mountain in Sagada
  • Mt. Polis - offers a view of forest and villages
  • Sagada Weaving Shop - sells woven bags, wallets, hats etc.







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Sagada Experience with Livemore Adventures!


I haven’t get over yet with my Mt. Ulap experience and yet here I am again joining Livemore Adventures and Tours for another awesome weekend getaway. Originally I supposed to be going south for a Caramoan Adventures but for uncontrollable circumstance the tour was cancelled and I got diverted back to north – in Sagada.

As always our meeting place is at KFC , Araneta Cubao near shopwise. I got there by 9:00pm, too early for our 11:00pm call time since the sky is sending the warning that heavy rain will fall if I don’t pick up my butt up and leave home early. Participants got complete right away so we left Cubao before 12:00mn. We pick up some remaining participants in Mcdonalds, Mindano Avenue and four more participants in two other pick up points before heading north.

We took the Manila-Banaue-Sagada rout so we can take a look at the view of the famous Benue Rice Terraces.  Since It’s a long weekend and due to a lot of road constructions ongoing  we got a little bit stuck on a moderate traffic. Not everyone noticed it though since they were all asleep. Before 6:30 AM we got to Mcdolands in Solano, Nueva Viscaya for a stopover to have some breakfast.

After more than two more hours we have seen the arch welcoming us in Banaue. We took another stopover for some photo ops. Another 45 mins of road trip and we then reached our first destination, the Banaue Rice Terraces View Point in Poblacion. Its mesmerizing to see the Banaue Rice Terraces (Hagdan-hagdang Palayan ng Banawe) with your own naked eye in person. It was more beautiful than what you can see in postcards,  The Banaue Rice Terraces are 2,000-year-old terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by ancestors of the indigenous people. They are frequently enlisted in the "Eighth Wonder of the World". 


Aside from Instagram worthy views you can also find souvenir shops around the area. You can find variety of items from ref magnet, key chains, clothes, unique wood products and more.








Since the sun is starting to demonstrate its greatness we then decided to go to main destination. We finally reached Sagada after additional more than three hours tiring ride. We are actually already late from our scheduled Itinerary. In fact we were not able to stick with it. But who cares about itineraries and schedules when you are have so much fun? We’ve checked in to our transient rooms around 1:30 pm. We had lunch by 2:00 pm then started our activities for the day.

Our first activity? Spelunking or caving. At first some participants were hesitant to join us but then we were able to convince them to go with us. We took the LUMIANG TO SUMAGUING CAVE connection. we get to the entrance of Lumian Cave by quarter to four in the afternoon and we exited at Sumaging Cave by pass eight in the evening.  This is the most challenging part of our tour. It was beyond everyone expectation. I personally was expecting that it was just a simple tour inside the came but never did I or anyone expect that this is an extreme activity. Exploring the cave will require you to go through very narrow openings. This is a real challenge for claustrophobic and people that are afraid of the dark. You have to navigate through passages that go up and down.  You have rappel using a rope to go down the big rocks, crawl through narrow spaces and wade through cold water bodies.  Yes! It does sound extreme that when you are inside it was all worth it. The Cave houses beautiful rock formations, stalagmites and stalactites and burial grounds.




When are all wet as we exit the cave. We have to walk for about 45 mins to get to our transient house. Our van was waiting for us but then we just decided to walk since we are all soaked in cold water. Our adrenaline rush sustained us to get out asses off back to the transient house. When we got to our transient and changed our clothes everyone was so hungry. But when we started looking to restaurants they were all closed. Good thing is that the store where we are staying is just about to closed. They were so kind to let us buy some stuff so we can at least have dinner before we call it a day. We just chip in and we had corned beef, tocino and rice for dinner.  
The following day we woke up early. Everyone was already out by four in the morning so we can catch the breaking of dawn and see beauty of the sunrise at Keltipan. I have no enough words on how awed I am with the experience of witnessing the glorious sunrise. Let just these photos speaks for itself.










Aside for the sea of clouds you will also see the sea of crowds. The place becomes crowed specially during holiday since it wasn’t just us who wants to witness of what wonders the nature has to offer. If you haven’t had breakfast yet before heading to Keltipan, it alright since there are a lot of vendors around the area as well where you can have coffee and light breakfast.




We decent Keltipan tower via “Top Load”. Top loading is one of the ways in riding a jeep. Instead of getting inside of the vehicle, you will go up to the roof the jeep. No comfortable chair but the experience is awesome!



The jeepney then drop us in Church of St. Mary the Virgin. Then we trek to Echo trail, Echo Valley, Sagada public cemetery and visit the hanging coffins before we head back to our transient to have our breakfast.










After we had our self full, we then prepared and to our next destination – Pongas Twin Waterfalls.  Our service drove us to the jump off and we have to trek again for an hour a half. As we get to the fall all exhaustion were turned away when I got to dip my feet in the cool fresh running water. We haven’t stay long in the falls since we’re running out of time. After thirty mins we have started the an hour and a half trek descending from the falls.





We had super late lunch at Salt and Pepper before we left Sagada by 4:00 PM.



We supposed to have a short stopped over in highest point at Benguet but the weather didn’t permit us. The fog covered the entire please and the rain started to fall. We are all stuck in the van, throwing corky jokes and had so much fun as if we already know each other for a very long time.
It wasn’t a perfect itinerary since 2 days and 1 nigth is not enough to explore sagada. There were places that we were not able to visit but just like what I have stated earlier who care about itinerary if the memories and people around you were more than enough? It was truly an amazing Sagada Adventure with such amazing people! I’m looking forward to travel you all again!







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Travel Guide : Sagada, Mountain Provice




FACTS ABOUT SAGADA
  1. Sagada is located in Mountain Province and part of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). 
  2. Sagada has two climates, wet and dry season. Wet season is from November to February while dry season is from March to May. It is coldest during February, when the average temperature drops as low as 4 degrees Celsius.
  3. People of Sagada are Igorotos who speaks their local dialects called Kankana-ey. However most residents are also fluent in filifino (tagalog) and english. 
  4. Christianity has long been established in Sagada.
  5. Sagada has total of 19 barangays : Aguid, Ambasing, Angkileng, Antadao, Balugan, Bangaan, Dagdag (Poblacion), Demang (Poblacion), Fidelisan, Kilong, Madongo, Patay (Poblacion), Pide, Nacagang, Suyo, Taccong, Tanulong, Tetepan Norte, and Tetepan Sur

HOW TO GET AROUND?

Walk or bike. With the smallest land area of 8,337 hectares from the Mountain Province plus blessed with a cool climate and lush pine forests, walking is a MUST to make the most of the Sagada experience. If you came through private transport, you can also bring your own bike.



WHERE TO STAY?

Inns and transient home can easily be found around the area. Room rates is 150 to 300 pesos per person.

WHERE TO EAT?

There are a lot of small restaurants around the area where you can eat at a very affordable price. People of Sagada don't serve frozen food or don't store supplies like in other cities. This is the reason why often time certain dishes from there menu are not available.
Tip : Don't wait yourself to get hungry before ordering or going to the restaurants since food are made to order. It is advisable to order your food three to four hours before you dine in the restaurants.

Salt and Pepper
They offer a variety of dishes but they are limited specially when there are too many customers. The ambiance will make you feel home. Food is great and very affordable. They also serve brewed coffee and I just love it!
Another plus is that they accept credit and debit cards!







Sagada Lemon Pie House
They have limited dishes but they are famous with their Lemon Pies. Layered with sour lemon paste as the base, and is topped by a soft meringue icing. They also have egg pie, apple pie and blueberry pie if your into sweets.



WHAT TO DO?

There are a lot of IG worthy sceneries in Sagada but if you think that taking photos is the only thing that you can do around with awesome place, then you are absolutely wrong. Here are some place that you can visit and activities that you can do.


  • Sagada’s Church of St. Mary the Virgin.Sagada is the only predominantly Episcopalian christian city/municipality in the country. The American missionaries established an Episcopalian parish in the very early 1900s called the Church of St. Mary the Virgin. It was originally built under the direction of Rev. John Staunton year 1904, under the American regime and became a parish year 1962. This structrure have survived the World War 2 and was just repaired.









  • Kiltepan Tower/Viewpoint. When you reached the top of the hill you will be amazed with the spectacular scenery and endless mountain panorama. You can also find trhe view of the breathtaking rice terraces. This is also a perfect place to witness the glorous sunrise. As the dawn break the sky will be filled with different hues of the sky. You can see the deep blue sky slowly brightens and turned to bright yellow.








  • Echo Valley and the Hanging Coffins. This is a popular place where you can find the hanging coffins from the limestone cliffs. You will pass through the municipal cemetery before you can see the view of hanging coffins. A short trek is required to get deep  down the valley. The trek is short but it wasn't easy be extra cautious with your steps.







  • Chase Water Falls. Pongas (Twin Waterfalls). Treking in a narrow trail for 2-3 hours  is required to get to the top of the mountain where you can find the amazing view of the twin falls. Other falls that you can visit are Bomod-ok Falls and Bokong Falls .








  • Spelunking/Caving. Your Trip to Sagada will never be complete without trying their extreme activities, especially Cave Connection. This is spelunking both the Sumaguing and Lumiang Caves for roughly 4-5 hours. The cave connection starts in Lumiang Cave where you can find the wooded coffins in the entrance of the cave. You will then exit at Sumaging Cave where you can find amazing rock formations.Sumaguing is bigger and longer than Lumiang. It is very dark inside Sumaguing cave. It is avisable that you bring your own flash light.









Here is a list of other must-see places in Sagada :


  • Visit Ganduyan Museum. Packed with precious artifacts and antiques from the Cordillera region of the Philippines. Antique basketry, weapons, farm tools, beads, jars, wooden items and textiles can be seen here. Each display offers an insight into the rich culture of the Cordillera Igorots.
  • Lake Danom - has a small pool where you can watch the sunset
  • Latang Underground River - it is near Matangkib cave
  • Mt. Amapacao - tallest mountain in Sagada
  • Mt. Polis - offers a view of forest and villages
  • Sagada Weaving Shop - sells woven bags, wallets, hats etc.




How to get to Sagada?
Check out my previous post, Travel Guide : How to get to Sagada?


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