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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 
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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

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


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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Racuh a Payaman (Marlboro Country)

Famous to the tourists as "Marlboro Country" of Batanes but known to locals as Racuh a Payaman.
It is  promontory and a communal pastureland in the Barangay Imjanjbu in the municipality of Uyugan, southern part of Batan Island.

It has a breathtaking panoramic view of Batan Island’s mid to north sections. From the top of the hill you can clearly see Tayid Light house from the opposite hill. The entire landscape is carpeted with vivid greens of grass. You will be mesmerized by the fascinating seaside landscape. It is impossible that your attention will not be snatched by the charm of the place wherever you look. The terrain of hills and mountains blue skies and greenfield is surely a picturesque  that photographers are dying visit for. You could end up questioning yourself “That such a place still exists in the Philippines? ”.

Racuh A Payaman is a protected location in the island of Batan in Batanes.

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Chamantad Cove and Tinyan Viewpoint

Walking down the grassy covered slopes of Tinyan leading to the viewpoint that offers a nice view of Chavayan Cove will made you realize what breathtaking views really means.

Tinyan Viewpoint is a must visit tourist destination because of its seemingly endless rolling hills carpeted in soft, luscious green grass. The farthest and highest slope in the area gives a greater view of Chamantad Cove.

You can trekked the slopes of Tinyan to experience the stunning view of Chamantad Cove. 

The cool sea breeze and relaxing sound of roaring, splashing waves of the Pacific is like calling you to come back for more.

There is a small cluster of the shops by the road selling different kinds of souvenirs, food, and products.

How to get to Sabtang?

  1. Travel time from Manila to Basco Batanes is roughly an hour and 45 minutes by air.
  2. From Basco Airport, take a tricycle to Ivana Port (P220-250/ride).
  3. From Ivana port, take a passenger boat (faluwa) to Sabtang Port. Travel time is about 45 minutes. Boat fee is P200/way
    • Note: The boat leaves between 6:00 AM and 7:00 AM and returns to Ivana Port between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM.
  4. Once you get to Sabtang Port, go to the tourism office and pay the environmental fee of P50. After paying, start your tour. There are a lot of tricycle in Sabtang that can take you to a tour.

Vayang Rolling Hills

Vayang Rolling Hills is one of the famous destination spots in Basco, Batanes. It is located around 24 kilometres south of Basco Airport.
After passing the capitol and some building structures the scenery transitioned to a great views of grassland.

On top of the hill you will witness the spectacular view of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and the Eastern and Western part of Basco, Batanes. The seascape of seemingly infinite endless waives is jaw-dropping and refreshing to the eye. The cool sight of deep blue sea and hills covered with green grass plus the refreshing breeze of the strong wind coming from the ocean will make you relax and appreacite the beauty of nature.

Vayang Rolling Hills is included in North Batan Island day tour. Batan Island tricycle tour, which makes a stop at the Vayang Rolling Hills, costs PHP 1,000

How to get here?

  1. Travel time from Manila to Basco Batanes is roughly an hour and 45 minutes by air.
  2. From the airport or your inn in Basco, Vayang Rolling Hills can be reached by tricycle.

Mt. 387 (Batong-Amat)

Entry Point: Mr. Roy Manuzon Residence
Elevation: 724 MASL
Hours to summit: 3 hours
Specs: Minor climb
Difficulty: Backtrail 2/9; Traverse 4/9, Trail Class 1-4


Batong-Amat gains its popularity from the hikers since it was opened to the public last year. A three to four hours drive from Manila the mountain is located at Brgy. Puncan, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija. It became then one of the favorites or beginner and occasional hikers. Batong-Amat is more popularly known now as Mt. 387. The area covers 387.9 hectares of the 65,000 hectares of the Talavera Watershed Forest Reserve and that were its name derive from. Mt. 387 dubbed as the Chocolate Hills of the North because of the grass-covered mountain ranges resemble the famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol. Apart from the view, other attractions that you can visit were Batong Amat Peace Park, the intriguing ‘Lover’s Tree’ and the cold refreshing water of Aloha Falls.


Take a bus bound to Isabela or Tuguegarao (3-4 hours | Php 330)
Drop-off at Brgy. Puncan, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija near Iglesia Ni Christo
Walk across to Sir Roy Manuzon Residence


September 29, 2018 (Saturday Night)
09:00 pm - Assembly at McDonald's Greenfield.
10:00 pm - ETD to Brgy Puncan, Caranglan, Nueva Ecija

September 30, 2018 (Sunday)
03:00 am - ETA Brgy Puncan, Caranglan, Nueva Ecija
03:45 am - Registration & Briefing
04:00 am - Start Ascend
05:00 am - View Deck
06:00 am - ETA Summit (Batong Amat)
06:30 am - ETA Lovers Tree
07:00 am - Start Descend
09:00 am - ETA Jump off
09:30 am - Start Trek to Aloha Falls
11:00 am - ETA Aloha Falls
12:00 Noon - Lunch
01:00 pm - ETD to JOP
04:00 pm - ETA Jump Off Point
05:00 pm - ETD to Greenfield
10:00 pm - ETA Greenfield


I have joined the day hike to Mt. 360 organized by Team Yapak Mountaineers on September 30 2018. We left Greenfield District, our meet up place at 11:00 pm. We had three stopovers. The final over was in a Shell station in San Juan, Nueva Ecija. We arrived by 2:48 am.. There are convenience stores such as 7/11 and food stalls along the area where you can eat. They serve silog, goto and cooked meals. After our early breakfast we continued our road trip until we finally reached the jump-off.

By 4:00 am, we had our registration, paid the mandatory fees and had a short orientation. There are also food stalls at the jump off where you can eat or have coffee. You can ask them to cook or advance order your food for lunch after the hike.

It was still dark when we started the hike. The group has decided to do traverse hike. This is the reason why headlamp or flashlight is required.

As we continue the hike we were welcomed with tall grasses, bamboos and trees. The view was very nice as the sun started to rise; the field was filled of greens from the grass and different plants covered with yellow from the golden ray of the sun. It was an easy trail. Once you passed the foot of the mountain it will just be a walk in the park.

We reached the summit by 7:15 am. It gave us a glimpse of the ‘chocolate hills’ view like scenery for a while. But it was eventually covered with fog. Cool wind blew from time to time. We rested and had photo ops before we proceed to the ’Lovers’ Tree Camp’. This area is an open filled where in it gets really hot during summer. It is recommended that you wear rash-guard and bring umbrella if you don’t want to get sunburned. Make sure to put sun block as well.

The Loves’ Tree is the camping site with a lone, beautiful pine tree. As per the guide not so long ago, two strangers met for the first time on the same spot which started their love story. The couple eventually became lovers after their first meeting under the pine tree. After some photo ops we have rested for a while before proceeding to our final destination - the Aloha Falls.

There two ways to get to Aloha Falls. The first option is going backtrail. This is highly recommended for beginners. From the jump off you can take a 4x4 truck that will bring you to Aloha Falls. However if you are up for a challenge you can opt to do traverse. Just a reminder if you decide to go traverse you have to prepare yourself. Bring pair of gloves, tons of patience, endurance and perseverance. As I have mentioned earlier this is what our group have decided do.

We started to descend before 9:30 am. The trail going to the falls is indeed challenging. I was steep, tricky and treacherous. Make sure you keep yourself hydrated since there is no enough trees to cover you from the heat of the sun. Packing light is advantage. After roughly 45mins of trekking the steep trail we have finally reached Aloha falls.

Approaching the falls give us a refreshing feeling especially after dipping your tired feet to its cool flowing water. Aloha Falls is roughly 82 ft high. The cool flowing water is being store in a wide basin that can get deep up to 7 ft. We stayed there until 1:30 pm.

Typically a 4x4 truck pick up the hikers from the pickup point up to the jump off. However the road is not available during of visit therefore we have to walk again. After roughly 45 min of trekking and river crossing we finally reach the road where a truck is waiting for us who brought us to the jump-off point. We paid 10 pesos each.

Shower rooms are available at the jump off were you can wash up for a fee of 15 pesos. After the wash up, we had our late lunch before we head back to Manila.

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