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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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Alapad Hill and Rock Formation (BLOW UR HORN)

The Alapad Hills and Rock Formation offer great scenery of the curvy hill while the rock formation will amaze the tourists. Before reaching the destination one will totally enjoy the most scenic road in Batan Island which is the Imnajbu Road Cliffs.

“BLOW UR HORN” signs that are carved from cliffs and boulders to make sure that road signs remain in service in the strongest typhoons and the most ferocious winds which reign most of the year. Roads in Batanes are characterized by many sharp curves therefore blowing of horn is encouraged in Batanes.

This signage were built as early as the American period using already the UR as a shortcut for ‘your’ long before cellphone text shortcuts were popularized.

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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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Homoron Blue Lagoon and White Beach

Also known as "Spanish Lagoon". It is located along national road in the town of Mahatao. It was called Spanish lagoon since during the Spanish era, only them where allowed to dip and swim in the lagoon. The deep blue green water in the lagoon is cool and really refreshing. To get to the lagoon, you have to pass through the opening of the  rock formations on the right side of the beach.

Just a few walks away from the road there is astretch of a semi-fine white sand beach with a clear water.  The waives in this beach is calmer and friendlier to swimmers. Locals simply call it White Beach.

These two spots are good for swimming and picnics.

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Vahay ni Dakay (House of Dakay )

The famous House of Dakay is located in the small town of San Jose de Ivana in Batan island, Batanes. The oldest stone house with its traditional structure is considered as a heritage treasure of Batanes. It is recognized as a world heritage building by UNESCO.

It has very thick walls made up of stone and lime built is 1887, it is the only 5 structures that survived the strong earthquake in September 13, 1918. The stone house have survived earthquakes, many storms and strong wind that hit the small province of Batanes but it remains firm, resilient and proud.

Most of the structures still retain the original materials from its foundation to its walls, and then to its layout of having the kitchen and toilet built separately from the main house. The thatched cogon roof of the house is replaced every 30 years since 1917.

Ivatans call it Vahay ni Dakay after the family who originally owned it. It was constructed in 1887 by Luisa Estrella but she gave the house to her favorite nephew, Jose Dakay Estrella, to whom the house was named.

The house belongs to Florestida Estrella, also known as Lola Ida. She is the granddaughter of the original owner of the house. Lola passed away last January 2014.

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The Honesty Coffee Shop

The Ivatans are well known for their honesty. I have personally experienced it when I visited the beautiful province of Batanes.

"Honesty is the best policy" his statement remains true in the province of Batanes particularly in the municipality of Ivana.

The shop is owned and operated by married couple Jose and Elena Gabilo. The store opened in 1995 after Elena's retirement.  This coffee shop was originally named Honesty Cafe in 1998 while some local residents call it Honesty Store.

The shop is located beside the Port of Ivana.

Honesty Coffee Shop isn’t your ordinary shop. The store remains unmanned the entire day and it is always open. You will not find a cashier or security guard in it.

It is a typical Pinoy Sari-Sari store and Coffee Shop combined where you can sit, relax and have some coffee. Let me mentioned that I love their brewed coffee. Each item has a price tag while some item prices are listed on the wall. Aside from snacks you can also buy souvenirs in the store.

You can get what you need or what you want then just write down the items that you took with its corresponding amount. You can drop the payment on the designated boxes. Because of the way they do business the Coffee Shop became a tourist spot on its own. It is famous not just in the Philippines but worldwide.

You can find an interesting sign on the wall that says “This store is too small for dishonest people.”

Simple rules hung on the wall of the shop.

  • Self-service only
  • Get what you need
  • Pay for whatever you need
  • If you have no change, knock at the next door
  • If no one answers, sorry you give more than the price
  • Always remember, "honesty is the best policy"

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Batanes : North Batan

After monstrous underwater volcanic activities millions of years ago, a group of islands was formed and it is now called Batanes. Basco is the capital of the province located in the north of Batan island in the shadow of Mt. Iraya, an active stratovolcano which last erupted in 1454.

If you have a good stamina and has an active lifestyle you can explore the whole island using a bicycle. Believe me when I say that It will be challenging. Most tourist opt for tricycle or van tours depend on how big is your group. For small group or 3 or less a tricycle tour is much recommended. It's cheaper plus you can immerse more is the beauty of Batanes and the Ivatan culture. Tourist spots in Batanes is divided into two the North Batan tour and South Batan tour.

The North Batan tour is the shortest tour which is ideal for your first day in Batanes. It covers the capital Basco and it give you a sneak peak of what to expect about your following tours and Batanes itself.

Vayang Rolling Hills

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 appreciate the beauty of nature.

Welcome to Basco Arch

It is a long the road and has a viewing deck with spectacular views of the ocean.

PAGASA Radar Station

From Basco it’s a 1½-hour walk, a tough 30-minute bike ride or an easy tricycle jaunt up to Radar Tukon, a weather station on a hilltop with great 360-degree views. The radar station is sitting on top of a hill, giving you a beautiful landscape of Mahatao’s hedgerows (liveng), Basco town proper, the Pacific Ocean, and the West Philippine Sea. It is the northernmost station of PAGASA serving as the reference point for weather forecasts. 

Fundacion Pacita

It is one of the best hotels/homestays in Batanes which a home studio of Pacita Abad, an international Filipino artist.

Our Lady of Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral
Popularly known as Basco Cathedral, it was the first and the oldest Catholic Church in Batanes.

Nakamaya Burial Grounds

A Burial Ground in shaped like a boat and faces the water. Human skeletons discovered here date back to AD 1600.

Basco Lighthouse at Naidi Hills

Basco Lighthouse offers a panoramic view of the ocean and perfect spot for sunset viewing.

Tukon Church

Inspired by the Ivatan stone houses, Mt. Carmel Church (or popularly known as Tukon Church) is one of the most iconic structures in Batanes as it sits on top of a hill overlooking Mt. Iraya and the town of Basco.

Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel

This Japanese Tunnel served as a shelter for Japanese soldiers during World War II. 

Valugan Boulder Beach

This is not your typical beach where you can swim). There is no white nor fine sand here. However you will find incredible landscape framed by almost vertical cliffs and rolling hills formed from countless boulders.

Basco Town Proper

Since the North Batan tour is short you will have ample time to go around the town center. Try the many restaurants (some require advance reservation) and street food in the streets.


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