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Punta Fuego quick getaway


We supposed to go north but because unforeseen circumstances we end up going south.
 

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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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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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