Friday, August 17, 2012

Sagada: It's like you're in heaven

Spelunking at Sumaging Cave

Kiltepan Peak
Echo Valley
Calvary Mountain

Sumaging Cave

 
Hanging Coffins























Out of the 35 provinces I have been to here in the Philippines, Sagada is my top 1 pick. It is truly a majestic place where you feel like you’re in heaven. The scenery is very nice and very peaceful. It is an untouched paradise. 

If you are an adventurous person this will be the perfect place for you since most of the tourist spots here in Sagada requires you to do trekking. Even though it took us 14 hours from Manila to Sagada it is truly worth it. There are so many things to do in Sagada like Trekking, Mountain Biking, Spelunking, Kayaking, Mountain Climbing, Camping, and River Rafting. There are so many places to see like Kiltepan Peak, Sumaging Cave, Echo Valley and Hanging Coffins. The people here in Sagada are very nice. 

The thing that you got to love about Sagada is that it is not commercialize. The only people who can do business here are the native so there are no hotels to stay here but there are many inns and hostels. The inns here in Sagada are looks like a normal house which will provide you simple room with water heater and free breakfast. Rooms in Sagada cost from P200 to P500 per room per night.

 Tourist Map of Sagada

I recommend that the perfect itinerary for your Sagada Trip would be Banaue- Bontoc – Sagada- Mt. Data – Baguio- Manila. The trip from Manila to Sagada will take you up to 12 to 14 hours. 

I also recommend that you rent a van rather than commuting because it is very tiring. Van rental from Manila to Sagada will cost you about P 23,000 which includes toll fees, driver, and gas. But if your up for the adventure of commuting in the Philippines then do it but I must warn you that it's quite dangerous to commute especially if you ride up in the Jeep you might fall down.


Sigrid's Bed and Breakfast 


Log Cabin Sagada


Commuting in Sagada

SAGADA Accommodations with Contact Number 
Northwards
Alapo’s 0921 3279055 
Ganduyan 0918 5883535
 
Sagada Homestay 091 97028380 w/ wifi
 
Sagada Guesthouse 0921 9694043
 
Saint Joseph 0918 5595934
 
Sigrid’s Bed & Breakfast 0921 7628710; 0928 3327817
Eastwards
A-7 House 0921 2876093 
Billy’s House 0921 6032745
 
Churya 0906 4300853
 
Mapiyaw Pension 0905 2164055
 
Rocky Valley Inn 0918 4036018
 
Rock Inn 0920 4119976
 
Yabami Lodge 0920 4119976
 
Southwards
Traveller’s Inn 09207992960 
George Guesthouse 0918 5480406 w/ wifi 
Igorot Inn 09087578357
 
Kanipaw Pines View 09282897507
 
Olahbinan 09284067647 w/wifi
Residential Lodge 0919 6728744 
Canaway 09107092631 
*Hotel Rates ranges from P200 –P500 per person per night 
*I recommend that you stay at Sigrid’s Bed and Breakfast because out of all the hostel’s in Sagada it’s the most tourist friendly.
*There are no hotels in Sagada only hostels.
































Tour Guide
 

A tour guide would cost about P200 per place you visit.
 

FOOD
 
Navales Bakeshop Sagada – Must try their freshly baked cinnamon bread
                                                        
Log Cabin- Serves an Eat-All-You Can Buffet every Saturday Night which costs about P400 per person 
(French Cuisine) * Make sure to have a reservation because they tend to be fully booked on Holidays.Yoghurt House- Try their strawberry banana yoghurt                                                                                                           
St. Jo Café- try their fried chicken 
Salt and Pepper Restaurant- try their Steak 
Café Bodega- try their freshly squeezed orange juice                                                                                
( Don't expect to eat extravagant food because Sagada is a very simple place )

Do: 
Trekking; Mountain Biking, River Rafting, Kayaking; Spelunking 

Just Contact 
Mountain Province Adventures 
Call or Text 09087216200; 09196988361 
Email them at raftsagada@gmail.com 
Or Check their Website 
www.luzonoutdoors.com 

Tourist Spots in Sagada: 
Northern Sagada:Eco-Cultural Tour; Bomod-ok/ Big Falls; Fidelesan Rice Terraces;Northern Sagada 
Western Sagada : Danum Lake; Ampacao Mountain Trek 
Eastern Sagada: Kiltepan View Peak; Marlboro Country                                                        
Southern Sagada: Sugong Hanging Coffins; Lumiang Burial Cave; Sumaging Cave                
Central Sagada: Echo Valley; Underground River Entrance; Bokong Small Falls

Transportation to Sagada  
Van Rental Contact From Manila to Sagada would cost you P17,000 to P23000 for 10 persons 
You may Contact: Joey 09472933463 
Commuting from Manila to Sagada would cost you P1200 roundtrip
Total Travel time: 12 to 14 hours

Sagada + Banaue 4 Days/ 3 Nights Budget

4 Days / 3 Nights Sagada + Banaue Budget per person

Roundtrip Aircon Van Transportation ( Gas+ Toll + Expert Driver with Tour Gude) ( 23,000/10)
2,300
Hotel Accommodation 200 per person per night
   600
Food
1,500
Grocery (Snacks + Drinks)
   300
Entrance Fee and Guide on Tourist Spots
   200
Pasalubong
   300
Total Cost
5,200
* Prices are in Philippine Peso


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