Sagada is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines. I really loved it because it’s temperatures are cooler than the rest of the Philippines, making it the perfect temperature for a Brit like me.
Sagada is a village in the Mountain Province, north of Manila. It’s surrounded by mountains and caves, making it perfect for tourists looking for outdoor activities.
Activities in Sagada
When arriving in Sagada, all tourists must register and pay 35PHP at the tourism office. They’ll give you a receipt and a list of all the tours on offer, with prices. You need to hire a guide if you want to do any activities or walks.
I did the caving short course, which was 500PHP. This tour takes place in Sumaguing Cave and takes between an hour to an hour and a half. The walk to the cave takes just under an hour and there’s an option to get a shuttle for 300PHP. There’s really no need to get a shuttle because the walk to the cave isn’t difficult.
On the way to Sumaguing Cave, I saw hanging coffins and rice terraces. I also stopped by the entrance to Lumaging Cave where there are stacks of coffins.
Sumaguing Cave has three stages. The first bit is the ‘slippy bit’. The type of rock combined with bat guano makes for a slippery walk into the cave.
The second stage is the rock formations. There’s loads of different rock formations and the guide told me the names of them. The most famous is the Kings Curtains. A bit of imagination was needed when my guide was showing me the rocks.
The third stage involves going through some water up to your chest. I ended up falling into a deep pool so got completely drenched. This bit was optional for those who don’t want to get wet. When I left the cave I was completely soaked and a few worried people asked whether they would get soaked.
Food in Sagada
I found Sagada to have some of the best food in the Philippines. Every restaurant I ate in had great food.
My favourite place was Gaia which is a vegan restaurant at the bottom of Sagada with amazing views of the rice terraces.
Other restaurants I visited include, Kimchi, Yoghurt House, Sagada Brew, Masferre and Bana’s Cafe. All restaurants had great menus.
Getting to Sagada
I was in Subic Bay before going to Sagada, so for me the best option was to get a bus to Baguio then another bus from Baguio to Sagada. I stayed a night in Baguio because of the bus times.
Returning from Sagada was much easier because there’s a direct Coda Lines bus from Sagada to Manila. The bus leaves Sagada at 3pm daily and goes via Banaue, arriving in Manila around 2am. I was lucky enough to have 2 seats to myself plus Coda Lines provide passengers with blankets. A one way ticket costs 720PHP.
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