Things to do in SAGADA

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Sagada is Mountain Province's Pride that is favorite among local and foreign tourists for its rustic beauty and numerous natural attractions and activities.

Sagada has been in my Travel Wish List a long time ago and I finally got to tick it off my list this Holy Week- Wooohooo!!!

top left: Bomod-ok Falls, top right: Hanging Coffins, bottom left: Sumaguing Cave, bottom right: Fidelisan Rice Fields

Together with my family, I availed the TRIPinas group tour to Sagada because I know it would be really hard to book anything and anywhere during Holy Week.  

It's a looong 13 hour drive from Manila so better bring snacks, neck pillow, eye mask or anything that can make you feel comfy and keep you from boredom.

Here are the list of things to do for your Surviving Sagada Adventure:

1. Visit the Echo Valley and Hanging coffins
One of the most famous attractions in Sagada is the Hanging Coffins where indigenous locals are buried on mountain cliffs.

Hanging Coffins

Getting to Bomok-od Falls requires you to trek for 4.2 km and pass by the well manicured rice paddies. 

Fidelisan Rice Fields and Bomok-od Falls

3. Spelunking in Sumaguing Cave
Sumaguing Cave is the most popular cave in Sagada. For 3 hours of spelunking you can find amazing rock formations which makes the trip worth it. 

For sunrise lovers, Kiltepan sunrise is a breathtaking experience you shouldn't miss.

Kiltepan sunrise

5. Check out the St. Mary's Church and Sagada Cemetery
American missionaries established an Episcopal Protestant church and a cemetery during the early 1900's.
St. Mary's Church

Sagada Cemetery

6. Listen and learn at Ganduyan Museum
A must-see attraction in Sagada. The Ganduyan Museum can easily be found, it is just located at the center of the town. Upon entering the museum you can see visitors' shoes and slippers outside implying to remove your footwear before walking up the second floor.

Then an Igorot lady in her 80's welcomed us, Ms. Christina Aben does not only own the place but she also owns all the tribal artifacts. She is a passionate curator who speaks perfect English and is willing to share the Igorot art, culture and tradition to the world. 

Me and my cousins with Ms. Christina Aben

Admission Fee: P25, plus additional if you avail the guided tour.
*No picture taking allowed, our picture with her above was a special request which she gladly accepted.

7. Check out Sagada Weaving and several pasalubong stores
You can see numerous pasalubong stores in town with a wide array of souvenirs like ref magnets, tribal accessories, woven handicrafts, Sagada shirts and many more. I bought mountain teas for P10 a bag :)

Sagada Weaving

one of the numerous souvenir shops

toilet paper holder

Sagada celebrates GOOD food; It's nice to go resto-hopping, the restaurants have their own signature dishes.

top left: Masferre, top right: Yoghurt House, bottom left: Log Cabin, bottom right: Lemon Pie House

9. Buy at the Saturday Morning Market
Every Saturday morning until 12 noon, locals sells different items like ukay-ukay clothes, fruits, vegetables, and many more along the streets of Sagada. My Mama bought lemons and other fresh fruits.

Saturday Morning Market

Side Trips
1. Stand at the highest point of the Philippine Highway System.
Whole fambam at Philppine's Highest highway point

2. Adore Unesco's World Heritage Site, Banaue Rice Terraces.

Banaue Rice Terraces

3. Stop over at several rice terraces.

Bontoc Rice Terraces with the TRIPinas gang

TRIPinas Sagada tour rate is P3,890

  • Roundtrip aircon van : Manila - Sagada / Banaue - Manila
  • 2 night-accommodation in Sagada
  • Environment permits and entrance fees
  • Cave adventure
  • Service of cave guides with lamps
  • Service of local guides for water falls and rice terraces trekking
  • Sagada village tour (St. Mary's church, Echo Valley, Hanging coffins,Ganduyan musuem, Sagada weaving)
  • Visit of Kiltepan view point
  • Stop over at Banaue and Bontoc rice terraces
  • Tour coordinator

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  1. May napanood ako video about sagada ang nasabi ko lang ang GANDA NG NORTE! Hehehe hoping (with crossfingers!) we can invade sagada next year! Thanks for this blog atleast we have info na if ever matuloy kame! Thanks Ms Cham :)

    1. Sagada is a very nice place to visit! :) Hope you can go here soon

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