Sagada Things to Do

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    Watch The Sunrise

    by wandergirltravediary Written Jan 3, 2014
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    One of the things that Tourist go for in Sagada is to watch the sunrise. When we got there, there were so many people with their high end cameras pointing to the east. Unfortunately, it's cloudy that day so we weren't able to watch the sun rise. But if you ever decide to go in Sagada, this is a must do!

    You have to go up to Kiltepan Peak to get the best view of the sunrise. From the main town you can hire a jeep to go there. Or if you have a car, you can ask the locals for directions.

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    Bontoc Falls

    by wandergirltravediary Written Jan 3, 2014

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    If you ever get tired of trekking the mountains, it will all fade away when you reach Bontoc Falls. There is actually a bigger falls in Sagada but we decided to just go to Bontoc since it's nearer. You can swim and if you are more adventurous jump from the top of the rock formation and into the water!

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    Spelunking at Sumaguing Cave

    by wandergirltravediary Written Jan 3, 2014
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    After spending the whole morning trekking, our final stop was Sumaguing Cave, one of the few caves in Sagada that any tourist can explore. Sumaguing Cave is actually for first timers like us. It was more challenging to explore the caves because there are so many slippery rocks so everyone should be careful. There are also lots of bats and the water underground is icy cold.

    When going inside the cave, you MUST hire a professional guide. You don't want to get lost inside a cave right? They will also guide you where to put your feet to avoid slippery areas. They even have funny stories that you will never get bored while inside the cave. And they will also take your pictures!

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    Trekking The Mountains

    by wandergirltravediary Updated Jan 3, 2014

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    Sagada is located in the Mountain Province. Our trip to Sagada was mainly dedicated to trekking the mountains and discovering its natural treasures. You have to hire a tour guide for this if it is your first time trekking the mountains. There are some steep parts so you also have to carry a hiking stick just to be safe. The air was cool in Sagada so it was really fun to trek the mountains.

    Go to the Echo Valley where you, as the name implies, can shout your heart out and hear the words coming back at you.

    Visit the oldest church in Sagada, the cemetery on top of the mountain (where they not lit candles but a bark of a redwood tree), the hanging coffins and the majestic caves and bodies of water.

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    Cave Connection

    by heydelin Written Jul 24, 2013

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    The ultimate adventure that one should not miss in Sagada is exploring the caves. For 400 pesos you can explore the caves with a guide. Depending on your phase, you can finish the adventure in 3 hours. In our case, we did 5 . :) Be careful as most of the rocks are slippery. Having the right gears will help you. In my case, I prefer caving on foot to have some grip on the rocks.

    It is very cold inside and when it rains, it can be very dangerous.

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    Hanging coffins

    by heydelin Written Jul 24, 2013

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    Early people believe that we came from the nature and if one dies, you should be return to the nature. This is the reason why they hang their coffins - believing that the higher the coffins were hanged, the closer they are to the nature.

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    Catch the sea of cloud

    by IamPam Written Jul 1, 2013
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    This one caught us by surprise as we really didn't expect that Sagada will give us this treat before going home. The sea of cloud is one of the most sought after view in Sagada and catching it needs luck. As told by our guide, the sea of cloud doesn't happen everyday so it makes it more special when you do catch it.

    If you have time, you can try to catch the view at Kiltepan

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    Join the Echo Tour

    by IamPam Written Jun 30, 2013

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    The most ideal activity in Sagada is to join their Echo Tour. This tour will cover all the tourist attractions in Sagada starting with Mary the Virgin Church and will end at Bokong Falls. This is ideal for first time hikers as the trail is pretty easy. I remember my grandmother of 70 years outdoing all of us--even the kids!

    Go to Sagada town hall and ask for the guided tour. Price range differs according to your choice of sights to see.

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    Challenge yourself in Sumaging Cave

    by IamPam Written Jun 27, 2013

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    I told myself that I'll give an honest to goodness review of this activity right after I exited that cave, so here goes...

    Sumaging cave has five levels, The first level was the easiest since it only requires you to go down the steps to the entrance of the cave. The second level for me was the most difficult because in this part, you will be engulfed in darkness and you have to crawl in a mixture of mud/bat dung/urine while trying to balance from slippery rocks. One mistake could make you fall down the ravine with more rocks. After that grueling part, the next level will test your agility, flexibily, balance and imagination. Sure the rock formations are pretty, but honestly, you won't appreciate it that much since you're too busy trying not to break your neck or fall into a hole or something.

    The last level of the cave is where your guide will hang from the wall and your only means of getting down is his arms. Other family members already declined but not me. I won't forgive myself if I wouldn't see that last level, so with a couple of cousins, we went--and thank goodness we weren't disappointed.

    All in all, spelunking in Sumaging is one difficult task. If you are in Sagada this is a must because, this is pretty much the main attraction there so don't miss this. Just be prepared for the body ache the next day.

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    Jump at the ice cold Bokong Falls

    by IamPam Written Jun 27, 2013

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    After walking around the sun, the trip to the Bokong falls was a good idea. My Dad, brother, niece, cousins, and aunts all jumped to that ice cold water of 12 feet deep. I wasn't in the mood to get wet so I just took pictures.

    To reach the falls, you will pass through great looking terreces then go down to the side of a hill. Caution is needed because a small slip could get you rolling down the deep--er Hill haha!

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    Hang out at the Hanging coffins

    by IamPam Written Jun 27, 2013

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    According to Sagada's tradition, the natives bury their dead in high places because they believe that this will help their dead reach heaven easily. This particular spot was just a small portion of this traditon, according to our guide there are other places where you could see hanging coffins and true enough, the other side of that particular mountain has other coffins crammed to its nook.

    One of our questions to our guide was how did they manage to get those coffins up there. Well, according to them, the natives will prepare the coffin first with the help of ropes and ladders if possible followed by the corpse.

    Personaly, I think it's macabre to take pictures with coffins, but hey! That's what tourists do right? hahaha!

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    Scream and Shout at Echo Valley

    by IamPam Written Jun 26, 2013

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    After passing through the cemetery, the trail will bring you to what the locals call the Echo Valley. Why echo valley? From the name itself, this is the spot where you could shout your name and the mountains will reverberate it to you. The view was stunning but the trail was a little bit hard for me. I didn't get to shout much because I was too busy watching my step and encouraging my mom to go on...Hahaha!

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    Pass by their cemetery

    by IamPam Written Jun 26, 2013

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    By tradition, natives of Sagada and the surrounding places in Cordillera does not bury their dead in the cemetery. Most of them bury their dead in their own back yard in the belief that their dead will watch over them and their house, so don't be surprised to see white tombs beside their houses.

    However, those who were chistened bury their dead in the cemetery like what you will pass by on your way to Echo Valley. Upon closer inspection, we saw small bonfires at the tombs here. From what I can remember, our guide told us that they do this to keep their dead warm.

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    Check out Lake Danum

    by IamPam Updated Jun 26, 2013

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    Our guide told us that the best sunsets can be seen at the peak near Lake Danum. However, we were late and the cloud started covering the sunsent so we just settled for the Lake Danum view.
    It is a placid kinda eerie lake...so, my best tip would be, to go there early to check out the sunset, but if you think you won't make it or it's too foggy, you can skip this one.

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    Watch a potter in action

    by IamPam Written Jun 26, 2013

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    On our way to Danum lake, our guide offered to take us to one of the local potters in the area. The lady in there explained the local clay that they were using and demonstrated how to make a vase. We almost sang "Unchained Melody" during that part hahaha!

    If you're interested, you can ask your guide to take you here. They also sell their finished products at their shop below their work area.

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