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    Wandering in town of Sagada is well worth

    by shavy Updated Jan 24, 2015

    One thing I like Sagada is because no traffic, no tricycle. The only vehicle ran around is jeepney, some local drove with motorbike but not much around, not everyone here can afford to buy a bike. We stayed 2 nights, the first day we arrived, we didn't do any activity after such a long trip on the way from Ilocos norte. We wandered around town

    Wandering around is the only way to see the real life of people in Ifugao, and it is safe to walk. Sagada has one main street from the jeepney terminal to the way of Sumaguing cave. Some parts will be a bit hilly but still is an easy walk

    Sagada is a place of mountain province which is attracted to backpacker, the place is very known for the hanging coffins which is very interested thing to see. Most tourist started a trip trip before going to Banaue or in reverse trip

    Strolling is the only way to see the local life
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    St. Theodore's Hospital in Sagada

    by shavy Written Jan 24, 2015

    I think is normal even how small the town is, it must have a hospital. The hospital is just outside a few step away in town, we pass this way on our way back from Echo Valley tour. Is a very small hospital, has a capacity of about 20 beds as our guide told. The hospital has been expanded about a year ago. St. Theodore in April 2012 upgraded the facility and services.

    A secondary hospital that continous the spirit of healing ministry that started in 1903 by Mrs. staunton, the nurse wife of Rev. John staunton. This Hospital eventually was licensed to operate by the government in 1925.

    Sagada Hospital
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    Nice building in town of Ifugao Province

    by shavy Written Jan 24, 2015

    I have not expected to see a nice building in Sagada, during our wander around in town we pass to some small old dirty building, even the Municipal building where tourist center is located were not very impressive

    Well, I say maybe we are in Ifugao Province beautiful building doesn't exist. But after seeing this Town Hall I was surprised and say, wow what a building. The town hall lies about 5 min walk from the tourist center, we discover the building on our way to trek

    Sagada Town Hall
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    Tourist Information Center

    by shavy Updated Jan 24, 2015

    In the municipal hall, the tourist center is located, visitors in Sagada are obligated to register in the tourist center and there is a fee of 35 peso each. At first I said to myself what a hell is that, why we have to pay a registration they should be happy to have visitors.

    At the information center explains: if you are going on trekking even with a local guide if you are registered in the book of tourist center they were able to find you if reported missing. I haven't asked anymore about it, a 35 peso is so cheap, just pay and get rid off it

    Here, you will also find a maps of the trekking route. But they always advice to have a local guide with you, is not because they want their own people earn a money, is for your own good. We have seen the route to Echo Valley, it seem easy to do on your own, but there are different walking path, so you must know which one the right path. Even having a map of your own you won't find it easy, local guide is best to hire for sure you know where you are going

    Tourist center Trekking route map Inside in this building is the tourist center
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    Church of St. Mary the Virgin

    by shavy Written Jan 17, 2015

    The church of Sagada has extraordinary style, I haven't seen much of this style, the first time when we went to the church, were closed and of our last day in Sagada we walk back to the church and check if was open because I really want to see the interior and luckily was open

    The interior it is like I was expected, simple and pretty. The arches were beautiful in a row, the altar were simple and behind has round circle stained glass. The chruch was founded in 1904 by Rev. John Staunton under Bishop Charles Brent became a parish in 1962.

    Our guide said, Sagada is busy building a new church which a lot bigger than this. What I found strange of this church, is the roof has the same colors of house roof was in green steel roof. Surrounding area of the chuch is amazing place, the church has a green environment. During our stay in Sagada, our hotel balcony facing to the church and we have an amazing views form it

    It was Christmas during our visit in Sagada, on a Sunday around 4 or 5 am in the morning we already awake due to the ringing bell of the church, waking up people for the mass that was very annoying for us but we understood

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    Visit the town center

    by shavy Written Jan 17, 2015

    We have half day exploring the town of Sagada, on our first day of arrival we stroll the town, is nothing much to see around. We know every town/village has a church, the church is a bit out of the town but it wasn't very far to walk

    Where the church is located there is a nice walking path, we follow this path and this stuff stood outside I don't what this means. A massive iron bell stood in front of the church it was built in A.D 1921. While we stroll a little farther we discover another symbol outside the church, the two wheels, no idea why it stood here. From this spot we have a nice views of Sagada town.

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    Echo Valley Tour

    by shavy Written Jan 17, 2015

    Through the American church and the new cemetery we walk to the Echo Valley. It is a short walk on a slippery path between conifers through, but with a guide is very easy to find the way. Once in the Echo Valley landed is immediately clear where the valley has its name from. On the rock walls of Echo Valley, we see a number of boxes hanging among themselves, here are very old, but also to admire recent copies it is a photogenic place

    We reach this place by stabbing the cemetery of Sagada and follow a path that descends into the valley. After admiring the boxes, we walk along Latang Cave, to climb up there to the road. The walk to Echo Valley was amazing very beautiful nature, we pass to a coffee cultivated, hike through a cave but this time is just outside, we have enough caving this morning

    There was some time a slippery path which I almost slipped away, lucky our guide catches me quickly. The climbing path is really hard, harder than the one we had inside of Sumaguing Cave, which made us to stop for a few minutes. Afterwards we continued the hike until we finished, and we're glad we have done it. It was the most amazing place in Philippines we've ever done

    The echo valley trekking Another coffins in the rock During trekking
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    Bokong is a small falls of Sagada

    by shavy Written Jan 17, 2015

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    Bokong falls is part of Echo Valley tours, this falls is the last part of the tours. It is not really very impressive fall but take it as part of the Echo Valley trek. When the weather is nice everyone is able to swim here. Going down the falls it will done a lot of step down towards, but once you get down there, just relax and take a dip swim to cool off

    Bokong falls is about 20-foot deep circular pool at the bottom of the falls. We rest here for a while before heading back. We return to our walk through the rice paddies and villages, which is less tired and besides, walking through paddies was amazing. If falls are your only thing, this falls can easily reach from the proper town of Sagada. But most visitors coming here as this falls were include on the tour of Echo Valley

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    Also available as another possibility

    by shavy Written Jan 17, 2015

    Super fun and laid back mountain village and perhaps better situated, so walk and another walk. Besides hills, caves, and rice fields, everything is in stock and all beautiful. Naturally also viewed the hanging coffins, where Sagada is known for

    During our walk to Echo Valley which takes about 2 hours we pass to some wonderful place. With our guide who knows the way around. I wouldn't take the trek alone, on the way there were different walking paths. You have to be sure which one is the correct pathway

    During this trek we meet some tourist doing things on their own, they get lost. Lucky is a local group who weren't able to pay a guide and try things to do their own way

    Echo Valley trekking you'll see different possibilities, waterfalls, ricefield, cave and of course the hanging coffins which are most important of this tour. After seen the hanging coffins we keep on walking and during our way to the falls we pass to this rice terraces, the views is beautiful. I know we will see more of this when we get to Banaue

    Sagada's rice terraces
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    There is more to see around

    by shavy Written Jan 17, 2015

    The mountain village of Sagada (11,000 inhabitants) is located in the Philippine Mountain Province at 1477 meters altitude in the middle of the Cordillera Mountains. Also here you can make beautiful walks along rocks, rice fields, waterfalls, caves. But the town is best known for its caves and rock niches that are already for centuries used as cemeteries.

    An asset is the peace that is maintained by the difficult access to the remote town. The popular weekend tourism from Manila can not get here. The landscape is beautiful mountains, rice fields and pine forests alternate, occasionally a small town or village. People entering and exiting with sometimes rather strange baggage but this is Ifugao Mountain Province, local people is far away from the stylish large city of Manila

    On our way trekking
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    Sometimes you do things you can not do better

    by shavy Updated Jan 17, 2015

    To begin at the beginning the Sumaging Cave and Cave Lumiang through an underground passageway linked. With the guide, it is possible to walk in 3-4 hours from one to the other cave. We were doubting whether we want to make this trip. On the one hand, I am curious about the underground landscape

    We have good trust in our guide. However, I am reassured the trip is to do for anyone with a reasonable condition, and you should not be claustrophobic, so will took this as a challenge. For a price of 800 pesos for the local guide we have completely trust in him!

    With guide and lantern we descend into the cave, the initial part is quite smooth and slippery, but since there are also some rain flows into the cave we did not expect anything else. Fortunately, the guide is very helpful.

    Inside we see different layers in the bottom alternately, then there is another type of limestone, and the next moment you walk (or slide). A large plain covered with clay is also called "ballroom". At the plaffond this ballroom hang bats, which massively you cut out when you flew too long with a flashlight shining in their direction.

    Here and there is an underground waterfall, and sometimes the water collected in a sort of underground pond or even a kind of river. As soon we're dirty and wet, the water is a relief. Just a few measure relaxing swim instead of focusing scrambling

    The most beautiful parts of the cave at the end, two huge halls with all formations of different types of stone. One of the halls has the dubious name 'Porn Cave' because there are rock formations in the shape of an organ of a woman and a man has. Also, I have seen form of a naked woman, at the end of the trek what I find ourselves more like a hippopotamus ;) was a pretty good experience and very adventurous!

    We were just downwards Inside the cave Curtain form of liming Entering to the cave Inside the cave
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    Trekking to the Cave, Purely Adventure

    by shavy Updated Jan 17, 2015

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    Sagada is certainly not a place for relaxing, coming to this place one must do the trekking to be able to see the tourist spot and the nature of this place. We start our adventure by trekking in Sumaguing Cave. At first we have no idea how hard it is, we completely rely on our local guide.

    But before deciding to do this, we've been informed by tourist center that the Sumaguing Cave is not an easy trek, but we wanted to do it. Before we enter the cave I thought to myself oh, I think is easy, until we went inside. Do some crawling, climbing the rope. Sometimes we crawl to a very tight hole, goes down from a deep hole, our local guide shows this first how to do it, and he always there to help us

    But there are some passages in the cave where we will not be very happy a rope you need through a narrow hole 5 meters vertically downwards. If you just put your feet down there where it should be according to the guide then this should be no problem

    Shortly after this first rope follows a second rope, with our lower body on a narrow precipice must sway, and then to our shaft must rotate and descend. Mind to zero and DO IT! Fortunately, that method works. However, in most places there is no hanging ropes and you have but how you hold and grip

    What we have seen inside the cave, it's all well worth the adventure and never regret that we did it. The caves in Sagada is not advisable to do on your own, it's a big risk!. A local guide is highly recommended! this people has pretty good experience and they know their way inside the cave. They provide a light, with my own flashlight it didn't work. I dropped my flashlight during downwards, and also your two hands must free to grip the stone during climb

    This part of the passage way by pulling the rope Another way by gripping yourself Before we enter Sumaguing Cave Inside the cave After all is well worth
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    Lumiang Burrial Cave

    by shavy Written Jan 17, 2015

    Besides the coffins hung on the rock, some coffins are also lies inside the cave. A narrow path leads us to the cave with the crates against the wall of the cave are stacked dozens of crates. Some are fairly new, some are centuries old.

    The boxes seem quite small for adults, but when you consider that the dead fetus posture are laid in the coffin because that reincarnation easier, then it is logical.

    You can see all this if you are going to trek to Lumiang Burial Cave. We were on our way to Sumaguing cave which this two caves are connected to each other, this is what we saw on the way, and some of the box there's a hole in it which we easily seen the bone inside

    The old boxes are made of hollow tree trunks which the lid is secured with wooden pegs put, so they stand out from the more recent wooden planks boxes that often carry a cross.

    Stacked Coffins This box has hole in it
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    Very interesting to see in Sagada

    by shavy Written Jan 17, 2015

    Sagada is known for its hanging coffin. The hanging coffins can be seen very close during the trek to "Echo Valley" the trek is the only way to see the coffins from so close. Unbelievable the tradition still being used lately. Looking at this coffins closely, unbelievable how people still let them self buried like this.

    Some of the coffins hung on the rock for so long, easy to see on the coffins. Is quite a story to hear about it which gives me (chicken skin) listening to our guide,

    The people of Sagada follow a unique burial ritual specially elderly people carve their own coffins out of hollowed logs. If they are too weak or ill, their families prepare their coffins instead. The dead are placed inside their coffins (sometimes breaking their bones in the process of fitting them in)

    The coffins are brought to a cave for burial or hung it instead of being placed into the ground, the coffins are hung either inside the caves or on the face of the cliffs, near the hanging coffins of their ancestors.

    The Sagada people have been practicing such burials for over 2000 years, and some of the coffins are well over a century old. Eventually the coffins deteriorate and fall from their precarious positions. Many of the locations of the coffins are difficult to reach (and obviously should be left alone out of respect) but can be appreciated from afar.

    The Hanging Coffins
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    Rice field can be seen here too

    by shavy Updated Jan 17, 2015

    If we say rice field/terraces we only know that is in Banaue, but before to get to Banaue it can also be seen in Sagada. During our trek we able to see this beautiful rice field in Sagada, many of the locals here also cultivate their own rice.

    As we knew the Ifugao Mountain Province is known for their rice plantation and this is one of the best nature to see in the Philippines. Looking for the green environment Mountain Province is the place to be.

    It would not be so nice as one in Banaue but at least we're glad we able to see them before we get to Banaue. Again you can see this rice field by walking, as I mentioned earlier everything in Sagada can be seen by walking only. We've seen partly of this on our way to our trekking.

    Watch Sagada's rice field
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