Sagada Things to Do

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    What to Do and What to Wear

    by 05nov05 Updated Mar 19, 2007

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    Tips in Sagada:

    What to bring:
    1. Jacket! Jacket! Jacket!
    2. Insect repellant
    3. Pajamas
    4. Flashlight
    5. Food during travel (bread, chocolate, bottled water, junk foods, cookies and candies)
    6. Towel (for shower, no towels in the resthouse)
    7. CAMERA!
    8. Umbrella (you'll need this I'm sure..it rains in Sagada in the afternoon)
    9. extra blanket or small pillow if you want, you might need it during the half-day travel
    10. medical kit (which includes, bonamine, biogesic, alaxan, decolgen, band-aid, betadine, cotton)
    11. tissue
    12. tent (optional)
    13. charger for the phones / memory card and charger for the camera
    14. small bag where you can put your cellphones, camera, and money in as you travel.

    What to wear:
    1. t-shirts
    2. jackets
    3. shorts (if you can bear the cold) or jogging pants
    4. socks (optional)
    5. cap & sunglasses (to protect you fron the sunlight)
    5. rubber shoes or sandals (we prefer the latter)
    6. gloves (for caving, optional)

    ** I think denim pants are not advisable as it's too heavy when you put it in your bag or when you trek to the caves.

    Other tips: there are Smart and Globe signals in Sagada. Jeepneys are rare. There are no ATM machines so make sure you bring enough money. Attached is the Sagada Map.

    *** We forgot how much we spent in Sagada. Since it's off peak, you may bring at least P10k for the 2 of you..maybe that's already enough. Also, you may bring your own food to save more, if you want.

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    Spelunking

    by i-s-a Written Aug 22, 2005

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    After conquering Sumaguing!

    For people who truly loves adventure...try spelunking...gives you that wonderful adrenalin rush. Sagada has one of the most interesting caves in the Philippines named Sumaging Cave. It is also known as the “Big Cave” as it houses many magnificent stalactites, stalagmites and other beautiful rock formations.

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    Bokong Waterfalls - cool and refreshing..

    by myspices Updated Oct 17, 2006

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    After Kiltepan view point , we made our way to Bokong Waterfalls. The "road" to Bokong waterfalls is slightly different from the hike to Kiltepan. We had to walk through narrow paths, some paths of which are muddy, and also through some rice fields. (see pic attached). After the rice fields, you will need to walk downwards to where the falls is. Though Bokong is a small waterfall, the gush of the waters seems to be very strong. The water is cold and refreshing. Don't be decieved by the little pond of water right where the water plunges down - the depth is like 25ft. Tuts, our guide said that this is a favourite spot for families of the nearby villages. We found a family having a Sunday picnic here - the kids were really having a whale of time! (see pic attached). Hike time about 35minutes.

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    Visit Masferre's Studio

    by monina_c Written Apr 11, 2006

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    Saying goodbye to Mrs. Masferre

    This is a must!!! All visitors to Sagada must have a chance to see Masferre's powerful photographs. Okay, you can also see them down at the Bontoc Museum but It is completely different when you see them in his home turf. If you're lucky enough to catch Mrs. Masferre in a good mood , she might graciously take you around the studio and tell you about the pictures that catch your eyes!

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    Go hiking in Marlboro Country

    by OH_DK Updated May 21, 2009

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    Marlboro is a beautiful untouched landscape to go hiking not far from Sagada. We went on a day trip there with the local guide Alfred. We hiked up and down the grassy hills high abowe the clouds, and saw many cows on the way. The area is also known for its wild horses that we also saw at a certain point.

    After the hike we walked back to Sagada town - it took about 1 hour.

    See also my travelogue with more photos from this place.

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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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    Visit Lumiang Cave- The Burial Cave

    by pres_16 Updated Apr 28, 2012

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    Travellers should have a brave and adventoruos spirit for them to visit this cave. There are many wooden coffins, old and a few newer ones, that are stacked up at the large entrance. The coffins are made and carved out of pine tree trunk. It gave me the impression that this is a unique way of burying the dead, and strange. See my travelogue for more pictures.

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    Visit Echo Valley

    by pres_16 Updated Apr 28, 2012

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    I came here with the company of one Filipino guest and one Japanese guest. Before my visit to this place, I thought Echo Valley was all about coffins dangling by the mountainside. With the help of a volunteer guide we came across the area, a trek deeper down the valley proved there's more to it than just that. He led us to the trail leading to the site of the hair-raising human bones scattered on the ground and coffins inserted on stone holes. This tribal custom, which no one knows exactly how it started, still exists up to this modern day times. After all, this is the unique practice that makes Sagada a unique and distinct destination. See my travelogue for more pictures.

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    A Great View - Kiltepan

    by 1sa Written Apr 6, 2006

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    look at how tiny the houses are!

    It's a leisurely hike towards Kiltepan, and well worth it. The view from here is fantastic! You may elect not to have a guide take you there, as the trail from the town itself is pretty clear. There's not much to *do* apart from gawk at how high up you are, but some people camp out overnight in the area (hence the occasional empty bottle of Gran Matador).

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    Spelunking through Lumiang cave

    by OH_DK Updated May 21, 2009

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    If you like a bit excitement and like to see caves that was formed through millions of years then you must definately have a look at Lumiang and Sumaging caves. We went down into Lumiang cave and found a connection to Sumaging cave where we came out again.
    Bring head lamp, practical clothes and shoes because it's dark, and you'll get wet for sure when you come to the underground river (I had my money belt on, and when I came up again I had to dry passport, flight ticket and money notes :-))
    We were a group of 4 VT'ers: missmarianne, jonXXX, kenski11 and OH_DK who hired 2 local, and well experienced SEGA guides who showed us the way through the caves. The whole trip through the 2 caves took us about 3 hours.

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    Burial Caves

    by herzog63 Updated Jul 5, 2003

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    Burial Caves

    These coffins were stacked at the entrance to one of the caves. They looked fairly new! Although I didn't climb up to look at them close! I had read that there are some coffins in the deeper caves but I didn't hire a guide to visit those. I was happy to to just see what I could see and I didn't want to climb around and disturb somebodys ancestors! Nothing sucks more than being haunted by disturbed ancestors!! This whole adventure reminded me of a Scooby Doo Mystery!! LOL

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    a Good itinerary + quotes for 3 days

    by gareth13 Written Nov 14, 2007

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    there are two itineraries that i have made! first one is the adventure type itinerary and the normal one.. guide fee, and vehicle hire included.

    Adventure Itinerary for 3 days ETA and ETD included.

    Day 1 .

    11:30 - Arrival
    12:30 - Lunch
    2:00 - Echo Valley (guide fee - 200)
    3:00 - Mount Ampacao Trek via Lake Danum - sunset viewing
    (reminders* bring water, walking stick and flashlight
    (guide fee - 600, vehicle hire - 700)
    7:30 - Dinner Rest Rest

    Day 2

    8:00 - Spelunking ( guide fee - 400) price depends on the pax
    12:00 - Lunch Rest
    1:30 - Big Falls Trek (Guide fee - 600, vehicle hire - 700)

    Day 3

    4:30 - Kiltepan View (sunset spotting)
    - Do some jogging or simply walking. Have your breakfast later (guide fee - 200)

    10:30 - 1:00 - Departure

    Total Damage - 3,400

    * this itinerary can be attained if the tourist is up for it and should have always observed time. Sagada takes so long and far to travel, use your time wisely.

    Itinerary 2 NOrmal Itinerary for 3 days

    Day 1

    11:30 - Arrival
    12:30 - Lunch Rest Rest
    3:00 - Echo Valley (guide fee - 200)

    Day 2

    8:00 - Spelunking (guide fee - 400,(optional) vehicle hire - 350)

    12:00 - Lunch Rest
    2:00 - Big falls (guide fee - 600, (must)vehicle hire - 700)

    Day 3

    8:00 - Kiltepan Viewing (guide fee - 200, (optional) vehicle hire - 350)

    10:30 - 1:00 - Departure

    total damage with optional vehicle hire - 2,800
    total damage without optional vehicle hire - 2,100

    if you want to have your guides reserved, you could wright a formal like letter in this mail address, ill have it printed and passed to the tourism office.. in the letter, place the name of guide, the date of your arrival, ilan po kayo, and your name...

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    Guide Prices are governed

    by victorcklau Written Feb 21, 2007

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    Price list

    Every visitor has to register at the town hall and that is where you get your guide. The registration and guide center opens at 7:00 am, and all guide fees are controlled, so nobody should try a fast one on you. If you know of any guide in particular, you can request for him and they will look for you.

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    SPELUNKING

    by cedricandjeijei Updated May 14, 2007

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    Sumaguing cave: You have to register at the municipal hall tourist information booth, costs Php10 for the listing/manifest. I guess the reason you have to enlist coz if youre not too careful on your outdoor activity you life may be at risk. It's no joke going spelunking. For 1 - 3 pax the tourguide costs Php 400, it already includes the lamp youll need to use going inside the cave. You can trek going there since it isnt as long as going to BomodOk falls, or rent a vehicle 1-3 pax will be Php 250.The tour guide we hired was a bit friendly,but we were not really briefed as to exactly what we were gonna do inside the cave, and we didnt expect that we would have to climb sidewards on cave walls, and go rappelling down the slippery cave. Gloves will protect you from rough rocks but that wouldnt be advisable since the rocks are slippery you wouldnt be able to get a good grip with it. I almost fell into the 20meter deep water hole, my boyfriend and i were thinking of "life-and-death-hold-on-to-the-bat-poop-rocks-dont-care" situation. REMINDER: hold on to you OWN camera, my boyfriends digicam fell off,dipped in water, we could've accepted it more if my boyfriend was the one who droppped it, but it was our tourguide.My boyfriend was nice enough to just let it pass since it wasnt easy to hold things while holding on to ropes and sticking your skin on walls. Bring your flashlight, i wore shorts inside the cave but i would suggest you wear waterproof pants like my boyfriend's Northface, it protected him from bloody scrathes. I had bruises on my legs and some scrathes on my arm. I just wished that we were told on what to really expect before we were thrown over there.

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    Bomod-ok Falls

    by 1sa Updated Apr 6, 2006

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    "The Big Falls," as Bomod-ok is known, is no mean feat to get to. From Sagada, you have to take a jeep to the top of a mountain, and hike downwards from there. You will walk around rice paddy after rice paddy (try your darndest not to fall into them), as well as a couple of mini-towns. You will have to go through a few streams, unstable rocks, and trails that seem too much like cliffs for comfort. It's an adventure in itself. Make sure you eat breakfast before going there, however -- you'll need the energy.

    Bomod-ok falls is big in comparison to Bokong, "the small falls." But it's still not very big. The water is incredibly cold, though, which may be a welcome sensation after having trekked all the way down.

    Going back up the mountain is absolute torture for the physically unfit, though. Prepare a lot of drinking water, and smokers -- resist the urge to light up. The thin air makes it difficult enough to breathe as is.

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