One fine afternoon of April 2008 when I contemplated to go to Sagada. The next morning, I found myself embarking on a 5-hour trip from Baguio City starting at a Bus Terminal at the back of Baguio Centre Mall going to downtown (well uptown) Sagada in Mt. Province, Cordillera Administrative Region. I took the 7am trip of Lizardo Trans together with some Korean tourists and locals going home to their town and I’m off to Neverland…
On the way to Sagada, you will be mesmerized by beautiful sceneries along the road. By now, the roads leading to Sagada if not the whole, majority of the long and winding road are already paved and poured concrete. Rocky mountain sides with lush vegetations coupled by the freezing cool breeze, the trip is definitely worth it. I stayed in a hostel overlooking a cliff limestone with some hanging coffins nearby.
Arriving at Sagada by 12NN, I rushed to the hostel and ate my lunch. This is a DIY trip by the way, but I suggest don’t do it alone. I mingled with Korean tourists so technically I am not alone.
Spelunking at Sumaguing Cave
After taking enough good rest, we already went in an adventure I could consider the most thrilling and death defying I ever made so far. I defied the conventional helmet and in short no safety gears. TIP: DON’T EVER DO IT! SAFETY FIRST…
Going inside the cave is difficult and dangerous. Be careful to avoid slipping and falling down. Yes, Sumaguing cave is vertically oriented so you are going down with ropes suspended from sturdy rocks. There are parts where your guides can serve as human ladder or you can just hold on the rocks and follow your way down. The rocks seems slippery but they are not. Your spelunking experience will never be complete without reaching and plunging in the ice-cold pool at the bottom most part of the cave. It’s fulfilling! Trust me!
Hiking to Bomod-ok Falls (Big Falls)
For me, the second best thing to do in Sagada is to hike your way to the Bomod-ok Falls (Big Falls). It is like one to two hours hiking in a well paved trails. You will pass by houses and rice terraces cultivated and owned by local people. Reaching the falls is very satisfying. The sound of falling water is very crisp and is inviting to plunge in its pool beneath the rushing water. There’s more, if you happen to go with a fine weather, look closely where the water falls and you’ll see that a rainbow is actually forming as the water burst into vapors. There’s a diving spot too but I did not try.
Other notable attractions in Sagada are:
1. The Echo Valley where some hanging coffins can be seen.
2. Other Hanging Coffins and burial caves.
It’s just so unfortunate that my photos disappeared when my old PC crashed without back ups. All I was able to salvage is the photo of Bumod-ok Falls shown above.
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Planning to travel to Sagada?Try “Visit Sagada homepage” first.