Sagada Mountain Province, Philippines
I am from the north and Sagada is 6 hours from our home town but believe it or not it is my first time to visit Sagada. My friends and I was not able to unanimously decide on a destination. At the last minute we decided to go up north and visit the majestic Sagada also known as the ” Shangri-la of the Philippines”. Sagada Mountain Province is a small and sleepy town north of Manila. The average travel time via bus from Manila to Sagada would take you around 13 hours. Sagada can be reached via 2 routes Manila-Bagio-Sagada, Manila-Ifugao-Bontoc-Sagada. Fare and travel are almost the same using the 2 methods. We tried to try going to Ifugao first but unfortunately the buses are full. I should have made reservations in advance. So we went with plan b, from Manila we took a bus to Baguio then took another bus going to Sagada. Take note that you will be passing through Halsema highway. The view are picturesque but it is one of the most dangerous highway in the Philippines.
After a Long and winding Journey we finally arrived in Sagada at 1:00 Pm. We were not able to get a reservation on a guesthouse fortunately there are some available room at a home stay inn. Most tourist will go straight to do some spelunking, but we decided to just rest and cook some fresh home cook meals at our guesthouse.
How to get there:
From Manila ride a Bus going to Baguio. In Baguio get a taxi and drop at Dangwa Terminal behind Center mall. GL Liner has 4 daily trips to Sagada starting at 6 am. Travel time is approximately 6hrs Manila to Baguio and 6 hrs from Baguio to Sagada. Travel from Manila to Baguio at around 10-11 pm so that you will arrive in Baguio at around 5-6 am.
Alternatively, you can ride a Ohayami bus from Manila to Banaue then Banaue to Bontoc/Sagada. Ohayami Bus has a limited trip to Banaue, Ifugao. They have a website were you can book online (click here) , this would be perfect for overseas travelers. There are 9 pm and 10 pm trips daily, and travel time is 8-9 hrs long. In Banaue ride a jeep, a van or bus going to Bontoc. Public Jeeps and vans will be waiting for tourist . Some operators will usually approach tourist especially if your a big group. Travel time from Banaue to Bontoc is about 2-3. In Bontoc, ride a jeep to to Sagada. Travel time is approximately 45- 1 hr. If you intend to go to Batad as side trip you can read my post here.
Where to say:
There are a lot of Inns and budget friendly loges in Sagada. Below are just some of the hotels and lodges in town. Just in case they are full they usually refer you to other Inns.
MISTY LODGE AND CAFÉ |Contact Number: +639261235186 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Facebook
REASURE ROCK INN | Contact Numbers: +639055545950 +639282131149 | Email: email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org | Facebook
Residential Lodge Sagada | Contact Nos 09196728744 | 0919 672 8744 | Facebook
Misty Lodge | Contact Nos 09994459899 | Email: email@example.com | Facebook
Rock Inn Cafe | Contact Nos 09209095899
Travelers Inn | Contact Nos 09207992960
HIDDEN HILL INN | Contact Number: +639107967073
Where to Eat:
Sagada is known for their fresh and delicious food. Food crawling is a good activity if you are not into physical demanding activities. Below are some of the best restaurants and cafe in town.
- Gaia Cafe & Crafts Restaurant
- Yoghurt House
- Bana’s Restaurant
- Kimchi Restaurant
- Masferré Country Inn & Restaurant
- Rust ‘n Wood Restaurant
- Salt and Pepper Restaurant
- Strawberry Cafe Restaurant
- Sagada Brew Restaurant
- The Log Cabin Restaurant
- The Sagada Lemon Pie House Restaurant
Must do Activities:
There are a lot of activities in Sagada and most of it involves nature. Here are just some of the things you can do in Sagada: Spelunking in Sumaguing, Lumiang cave. 4 hours cave connection from Lumiang to Sumaging Cave. Walk around: Echo Valley, cemetery and Calvary Hills. We registered at the SAGGAS tourism office and hired a guide for PHP 500 (4 pax). Kiltepan Sunrise is beautiful but be warned that the view point can get really crowded (sorry di ka makaka moment sigaw ka lang).
Sample Sagada Mountain Province Itinerary
Here is a sample itinerary, you can design your own enjoy.
Arrival in Baguio
Depart from Baguio to Sagada by Bus
Arrival in Sagada
*Pay Environmental Fee at Municipal Hall
Rest /Walk around town
Echo Trail Tour
- The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin
- Sagada Cemetery
- Echo Valley
- Hanging coffins
- Underground River
- Bokong falls
Travel From Sagada to Baguio
Shop or explore Baguio
Baguio to Manila
I also used my FILM camera so check it here.
If you intend to go to Batad as side trip you can read my post here.
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