happy to know that i’ll be adding new check to my bucket list… SAGADA.
after few hours of trip from Banaue we arrived to Poblacion, Sagada. truly it is much easier to recognized that you are entering the area because the temperature literally changed and could be felt physically.
our tour guide directly brought us to the coffin garden and Sumaguing Cave, i was or should i say we were not ready with what was ahead of us. the cold running water and the waist-deep adventure inside Sumaguing was a breathtaking experience. Not only you will be marveled by the stalactites and stalagmites but as well as the beauty of other rock formations. Kuya guide injected humor to make it more enjoyable but i forgot his name. We completed the tour with smiles on our faces together with Marius and the German couple.
Checked-in at Rock Inn and Cafe/Rockfarm after more than 1Km walked from the highway thinking it was just a Km away as mentioned outside. the place was great and homey and clean and best impression staff were nice and courteous. we were greeted with welcome drinks and since our last meal was breakfast like 6 or 7 hrs past. ordered one of their best Salpicao and pancit and freshly squeezed orange juice picked outside our room.
after we freshen up, we headed to Poblacion and since it was after 3PM and no more ride we decided to walk for more than 30mins and took few pics along the way.
we also tried the Yogurt acclaimed by few bloggers as one of the best…for me it was just fine.
Personal tours were quite expensive in Sagada, each guide will cost around 300-400 Php.
good thing there were group of young guys looking for a less expensive tour and agreed to form a group and equally divide the price for the tour guide, Kiltepan Sunrise View, small falls, Bomod-ok falls and Hanging Coffins.
*Kiltepan Sunrise View – not just breathtaking but as well as physically challenging because it was on top of Sagada plus its early morning around 5AM, you cant imagine the temperature we tried to endure waiting to witness the beauty of the sun early morning and seeing it on the highland of Sagada.
*Small Falls – located near Poblacion was just few 100 meters walk from our Hotel.
*Bomod-ok Falls – 30-45mins ride from Poblacion, a different tour guide was hired. The almost an hr trek was challenging and gratifying because you get to experience the highs of the routes and see locals and the best part? walking on the terraces. Big falls stand on its name as it was truly magnificent and big…COLD is a thing when i tried to get closer to the falls, i promised to swim even for 5-10 mins and yes i did. stayed for hours just looking and loving the beauty of Bomod-ok.
*Hanging Coffins- fascinating as seens in postcards and prints, it was their way of being close to nature. they believed that we came from nature and once we die we should return to nature.
We ended our day tour with a couple of beers and board games in one of the cozy and unique bar…