Mountain Province: How to Get to Sagada: Map, Bus Fare, Tour Itinerary, Places to See
I was afterall travelling with Ferdz, the man behind Ironwulf.com and co-moderator of Explore Philippines Yahoogroups-- the prolific blogger, backpacker and photographer that he is!
Our trip to Baguio was a breeze arrived early in the morning when the cold foggy air of the city of pines welcomed us. We proceeded to the Dangwa bus terminal ( the namesake of the strip in Manila famous for dirt cheap flowers) to catch our connecting flight to Sagada via Lizardo Trans
The bus ride took us around 7 hours of dusty, unpaved and tortuous road on Halsema Highway where every turn of the long and winding road made us hang on to dear life wishing we won't fall down the valley below---after all Halsema Highway claims to have the highest point of the Philippine highway system.
Arriving in Sagada 7 hours later and still breathing, we jumped out of the the non-airconditioned bus to inhale my first lung-full of fresh Sagada air-- the tutubi finally flapped his wings in Sagada!
We checked-in at Sagada Guest House where we only shelled out P150 per night with communal toilets typical of backpacker inns and after eating we went immediately to explore the sights. ‘Twas my first time in Sagada, a wish come true, and it was Ferdz’s second or maybe third.
We went to usual Sagada attractions with Ferdz as my able guide: Echo Valley, Big Falls, Kiltepan, Lake Danum (a disappointment), a tour of its various villages, hanging coffins and the virtually unknown Festival of Lights.
the newly-paved Sagada road with Sagada Weavers in view
echo valley senti mode
Ironwulf tinkering with his shutters
at Lumiang cave
for whom the old bell tolled?
Ironwulf admiring view of Kiltepan
Bomod-ok: the big falls
hanging coffins of Echo valley
The Skull, the one we found in Echo Valley where we also met Manny, another co-moderator of Explore Philippines yahoogroups. Ferdz even re-arranged the skull to have a better "pose" ;)
the tilapia- a prized find high up in the mountains
Sights to see: Hanging Coffins, Bomod-ok Falls, Sumaguing Cave, Lumiang Cave, Kiltepan Rice Terraces, Lake Danum, Echo Valley,
Where to stay:
You can just drop in and inquire once you get there. You need reservations though on peak days. The hospital opens its doors to people without a place to stay.
How to get to Sagada:
Sagada can be reached in two ways: commute via Baguio for a 6 hour bus trip of Lizardo Trans at Dangwa Terminal passing through Halsema Highway; and via Banaue after a two hour jeepney ride.
Sagada Festival of Lights, Bontoc
posted by backpacking philippines @ 7:25 PM,
- At Nov 17, 2006, 3:50:00 PM, Sidney said...
It seems you got it all!
- At Nov 18, 2006, 9:09:00 AM, Ferdz said...
Wah! Na extra ako! Hehe.
Nice pics. Any shoot this long weekend end of the month? :D
- At Nov 21, 2006, 6:15:00 PM, paetechie said...
one year in the making this blog post :) no plans yet for the long weekend...perhaps we can "synchronize" again on those dates :)
you know how to contact me
thanks also Sidney :P
- At Nov 22, 2006, 4:30:00 AM, Senor Enrique said...
One of these days .... baka makita ko din ang lugar na ito :)
- At Nov 25, 2006, 12:56:00 PM, basey said...
Undescribable sa sobrang ganda ng kuha mo....i'm in awe!!! Eric, sama mo ako ha pagpunta mo dito ha?? :>
- At Nov 25, 2006, 10:39:00 PM, said...
whaaa! na extra ako while textin. ganda ng pcis mo. have some of the same pics hindi ko pa na-post sa multiply. hope to go back again to Sagada and Bontoc. gusto ko magplanao to go to Imbayah festy in Banaue sometime summer next year. sama ka?
- At Nov 27, 2006, 6:54:00 PM, paetechie said...
sidney, just wait...lots more to post here :)
ferdz, let's hook up again at least we both have the same camera na
eric, i want to go back there. such a lovely serene place and unique here
basey, salamt din in returning my "courtesy call" :)
manny, baka magkita na naman tayo dun in an most unexpected place. Will let you know next year
- At Dec 8, 2006, 10:45:00 AM, jepaperts said...
nakasama mo pala si fafi ferdz! quite an experience. thanks for sharing the tour and we will be going there on the 18th with a fellow photographer. great pics!
- At May 11, 2008, 6:10:00 PM, lateralus said...
You traveled with Ferdz?! That's cool.
Im involved with a backpacker resource site as well - but it's destination-specific. It's http://visitsagada.com :p
- At Aug 28, 2008, 1:18:00 PM, gay said...
I love this place!
- At Feb 16, 2009, 12:56:00 AM, said...
hmmm...planning to go there this holy week
- At May 18, 2009, 1:06:00 AM, said...
you cant just move a human skull. thats disrespectful!
- At Apr 24, 2010, 7:46:00 PM, gracefool said...
thanks for the tips.. will definitely check Sagada next week - http://www.grasya.com
- At Dec 3, 2011, 8:49:00 AM, said...
Really nice post and images--but--it is really culturally not acceptable to touch or move the remains of the ancestors.
- At May 7, 2012, 10:08:00 AM, Biskwit said...
Sagada, kelan kaya kita mapupuntahan :(
forever alone. Nyahaha!