Sagada Philippines: A First-Timer’s Guide to Traveling Sagada

Sagada Philippines: A First-Timer’s Guide to Traveling Sagada
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If you’re an avid movie fan, then you must have known Sagada Philippines as the place where broken hearts go, thanks to the rom-com film That Thing Called Tadhana. Because why not? From its sunny yet chilly weather, lush natural landscapes that sways to the breeze of the air, and the sea of clouds as your backdrop, Sagada is definitely a perfect setting for movie-like senti moments.

But more than that, Sagada Mountain Province is home to the famous historical and mysterious hanging coffins, scenic and calming mountain valleys, rice terraces, limestone caves, stunning waterfalls, and friendly Igorots that let people discover its rich culture and traditions preserved over time.

Located in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in Northern Luzon, with a total travel time of 11 to 13 hours from Manila to Sagada, this place offers a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

Read on to find out more about Sagada Mountain Province and we’ll help you plan your exciting adventure!

Places to visit in Sagada

1. Hanging Coffins of Echo Valley

the hanging coffins of sagada

Igorots in Sagada Mountain Province follow a unique burial ritual. Instead of being buried underground, the coffins are hung either inside the caves or on the face of the cliffs, near the hanging coffins of their ancestors. Igorots believe that the higher the dead were placed, the greater chance of their spirits reaching a higher nature in the afterlife.

This tradition has been practiced for over 2,000 years. When the coffins are too old, they eventually fall from their precarious positions.

2. Sagada Rice Terraces

amazing view of the sagada rice terraces

While Banaue and Batad in Ifugao are the most popular sites to see rice terraces in the Philippines, Sagada has its own share of magnificent landscapes. The difference is that Sagada Rice Terraces are smaller, but still an amazing site. You can find the Sagada Rice Terraces in the towns of Suyo, Ankileng, Balugan, Bangaan (on the way to Bomod-ok Falls) and Kiltepan.

3. Bomod-ok Falls

majestic view of the bomod-ok falls

There are many Sagada tourist spots that you can visit and among those are the three waterfalls in town: Pongas, Bokong, and Bomod-ok. Of the three, Bomod-ok Falls is the largest and tallest standing at 200 feet, that is why it’s dubbed as the “Big Falls.”

4. Sumaguing Cave

the stunning sumaguing cave

Of all the 60 caves found underneath Sagada Philippines, Sumaguing Cave has the largest enclosure, that is why it’s known as “The Big Cave.” Once inside, you’ll discover countless stunning rock formations that are in the shapes of animals, food, and people.

5. Blue Soil Hills

aerial view of the blue soil hills in sagada

Blue Soil Hills is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Sagada. Once you catch sight of the amazing Blue Soil Hills and the towering trees surrounding it, you’ll feel like you’re in a fantasy land. Make sure to wear appropriate trekking equipment to avoid injuries when going here.

Best time to visit Sagada Philippines

The weather in Sagada is similar to Baguio—cool in all seasons. The best time to go to Sagada Philippines is during the wet season (November to February) where you can expect temperatures to be as low as 4°C.

The wet season is also the harvest period for fruits and produce so when traveling here during those times, you can taste the best of Sagada and participate in festivals. The only downside would be places to visit in Sagada can get crowded due to the flocking tourists as this is also considered as the peak season for travelers.

How to get to Sagada Philippines

the hanging coffins in sagada

Getting to Sagada Mountain Province can be a bit tricky. You have to take a 9-hour bus ride to Banaue, hop on a van to Bontoc and travel for two hours, then go on a 45-minute jeepney ride to Sagada—which may or not be a top-loader (a.k.a. you might have to sit on the roof, which we think is fun). For a more detailed guide on how to travel from Manila to Sagada, here are some ways to commute.

By bus

Taking the bus is the easiest way to visit Sagada due to the amount of operating companies available in Pasay and Cubao. It’s also the most budget-friendly way to travel. However, this can be a bit of a challenge because of the multiple stopovers you have to go through even from Sagada to Manila.

From Manila, you can ride a bus bound for Baguio that will take about 4 to 6 hours of travel time. Upon arrival in Baguio, you will have to go to the bus terminal and ride the GL Trans Bus bound for Sagada. From there, it will take another 5 to 6 hours to reach Sagada.

Another option is you can take the bus in Sampaloc, Manila bound for Banaue that takes 9 hours of travel time. Upon arrival in Banaue, take the 3 to 4-hour jeepney ride to Sagada.

By bus directly to Sagada

If you want to skip all that multiple stopovers and transport woes, Coda Lines offers direct daily trips from Quezon City to the Cordilleras. From Quezon City, the travel time will take about 15 hours going to Sagada, including the stopovers. This bus is also a great option when you’re traveling from Sagada to Manila.

By private car

If you’re in for a (very) long road trip and want to do-it-yourself, you can also drive your own car. It won’t be hard to get around Sagada because it is an internet-friendly place so you can Waze or Google Maps the Sagada tourist spots.

 

 

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