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 sway 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.
About Sagada Philippines
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.
What’s in this blog?
- Places to visit
- Best time to visit
- How to get to Sagada Philippines
- Frequently Asked Questions About Sagada Philippines
Places to visit
Be sure to tick off these places on your bucket list to make the most of your trip!
1. Hanging Coffins of Echo Valley
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 fall from their precarious positions.
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 these particular rice terraces are smaller but still a fantastic sight. You can find this tourist spot in the towns of Suyo, Ankileng, Balugan, Bangaan (on the way to Bomod-ok Falls) and Kiltepan.
3. Bomod-ok Falls
There are many tourist spots that you can visit in this province, 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.”
Of all the 60 caves found underneath this beautiful destination, 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 in the shapes of animals, food, and people.
5. Blue Soil Hills
Blue Soil Hills is one of the most beautiful places in this province. Once you catch sight of the amazing Blue Soil Hills and the towering trees surrounding it, you’ll feel like you’re in fantasy land. Make sure to wear appropriate trekking equipment to avoid injuries when going here.
6. Lake Danum
This beautiful tourist spot in Sagada is a small lake surrounded by pine trees. Its scent proliferates the area, making it a more relaxed atmosphere and one of the best places to unwind and camp. You need to walk for about a hundred meters to get to the campsite where you’ll see the most romantic sunset view.
7. Mt Kiltepan Viewpoint
To catch the famous Sagada sunrise, head to Mt Kiltepan Viewpoint. This place became famous because of the hit Filipino movie “That Thing Called Tadhana”.
8. Sagada Brew
If you’re a fan of locally sourced coffee, Sagada Brew is a place you shouldn’t miss. Besides coffee, you can have some appetizing breakfast, lunch, and dessert at reasonable prices.
9. Sagada Weaving and Souvenir Shop
A first-timer in this province shouldn’t miss a trip to Sagada weaving. In case you didn’t know, this souvenir shop is known for weaving quality products such as bags, slippers, souvenirs, and apparel since 1968, making them a pioneer of the industry in the area. Witness workers create colorful fabrics using wooden weaving looms, and buy souvenir items while you’re at it.
Best time to visit
The weather in Sagada is similar to Baguio—cool in all seasons. The best time to go to here 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 produces, 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 the peak season for travelers.
How to get to Sagada Philippines
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.
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.
You can ride a bus bound for Baguio from Manila 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
Coda Lines offers direct daily trips from Quezon City to the Cordilleras if you want to skip all that multiple stopovers and transport woes. 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 its tourist spots.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sagada Philippines
Q: How far is Sagada from Manila?
A: The distance is 226 miles (363 km). The flying distance is 174 miles (279 km). Travel time from Manila to Sagada takes around 12 hours one way.
Q: What is Sagada known for?
A: It is known for its scenic mountain valleys, rice fields, refreshing waterfalls, limestone caves, and sea of clouds.
Q: How many hours drive from Manila to Sagada?
A: The travel time will take 12 hours one way.
Q: Where to go in Sagada?
A: Some beautiful tourist spots include:
- Echo Valley Hanging Coffins
- Lake Danum
- Bomod-ok Falls
- Bokong Falls
- Sumaguing Cave
- Lumiang Cave
- Marlboro Hills
- Mt. Kiltepan Viewpoint
- Blue Soil Hills
- Pongas Falls
Q: How many hours is Baguio to Sagada?
A: Travel time takes around six (6) hours.
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