Sunday, October 8, 2017

Surviving Sagada

After almost a month... Here's my Sagada Trip!
I enjoyed my recent trip so much I needed some time to contain all those feelings. Haha just kidding, work was eating me up so I had barely any time to write. But today's a Sunday, I woke  up at 1 am and now I'm more than eager to finish this post. 

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SURPRISE! I WENT TO SAGADA. 

background: no plans going to Sagada at all nor had any idea about it except that it was in the popular film, That Thing Called Tadhana 

so here's a quick wiki for y'all

Sagada is a town in the Cordillera Mountains, within the Philippines’ Mountain Province. Echo Valley’s hanging coffins are displayed high on cliffs, while centuries-old coffins are stacked in burial sites like Lumiang Cave. The nearby Sumaguing Cave has unusual limestone formations. To the north, Bomod-ok Falls has a natural swimming pool. Rice terraces are carved into the area's surrounding mountainsides.

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Alright?

So before going to Sagada, I went to buy some souvenirs in Banaue and my survival kit for Sagada. 
SURVIVAL KIT?  No, I didn't buy any weapons or whatsoever you're thinking now. 

******* scroll down for my survival kit******






















CANNED GOODS. YES, MAMIII. GOTTA PACK UP THOSE CANNED GOODS. 
BES, TAGAM NA KAAYO KOS PAGKAON SA BANAUE. 

Food prices in Banaue gave me a total shooookt of my life and pretty much I know that the prices in Sagada won't get any better. I packed up all those canned goods. Although, I hate to eat canned food...I pretty much didn't have any choice and it was one of the best decisions in my life evahh. 



Anyhoo, we took a van to Sagada. The van terminal is just in the bus stop of Banaue


Met two amazing friends. Donn and Bryan who were solo travellers too. We decided to just go all together.


Where to stay in Sagada? 

There are so many hostels around Sagada but the most strategically located is the


SAGADA GUESTHOUSE


One downside is that there are no outlets inside the room (just in the hallway). 
Beside it too is the Coda Lines Ticketing Outlet. It's actually across the bus station; very much in the center of the town.

Activities to do in Sagada, 

Going solo in Sagada to do activities isn't advisable (imho) because most activities/spots require entrance fee/tour guide/shuttle fee. 

We pretty much had to pay for everything. Lucky enough we got in a group. 
So, alright.. Just across the hostel too is the hall where you can book all the activities that you want to do. P.S. THERE'S AN ATM MACHINE INSIDE. 
First, pay for the environmental fee (P35). I thought I could get away with it but no, they require you to show it in every entrance of an anctivity/place. 



HERE'S A LIST OF SOME OF THE TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES IN SAGADA.
GUIDES & TRANSPORT FEES
ECHO VALLEY & HANGING COFFINS P200/$4
SUMAGUING CAVE/SHORT COURSE CAVING P500/$10 (1-4 PEOPLE)
P600/$10.50 (6 VISITORS)
P1000/$20 (6-9 VISITORS); 2 GUIDES
P125/PERSON IF 13 OR MORE
OPTIONAL: TRANSPO P350 - TWO WAY
GRASSY LAND/MARLBORO  P600/$12
SHUTTLE FEE P650/$12.50
LANGSAYAN DANUM TRAVERSE P1000/$20 (1-3VISITORS
ROCK CLIMBING  P800/$16) (1 VISITOR)
P400/$4 EACH FOR 2 OR MORE 
MT. AMPACAO TRAVERSE P1200/ $24 (1-10 PEOPLE) 
BOKONG  P200/$4 1-10 VISITORS
TRANSPO  P250- TWO WAY




If you're on a budget better make plans with other people too.  


Check out what happened in Sagada :)










The much raved Lemon Pie. I love Pie especially Buko, Chicken and Egg. I haven't tried Lemon and well... the Lemon Pie tasted like Lemon ;) Haha it was P30-P40 per slice. 



inside the Lemon Pie House


















Hanging Coffins 

Our tour guide gave us an in depth background about the hanging coffins. 


yours truly




then we spent the night drinking with a whole lot of great conversations

spot the canned good over there? haha 


The next day, we went to Mt. Kiltepan for the Kiltepan Sunrise (no hangover! haha jk)
Where That Thing Called Tadhana's  (Filipino movie)  iconic moment was shot
credits from: thepoortraveller.net

The van picked us up at around 4 am and was about half an hour drive


food stalls 

P30-for a coffee?





Then we headed to Sumaguing Cave






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We survived Sumaguing Cave!


It was my first time to be in a cave and I swear amazing is an understatement. (I should check out more caves yknow haha). It was tough even if it was the shortest course and probably the easiest. I experienced rappeling okay!?! Hahaha t'was the best. I suggest anyone to visit one of the caves in Sagada, there's more to it actually. Try it out :) but always be cautious inside! Always be cautious and careful. It could be really slippery so always be mindful of your steps.


Bontok Falls



After Bontok, we had lunch at Yoghurt House. 


about P250 x it was good but I was feeling sick by the time we had lunch so I wasnt able to finish it

inside yoghurt house







We left Sagada around 2pm. I didn't want to leave.  It was a short stay but it was more than enough. I can say that I have made many good memories in Sagada. Who'd have though such spontaneous unplanned trip would turn out so good and special? :) 


Let me end this post with this :




Until my next adventure
xoxo,
Tanya


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