Cordillera Heritage Warrior: Day 3 – Bontoc to Sagada Roadtrip
Bay-yo Rice Terraces
After having breakfast at Banaue Hotel, we boarded our van and headed toward Bontoc, our next stop. Crossing over Mt. Polis, the third highest peak in Ifugao, we had a short stopover in Bay-yo Rice Terraces.
Toilet Cashier at Bay-yo Rice Terraces Viewpoint
If you are heading to Bontoc or Sagada in Mountain Province, Bay-yo Rice Terraces Viewpoint is one of the best places for a stopover, not only because of its natural beauty but also because of the clean restrooms available there.
Bontoc Mountain Province
From the rice terraces, we headed to the Poblacion of Bontoc to visit the Bontoc Village Museum. The Museum houses a good collection of photographs and paintings that portray the cultural traditions of mountain people back in the days.
Other areas in the Museum showcased traditional dresses, jewelry, native houseware, and other things used by the Igorot people. Outside the Museum, there’s a souvenir shop and a replica of a typical Bontoc village with different types of houses.
Lemon Pie and Mountain Tea at Sagada Lemon Pie House
Our visit to the Bontoc Museum was followed by the Pinikpikan lunch hosted by the Municipal Tourism Office of Bontoc. From Bontoc, we headed to Sagada Municipal Hall for passport stamping and tour briefing.
Sagada Rice Terraces
I had some work to finish, so instead of joining the rest in exploring Sumaguing Cave, I opted to stay at Sagada Lemon Pie House to finish some work and enjoy a slice of lemon pie paired with a hot cup of mountain tea.
Cows in Sagada
After finishing my task, I joined the rest of the participants at the Sumaguing jumping-off point, then we all headed to our assigned accommodations. We stayed at the Mayor’s house, while the others were billeted at St. Joseph Retreat House. After leaving our things in our respective accommodations, we all proceeded to Lake Danum for dinner.
Day time in Danum Lake
Located in the middle of Sagada in the town of Besao, Lake Danum is currently promoted as a site for campfire dinners by local tour operators. Although Danum literally means “lake water,” Lake Danum was actually a huge pond instead of a lake.
Strawberry Cafe serves the Best Yoghurt in Sagada
It was the coldest time of the year, and although there was a bonfire, our tired bodies couldn’t take the freezing temperatures. We were supposed to watch the cultural entertainment by the locals, but the organizers decided to leave early since it was really too cold in the area.
Roaming cows in Lake Danum
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