Best Things to do and Places to visit in Sagada
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The Philippines has and will always remain as one of the best places to explore around the globe. One of the most sought-after tourist spots in the Philippines is the famous Sagada, which is found up north of Luzon.
A place approximately 5,000 feet above sea level, Sagada is a mountainous province located at around 275 kilometers north of Manila.
Though many tourists find it to be a place too remote from Manila, Sagada, indeed, proves to be a place worth to travel to, due to its cold weather, fresh food, fantastic caves, and wonderful views. On top of that, it houses one of the world’s famous hanging coffins.
Apart from the local’s hospitality and untainted culture, Sagada also boasts of luscious cuisine. Heres our Top Things to do and See in Sagada for First-Time Travelers:
Places to See in Sagada, Philippines
1. St. Mary the Virgin Church
Being a country of Christian faith, old churches in most parts of the country have been preserved – one of them is the St. Mary the Virgin church in Sagada. This Episcopal church was considered as the oldest church in Cordillera and was built by American missionaries during the early 1900’s. It was founded by Reverend John Staunton, the one responsible for spreading the Christian faith in Sagada.
2. Echo Valley and Hanging Coffins
If you have never seen hanging coffins, then Echo Valley in Sagada is the place you need to visit. These hanging coffins are centuries old, though some were just recently placed. In the olden days, the remain of the elders are being buried along the sides of Sagada mountains.
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3. Spelunking in Sumaguing Cave
One of the most beautiful and adventurous caves in Sagada is the Sumaguing cave. This venue is truly not for the faint-hearted. Its rugged terrain below truly poses a challenge to many people. Sumaguing cave has the largest chambers in Sagada, the reason why it is considered as the “Big cave.”
Moreover, there is also a once-in-a-lifetime cave experience offered by this cave as it has a waist level pool that is filled with ice cold water.
4. Bomod-Ok Falls
Another noteworthy nature spot located in the northern part of Sagada is the Bomod-Ok falls. This is a 200-meter waterfall, hidden behind mountain villages and rice paddies.
5. Lumiang Cave
Another cave located in the south part of the main village of Sagada is the Lumiang Cave. It is known for its steep steps that bring travelers to an enormous, lichen-furred cave where hundreds of coffins are placed just at the mouth of the cave. This cave is believed to be centuries old where walls are carved with lizard symbols that signify long life and fertility.
6. Ganduyan Museum
One of the most visited spots in Sagada is the Ganduyan museum which is known for its sculptures created by anthropologists. Ganduyan is the old name of Sagada and the Museum houses some of the oldest artifacts used by the local people. These are inspired by dreams, jewelries and other Kankanay artifacts. This museum houses and represents a lot of the local cultures and history of Sagada.
7. Lake Danum
If you are fond of water and picnic, Lake Danum – otherwise called Lake Banao – is one of the places you have to see in Sagada. It is estimated to be four kilometers from the municipal hall. Though the lake is small and is actually considered to be more of a pond, this body of water overflows during the rainy season. This also flows down to the Balas-iyan river.
It is worth mentioning that the water is low during summer and turns brown to orange. On wet season, it turns green to murky.
8. Aguid Rice Terraces
Located in Barangay Aguid, you will see this majestic rice terraces on your way to Bomod-ok falls if you choose the old trail. Just like in Batad Ifugao, this rice terraces is also stonewalled but not as high as the one in Batad.
9. Sagada’s Saturday Market
Your travel will not be complete without the shopping experience. Sagada also offers good shopping options like the Sagada’s Saturday Market. If you are looking for unique items like fresh produce, household products and locally hand-woven products, the town center is converted into a huge market every Saturday.
10. Sunrise in Kiltepan
Nature is one of the most promising gifts all of us could cherish, and Sagada’s offerings don’t end with its mountain ranges and terraces. Situated at about 3 ½ km from the town center, Kiltepan viewpoint is the best spot to witness. It is indeed one of the best sunrise experiences that you could ever see.
11. Sagada Weave shops
Sagada also offers high-quality woven products such as bags, wallets, slippers, souvenirs and many more. Sagada locals are considered to be one of the pioneers in the weaving industry.
Eating Places in Sagada
12. Sagada Lemon Pie House
Owned by Joseph Daoas, this Lemon Pie House is famous for its Lemon pie and Sagada mountain tea. The recipe for its famous pie and tea was perfected through the years.
13. Saturday Night Buffet in Log Cabin
If you are up for good food, Log Cabin is the popular place you should go to. Being a famous place to dine in, reservations should be ahead of time. Dinner buffet starts at 7 pm and it only costs Php 390 per head. You will surely get the value of your money because of their quality food.
14. Eat Yogurt
If you are up for another memorable dining experience, just a few meters away from the Sagada municipal hall, Yoghurt House offers luscious food. It is known for pancakes and yogurt-based breakfast recipes like pasta, rice meals, and sandwiches.
How to Get There From Manila
Direct routes from Manila to Sagada are now available through the services of Coda Lines Corporation. The company offers a daily trip from Legarda terminal to Sagada. The daily schedule of departure is at 8 in the evening and estimated travel time of 12 hours. Fares start at Php 760.
Truly, Sagada is a breathtaking place to visit. It is definitely worth your money and time. So don’t forget to add it on your bucket list.
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