August 21, 2012

Sagada: The Most Scenic Place in the Philippines

Sagada was on my Bucket List two years ago. That dream came true last January of 2011. After a roughly 10-11 hours of travel we were greeted by English speaking locals of Banaue. Then we headed in one of the restaurant and souvenir shops to have our breakfast. 


It wasn't that hard to look for a transportation going to Sagada since there are AUV's that you can hire for Php700.00. We divided the amount with other travelers so we paid less than Php100 each. The amount also includes stop overs for photo ops in picturesque Banaue Rice Terraces.   


I manage to arrange with other travelers to join us in our tour in Sagada since according to Saggas, bigger group is much better since it could lower cost just like what we did with the transportation.


The instant group!!!

Glimpse of Bontoc

Passing by the mountainous municipality of Bontoc the Capital of Mountain Province on our way to Sagada.


Road to Sagada 

In Sagada everything is rural. And they live on it. 

Rough road going to Sagada.

George Guesthouse and Lemon Pie House


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We can't afford to waste our time so after dropping our bags in George Guesthouse we decided to take our lunch in the Lemon Pie House. The restaurant is just walking distance from our rest house, as a matter of fact most of the restaurants in Sagada are walking distance since the town is not that big. 


Chicken Adobo with lemon tea. Big serving!!!
My Sagada friends
George Guesthouse recommends our tour guide for our whole trip.  

George Guesthose - Php200.00 per night

Lemon Pie House - Php150.00 - Php200.00 per meal

Sumaging Cave

Sagada being a mountainous place is famous for its spelunking activities.  


Before the real spelunking adventure we had a stop in this famous site in Sagada where you can see coffin piled-up in the cave the natural way.    


I see dead bodies ;0


After we saw the coffins in the cave here comes the magnificent view of combines rice fields and other vegetation in Sagada.



The real spelunking adventure begins here.  





 Sumaging Cave Spelunking - Php1,200.00 for group of 10

Yogurt House

After energy dropping spelunking all of us were tired and sleepy. Most of my travel buddies accepted the invitation of their bed for a good night sleep but not for us. After a short rest my energy was high again and ready to see more of Sagada. We walk around town after an hour of relaxing  and pouring hot water in our body. Dinner was perfect in The Yogurt House.     





Yogurt House has the best restaurant ambiance in Sagada. There were handful of locals and foreigners (usually Koreans) the night we dine. A hot tea paired with vegetable pasta appetized by yogurt in mix fruits was a perfect dinner for a tiring day. 

Yogurt House - Php150.00 - Php200.00

Orange Picking and Bomod-Ok Falls 


















Sagada Hanging Coffin







Sagada Pottery and Sunset 








Salt and Pepper Diner  

Generously served breakfast was my last meal in Sagada served by a new friend, ate Safe Pekas. Ate Safe greeted us and welcomed in her humble home turned restaurant which is called Salt and Pepper Dinner. It was juts so nice meeting a friend on your way home. 






Ate Safe Pekas of Salt and Pepper Dinner

Most of my IT was planned with Saggas

All in all expenses in Sagada with Baguio was is approximately Php4,500-Php5,000.00. Looking for fellow traveler would definetly save your pocket =)


Sagada Adventure as I said kicked off my backpacking craziness. Indeed yes and it was the best destination I ever been to (and Bohol - Loboc River) in my life. People always asks me what is the best place I ever been to? The place in which I will not blink an eye to go back... Its SAGADA. =)


God Bless...


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This is the travel blog of Jherson Jaya - banker by profession, adventurer by passion. Everything written here were based on his experiences. The lust of seeing new places thrilled him to explore both the explored and unexplored world. Old and new architecture fanatic; lover of food, both exotic and indulgence; and founds peace in long bus and train rides - thats how he describe his way of traveling.    

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