Sagada in the Philippines
As a travel destination, Sagada is a place that many people tend to visit after already going all the way to Banaue or Baguio, but the area in itself is a worthy travel destination and a place that many Filipinos have on their travel bucket list.
It is very different from the traditional Philippines travel destination which is typically an island setting with thick jungle on the inside, beautiful beaches on the outside and many small and exotic islands nearby for exploration.
Sagada has tall waterfalls, limestone cliffs and a massive cave system. Compared to Manila and many Philippine cities, the climate of Sagada is much cooler and more serene.
What To Do And See in Sagada
For the Adventurous:
The Hanging Coffins – You will trek to get there, but when you do, you will see Sagada’s mysterious hanging coffins which people have been hanging for over 2000 years.
Caving – go on a caving adventure that takes you through Burial Cave and Sumaging Cave, two of the best known caves in the area.
White Water Rafting – Between the months of July and January, you can go white water rafting on the Upper Chico River where you can get rapids of between category 3 and 4. The rafting guides have been trained by professionals from the United States and are said to be quite good.
Bumod-ok-Falls (Big Falls) – Getting to these waterfalls is a journey up a path. It’s not too difficult and the path is good. You are rewarded by seeing an amazing tall waterfall that pours into an ample pool where one can swim (though the water is somewhat cold).
Even if you don’t feel like hiking or walking as much, there are beautiful sites to be taken in in Sagada and many older tourists still go there to take picturesque photos and see this charming part of the Philippines.
Sagada Rice Terraces – While the rice terraces of Banaue and Batad are more popular, the smaller terraces in Sagada are still works of art and have their own charm. While the Banaue rice terraces are made of heavily compacted soil, the ones in Sagada were made using small rocks piled upon one another.
Getting To Sagada
Your only real option will be to either take a bus or rent a car (or car and driver). from Baguio, you’re looking at about a 6 to 8 hour ride and from Manila it could take 12 to 13 hours.