Can I just say I love, love, love Sagada? I was born and raised in the northern part of the Philippines, so I love the scent of pine trees, the coolness of the mountain breeze, and the long and dizzying road to the provinces. If youre looking for a vacation spot that reeks of adventure, yet tranquil at the same time, I strongly suggest that you go to Sagada. Im not from Sagada, but some of my cousins live there, and Ive been there several times.
So why this place? Where is this place anyway?
Sagada is a municipality of Mountain Province, a province situated in the northern part of the Philippines. Its a small town, but it draws tourists in because of its rich culture, amazing sights, and warm people.
Here are just some of my favorite things to do and sights to see when I visit my cousins in Sagada. You can adapt these activities to suit your itinerary. Be warned though that the place is so great that 3 days and 2 nights is not enough.
This can take you one day — I mean it. There are a few caves that you can visit for a few hours, but set aside one day for the biggest (?) of them, which is called Sumaguing Cave. Expect to get wet and see limestones shaped into different things. Theres an area where we used to take a bath in, but I think youre not allowed to do this anymore.
Aside from spelunking, you may want to visit burial caves. I only visited two of these caves because I got spooked.
2. Hanging Coffins
There are plenty of sights to visit that I cant even decide where to start. But let me start with hanging coffins. Oh my gosh. Youll be amazed at how the coffins were lodged in those cliffs.
Hanging Coffins of Animistic Applai Elders Entombed on Limestone Cliffs, Sagada Town, Philippines Photographic Poster Print
There are big waterfalls (Bomod-ok Falls), and there are small waterfalls (Bokong Falls). I always go to Sagada every December, so its super cold. But if you can brave the cold water, you can always take a dive.
4. Wild Berries and Mushrooms
I love picking wild berries! I think these berries grow all year round. But as for mushrooms, theyre seasonal.
There are pine trees, everywhere! Did I say I love the scent of pine trees? I think I did. Wink! But aside from lots of pine trees, youll see breathtaking views. They also have small rice terraces.
6. Food and Beverage
You can ask your innkeeper to prepare pinikpikan and other local dishes for you. But if you prefer European and American meals, theres a great cafe called Log Cabin that serves the best dishes. Also, try Sagadas mountain tea, coffee, and frozen yogurt.
The locals are very warm and accommodating. You can drop by at weddings and participate in gong dances if you want.
8. Sagada Weaving
When we were kids, we used to go to school in Sagada Weaving backpacks. They’re the best!