Shangri-la of the Philippines
The cold air touching the skin, the beautiful places filling the eyes, the great food making you crave for more, the feeling given by the sight of the sun rising from the East, the clouds gradually unveiling the beauty of nature, the pine trees covering the sunlight, the place that everyone could ever dream of—Sagada.
Sagada is a town from the Cordillera Mountains, within the Philippines Mountain Province above 5,300 above sea level. Sagada gives people and tourists the satisfaction not only of the scenery but also because of its accommodating people.
How to get there?
If you don’t feel like driving 400 kilometers, take a six-hour provincial bus ride from Cubao, Metro Manila to Baguio (P350-450/head, one way). Large liners, like Victory Liner, have buses that leave every hour and are open 24/7.
From there, it’s a six hour ride via local bus to Bontoc, the capital of Mountain Province.
The Bontoc-Sagada jeepneys fill up quickly, so one option is to “topload” or ride on a jeepney’s roof. It’s a bit dangerous but is also a completely normal sight. Here’s what Drew had to say: “It’s not the most comfortable ride, but for the experience? Go!”
The fare is P45, one way.
Total travel time: 12 hours
More? Go to Google Directions
Where to stay?
If you are expecting for a luxury place where you could stay for the night, Sagada is not for you, most of the rooms in Sagada are in the form of Inns, Lodgings, Guesthouses and Homestays.
The place is not as luxury as you are expecting but is decent enough for you to stay in.
The bed in a dormitory type room ranges from P200-P500 peso, while the private room ranges from P500-P1500. Sharing of comfort rooms in Sagada is just a natural thing so you should clarify it before you check-in in any hotels.
These are the five hotels that you could stay in whenever you are planning to go to Sagada:
1.Misty Lodge and Café
Number: +639261235186 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Facebook | Reviews: Excellent value for money & welcoming host.
2. Isabelo’s Inn and Café
Contact Numbers: +639289517153 +639106478223 +639262574861 | Facebook | Reviews: Located right in the center, this is a nice little inn with basic rooms and a tasty breakfast included.
3. Sagada Green Hills
Contact Numbers: +639059991044 +639287196489.
4. Sagada Bilza Lodging
Contact Number: +639157443366 | Facebook | Reviews: Clean, cozy, affordable, good view with traditional Ifugao Huts.
5. Ganduyan Inn & Café
Contact Numbers: +639212738097 +639274340212 | Email: email@example.com | Reviews: Very economical and good location.
To see more of the hotels, lodges, and inns in Sagada, visit Trip Advisor.
Want more of Sagada?
Sagada does not only give its visitors a cold atmosphere but also different variations of sites that will make your jaw drop.
1. Kiltepan Peak
Situated on the eastern Sagada, around three and a half kilometers from the town center, is Kiltepan Viewpoint, a spot famed for the amazing view of sunrise in Sagada. It is also known as Kiltepan Peak, being the highest point in the area bounded by villages of Kilong, Tetep-an and Antadao.
What makes the sunrise at Kiltepan worth seeing is the view of the golden sun as it rises behind the mountains of Cordillera and over the horizon of sea of clouds, it is reminiscent of the same scene in the summit of Mt. Pulag. When the sun is up and the sea of clouds eases away, another awesome scenery will be revealed – the beautiful rice terraces of the three mentioned villages.
Details from Lakwatsero.