Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sagada Adventure Packages

After the stroke of midnight, second of September, Shervin and Gabe greeted me a 'happy birthday'. We were aboard Autobus, and we were traversing Nueva Ecija, bound for Banaue. Prior the trip, I couldn't choose between Sagada and Tuguegarao. If I choose sagada, it's going to be my seventh time there, though I've never celebrated my birthday in Mt. Province yet. And I have never set foot on Cagayan, so it was a tough call. My final decision? Go to Sagada, then to Tuguegarao.

I spent half of my birthday on the road. We were even stranded for a few minutes (Bontoc-Sagada) after a part of the mountain was deliberately blasted to "prevent a landslide". We watched a bulldozer clear the rubble, while drinking our Infinit Cocktail (we bought from Ministop across Autobus' Manila station, and hoped to drink at a stopover just after midnight - which obviously did not happen).

I will not bore you any more of what happened to us after that, instead, I will provide some new information I have gathered from Sagada's Municipal Hall. I do not know when they implemented these tour packages, but they sure weren't present the last time I visited.

Please take note that the following bits of information were copied off a brochure given away by Sagada's Municipality. I thought, knowing these beforehand can help tourists come up with an itinerary (and appropriate budget) before heading here especially those with limited time, i.e. weekend travelers:

Southern Sagada:
Cave Connection (4hours)
Sugong Hanging Coffins viewpoint
Lumiang Burial Cave
Kapay-aw Rice Terraces viewpoint
P800 for 1/2pax
Optional Ride: +P400

Southern Sagada Package 2:
Short Course Caving (2hours)
Sugong Hanging Coffins viewpoint
Lumiang Burial Cave
Kapay-aw Rice Terraces viewpoint
Sumaging Cave
P500 for a group up to 4pax
Optional Ride: +P350

Central Sagada:
Eco-Cultural Tour
Echo Valley hanging coffins
Underground River entrance
Bokong (Small Falls)
P400 for a group of up to 10pax

Northern Sagada:
Big Falls
Fidelisan Rice Terraces
Northern Sagada Villages
P600 for a group of up to 10pax
Optional Ride: +650

Eastern Sagada:
Lamagan/Marlboro Country
Limestone Formations
Wild Horses
P600 for a group of up to 10pax

Western Sagada:
Mountain Trek
Demang Community
P600 for a group of up to 10 pax

Eastern Sagada (start at 4:30am):
Sunrise View
Rice Terraces
P450 for a group of up to 10pax

Western Sagada (start at 4:30pm):
Lake Danum
Sunset View
Pottery Shop
P450 for a group of up to 10pax

"Choose your own adventure", the brochure's header says. And when you do, please take note of a few reminders:

*Wear a comfy shirt, and shorts (denims will give you a hard time!).
*Be ready to get wet in Sumaging! Waterproof your gadgets, don't depend on your guide to carry all your stuff for you.
*Though guides bring lamps for caving, bringing your own headlamps and flashlights will help illuminate the pitch dark chambers and may help prevent accidents.
*Be courteous, greet locals that you meet along the way.
*The municipality's packages are on a fixed price. Do not haggle anymore, the money that we pay them will be a big help to the locals.
*If you're traveling alone, or in a small group and you think you can't afford a certain package, inform the municipal's office so they can set you up with another group. It's also a good idea to ask fellow tourists from your hostel, they might be up for the same adventure!
*Respect the implemented curfew. Although tourists aren't really prohibited from walking around town in the evening, don't make any unnecessary loud noises - like shouting to call someone's attention (err, I can't state any other example, but I guess you know what this reminder means!).
*Make friends with locals! It's what cultural exchange is all about.


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Nicely said...
December 18, 2009 at 6:57 AM

I want Sagada!!!!!!

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
December 20, 2009 at 10:51 PM

I'm sure you'd be able to visit someday. You'll fall in love with it!

arze arce said...
April 17, 2010 at 10:41 AM

one day I will post my photos also, hahaha :) prang nsa baol nah ata eh... 2008 pah yun, hindi koh pah nah post... panoh bah naman kasi I'm just starting pah lang... tapoz pah backtrack ang post koh, inuuna koh yung recent adventures.... wowww galing ang dami moh international travel...

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
April 17, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Me too! I have so many trips the past decade which I have not blogged about yet. I'm excited to write about my recent adventures din kasi. Oks na yan kahit late, basta may nasusulat di ba?

arze arce said...
May 4, 2010 at 12:56 PM

yapz2 kahit late nah ayuzzzz pah din xa... whaaaaa yung pix pah lang ang nalagay koh, kasama namin si alvin patrimonio nung pag caving... hmmm kwento2....? iniisip koh pah what ilagay, hahahaha :)

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
May 4, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Alvin Patrimonio?! That must have been sooo cool! Were you able to ask for an autograph after emerging from the cave? Hehe.

Anonymous said...
November 20, 2010 at 3:35 PM

hi, your blog is very helpful, i have a question though, are the prices listed above per person or per group, :) we are planning to go there soon,, thnks... :)

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
November 20, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Hi. The prices indicated are already good for the whole group.

lakwatsero said...
April 3, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Sagada has been on my bucket list forever. I'm tied up on my regular 9-to-5. I mostly travel on weekends. Saturdays and Sundays are my only available free time. You've backpacked your way to Sagada several times, so, I guess, you're the best person to ask. Do I have enough time? I can't leave Manila earlier than 5am Sat.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 3, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Hello Lakwatsero, that will be a tight sched, though doable. Give 12 hours travel time to Sagada. If you leave Saturday 5:00 AM, you'll get there 5:00 PM. You'll have a bit of time to check Echo Valley and Hanging Coffins. The next day, you can do spelunking in the morning. Then leave Sagada at noon for Manila. For more info, check

lakwatsero said...
April 8, 2011 at 8:04 AM

Tight sched, indeed, and I don't think I'm up to it. I travel to relax, not punish myself. I think I'll end up more exhausted than refreshed. Sigh. I guess, I'll just wait til my Vacation Leave gets approved. Thank you so much for the info. Very useful, TAMAD lang talaga ko.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 8, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Yeah, much better if you wait for your vacation leave. Just add 2 more days to that and it shall be a laid back trip.

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