Warning: Picture-heavy post!
Sagada is known for its “hanging coffins” – the traditional way of burying people which according to their traditions only the married and who have grandchildren may be buried this way. Also, its sunrise viewing which was featured in the movie “That Thing Called Tadhana.”
We joined a travel group called TravelPinas which, I think is the best travel and tour group out there.
12-hour ride going to Sagada, Mountain Province. Van provided by the travel group.
On our way to Sagada, we passed by Phililippines’ highest elevation measuring 7,400 feet ASL, which is called the “Highest Point.” It is located in Atok, Benguet.
On our first day, we were to trek 3 kilometers going to Bomod-ok falls. It is located between the villages of Aguid, Pide, and Fidelisan. It was roughly an hour trek through the bright green Aguid Rice Terraces. Though this one is not for the fainted heart, as it requires a lot of endurance but the breathtaking views more than made up for challenge. You will have to get a guide just for this trip separately, tour guide fee and environmental fee of P10, which according to our guide, is use for the maintenance of pathways going to the falls.
Last ascend and we’re almost there! The yellow plastic bags contained our lunch for the day. You may bring your own as long as you don’t just discard the used plastics and styrofoam just anywhere. Leave no trace.
Aguid s rice terraces. A view from where we were.
After an hour of trekking, you will see the mighty Bomod-ok falls or the Big Falls as it is more popularly known to Sagada tourists in all its wonder. The water was really deep and cold, so you’ll get refreshed after a very tiring trek. It’ll wake up all your senses. Trivia: According to our guide, it takes about 5000 steps going here.
Bomod-ok Falls from a far.
The Travel coordinator challenged us that day and that is to climb through two caves, Sumaguing and Lumiang Caves. Challenge accepted. Yes, we are ready! And excited!
My group before we head out for breakfast and that much-anticipated spelunking.
More coffins preserved inside the Lumiang cave.
Inside the cave with our guides doing an orientation.
Us at one of the rock formations
With our newfound friends
Crossing/Climbing from Lumiang going to Sumaguing Cave.
Our guide kept pointing at not only phallic shaped formations (above) but also the vaginal one (below). Hahaha!
We’re finally out! We conquuered Lumiang-Sumaguing Connection!
We had dinner at Log Cabin.
If you watched ‘That Thing Called Tadhana,’ a Filipino movie, then you’re probably familiar with Kiltepan Peak, which is the best area to await for the sunrise. It is found east from the town center of Sagada rises to 1,636 meters above sea level.
Overall, Sagada in Mt. Province is one of the best travel destinations in the Philippines. Not only for it’s breathtaking sceneries but also for the locals who were welcoming and very friendly. Even if you choose to just see the spots or go spelunking through the caves either way you’re gonna enjoy your stay in Sagada.
Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time and burn nothing but calories!
Photo Credit: M. Montilla, C. Agustin