48 hours in Sagada
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48 hours in Sagada

#WeekendWarriors, let me take you to a quick getaway to Sagada!

READ MORE to find out how to make the most out of your Sagada adventure in 48 hours!

How to get there:

We availed Viajero Gabrielle Travel and Tour’s Sagada package worth Php 2,500 per person. Since we are a group of 12, we got one free slot for free. =)

Viajero Gabrielle Travel and Tour’s website: http://viajerogabrielletravelandtour.com/

(Note:This is NOT a sponsored post, I read great reviews about the agency that’s why I chose them.)

Inclusions: Php 2,500/person

  • Round trip Van Transfer (Fort- Sagada-Baguio- Fort)
  • 2 days tour in Sagada
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Toll Fee, Gas, Driver’s Meal and Accommodation
  • Taxes and Surcharges

Other expenses:

  • Caving tour entrance fee     Php 300/pax
  • Tip for local cave guide     Php 100/pax (this depends on you)
  • Tip for driver                     Php 100/pax (this depends on you)
  • Daily meals                       Average of Php 1,000-1,500/pax for 2 days

How to get around:

Vehicle type: GL Grandia 12-14 seating capacity (this is included in the Sagada package we availed of)

Here is the best driver and tour guide – Sean. You may request for him when you book your trip.
Here is the best driver and tour guide – Sean. You may request for him when you book your trip.

Where to stay:

Accommodations are dependent on availability of rooms. We stayed at Indigenous Inn but other options with the same price range are Pinecone Lodge, Ganduyan Lodge and Canaway Lodge.

What to eat:

There are a few restaurants around Sagada and with the rising influx of tourists; you will have to wait in line for an hour or two before you can get a table. But it will be worth the wait because the raved about restaurants serves really good food. Here are some of Sagada’s famous dining spots:

Must-try: lemon pie of course! =) try also their egg pie and take home a bottle of lemon concentrate
Must-try: lemon pie of course! =) try also their egg pie and take home a bottle of lemon concentrate

What to do:

10pm ETD at Fort

Day 1

6am      ETA at Banaue, Breakfast at Viewpoint

Perfect view for breakfast! Feels surreal to finally see the famous Banaue Rice Terraces =)
Perfect view for breakfast! Feels surreal to finally see the famous Banaue Rice Terraces =)

7am      ETD to Sagada

10am    Proceed to Sagada Weaving, St. Mary’s Church and Echo Valley

The famous hanging coffins - history books coming alive!
The famous hanging coffins – history books coming alive!

11am    ETA Check-in at Indigenous Inn, Sagada

12nn     Lunch (near Market area)

1pm     Proceed to Sumaguing Cave

Sagada involves a lot of walking, trekking and caving so it is best you wear proper footwear. We opted to wear hiking sandals– there are a lot of brands that carry this kind of sandals like Tribu or Sandugo.Sagada involves a lot of walking, trekking and caving so it is best you wear proper footwear. We opted to wear hiking sandals– there are a lot of brands that carry this kind of sandals like Tribu or Sandugo.

Ladies, wear leggings or sports pants and a comfy shirt, – you don’t want to get scratches on your skin as you traverse the cave and slide on big rocks. A sports shirt and shorts for the men would be fine.

I hope that the local tourism office can develop a better way to accommodate all the tourists who plans to go inside the cave. We waited in a long line for an hour just to get inside the cave! We turned on our GoPro to film our caving experience but the loooong wait drained the battery life out of our camera even before we got inside the cave! =( We now have an hour-long documentary about the long lines outside Sumaguing Cave. #EPICFAIL I hope that the local tourism office can develop a better way to accommodate all the tourists who plans to go inside the cave. We turned on our GoPro to film our caving experience but the hour loooong wait drained the battery life out of our camera even before we got inside the cave! =( We now have an hour-long documentary about the long lines outside Sumaguing Cave. #EPICFAIL

But because we have the best cave guide, Kian, we were able to pass by others by choosing other paths going inside the cave. This basically means we passed by more muddy paths and slided on bigger rocks. Getting dirty was worth it – it’s in itself an adventure!But because we have the best cave guide, Kian, we were able to pass by others by choosing other paths going inside the cave. This basically means we passed by more muddy paths and slided on bigger rocks. Getting dirty was worth it – it’s in itself an adventure!

Solid rock formations - too beautiful!
Solid rock formations – too beautiful!

5pm     Estimated time of return from the cave

6pm     Back to lodging

7pm     Dinner – free time

Day 2

4am      Assembly time, check out

5am      Sunrise viewing at Kiltepan

Woke up at 4am and waited for 2 hours in the cold just to see this view, definitely worth it!
Woke up at 3am and waited for 2 hours in the cold just to see this view, definitely worth it!

 

7am      Breakfast at Sagada

8am      ETD Sagada to Baguio

12nn     ETA Baguio – lunch and free time

3pm     ETD Baguio to Manila

7pm     ETA Manila

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The reign of an amazing Sagada adventure on my bucket list is over – thanks to my adventurous mom who tagged me along their team outing. Now I can finally tick Sagada off my list and move on to unlock other mystery adventures. I’ll see you in Indonesia in 6 days!. =)

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02 Comments

  1. Cookie

    Love it. Cheers to more adventures

    January 8, 2016 Reply
    • wanderjan

      Thank you! =) How about a Laguna adventure together? 🙂

      January 13, 2016 Reply

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WanderJan is a travel blogger who shares her personal adventures from tips, guides, photos and food reviews down to the must-buy products and must-try activities. Follow her in her quest for once-in-a-lifetime experiences as she gets lost in the most fascinating places in the world.