Sagada Mountain Province Philippines

Sagada is a small town in the mountain province of Luzon in the Philippines. Many visit for its cool and refreshing climate, beautiful caves and hanging coffins as well as the serene mountains. Take enough cash with you, when you visit it. The whole town only has one ATM, which is not always working. Although exchange rates are quite bad.

Mandatory Tour Guide Clarification: Contrary to what all the tour guides will tell and post to tourists. Tour guides are not legally required in Sagada. You will not be arrested, fined or in trouble with the police in any way, if you choose not to hire a guide. This information was verified at the Sagada Police station. May 1, 2017. Additionally, all guide prices are negotiable if you do choose to hire a guide.

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Popular sights include: The Mission Compound, Kiltepan Rice Terraces, Echo Valley Cliffs, Sumaging (the Big Cave), Bokong and Bomod-ok Waterfalls, Burial Cave, Mount Ampakaw, Underground River, Lake Danum

Hanging coffins There are several places in the area, where you find hanging coffins. One spot is quite downhill in the town, but it's not very spectacular. So if some locals send you there, when you ask for hanging coffins, don't go there unless you're on the way downhill anyways. The main location is in the north of the valley behind a Christian graveyard. Coming from Sagada central main road, head north / uphill for the municipality hall. Turn right there, following main road, and after the basketball court, turn right again. Pass the church on your left and go up the stairs until you face a small gate. Turn left and on the Y-fork after 150 meters, turn right. Cross the graveyard straight ahead. Follow the small path for maybe 300 meters and still uphill, you should already see the coffins on the opposite side down in the little valley. Go downhill, keep right, and you run straight into the main coffin spot. Hidden around this area, you can find several other coffins decorated into some rocks. Best light for pictures is in the afternoon. No guide required.

Note: Nov 24, 2015 - Tourist Information has posted a person at the stairs to the graveyard (mentioned in the directions above), and now requires travelers to get a guide (P200 for a guide). They are able to call for one while you wait at the stairs, however, the path down to the hanging coffins is easy to navigate and quite obvious, making the guide very much unnecessary. History/information about the site was not covered in the guided tour. Do==Caving. A 2-3 hour cave connection trip including a visit of the Sumaguing Cave, the burial cave / Lumiang Cave and the hanging coffins goes for ₱800 for 1st person, ₱400 for an additional person. The group goes in from Burial Cave and comes out from Sumaging cave. Book at the tourist information counter. Prepare to get wet and ziplock all the belongings. You will have to swim at least 10m to get across one portion. Normal caving costs 500P for a group of 1-4 person, ₱500 for a group of 5, other changers for a larger group. *PLEASE NOTE - the main attraction, the featured "cave connection," is a rather extreme activity. If you are overweight or out of shape, you will most likely not enjoy this and/or not be able to complete this. Some of the crevices you go through are just too small. The guides are very helpful and knowledgeable, but they are your only real safety net, as you are hanging on the walls with steep drops beneath you throughout the tour. A good alternative would be to do the "other" cave tour, not the main "cave connection." That being said, if you are up for adventure, you will definitely enjoy this.

Hiking Bumud-ok Falls (Big Falls). Take a jeep near the Municipio, one heading for Bangaan. Fare is ₱15. You do not need a guide to go to the big falls. It has a well-established path. Make sure to try jumping from the ledge.

Rock Climbing, Near Echo Valley. It only costs P400 per person inclusive of all gears and guide fee. No time limit.

White Water Rafting, White Water rafting is available on the Upper Chico River, typically from July to early January, but that may vary slightly with rainfall. The sections of the river being rafted are downstream from Bontoc, except in unusually high water when rafting above Bontoc is possible. Most sections have numerous class 3 to 3+ rapids and several class 4 rapids. Equipment is international standard and guides are trained by US rafting professionals. Cost ranges from 2500 to 3500 pesos/person depending on group size and section being rafted. Inquire at Sagada Outdoors, in the white commercial building across from the jeepney stop.

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