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Overview
Sagada is one of the ten towns of Mountain Province in the Cordillera Region of Northern Philippines. It has a population of about 10,000 divided into its 19 barangays.

Sumaging CaveAgriculture is the main source of income in Sagada. Cabbages, carrots, and potatoes arecommon crops while rice is planted for household consumption. Sagada also earns significantly from its tourism industry. It is known for its pleasant climate, pine sceneries, rocky terrain, waterfalls, centuries-old burial caves, underground rivers, rice terraces, local weaving and hanging coffins.

The locals of Sagada are called Igorots. The dialect spoken is Kankana-ey though interestingly, most locals express themselves better in English than in Filipino, the national language. Also, unlike most Philippine towns, Sagada's populace is predominantly Anglican.

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Map

Cordillera Map

Sagada Map

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Transportation
-> Sagada
Origin
Company
Schedule
Route
Location
Baguio
Lizardo Bus
Daily 0600 - 1200
Halsema Road
18 (Baguio Center)
Bontoc Jeepney Daily 0600 - 1030 - do - Caltex (Bontoc)
Sagada ->
Destination
Company
Schedule
Route
Location
Baguio
Lizardo Bus
Daily 0500 - 1000
Halsema Road
18 (Baguio Center)
Bontoc Jeepney Daily - do - Caltex (Bontoc)
Banaue - do - Daily 0730 Bontoc 23 (Bontoc)
Around Baguio
Mode
Point in Sagada Map
Bicycle (P100 rental fee)
Rock Cafe

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Accommodation
Establishment
Cost
Point in Sagada Map
A-Seven House
P75 - P150
2
Country Inn
-
17
Daoa's Guesthouse
-
4
Ganduyan Pension
P100 - P160
6
Green House
P75 - P150
22
Mapiyaaw Sagad Pensione
P150 - P300
15
Masferre Inn
P75 - P150
21
Olahbinan Resthouse
P200 - P1500
24
Pines View Inn
P80 - P160
1
Rocky Valley Inn
P100 - P200
11
Sagada Guesthouse
P75 - P150
5
Sagada Igorot Inn
P1000 - P1500
23
St. Joseph's Resthouse
P75 - P150
8

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Dining
Establishment
Point in Sagada Map
Country Cafe
21
Country Inn Cafe
17
Ganduyan Cafe
6
Log Cabin
4
Masferre Cafe
21
Rocky Valley Restaurant
12
Shamrock Cafe
20
Village Bistro
27

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Amenities
Site
Point in Sagada Map
Market
19
Police Station
18
Post Office
18
Rural Bank
18
Sagada Bakery
21
St. Mary's School
26
St. Mary's Church
25
St. Theodore's Hospital
9
Tourist Information
18
Town Hall
18

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Activities
Activity
Site / Description
Point in Sagada Map
Museum
Masferre Gallery
14
Shopping
Arts & Crafts
11
Josephine's Store
13
Sagada Weaving & Souvenir Shop
10
Biking
Balangagang*
A 17 km ride to-fro Sagada, Passing through Suyo road to Balangagang (4 km), then back to Sagada via Baguio/Bontoc road south of Dantay (4 km), and finally from Dantay back to Sagada (9 km).
Sumadel /Tadian*
A 40km circuit along steep and rugged road passing through mountain sceneries and traditional villages. Sagada - Basao - Sumadel - Tadian - Abatan, Bauko - Sabangan - Dantay - Sagada.
Sagada/Bessang Pass*
A 140 km run from Cordillera to Ilocos, wading across Abra river and passing through steep and slippery Bessang Pass. Sagada - Besao - Sumadel - Tadia (road to Cervantes) - Abra River - Bessang Pass - Tagudin - San Fernando - Vigan.
Hiking / Trekking
Banga`an (Bomod-ok Waterfall)
Two hours north east of Sagada. After reaching a school in Banga`an, turn right to Fedilisan Village. Inhabitants can take you to the waterfall for a few pesos.
Bokong Waterfall
Thirty minute walk from Sagada. After Sagada Weaving, turn left up the stairs.
Echo Valley
Go through the cemetery, take path down into the valley. Coffins can be seen from the valley. You can also go upriver where the Underground River flows out and continue right on to Matangkib Cave.
Kiltepan Peak
At 1636m high, 1.5km east of Sagada, you can see Kilong and Tetep-an Rice Terraces.
Mt. Ampacao
A 2 hr hike from Sagada, at 1889m high, it offers the view of Sagada and its surrounding area.
Mt. Polis
A 4 hr hike south of Sagada, at 1829m high, along the Old Spanish Trail leading to Bagnen.
Mt. Sipitan
A one-day hike to the highest point in Sagada, at 2200m high. Offers view from the southern edge of the Mt. Province-Kalinga-Abra border. Guides can be hired in Sagada for P600 - P1000.
Northern Bontoc*
A few day hike leading through northen Bontoc villages. Dalican and Malegcong Village offers spectacular view of the rice terraces while Mainit showcases gold mines and hot springs. From Sagada, you can reach Dalican either through Baang (shortest but difficult), Tanulong, Banga`an or Aguid (longest but easiest). Then from Dalican, it's a 3 hr hike to Mainit. From there you can either go to Maligcong(2 hrs), Bontoc (3 hrs) or Sadanga (3 hrs).
Sagada - Abra*
This long expedition starts from Banga`an, from there the trail leads 10km (8 hrs) to Be-ew crossing a river. Stay the night in Be-ew or Tagpew Falls and continue on to Quili (4 hrs). Either stay overnight or go further on to Tubo for another 4 hrs. From there, take a jeep to Manabo, Abra. You can either stop in Manabo or carry on to Bangued and out to the coast near Vigan. Guides can be found in Lacmaan, Agawa or Gueday, all in the town of Besao.
Tagpew Falls*
Refer to Sagada - Abra expedition for directions. Gueday is the closest place to the falls. From there, walk up a stream and up a very steep ridge for 2 hrs. Follow the trail leading north/north east towards Abra. 4 hrs of walking along ridgetops, descend into a heavily-forrested valley. After an hour, turn left down the stream, walk for 250m and emerge at the top of the falls. There's a campsite in the vicinity. You can explore the bottom of falls by going down a narrow, slippery and steep trails (150-200m).
Tirad Pass*
This is a historic site where Gregorio del Pilar died in the battle against the Americans. A 2-3 day trek starting from Sagada, to Besao and to Tamboan (2.5 hrs from Besao). From Tamboan going up to Pang-wew, then 3 hrs hike to Bab-asig. Descending from Bab-asig to Abra river for 3 hrs, wade across the river and walk for another 45 mins to Legleg. From Legleg, continue on to San Emilio, Ilocos Sur. The path to Tirad Pass is 4km out of town branching off to the left. You can press on to Gregorio del Pilar (5-6 hrs), then to Salcedo (3 hrs), and down to Buwaya River. Guides can be found from various stopovers.
Spelunking
Balangagang*
The cave entrance is a 3 hr hike south of Sagada. It is the lowest part of Sagada's cave system and also the lowest part of the cave. You'll do a lot of climbing instead of descending.
Crystal*
Located 2 hrs south of town, this cave is well-known for its calcite crystal imbedded staclactites and stalagmites. The entrance is obscured so you'll definitely need a guide. Full exploration of the cave requires an entire day. Unfortunately, it was closed off 2 years ago due to looting.
Matangkib*
A 200m long cave. You can reach the entrance by taking the trail across Rock Valley Inn. The path leading away from the stream at the upstream end can take you to a waterfall in Bokong.
Sumaging
Known as "The Big Cave", 800m south of Sagada. The first hundred meters descent is quite slippery and steep. The cave house an impressive array of rock formations and several chambers, one of them holds a pool. The whole cave takes at least 6 hrs to explore and requires technical equipments and caving skills. The usual route for tourists takes at least 3 hours to complete.

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& *Robert Houston's Action Asia Adventure Travel Guide to the Philippines

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