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Breezing Through Mountain Towns – Banaue and Bontoc for Sagada

The town was still asleep when our bus dropped off one passenger in Banaue, Ifugao. At that quick stop, I tried hard to peer through the misty glass windows of the bus hoping I could glimpse a bit of this place made famous by the world-renowned Banaue Rice Terraces. Sadly, I could hardly see anything at all. Outside was still so dark that I could not even make out the silhouette of the mountains which surrounds the area. A quick debate raged within me, to go down there or to continue on with the journey. If I go down, it was prime opportunity Continue Reading

Kiltepan Sunrise: A Walk in the Clouds

I could never get enough of Sagada's Kiltepan Peak and the amazing sunrise that welcomes you to a new day. Getting up early was no task at all  despite the chilly temperature of the highlands that makes one want to just stay in bed with blanket wrapped around self like a very comfy cocoon. The weather that day promises to be kind to us, we were worried for the night before it was threatening to rain. And rain is bad news for those who wants to visit Kiltepan - there would be no great sunrise and no walking into the clouds, I mean figuratively Continue Reading


When your guide in Sagada tells you a vehicle is very handy in reaching a certain spot? Get a vehicle! But remember you are not in Sagada if there is no walking involve so even with ready transport be prepared to sweat it out to reach the must see places and top tourist destinations. The available map of Sagada doesnt show distance between spots in kms. You have to trust that when there is a dotted line it means effort is required. I found this the hard way hahaha  :mrgreen: So anyway for the first two days our guide brought with him van to Continue Reading

Mt Ampacao, Sagada’s Mountain Trail to Lake Danum

I was analyzing the map of Sagada weeks before our trip, and I was convinced that every must see tourist spots are very near each other, I came to that conclusion because distance between famous spots are shorter than the distance between my stretched thumb and pinky fingers laid on the map. Very scientific methodology hehe, obviously the dotted lines escaped my power of deduction. When Titus and I arrived in Sagada and tasted our first 'simple' trek to Echo Valley and going near the hanging coffins i found out dotted lines in a Sagada map Continue Reading

Conquering Sagada’s Sumaguing Cave

After a mesmerizing morning at Kiltepan’s peak followed by a hearty meal at Rock-Inn Cafe & Farm and some orange picking, off we went to our Sagada spelunking adventure in Sumaguing Cave, one of the best Philippines Tourists Attractions in Luzon. For the more adventurous you can take the Lumiang-Sumaguing Cave Connection, warning thou it takes about 3 to 4 hours with more twist, turn and climbing (it’s not for the faint of heart!). Entrace to Sumaguing Cave, Sagada Highlands Our SAGGAS guide took with him one lampara (gas lamp), he Continue Reading

Finally, Sagada!

I don't know when exactly I became fascinated with a small highland town up in the Mt Province but for many years now I have been wanting to visit Sagada.  I am an island girl but mountains and cool climate draw me more than waves and sands. So when I finally had the means and the time to take a long vacation, the road finally took me to Sagada. The planning took less than a week and helped tremendously by the internet and the informative site of the SAGGAS. Together with my boyfriend/official bags carrier Titus we made reservations for the Continue Reading

Sagada Adventure 101

There are a few things you need to remember to have a wonderful time in Sagada. 1. There are some spots that in my opinion you really need a guide like Sumaguing Cave, Cave connection Lumiang-Sumaguing, Aguid Rice Terraces to Bomod-ok falls and Mt Ampacao Trek to Lake Danum. You can check out the Saggas  (Sagada Genuine Guides Association). Other sites you may just ask any local to give you the direction like the Echo Valley, Pottery, Sagada Weaving. 2. Guide fees are set by the municipal council and are regulated.  But you can always look Continue Reading