Hi! Sagada is one of the most popular travel destinations in Mountain Province. I suppose, you already heard several times this place which is being labeled as “The Shangri La of the Philippines”. I was born and raised in Sagada so I thought of sharing with you guys some of the tourist spots in my hometown. And since I am now staying here in Baguio, the last time I visited this place was 8 years ago so I’m planning to go home this All Saints Day. But before we proceed to the main topic, just a brief description, Sagada is one of the Municipalities in Mountain Province, a 12 hours ride from Manila and 5-6 hours ride from Baguio. Also, it is called as the “Pride of Mountain Province.”
So without further ado, here are the the 5 tourist spots which I think the most visited places in Sagada.
1.Kiltepan View Point
Amazing view right!? This I can recommend for people who love activities outdoor . It would be better if you will be in a group for safety purposes. And you have to be here as early as 4:30 am to get a good spot to witness this breathtaking view. Also, this is definitely a highlight when you’re planning to visit Sagada.
Note: Be ready to wear jackets here because it’s early in the morning so it’s super cold.
2. Hanging Coffins
So we all know that hanging coffins are coffins which have been placed on cliffs. Here, you are required to take a guide even though the path is short and obvious because the trek is not easy so make sure you have a good guide with you. The guides are all professional so they can explain and give you an idea about the things that would make you more understand and appreciate the reason for this sacred practice. In addition, I urge everyone who plans to visit this place to ask a lot of questions about the history of the hanging coffins and you’ll be amaze to hear how this tradition still continue during recent times.
Note: Keep in mind that this is a solemn place so behave properly, keep the noise down, and respect the locals’ beliefs.
3. Sumaguing Cave
You cannot say you’ve been to Sagada if you didn’t visit Sumaguing cave. But to be honest, I have to say that this is only suitable for those who grew up in the mountain, physically fit and adventurous type as it could be scary if you’re not adventurous. Also, there are no safety equipments to be provided. However, this is still a highly recommended as long as you are prepared to accept the risk. And for everyone’s safety, I don’t recommend you guys to bring kids inside.
Note: Be sure to bring extra clothes as water flows everywhere so you might get wet. And you might as well want to try the swimming pool inside.
4. Bomod-ok Falls
Bomod-Ok Falls is another attraction Sagada has to offer. In order to get here, you need to hike for 1 hour and 3o minutes and the trek is fairly straightforward, down a long series of concrete steps. You can also witness a stunning views of the valley and rice terraces all around.
Note: Be sure not to bring a heavy bag and to bring only important items with you. A cap to use as shade from the sun, water, food, and extra clothes. Be prepared to hike about 2-3 hours (back and forth).
5. Lake Danum/ Danum Lake
If Kiltepan is for sunrise, then lake danum is for sunset. It’s a lake in the mountain. Lake Danum is located between Sagada and Besao and a perfect place for picnics and walks as it can be accessed by the road or by the trails. It is best to come here for the sunset because the area is just so picturesque. Also, the lake is good for photography because of the reflective waters. However, it is not fit for swimming.
Note: The lake is small but it is very peaceful and quite. You would love to stay longer because of it’s very relaxing view.
And there you go! There are still a lot of things to do and to discover in Sagada. You may also visit Pottery House, Pongas/Pungas Falls, Echo Valley, Marlboro Mountain, Blue Soil and a lot more.
P.s, All photos from 1,2,3 and 4 was grabbed from google. Credits goes to the resoective owner/s and to Marciana Bengtayen as well for allowing me to use her photo in Lake Danum.
Thank you for reading.