Our last day in Sagada, Mountain Province was the most relaxing one for this trip! Well nothing much to say here really (a.k.a. tinatamad ako haha). I’ll let you enjoy the beauty of Sagada through these photos (and a little bit of Baguio). I hope I gave justice to them!
And so that ends my Sagada adventure. Thank you so much Travel Factor for this unforgettable trip! Now, where should my next adventure take me?
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I was thirsty for adventure. I was torn between swimming with the whale sharks in Donsol or caving/trekking in Sagada. I’ve been to Sagada with my college friends two years ago but I’ve been itching to go back. I booked a trip right away.
I booked via Travel Factor. It’s my third time to book via this agency because I love the fact that they take care of everything from our itinerary, transportation, accommodation and meals! They offer more than 100 trips to different destinations—local and international. Here’s a short photo diary of my first day in Sagada:
The whole bus trip took about 13 hours. From the bus terminal in Baguio, you have to transfer to a smaller bus because the zig-zag roads are too risky for a big one! You’ll also pass by the scenic Banaue rice terraces!
If you’re traveling via Travel Factor, you’ll probably make a quick stop at this simple restaurant in Benguet. Take this opportunity to stretch and eat! Since it’s freezing cold, I highly suggest you guys order some hot chocolate and siomai! There’s nothing really special with it but it’s very comforting.
Pinikpikan is a popular dish from the mountains of Cordilleras wherein it is prepared by beating a live chicken with a stick prior to cooking. They say it’s more flavorful because the blood is coagulated. Sucks I was able to witness how this was prepared! Sagada’s famous Pinikpikan Haus is located at Alibama Inn.
Almost all the restaurants in Sagada serve brown rice. I’m not really a fan of brown rice, but at least it’s healthy!
They have nice paintings around the inn as well.
After lunch, we had no time to waste! We went straight to the highlight of the trip—caving! Or spelunking! Let’s just call is spelunking—it sounds more hardcore. Haha!
After a 15-minute hike, here we are—at the mouth of Lumiang cave. Your stay in Sagada won’t be complete if you haven’t gone here!
Spelunking in Lumiang and Sumaguing cave is more than just sight-seeing. You have to swim, slide, climb, rapel and squeeze yourself in tiny holes!
Our main tour guide—Kuya Erwin!
You’ll be welcomed by these stacks of coffins at the mouth of the cave. It’s kinda creepy how they’re all on top of one another inside a cave! The corpses are buried in a fetal position that’s why the coffins are so small!
Make sure you guys bring a waterproof bag/case for your stuff, wear board shorts for the guys and leggings for the girls would be best. A headlamp would be helpful too!
Here’s something you don’t see everyday. Take a good look at this scenic view because you won’t be seeing a single ray of sunlight once you get in. Doesn’t it remind you of the movie 127 hours? Haha!
The opening of the cave is huge, but the actual entrance is actually just small and narrow—just enough to fit 1 person! Simula pa lang, ang hirap na!
It’s pretty amazing to see how huge the cave is when all you can see from outside is just a small mountain/hill.
These tour guides are very helpful—they’ll tell you which foot goes first, etc. Kung makapal mukha mo, you can ask them to carry your camera and take photos for you. Haha!
Lumiang and Sumaging offers breathtaking stalagmite and stalactite formations. I also got into a bunch of crazy realizations while
caving spelunking. What if there was an earthquake and we were all inside the cave?
The cave is also home to thousands of bats. The brown stuff you’re stepping and holding on? Yup, it’s not mud. Haha! But hey, it’s all part of the experience, right? Righhhhht? lol
You go on your own pace but since you’re in a group, you have to wait for everyone. Walang iwanan! The last time my college friends and I went spelunking here, it took us 8 hours! lol
Sometimes you have to be on all fours just to be able to balance yourself! It gets harder because it gets slippery, cold and you get really tired. There’s no easy way out!
Wear slippers or sandals (with traction) for walking on steep, rocky and slippery terrain. At some point, you will have to remove your footwear and it will not be easy carrying closed shoes.
Wear lightweight clothes. Bulky clothes like a jacket, sweater, cargo shorts, denim shorts/pants are heavy and uncomfortable—you will have a hard time once your clothes get wet during the third stage of the spelunking adventure.
Even though bringing of dslr cameras are not encouraged, I still brought mine just so I could take blog-worthy photos. That’s how much I love you guys! lol
As much as possible, don’t bring anything to keep your hands free so that you can hold the rocks when you walk and climb. This was one of my favorite parts of our spelunking adventure! You have to go through that rope and slide all the way down!
There’s a part wherein you have to pass through this icy cold water to get to the other side. Much better if you just swim fast and get it over with!
It never stops! After going through the icy cold water, you have to go up this rope! Of course you’ll feel heavier because your clothes are dripping wet. If this is too much for you, the helpful guides can offer their shoulders as a human step stool.
These lamps may look super old school but they were of huge help inside the cave! And since it’s cold inside, these lamps kept us warm too!
The Sagada crew on our way out of the cave! You won’t really notice the time because you’ll be too busy trying not to slip or fall!
After 5 hours of rappelling, swimming through ice cold water, climbing, balancing on slippery stones and squeezing myself through tiny rock formations, we finally got out of the cave!!! We exited at Sumaging cave. We were all too drained and dirty to take a victory photo, haha!
It was raining pretty much every night in Sagada—making it so much colder than it already is. Anyway, there’s only a few restaurants in Sagada but I love how each one is so unique. I will kill myself if they put up a fast food chain here!
Drafting my instagram posts since there’s weak signal and internet here. Boooo.
Yoghurt House is probably one of the most popular restaurants in Sagada. I ordered the breaded pork with mashed potato. I love how everything tastes fresh here!
The homemade hot chocolate was perfect for the cold weather. They also offer hot drinks with a kick of vodka.
You can’t leave Yoghurt House without having their homemade yoghurt! Got the one with banana, granola and strawberry! It’s really, really good!
We conquered Sagada! So glad the hard part’s over! Stay tuned for day 2 of our trip! Choose your own adventure (parang libro lang) and book a trip today! http://travelfactor.org/80 notes