Sagada Sanctuary: 5 things to do while on a mountain escape

Sagada used to be one of the quieter mountain towns in the Philippines. For some reason that most of us cannot fathom, backpackers flocked here. Not to mention the fact that it has been featured as an "escape" of broken-hearted individuals in a blockbuster movie. Now, there are countless tourists in this part of the country at any time of the year, especially when it's blistering hot in the capital city.

If you would like to visit Sagada but don't really have an idea of what to see or do here, well, you've come to the right place.

1. Majestic falls

Bomod-ok Falls Entrance, Foursquare.com

A mountain trip isn't complete without seeing a majestic waterfall and thankfully Sagada has one. This place might be a little out of the city center, but it's definitely worth the visit. You would need to take a jeepney ride from the tourist center. And you can ask the driver to stop at the entrance of the Bomod-ok Falls. From the entrance, you will have to trek down for an hour, and the trail is not really friendly. However, the view is fantastic and you will be up close with the infamous rice terraces this side of the country. You can either go with a guide which can be provided at the tourist center with a fee, or you can trek on your own.

Name:
Bomod-ok Falls Entrance
Address:
Sagada, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

2. Eat on a cliff

From TripAdvisor.com

All this trekking and caving will wear you off and you will need to recharge. Gaia is a cafe situated on the side of a mountain. Imagine the view while eating on the terrace! It might just take some time for you to find Gaia, as it is a bit of a walk outside of the city center, but it's definitely worth it. If you decide to walk to the infamous caves, you will pass by Gaia on the way.

Name:
Gaia Café Sagada
Address:
Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

3. Echoooooooo Valley

Echo Valley, Foursquare.com

Well, it's only Echo Valley. I was just emphasizing that you can shout and hear echoes in this place. This isn't just your ordinary trekking trail, there's also a wall for rock climbing enthusiasts, and you can stop there and sit on the benches. Or you can enjoy the view when you reach a clearing. If you're going to see the hanging coffins, you'd have to go through this trail.

Name:
Echo Valley
Address:
Sagada, Sagada, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

4. View porn structures inside a pretty decent cave

Sumaguing Cave, Foursquare.com

Oh, the irony. The Sumaguing cave is just one of the many caves in Sagada. It's a really nice cave, from the entrance to the end, but the land formations inside the cave resemble reproductive organ structures. But wait. That's really not the reason why you go down all the way there. If you're a caving enthusiast, Sumaguing Cave will definitely be on your list because it's going to test all kinds of patience, strength and stamina that you have. It's really dark and slippery, and ts challenging. But once you get to the main attraction, you will be stunned by the view, and the similarities to the reproductive organs.

PS. I tried to go in, but I slipped a couple of times and I have difficulty seeing in the dark so I bailed about ten minutes in.

Name:
Sumaguing Cave
Address:
Sagada, Sagada, Mountain, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

5. Trek your way down to the hanging coffins

Hanging Coffins, Sagada, Foursquare.com

The hanging coffins is one of the major attractions here in Sagada. Why wouldn't it be? It's not every day that you see coffins hanging on the side of the mountain. And it's not just for display, folks. This is actually how they used to bury their dead. And the trek down to see it is another itinerary all by itself.

You need to enter through a cemetery and then trek down through Echo Valley. You will be required to go with a guide, but others have wandered without.

Name:
Hanging Coffins, Sagada
Address:
Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

I don't know about you, but this place can surely heal my broken-heart anytime. Not that it's broken, though.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?