Need to escape your bustling city grind and endless parade of work? Yearning for a refreshing soul-searching getaway to a scenic haven? Hey, cheer up! Maybe, all you need is a refreshing Sagada tour! Breezy and simply refreshing, Sagada boasts a relaxing mountain atmosphere that heals broken hearts and replenishes weary spirits. Famed for its majestic caves, mysterious coffins and photogenic mountains, the mountainous town also teems with jaw-dropping sights that will unleash your inner shutterbug. Whether you’re traveling alone or with a barkada, you won’t regret treating yourself to a wondrous Sagada tour.
Ready to embark on a Sagada tour? Guess what? We’ve got plenty of tips, to help you craft the perfect travel plan to one of the most sought-after mountain towns in the Philippines.
How to get to Sagada
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Once in Manila, make your way to HM Transport Cubao Terminal in Quezon City. Then, take a bus ride (Coda Lines) to Sagada. Keep in mind, though, that there’s only one trip to Sagada at 9:00 PM. Travel time is usually 12 hours and fare is PHP 720 per person.
Bus schedule for Coda Lines
- 03:00 PM: Sagada to Cubao, Quezon City
- 09:00 PM: Cubao, Quezon City to Sagada
- 06:30 to 07:00 PM: Banaue to Cubao, Quezon City
- 04:00 PM: Bontoc to Cubao, Quezon City
Coda Lines Terminal in Sagada
- Address: Poblacion, Sagada
- Contact numbers: 0936-971-9216/ 0929-521-3247
Coda Lines Terminal in Quezon City
- Address: Monte de Piedad corner Maryland Steet, Cubao Quezon City
- Contact numbers: 0929-521-3229/ 0927-559-2197
From Manila, you may also make a pit-stop to Banaue via the Ohayami Bus liner. They have bus trips daily to Banaue at 10:15 PM, 10:00 PM and 09:00 PM. Bus fare is PHP 450 per person. Upon your arrival to Banaue, take van ride to Sagada, which also includes a quick break at Dyannara viewpoint. Fare is PHP 300 per person, and vans typically depart at 09:00 AM.
And, by the way, you need to pay the tourism fee (PHP 70) at the Sagada Tourism Office. Once you’ve paid the fee, they will give you an official receipt that you should keep during the entire duration of your Sagada tour.
Take note, you may be asked to show your receipt as you visit the attractions in Sagada, like the Sumaguing Cave.
What to do in Sagada
Take an Echo Valley and Hanging Coffins tour
A great way to kick-off a Sagada getaway is to take an Echo Valley Tour. Not only does it include a stop to the Hanging Coffins, but it also highlights the beauty of Echo Valley.
- Guide fee: PHP 300 per guide
Explore Sumaguing Cave
No Sagada tour is complete without a little spelunking adventure in Sumaguing Cave. Praised for its magnificent rock formations, this cave will surely leave you speechless and in awe. Furthermore, it’s an adrenaline-pumping experience that promises to give you a rocking, fun-filled and mind-blowing adventure. A word of advice, hiring a guide is an absolute must for anyone who ventures into Sumaguing Cave. Since the rocks are slippery and the cave is pitch black, it will be rather dangerous for any Juan to enter the cave without the guidance of a trained local.
- Guide fee: PHP 800 for 2 people and PHP 400 for every additional person
Visit Bomod-ok Falls
Fond of chasing waterfalls? Then, you definitely should include a visit to Bomod-ok Falls to your list of things to do in Sagada. After all, it’s, hands down, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Cordilleras. As an added bonus, getting to the waterfalls will be quite a challenge, adding more fun and excitement to your Sagada tour.
- Guide fee: PHP 500 for 10 people
- 2-way transportation: PHP 650 per person
Be mesmerized by Kiltepan Peak
Featured in the Romcom flick “That Thing Called Tadhana”, the peak didn’t exactly introduce the beauty of Sagada to the world. But, it surely did catapult Sagada into the national limelight. For a memorable experience in Kiltepan Peak, visit it before the sun rises, and witness one of nature’s grandest creations – the sea of clouds.
- Roundtrip transportation: PHP 500 per person
- Trip departs at 04:30 AM
Check out Marlboro Hills
Like Kiltepan Peak, you can witness an enthralling sunrise and an awe-inspiring sea of clouds sighting in Marlboro Hills. Even better, it’s less crowded as compared to the more popular Kiltepan Peak. To top it all off, it offers a stunning 360-degree view, making it a can’t-miss site on your Sagada tour.
- Roundtrip transportation: PHP 1,200 for 5 people
- Guide fee: PHP 1,800 for 5 people and includes a stopover to Blue Soil Hills
Where to stay in Sagada
There are numerous options, when it comes to accommodations in Sagada. To help you pick accommodations for your Sagada tour, we’ve rounded some of the top places to stay in this chilly town.
- Coffee Heritage House
- Kanip Aw Pines View Lodge
- Grandma’s Yellow House
- Sagada Heritage Village
- Isabelo’s Inn And Café
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Sample Sagada tour itinerary
Day 0: Depart from Manila
- 09:00 AM: ETA Sagada/ Pay the tourism fee
- 09:20 AM: Hotel check-in/breakfast
- 10:00 AM: Tour Echo Valley and Hanging Coffins
- 11:45 AM: End of tour/lunch
- 12:45 PM: Tour Sagada Rice Terraces, Sumaguing Burial Cave and Lumiang Burial Caves
- 04:30 PM: Snacks
- 05:00 PM: Return to hotel/rest
- 07:00 PM: Dinner
- 08:00 PM: Lights out/socials
- 04:30 AM: depart for Kiltepan Peak
- 07:30 AM: breakfast at downtown
- 08:00 AM: Start hike to Bomod-ok Falls
- 09:00 AM: Arrive at Bomod-ok Falls
- 11:00 AM: Hike to downtown area
- 12:00 PM: Lunch at Sagada town proper
- 12:30 PM: Return to hotel/siesta
- 03:30 PM: Walk to Lake Danum and Sagada Pottery
- 05:30 PM: Arrive at Sagada Town
- 07:00 PM: Dinner
- 09:00 PM: Lights out
- 06:00 AM: Breakfast
- 06:30 AM: Hotel check out
- 07: 00 AM: Take bus ride to Baguio
- 01:00 PM: Arrive at Baguio
- 01:20 PM: Visit Valley of Colors, La Trinidad Strawberry Farm and Baguio Taoist Temple
- 05:00 PM: Arrive at Baguio/snacks
- 06:00 PM: Depart for Manila
- 11:00 PM: Arrive at Manila
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