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A Guide in Traveling to Sagada

A Guide in Traveling to Sagada

A Guide in Traveling to Sagada
A Guide in Traveling to Sagada

A Guide in Traveling to Sagada

I always wanted to go to Baguio from primary school, but my mother would not let me go because of the historic earthquake that

happened there when I was in my mother’s womb. The quake struck when my mother was traveling back to Manila from Baguio. And now

I’m 26, I haven’t been there yet.

Longing for a cool place in the mountains, my friend invited me on an adventure. Not in Baguio rather, in Sagada. One of the coldest

places in the country. A place of peace and relaxation. It’s like a place of escape from the city and reality. And from the famous movie

“That Thing Called Tadhana,” it’s a place where broken hearts go.

Traveling to Sagada is good for family, friends, a couple, or even a soloist. Although only selected places are recommended for seniors and

kiddos and of course, make sure you have a comfortable ride back and forth as it will be a long one. So, to all who are challenged to go

there, here are my experiences in the places we were and the food we eat.

TRANSPO

A Guide in Traveling to Sagada

My friends and I took the Coda Bus Line in Cuba for a P700 one way – a route from Cubao to Sagada Town Proper. Be sure to buy tickets

in advance as the bus will always be full. Coda Bus Line is located at HM Transport Terminal, Maryland corner EDSA. Travel time is 10-12

hours so, I really recommend this bus which has reclined seats and good music and movies. You will thank me after you have experienced.

The bus left Cuba at 9:00 pm, last Friday, February 10, 2017. After 5 hours, we arrived in Baguio City at 2:00 am. We had two stops since

then until we arrived at Sagada Town Proper at 7:00 am.

On our way home, we also took the Coda Bus Line for a P700 one way. I suggest you buy return tickets in advance. From Sagada Town

Proper, look for the jeepney to Bontoc provided by Coda Bus Line as the bus terminal back to Manila is in Bontoc. No extra charge

required in the jeepney as this is included in the bus charge. Riding their jeepneys is one of the fun parts in Sagada. If you are one of the

most adventurous people, challenge yourself to stay on the jeepney. Yes, you read that right! A seat on the jeepney in addition to the

A Guide in Traveling to Sagada

A Guide in Traveling to Sagada
A Guide in Traveling to Sagada

passenger bags. Most of the people who did this were men but some women are brave enough to try. I always thought it was awesome to

see the cliff from above. But if you focus on the scenario, you will be thanking God for the amazing view. It’s like a life-giving postcard.

Another good thing about this bus is that you have a stop somewhere with zero visibility to buy veggies and other delicacies and another

stop at Banawe Rice Terraces to take photos.

HOTEL

We stayed at a Misty Lodge Hotel and Café – 2km away from the City. It may seem distant, but we didn’t regret staying there. The hotel is

very comfortable and they serve the best food in town. Upon entering the house, you see a rather decorated Café with a Chimney on the

side. They have one room on the ground floor, 4 rooms on the second floor, and 5 rooms in the attic. The rooms are suitable for a soloist

for a bunch of four people per room. As a group of eight, consisting of four boys and four girls, we asked for two rooms opposite.

A Guide in Traveling to Sagada

Fortunately, the available rooms are located on the attic, facing each other. The room for four people has 2 beds with side table and

cabinet. Their second floor has a living area with a deck of books that you can use for your free time while the attic has a hangout area in

the center of the rooms for peeps who want to play board games. The house is full of books and games that guests can use for

entertainment. The hotel is highly recommended although they only have a shared bathroom. They only have two huge bathrooms for the

whole house so, you may want to get up early as expected to avoid the lines. Another good thing about this hotel is that it does not turn off

the lights at night. You should also note that all lights have been turned off, even street lights, at 10:00 pm.

A Guide in Traveling to Sagada

I also know some people who have stayed at the Rock Inn Hotel. It is also a beautiful hotel but further away from the City than at My sty

Lodge. And another is in the Residential Lodge. Residential Lodge is already located in the City so you don’t have to worry about walking

long distances on a very cold road after the activity or after eating. But since it’s in the City, they follow the lights curfew and so turn off

the lights at 10pm including the room lights. So you can’t do anything beyond 10pm other than sleep.

ACTIVITIES

A Guide in Traveling to Sagada

There are tons of activities in Saga da, though most of them require walking. Therefore, if you are traveling with the elderly or children,

choose only those that are safe for them and be sure to hire a tour guide. Here are some of the activities my friends and I went to.

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