Sagada is a small town and a fifth class municipality that is located in Mountain Province, Philippines. Sagada is well known for the famous hanging coffins, a traditional way of burying people. Sagada is a popular tourist spot for people who would want to experience activities like trekking, hiking, exploring caves and waterfalls, backpacking, camping, spelunking and rappelling.
The climate in the area is also nice and quite cool making it really popular spot to visit in the country, as one might know the temperature in the country is very hot and Sagada offers its visitor a change in that aspect. Sagada is only 140 kms from Baguio City another very popular tourist attraction, so if you’re tired of everything that is in Sagada you can always go to Baguio next.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Sagada by allan_the_colorblind
If you’re planning a trip soon to this beautiful place, check out our list of five places to visit in Sagada.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Hanging Coffins by yeowatzup
As the name says there are a lot of hanging coffins that one can see when you visit the place, there are a lot of places where you can see said coffins you just have to ask the locals where the best one is. Around the area, you can find several coffins with rocks decorated into them also not everyone is qualified to be buried this way, one way of getting buried like that is to have been married and had grandchildren.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Falls by allan_the_colorblind
To get to the falls you must take a jeep near the Municipio, you should take the one heading for Bangaan. Once you get to the place you do not need a guide to go to the big falls because it has a well-established path. A nice place to visit if you want to enjoy the nice cool water of the falls and the place also has a cool vibe to it.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Cave by jonicdao
The caves are some of the most popular tourist spots in the area. The caves are connected so you can explore the cave separately or all at once. Once inside the cave you’ll see some very amazing rock formations and clear waters underground, there are also cave coffins which may be there for decades. This place is a spelunker’s paradise. You’ll need a guide to access the cave.
Rafting is available on the Upper Chico River, typically from July to early January. The sections of the river being rafted are downstream from Bontoc, except in unusually high water when rafting above Bontoc is possible. The place has equipment that suits international standard and the guides here are trained by US rafting professionals. A good place for thrill junkies, the place is really costly and if you have money to burn, burn them here.
The place overlooks a hanging coffin or two. Jerry, the owner of the bar, a good place to chill and have a few drinks if you’re staying a day or two in Sagada, The place offers free wifi and the latest karaoke and has no official closing time. The place is quite difficult to find so make sure to ask the locals there.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Kiltepan View by madeleine_h