How To Tour Sagada

Most (if not all) of the visitors to Sagada would brave the long drive or commute to experience the natural beauty of the town. Of course, most of these natural wonders would require walking and navigating through not-so-familiar hike trails and paths. Be a responsible and smart backpacker by researching about the sites that you want to visit. If that’s not possible, ask the other tourists and travelers that you encounter during your stay.

If you’re a first time traveler, you’re definitely going to benefit from having a tour guide that could give directions and pertinent information about the places you want to see.

To arrange a guided tour, make your way to the municipal hall near the intersection of Sagada’s three main roads. The tourism desk is to your left immediately upon entering the building. There, you would see the list of possible destinations and the standard rates for each.

Visit Sagada Needs Your Help!

Janette Toral recently launched the second edition of the annual Ten Emerging and Influential Blogs to give citations to the the ten best new blogs in the world. The project is 100% democratic and anyone in the world who owns a blog could vote for his or her top 10 before July 26, 2008. The blogs that are eligible to be cited are blogs that were started on July 1, 2007 or newer.

As you would have guessed Visit Sagada is in the thick of things and is getting considerable support. But dear readers, we also need your support. A vote from any blog will do – whether it’s a dot com, multiply, wordpress, blogspot, tabulas or livejournal. If you think Visit Sagada has had a positive contribution to the online world since its launch, then please do vote for the site along with nine other sites whom you think are also deserving.

To join this effort, please do the following:

  • Write a blog post and pick your choice of 10 (or less) emerging influential blogs.
    • Any blog in the world can be picked.
      • You can update the same post entry up to July 26. However, please inform us of any changes.
    • Old blogs who move to a new domain are disqualified
    • Blogs who remove their archives just to fit in the cut-off date are disqualified
  • Include a link to this post(http://www.influentialblogger.net/2008/04/top-10-emerging-influential-blogs-in.html) to help spread the word and encourage others to participate.
  • Post a comment and let us know about your entry. Only one entry per blogger. Cut-off date and time for submission of entries is on July 26, Saturday, 5:00 pm (GMT+9:30). Afterwards, submission of comments in this page shall be closed.

WHY VOTE FOR VISIT SAGADA?

  • In a few short months (we started the site last February 21), Visit Sagada has become one of the more prominent and relevant sources of information for backpackers and travelers going to Sagada. We have answered hundreds of queries left on our comment boxes and dozens more on our mailbox. If you search for “Sagada” on Google, we will not be place lower than fifth – sometimes, we’re even the top result.
  • A win in this project will make the site more popular and thus, other people who may not have heard of it could be inspired to visit Sagada for themselves. When we all came back home from Sagada, didn’t we wish that a lot of our friends could experience the thrill of spelunking and the mystic calm of the mountains?
  • Voting for the project could net you $100 (yes, US Dollars) that could very much finance your next sojourn to the mountains. At the end of the project, ten participants (those who voted) will win the cash prize decided via raffle.

Renting A Van To Sagada

I remember someone asking about this so I’ll be posting this offer from a wife of a SEGA guide. If you’re not to thrilled to take public transport and lug your bags in between bus rides, then this could be the option for you. It will cost more, but maybe the comfort is worth it, right? Personally, I think the journey is as important as the destination, but if you really value comfort and convenience, you may enjoy it better if you do it this way.
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Sagada Budget

This seems to be a very popular question so I will be addressing it through this post. Relative to other places of interest in the Philippines, Sagada is affordable. Accommodation is reasonably priced and the guided tours are of standard price. As with any budget, one must break it down to its components to be able to see the parts where additional savings or allowances could be made.

Transportation

This is the biggest chunk of the expense list. If you’re planning to go to Sagada from Manila via Baguio City, you have to pencil in 390 pesos (~10 USD) for the Baguio-Manila trip and 220 pesos (~5.50 USD) for the Baguio-Sagada ride. You also have to keep in mind that the buses make stops at certain locations that may force you to by higher-than-usual priced items. To save money, try packing light snacks like sandwiches. Once you reach Baguio you will have to take a cab from the Victory Liner station to the Lizardo Bus Station at Dangwa. This would cost about 40 pesos (~1 USD).

Long Weekends: Just Enough Time For Sagada

Since the genesis of the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration, holidays that were supposed to be celebrated during the middle of the week have been “moved” to a Monday or Friday to create a string of three non-working days. This is an effort to encourage local tourism and give people ample time  to spend with their friends and families.

While a three-day itinerary is ideal, one could still enjoy the wonders of Sagada in two days.

Here’s a list of national non-working a holidays in the Philippines:

January 1 – New Year’s Day (usually not moved)

April 9 – Araw ng Kagitingan (usually moved to the nearest Monday BEFORE the 9th)

Holy Week (Maundy Thursday and Good Friday) – as observed by the Catholic Church

June 12- Independence Day (usually moved to nearest Monday BEFORE the 12th)

August 21- Ninoy Aquino Day

December 24, 25 – Christmas

December 31 – New Year’s Eve

The celebration of Eidl Fitr (the end of the Rammadan) is also observed nationwide.

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Fare Adjustment Summary

Effective June 2008, the bus lines that service the routes from Manila to the major hubs around Sagada have made considerable fare adjustments.

Victory Liner have increased the price of the ticket for Manila to Baguio from 380-390 (~10 USD) pesos to 450-460 (~ 12 USD) depending on on which station you choose to depart from – Cubao or Pasay.

Cable Tours made an even bigger increase. The shuttle from Manila to Bontoc now costs 650 pesos (~16 USD) – from 500 pesos (~12 USD)

Fortunately, the fare from Baguio to Sagada remains at 220 pesos (~6 USD). Jeep fare from Bontoc was also unchanged at 35 pesos (~1  USD).

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Five things not to miss out on Sagada – #1: jump off a waterfall

This will be the first of a series of posts on things you should never miss out on your trip to Sagada. I’d like to keep them as simple and as doable within at least a 3-day trip as possible (no “camp out on Mt Ampacao overnight” suggestions here, as fun as that sounds).

We’ll start off big. Like I mentioned, all five will (or should, as I’m imposing on myself) be doable within a 3-day trip; which should really be the minimum number of days you should set aside for a trip to Sagada. What follows is a video of our friend here Des, daredevil and mountaineer extraordinaire:

(Note: the video might take a while to load) If the vid does not play, right-click here and then click “Save Link As…” to download any play the file offline (either way, it requires QuickTime, which you probably already have installed on your computer).

This one was taken from the Bokong Falls, the smaller of the two waterfalls open to tourists (the other, why yes, the Big Falls!). This jump is about 20-25 feet high. Des set the bar for the jump, and for the 3 of us other guys who were there at that time, our male egos obviously wouldn’t take the beating and got pressured into decided we’ll jump off, life be damned.

Unfortunately, my jump wasn’t caught on video; which works against my favor, because people who read my blog or know me in real life wouldn’t believe I’d do something as daredevil-ish as jumping off a 25-foot height and into equally deep water, with sharp rocks inches away. Not something I’d do from the Bomod-ok Falls though (at least not anytime – dare me?)