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A visit to Sagada will never be complete without venturing to one of the best this place might offer – the Sumaguing Cave. Aptly called as the Big Cave, it is perhaps the most popular and frequently visited place here.
Sumaguing Cave has the largest chamber of all connecting caves in town (there are more than 60 known caves underneath Sagada). One needs to trek down a slippery trail from its mouth to see the magnificent formations of stalactites and stalagmites that took thousands of years to shape. These formations were carefully sculpted by nature itself to form contours that were given fancy names such as king and queen’s curtains, giant fudge, pregnant woman, mickey mouse, alligator, dancing hall and rice terraces.
Inside are underground streams and natural pools with water temperature near freezing point. Be ready to get wet and chill as the adventure includes crossing a waist-deep pool.
The caves are just down hill from the town hall – just an easy 20-30 minute hike away. The entire trail is on paved road.
A trip to Sumaguing Cave requires a guide. The standard rates are as follows:
(Sumaguing Cave, view of Lumiang Cave entrance, and view of the Sugong Coffins)
- 1-4 persons : P500 (1 guide)
- 5 persons : P500 (1 guide)
- 6-9 persons : P800 (2 guides)
- 10 persons : P900 (2 guides)
- 11-14 persons : P1,200 (3 guides)
- 15 persons : P1,350
- 16 and above : P100/head
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