First and foremost, sorry if we haven’t been replying to all emails and comments. We have been very busy the past few weeks. I was in Sagada from December 27-30 and if you saw a guy in a Team Philippines track jacket during the bonfire, that’s probably me.
Moving on, here are the things that you have to know:
1. The roads are fine. In terms of actual travel time, the situation has now normalized. We clocked in at just under six hours during our trip back and that inclues the two mandatory stops at Sabangan and Atok. You will see the damage and the destruction left by the typhoons due to the landslides, but as far as traveling goes, it’s absolutely back to pre-Parma levels.
2. Late December is one of the best times to go. There was hardly any rain while I was there and the bonfire event by the Sagada Genuine Guides Association was a surefire highlight. For people who want to experience another side of Sagada (aside from the peace and quiet side), having the “pilgrimage”/ Woodstock environment of ther post-Christmas period can be quite a shift.
3. The fares are still the same – 440 for the Manila to Baguio bus (Victory) and 220 for the Baguio to Sagada bus (Lizardo).
For questions, please post on this threat. thanks.