When is the best time to go to Sagada?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions and the two main considerations would be the weather and the rains. We’ve created two charts that show the yearly trend for temperature and precipitation.
Just like the rest of the Philippines, the hottest days in Sagada of the usually happen during the summer months of March, April and May. The temperature drops a bit until July before a small bump in temperature on September through October. The four coldest months are November to February. During these months, the minimum temperature can drop below 15 degrees Celsius.
Warm months: March- May
Cold Months: November – February
The rains start late May and usually ease up during October to November. Since landslides can greatly affect road conditions, most people recommend traveling to Sagada when the chance of rains and typhoons are minimal. The coldest months are usually relatively dry so it’s arguable that the best time to go to Sagada is during December to February.
If you’re trying to evade the rains and storms, you’re better off not planning your trip during August.
For the daily weather forecast for Sagada, go to the Accuweather page.
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Traveling alone to Sagada can be a bit daunting to some travelers and for several reasons. The commute/drive to Sagada can be quite long and traveling with a group can definitely make costs considerably less especially for tour costs and accommodations.
Here are a few ways on how you can find travel companions to Sagada (or to any place for that matter):
Travbuddy has a membership of half a million users worldwide and is specifically targeted towards travelers who want to meet other travelers to go on trips with or to give and share advice too. The Sagada page has some activity and currently, there are 42 people who are thinking of going! The site also integrates user blogs, recommendations and itineraries to make planning your trip convenient.
Couchsurfing Manila has thousands of members and more often than not, there’s one person or one group who’s organizing for Sagada, Banaue or any specific place in the Cordilleras. I have been able to assemble trips via this networking several times already and for the most part, people in this community are very chill and laid back with their traveling style. Just keep in mind that Couchsurfing’s central philosophy is the creation of meaning connections through cultural exchange between people of different backgrounds.
There are over 7,000 people on the Visit Sagada Facebook page and while that number might seem small, this number reflects the most diehard fans of the town! Post your inquiry on the wall and hopefully, someone also looking up resources for Sagada would find your posting.
4. Project Dora
Project Dora is a tour company created by travel bloggers so you know that you’ll be treated to a very efficient and stimulating itinerary. They have a Facebook page that contains their tour schedules. You may also call/text them at 09063365870 for more details.
Pinoy Exchange is the largest online forum for Filipinos. There’s a very active thread on Sagada on the Travel and Leisure section.
If you have any other places that you use to find travel buddies, kindly share it with us!
One of the newest attractions being pushed by the Sagada Genuine Guides Association (SAGGAS) are the Blue Soil Hills. The hills aren’t that accessible from nearby roads and is commonly suggested as a hiking route that takes people from Marlboro Country to the trail leading to the Blue Hills. The hills have a distinct blue tint probably due to the chemical components present in the soil. The area itself is small but the hike is definitely worth it.
When we were there, we were charged 900 pesos per person to hike the course. We felt this was a bit much considering that we didn’t hire a car (we had our own car) and the hike only took less than four hours. Hopefully, the SAGGAS can reduce the price further to a more reasonable rate.
Have you been to the Blue Soil Hills of Sagada? Tell us about your experience in the comments section.
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Here’s the Sagada Super Post. Almost everything you know for planning your very own cost-efficient, organized and fun Do-It-Yourself Sagada getaway is here. If you don’t find it here, post a question on our Facebook page.
Think of this post as a table of contents that would tie together almost all the entries that we have here.
How do I get to Sagada?
There are multiple ways to get to Sagada. Traveling to the western side of the country is slightly more convenient due to the number of buses leaving Manila for Baguio City in a day (perhaps as much as 50 trips for Victory Liner). Traveling via the eastern side (Ohayami or Cable Tours) gives you less options but gets you to Sagada earlier.
- Via the Manila – Baguio City – Sagada route
- Via the Manila – Banaue – Sagada route
- Via the Manila – Bontoc – Sagada route
Filed under: Blog | Tags: Baguio, Banaue, Batad, Bokong Falls, Echo Valley, Guide, Kiltepan, Lumiang Cave, Pottery, Rates, Sagada, Schedule, Sumaguing Cave, Underground River
8List invited me to enumerate eight reason on why people should go to Sagada. Click on the image the find out what those reasons are. There’s also a poll on the side bar to gauge which reason is the best according to the site’s visitors.
Northern Sagada may be relatively remote from the town center but it does offer great vistas that shouldn’t be missed by any visitor who goes to Sagada. The highlight of this area of Sagada is the Bomod-ok Falls. While the falls itself is stunning, the route that the usual hike takes is equally inspiring as well. The trail meanders through the rice terraces, the houses and granaries and if you’re timing is right, you can even see the fog roll in by the nearby peaks. (more…)
It’s confirmed. The Sagada Genuine Guides Assocation (SAGGAS) will be once again organizing the annual Sagada Bonfire on December 28, 2012. This has become some sort of tradition for the organization and a handful of Sagadaholics who make the pilgrimage to town just to mark this momentous event. Hundreds of people make their way to a clearing just outside the town proper to revel through the night with traditional music and scrumptious food as prepared by the Sagada guides themselves.
Admission to the bonfire is just for P250 and this can be settled at the SAGGAS main office near Yoghurt House. This includes the transportation, food, drinks and entertainment for the party. The money that will be generated from this effort will be used by SAGGAS for their projects for the following year. I have personally been to three of these bonfires and I have no intention of missing one as much as possible!
What: Sagada Bonfire
When: December 28, 2012
Where: Mt. Langtiw (same as last year) – this is near the caves. Don’t worry about getting here, the organizers will handle the transportation to and from the venue as always.
IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO GO TO SAGADA DURING THIS VERY BUSY TIME, BOOK YOUR ROOMS NOW. This will save you a lot of hassle later on.
See you there!
Whether or not one should get a guide is a very contentious topic since it impacts a lot of players in the tourism business. The tour rates for Sagada are quite standard since the guide organizations in operation go by the same prices. The chances of being ripped off is almost nil especially if you’re directly dealing with the tourism offices. However, solo travelers would tend to be turned off by the prices at the desk because they prices were crafted with big groups in mind. This makes smaller groups to reconsider getting a guide.
We at Visit Sagada strongly recommend that you get a guide from either the Sagada Environmental Guide Association (SEGA) or the Sagada Genuine Guides Association (SAGGAS) for your tours. Here’s why.
1. The first reason would be safety. Yes, the trails to Echo Valley may look clear but anything can still happen especially if you do try to get closer to the hanging coffins. It can be quite a shock for people who don’t really hike at all. There have been reports of people getting lost in the trail and since most of these areas are dead spots for mobile signal, it might be very hard for authorities to come to your assistance should you need any help. For sites like the caves, it’s beyond foolish to even attempt it without a guide.
2. The guides still know more about these sites than you. Aside from safety issues, the guides can offer a unique local perspective on the cultural and geographical nuances of particular sites. After all, we go to places not just to see things but to also learn new information about the origins and history of a particular area. Guides can be quite engaging when it comes to this aspect.
3. Support local tourism. As we’ve said, the cost of the tours are very reasonable. Sagada is a town that’s very dependent on local tourism and chances are, you won’t be going back to Sagada a lot due to the distance and effort required to go there.
So there, guys. Please, get a guide!
Filed under: Accommodation Hostels Guest Houses | Tags: Guest House, Hostel, Hotel, Lodge, Residential Lodge
When it comes to picking the best hostels in any area, nothing beats word-of-mouth and guest testimonials. I (Benj) have been to Sagada 20 times and out of those 20 times, I stayed in Residential 13 times. This would have been a perfect 20 for 20 had I just booked ahead. Resdiential Lodge is the most popular hostel in town and its easy to see why. Aside from having clean rooms, it also has great common areas that could allow for interaction between travelers as well as creature comforts like WiFi, hot showers, a working kitchen and free coffee and tea. It is not easy to see how Residential Lodge is consistently chosen as the best place to stay in Sagada.
I’m sure that there are other inns that offer this – George Guesthouse for instance has impeccable service and they even have a restaurant on the ground floor. But Visit Sagada will always treat Residential Lodge our home in Sagada because we have felt very welcome. We almost feel like members of Tita Mary’s extended family and for the most part, a lot of the visitors end up feeling that way too.
You may reach Residential Lodge by calling +639196728744 Do book in advance since it does get full fairly quickly!
Filed under: Accommodation Hostels Guest Houses
Sagada is a small town but it sure has a great line-up of guesthouses, inns and hostels that could meet any budget or expectation. While there are still no full-service hotels in town, there are a lot of quaint and charming establishments that could provide travelers with a nice warm bed for the night. In this post, Visit Sagada seeks to put together a collection of comments and reviews from various visitors and travel bloggers.
Visit Sagada’s most preferred guest house is still Residential Lodge. This establishment covers the bases as far as comfort is concerned. The rooms in the basement are quite spacious and at just 200-300 pesos per night, the rates are quite competitive compared the other inns in the area. The team of Visit Sagada can be quite biased when it comes to this verdict (we have stayed here almost 20 times over the past 6 years) but we have never been let down. Location-wise, it’s very close to good restaurants in town and is just a few paces away from the SAGGAS office. Due to the popularity of this place however, it can get quite hard to get a room. The common areas are good places to make new friends and travel companions. You can make reservations by calling Mary Daoas +639196728744
Residential Lodge has rooms that has private toilet and bath as well as rooms that share a communal toilet. For larger groups, you can probably ask for use of the kitchen should you want to cook your own meals instead of eating out. There is also complimentary coffee at the receiving area as well as a wifi service that is very reasonably-priced.
In a not-so scientific poll we took a few months back, we also found out that Residential Lodge was also the most preferred guesthouse by the members of the Visit Sagada Facebook Page. During our first time at Residential Lodge (back in 2006), the building still didn’t have any point and was still without a name (literally). It’s quite cool to see how far Residential Lodge has gone as the hostel of choice in Sagada.
Chichi Bacolod of the now famous We Are Sole Sisters travel blog also stayed in Residential Lodge during her trip to Sagada. Oman Serapio of Lawstude similarly was hosted by Residential during a trip back in 2008. GMA7’s Howie Severino has likewise stayed in Residential Lodge. (more…)