Before Sagada, we were enjoying 2,000 years old Banaue terraces. CHECK IT HERE!
Driving from Banaue via Bontoc to Sagada was a hell of a journey. A little by bus and a little with a jeepney. It sounds simple, but it is harder than you think. In Bontoc, you need to wait that jeepney is full. Who knows when you will go further. But definitely it takes some effort to go through the different spots that amaze you.
But when you come to Sagada, you can feel the fresh air and peaceful environment with friendly locals. Sagada is a small comfortable town, or maybe a big village in the middle of the hills and mountains.
The main attractions are Echo Valley with Hanging coffins. You can visit and hike some caves and waterfalls as well. It is a must-do for first-time travelers. It’s pretty amazing to see them up close, especially the ones perched high up on the side of the rock!
HANGING COFFINS: is an Igorot (2000 years old) burial tradition where the pinewood coffins are suspended with wires ropes along limestone cliffs. The departed are placed in the coffins in fetal position. The criteria to be buried in the hanging coffins are as follows: married native people with kids and grandkids. They are allowed to bury just men. Women are not allowed.
You were able to visit the hanging coffins on your own, but now you have to go with a guide arranged through the tourism office. If all you want to do is see the hanging coffins from up close and go through Echo Valley, then the cost is PHP 200 and 50 PHP for environmental fees.
TOURS: You can choose between three options.
The first option is the Echo valley with hanging coffins, second is Eco tour and the third option is Adventure trail.
We did Eco tour which included Church with wheel, cemetery, a coffee farm, Latang river entrance and at the end of Bokong falls.
The next day we tried to visit Kiltepan Viewpoint but it was closed. We tried to snitch in but unsuccessfully. We went really near the fence to see the view.
We heard that the sunrise trip to Marlboro Hills is beautiful as well. We did not have so much time to visit everything. But what is necessary, is to eat with locals. Local food is amazingly tasty. For those who are not so excited about that, there are some European eateries as well (we tried Yoghurt house, French crepes).
And don´t forget to try their coffee! If you are a coffee addict you need to try BANA´S COFFEE (Arabica) in Sagada. A no-no is coffee poo from civet cats that were caged and fed with coffee berries. The central to the civet coffee harvest is the preservation of civet cats in their natural habitat.
The coffee season here is from November to April. Even if you see red beans on the tree, try it! It has a sweet taste 😉