Originally, we wanted to go to Caramoan Island in Camarines Sur last May but typhoon Bebeng started rampaging across the whole Bicol region just days before our scheduled trip. Good thing we had planned for a Sagada trip as a Plan B. We only had less than a week to finalize everything but organizing a trip to Sagada did not seem to be a daunting task. Thanks to dozens of information all over the internet.
It takes at least 12 hours to reach Sagada from Manila by bus. Although there are no direct trips from Manila, there are three available options on how to get there. VisitSagada.com is a great website that has everything you need to know when planning for your do-it-yourself (DIY) Sagada getaway.
My friend and I chose the Manila-Baguio City-Sagada route. I know most people would leave Manila by midnight just in time to catch the first trip of buses bound for Sagada in Baguio. However, we didn't like the idea of sitting for at least 12 straight hours on the bus (6 hours from Manila to Baguio, another 6 hours from Baguio to Sagada). It would be our first time to travel that long by bus, if ever.
So off we went to Victory Liner terminal in Pasay and took the 11:00 AM trip bound for Baguio City. We decided to stay in Baguio for a night.
Since spending a night in Baguio would mean an additional expense for our accommodation, we had to look for a cheap place to stay. We reserved a room at Safari Lodge prior to coming to Baguio City. The cheapest room costs P500 per night for two persons. The room is pretty basic. I like the bathroom though. :-) I was excited to use their wifi, unfortunately, it was not working during our stay. Wow, talk about unlucky.
Safari Lodge is located across the Botanical Garden so it's not that really far from the downtown. Contact number: 09167044697
We actually woke up quite early because we had anticipated an influx of passengers since it was still summer time. There's only a few people in the terminal, however, when we arrived. We had some spare time so we decided to take a quick breakfast. There are eateries and restaurants in the terminal so you can first eat or buy some snacks to bring with you for the long ride.
If you're asking which side of the bus to sit to best enjoy the view, I'd say both sides offer equally amazing views. During the first two hours of the trip, those seated on the left side would more enjoy the fantastic view of the Benguet mountains. At the middle of the trip, passengers on both sides of the bus would be treated to a visual delight of the massive Cordillera mountain ranges. Finally, the right side-seated passengers would have their chance to marvel at the sweeping panorama of the Mountain Province in the last two hours of the trip. Cool, what a fair visual treat for everybody! :-)
Aside from the magnificent views, what made the trip exciting was the scare the road gave. Every heart-stopping narrow turn and twist of the bus while approaching some narrow paths would make your nerves jump and your adrenaline rush. The ravines are too big, deep and pretty scary.
We had to wait for about 10 minutes to get the road cleared.
After six arduous hours of butt-numbing bus ride and sightseeing feast, we finally arrived in Sagada at around 12:30 PM.
- Part 1 - The Scenic and Endless Winding Road to Sagada
- Part 2 - The Amazing Spelunking Adventure at Sumaging Cave
- Part 3 - The Ultimate Trek to Experience Sagada's Sunrise, Waterfall and Hanging Coffins