On our second (and last) day in Sagada, we had the whole day to explore more of its best attractions. With body still tired and aching from the previous day's spelunking activity, we woke up very early at around 4:30 AM and dragged ourselves to the van. This time we booked for a transportation from SAGGAS to take us anywhere around Sagada.

Our first stop was the Kiltepan Peak. It's a hike up in the mountain which has the best panoramic view of Sagada, the rice terraces and nearby mountain ranges. It also offers the best sunrise view in Sagada, hence, the need to rise early to catch the amazing sunrise and capture its full splendor.

The beautiful sunrise at Kiltepan Peak

After the sunrise viewing at Kiltepan Peak, we went back to the town to take our breakfast. Along the way, we dropped by in Sagada Pottery which was our second stop. We didn't stay long since it was close at that time, however, we were able to see sample products and other lovely masterpieces showing the craftsmanship of Sagada's potters.

We loved the banana pancake from Salt and Pepper Diner

Our third destination was the Bomod-ok Falls. We knew it was gonna be a long trek to the "Big Falls" so we ate heavily at Salt and Pepper Diner to store enough energy for this adventure. One would need to brave the long trek through Aguid Rice Terraces to get a glimpse of Bomod-ok Falls. For the first time, I couldn't believe I was hiking in a real rice terraces I would only see in pictures. What's more great about the hike was the stunning view of the rice fields.

Breathtaking view of Aguid Rice terraces



Halfway into our hike, we came across this group of locals carrying a pig tied in a bamboo pole.
I'm not sure where the pig ended up after this :-)





After about 40 minutes of hiking, we finally reached the falls

The magnificent Bomod-ok Falls, or the "Big Falls"

One can swim in the refreshing pool at the base of the falls.
I did not dare as it was freezing cold :-p

Despite the cool mountain climate, it was a hot day for hiking. Just like any other hiking trip, wearing of light and comfortable clothes is essential. Also, don't forget to bring a hat or shawl for sun protection. Halfway into the hike, you would get to pass a local community where you pay a minimal fee of P10 per person for the maintenance of the paved trail. You can also buy your food and bottled water there to bring with you for the rest of the trek.

We stayed for around 30 minutes in Bomod-ok Falls. Good thing we went to the falls early as tourists started pouring in by the time we left and bumped into more visitors on our way back. Obviously, the climb up was very exhausting and it took us a while to get back to where we left the van. My feet were really tired toward the end of the hike.

Our fourth and fifth stops were the Echo Valley and Hanging Coffins. Echo Valley is an oasis of peace, located within the town so it's accessible by walking from most of the hotels. On the way you will get to pass the St. Mary's church and a cemetery.

St. Mary's church

Wheels of Faith

The Hanging Coffins of Sagada is one of the places in the Philippines I've been looking forward to visit. From the church, we walked and passed by the cemetery until we reached the hillside of the Echo Valley where you can shout and hear your echo bouncing back from a distant cliff.

From the Echo Valley, our tour guide pointed where the hanging coffins were. It's located way, way down the cliff and far from what I anticipated. We just came back from a long trek and here we were again to embark for another hike down the mountain. But the desire of having a photo of me taken in front of the hanging coffins prevailed. :-P

Up close to the Hanging Coffins :-P

The Hanging Coffins are an ancient funeral custom of the Igorots.
They believe that the higher the coffin is hung, the closer the soul of the deceased is to heaven.

Our final stop was the Sagada Weaving which is one of the more popular souvenir shops in Sagada. We were impressed with the quality of their hand-made products. We were not allowed to take pictures inside but we're glad to see how they weave those items such as bags, wallets, chokers, etc. with very intricate designs.

And of course, what a great way to end the backbreaking day but to visit the Lemon Pie House. Don't ever leave Sagada without having a taste of their specialty of the house - the lemon pie. I personally love their gorgeous place, the interior has very nice and warm ambiance, and they have free wifi. :-)

Lemon pie has just the right amount of tartness and sweetness :)

Lemon Pie House

Sagada is a perfect place to enjoy a laid back vacation, away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. It is also a destination for adventure seekers who want to experience the beauty of nature, and those who want to immerse themselves in another culture. One of the things I will never forget about Sagada is how nice the people are. Igorots are proud of themselves, their culture and tradition.

I'm very glad to cross Sagada off my bucket list. We stayed only for a day and a half yet we learned and enjoyed so much from the trip.


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20 comments:

Batang Lakwatsero said...

nice read + cool photos = awesome blog..

Gabz said...

Thanks po! :)

Xthz said...

Hi, I'm glad I found you blog.. It's giving me chills when I saw your breath taking pictures.. Your stories make feel excited to take the challenge of Sagada. I'm planning to gothere with my other half this November (hopefully no typhoons next month ^^) I'm just wondering how much did you spent excluding souvenirs and food expenses? An estimate will be very helpful! Thanks!

Gabz said...

@Xthz - thanks for dropping by! I will make a separate post about our expenses, itinerary, etc. We enjoyed the trip so much that I forgot to take note of our expenses. Hehe. But I can still remember. :-)

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

wow! amazing photos. I missed kiltepan and the Big falls during my trip back in 2009. I'll make sure to visit 'em before this year ends.

Myx said...

Haven't been to Sagada, but wow, you're photos are impressive especially the sunrise picture! Tagal ko nang di nakakatiyempo ng sunrise and that photo have me hope. Naks drama hehe pero totoo :D Keep it up :D

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Gabz said...

@gael - thanks! You must witness the sunrise yourself ;-)

@mica - Hehe! thanks! ;-) Sagada is a must-visit destination.

Ed said...

ito yung sunrise na namiss namin when were at the Kiltepan Peak last March! ganda nga when the sun overlooks the clouds and hills.

vin said...

amazing photos. you're a talented photographer :)

Dominic_amayun said...

nice pics? are they Photoshoped?

Penfires! said...

Love ko talaga Sagada even before napunta ako dun. Your pictures are really awesome, makes me want to go back there despite sa layo ng byahe. Hope mas madaming Pinoy maka punta din dun =)

Pinoy Travel Freak said...

Agreed. Malayo lang kasi sya pero worth it naman ang byahe. We're planning to go back this May. :-)

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Sab said...

the photos of the rice terraces look so amazing, where exactly are they? in sagada? I was thinking to go to batad to see the rice terraces, but if sagada offers such an amazing scenery of rice terraces, i might just skip batad. what do you think?

Pinoy Travel Freak said...

Hey Sab, the ones in Batad are much better so I recommend that you still see it. :)

Sab said...

Thank you Gabz!

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