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.
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.
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
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. :-)
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.