9.01.2016

Sagada on a Rainy Day



From Buscalan, we traveled back to Bontoc with plans to visit Sagada. We left Buscalan at 12 noon and was able to ride a bus back to Bontoc by 1:00 PM. The travel started out fine, but suddenly the weather turned into a downpour. In Bontoc, we hurriedly look at the jeeps heading to Sagada. After one and a half hour of travel, we reached Sagada at around 3 PM. We were out of our planned itinerary for almost half a day, so we were already expecting to spend less than 24 hours here. To make things worse, the weather is not cooperating as rain continues to pour the entire afternoon. We were able to accept that we cannot do some activities like spelunking, but still, we were able to manage to enjoy our short visit; we list down the things we've done during a rainy day in Sagada. 

DAY 1 - 3:00 PM
We reached Sagada, and decided to first look for a place to stay. After roaming around, we chose the Vallew View Inn, one of the inns in the upper part of the town with a good view of the whole Sagada proper. We rest for a minute as we wait for the rain to at least calm a little.



DAY 2 - 5:00 PM
The weather gave us a window of opportunity to further check the town. It's almost night time, but the daylight is still up. We first look for something to eat, and decided to try The Yogurt House. We enjoyed the sweet confectioner along with the drizzling rain. Like most restaurants in Sagada, food are a bit pricey, yogurt prices range from P80 - P100.

Sagada Yogurt House
One of their original best seller: Yogurt with Honey

DAY 3 - 6:00 PM
We checked St. Mary the Virgin Parish and the nearby Calvary hills. We met Ate Rose, a guide who offered to take us to the hanging coffins and Echo Valley; we hesitated for a bit, but after assuring us that we will be able to witness them before dark, we agreed. The trek was short and quick, but we moved with caution since the trail was muddy and slippery due to the recent rain. Ate Rose's  stories regarding Sagada and the Echo Valley made the hike more interesting. She explained that we were her last tour for the day, as she already had plans to go back home due to the bad weather, but luckily we were able to catch up with her. Guide to the Echo Valley and hanging coffins is P200.

The famous hanging coffins

DAY 4 - 7:00 PM
After our tour in Echo Valley and Hanging Coffins, we went back to town to seek for a group whom we can hitch along going to Kiltepan Peak. Luckily there was a group of visitors (whom we first met at the jeep ride on the way to Sagada) who were also looking for someone to  join them and complete their group who'll be going to Kiltepan Peak the next day. We decided to meet early tomorrow to witness the famed sunrise and sea of clouds of Kiltepan.

Echo Valley. Taking a look at the town proper.

7:30 PM
We looked for a place to have dinner. There are a number of restaurants you can choose to dine in. We decided to try Sagada Lemon Pie House. In addition to their  famous lemon pies, we also tried some of their meal dishes. Price of their food ranges from P150-P200 each.




8:00 PM
After our dinner we bought some chips and drinks to one of the groceries in the market. We brought it back to our accommodation and decided to just rest up and enjoy the night. It was almost midnight when we saw that there was a bonfire in a nearby Sagada Homestay Inn and Diner, We decided to go outside, enjoy the cool night breeze in front of the fire pit.

St. Mary Virgin Parish

DAY 2 - 4:00AM
The sun was not even up, but we were already bundled up on layers of clothes, walking the empty street of Sagada to meet with our group for the Kiltepan sunrise. We waited for the van we hired that will take us to Kiltepan, and after a few minutes he showed up. We were one of the few who first came to Kiltepan Peak, but little by little as the sun is nearing to rise, people were also starting to flock the place. By the time we had a good view of the sun and sea of clouds, there were already a hundred of people in front of us.

There are a number of people flocking Kiltepan Peak to witness the sunrise.

We were unable to get a good picture of the sea of clouds, but luckily, our guide/van driver made a detour to one of the nearest highway in Sagada. He said it is a surprise where we were going next, and only a few people knows of the place. We stopped on the side of the highway where there is a clear view (same view from Kiltepan) of sea of clouds and sunrise. He said that we were lucky to witness the sea of clouds due to the downpour last night; if he knew we wanted to see the sea of clouds he could have just suggested to skip Kiltepan and just go directly here.

Sea of clouds in the less crowded highway

DAY 2 - 6:00 AM
We went back to our accommodation to pack our things. We want to catch up the 7:00 AM bus ride back to Baguio and continue our journey. Before heading to the bus station, we first took a breakfast at Sagada Homestay Inn and Diner. Meal prices ranges from P100 to P200. After our breakfast we hurriedly ran back to the bus station to catch up the ride to Baguio, hoping to roam around Baguio before we head back to Manila.



If you are wondering if you can enjoy Sagada under 24 hours, then my answer is yes. We might missed some outdoor activities here, but the stay was very enjoyable and relaxing enough that we decided to intentionally opt it out and reserve it on our next visit. The rain might added up to the shortening of our time spent here, but it did help out big time to cap our very quick Sagada trip with a bang. What I like most about Sagada, in addition to it's numerous attraction is that the place is like a small traveler's village, (I think Sagada is smaller then Bonifacio Global City), you can easily roam around and  meet a lot of people and make new friends; add the gloomy cold weather that day and you have this tiny home-y feeling while away from home.

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