Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sagada Itinerary and Expenses 4 Days / 3 Nights | Travel Guide

Two years ago, I made a post about the picturesque Sagada.  But this year, me and my college friends went to Sagada.  It's my fourth visit so I think it's best to share our itinerary and expenses during the trip. There are also available adventures in this post.  Hope to be of help!

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Day 0Thursday
9:30PMOhayami Bus Departure to Banaue
11:00PMStopover in Bulacan

Day 1Friday
4:00AMStopover in Nueva Vizcaya
7:30AMArrival in Banaue
7:45AMBreakfast in Banaue
9:00AMOff to Sagada (with Stopover in Banaue Viewpoint)
12:00PMArrival in Canaway Inn, Sagada
12:30PMCheck in, rest, freshen up
2:00PMFoodtrip: Lunch in Salt and Pepper
3:00PMWalk to SAGGASS office to inquire
3:15PMRegister in Tourist Information/Municipall Hall and inquire
3:30PMWatch Locals Dancing in Basketball Court
4:00PMRaining / Stand by / Paid Log Cabin Dinner
4:30PMBack to Tourist Information to book Kiltepan for next day
5:00PMFoodtrip: Lemon Pie in Lemon Pie House
5:30PMFoodtrip: Light Dinner in Sagada Brew Cafe
6:00PMSunset Picture taking
7:30PMDinner at Art Cafe (again)
9:00PMFoodtrip: Crepe with Banana and Chocolate or Peanut Butter
7:00PMBack to Canaway Inn, freshen up

Day 2Saturday
4:00AMWake up, for Kiltepan Sunrise Viewing
6:30AMBack to Town Proper
7:00AMBreakfast Sagada Taste
7:30AMPrepare for Bomod-ok Trek
8:30AMOff to Bangaan
9:00AMBangaan Registration
9:15AMStart trekking down to the falls
1:20PMBack to Town Proper
1:35PMLunch at Town Proper Carenderia
2:30PMBack in Canaway Inn, freshen up, rest, sleep
6:00PMOut for Souvenir Hunting
6:45PMBuffet at Log Cabin

Day 3Sunday
7:00AMRegister in SAGASS and breakfast
8:00AMCave Connection
12:30PMEnd of Cave Connection
1:00PMBack at Canaway, stopover in Gaia Cafe along the way after spelunking
2:30PMFoodtrip: Lunch in Strawberry Cafe
3:30PMSouvenir Hunting until until 5pm
7:00PMDinner at George Guest House
8:30PMPack up

Day 4Monday
6:00AMBreakfast in George Guesthouse
6:45AMWalk to GL Trans Terminal Supposedly for 7Am but we're late
7:40AMNext bus arrived but already full of passengers from other town
2:15PMMarket in Baguio for vegetables hunting and lunch in SM
4:00PMArrival in Victory Liner
5:00PMDeparture from Baguio to Manila
6:30PMStopover in La Union
8:30PMStopover in Tarlac
10:40PMArrival in Manila

Date of Visit: May 2015
Number of Bakasyonistas: 5 people


Day 1Group ExpensesPer Head

Bus: Manila to Banaue
Php 450
Van: Banaue to Sagada
Php 300

Canaway Inn Accommodation
Php 300/night/pax (x 3 nights)


Breakfast in Banaue   
Php 90
Lunch in Salt and Pepper
Php 190
Lemon Pie House: 1 Lemon Pie and 1 Egg PiePhp 65Php 13
Dinner in Sagada BrewPhp 150
Bottled Water 500mlPhp 25
Tour Fees

Tourist Registration Fee
Php 35

Day 2Group ExpensesPer Head

Jeep Rental: Kiltepan Sunrise ViewingPhp 500Php 100
Jeep Rental: Bomod-ok via BangaanPhp 550Php 110

Breakfast: Sagada Taste
Php 90
Bottled Water 1L
Php 25
Halo-halo in Bangaan after the trek
Php 20
Siomai in Bangaan after the trek
Php 25
Lunch in a carenderia in front of the jeep terminal
Php 70
     Gulay + Rice - 70
     Pork + Rice - 90
     Beef + Rice - 100

Dinner: Log Cabin (call to reserve, pay upon arrival)
Php 390
Tour Fees

NOSIGA Guide (Bomod-ok falls)Php 500Php 100
     Php 500 for 10 pax or less

NOSIGA Guide Tip (voluntary)Php 200Php 40
Bangaan Village Environmental Fee
Php 10

Day 3Group Expenses       Per Head

Jeep/Van Rental: For Cave ConnectionPhp 500Php 100

Breakfast: Canaway Inn
Php 120
Lunch at Strawberry Cafe
Php 120
Strawberry Yoghurt in Strawberry CafePhp 70Php 14
Dinner: George Guesthouse
Php 100
Bottled Water 1L
Php 25
Tour Fees

Cave Connection
Php 400
Guide Tip to Kuya Larry and Harry (voluntary)Php 400Php 100
Miscellaneous Expenses

Peanut Butter Cookies (3 for 100)
Php 100
Wild Honey
Php 150

Day 4Group ExpensesPer Head

Non AC Bus: Sagada to Baguio
Php 220
AC Bus: Baguio to Manila c/o Victory Liner
Php 450
Jeepney Fare: Market to SM Baguio
Php 8.50
Taxi Fare: SM Baguio to Victory Liner TerminalPhp 50Php 10

Breakfast: George Guesthouse
Php 100
Bottled Water 1L
Php 25
Lunch in Baguio
Php 100


- Register first at Municipal Tourism office before doing any activity
- Buy your bottled water in mini stores.  Cheaper then buying it in restaurants or guesthouses.
- You can ask the guides to join you with others to save money especially in transportation.  The more in the group, the cheaper.
- We've tried various restaurants in Sagada.  Aside from the famous Log Cabin buffet, George Guesthouse's also stand out as they have home cooked meals (Sinigang, chopseuy) good for 2-3 person with reasonable price.  For breakfast, Sagada Taste is great option as well. 
- For Log Cabin buffet, you may contact them prior going to Sagada for reservation, then pay once you're already there. 
- Sagada is cheaper when touring in groups. 

Available Adventures in Sagada Provided by Municipal Tourism

Sumaguing Cave
Most of the time first timers would try this first. Expect waist deep water in some parts of Sumaguing cave.
Last entrance to the cave: 4:00pm
Guide Fee:
Php 500 for 4 visitors or less
Php 600 for 5 visitors
Php 1000 for 6-9 visitors (2 guides)
Php 1200 for 10 visitors (2 guides)
Php 1500 for 11-12 visitors (2 guides)

Cave Connection
Lumiang-Sumaguin Cave takes about 4-5 hours.
Last entrance to the caves: 4:00pm
Guide Fee: Php400/person

Balangagan Cave aka Marcos Cave
Last entrance to the cave: 4:00pm
Guide Fee: Php 650 for 4 visitors or less

Bumayeng Twin Falls
Fee: Php 2500 for 5 visitors or less (guide fee + packed meals)
Hike Duration: 3 hrs one way
Transportation: Php 650 two way

Bomod-ok Falls aka Big Falls
There are two ways to get there, via Aguid and via Bangaan. I suggest to try via Anguid going down, then via Bangaan going up, or vice versa for a different view.
Hike Duration: 1 hr going down, 2 hrs going up (depends on your phase)
Fee: Php 500 for 10 visitors or less
Transportation: Php 650 two way

Pongas Falls
This is the second favorite option because Bomod-ok becomes overcrowded.
Fee: Php 600
Hike Duration: 1 hr
Transportation: Php 650 two way

Bokong Falls
Bokong falls is known as small falls.
Fee: Php 200
Transportation: Php 250 two way

3 hours of loop hike to Echo Valley Hanging Coffins, Sagada Underground River entrance, St. Mary's Church, and Bokong Natural Swimming Pool passing thru small river, valley/canyon, rice fields and Sagada Weaving
Guide Fee: Php 600 for 10 visitors or less

Adventure Trail
3 hours trek to Echo Valley, Hanging Coffins passing through St. Mary's Church, enter the Underground River, forest trails, river crossing, Bokong swimming pool
Guide Fee: Php 1000 for 10 visitors or less

Echo Valley Hanging Coffins
Short hike to have a close-up view of the coffins
Guide Fee: Php 200 for 10 visitors or less

Kiltepan Sunrise
The best time for sunrise viewing will be in summer. Leave for Kiltepan at 4:30am, 15 minutes drive from the town center. You can do topload going back so make sure that the vehicle has some rails for you to do topload.
Transport Fee: Php 500

Lake Danum/Sunset
You can drop by Sagada Stoneware pottery along the way. 20 minutes drive, or around 1 hr walk.
Transport Fee: Php 500

Mountain Trekking
Mt. Ampacao Traverse
A loop hike from town center to Lake Danum viewpoint then to Mt. Ampacao and down to the village of Demang or Ambasing. This will take around 3 hours or so depending on your ability to walk on natural mountain or trails.
Guide Fee: Php 800 for 10 visitors or less

Grassy Land / Marlboro
2-3 hours of back trekking.  It is also a camping site and sunrise viewpoint.
Guide Fee: Php 1000 for 3 visitors or less

Mt. Sisipitan
The highest mountain in Sagada, it is 2,200 meters above sea level.
Guide Fee: Php 2000/person

Mt. Polis
Nestles between Mt. Ampacao and the "Grassy Land"/Marlboro, provides a good view of Sagada.
Guide Fee: Php 1500 for 3 visitors or less

Marlboro Hills - Blue Soil Traverse Trek
4-5 hours trek passing through rice terraces and limestone formations.
Guide Fee: Php 1800 for 3 visitors or less
Transport Fee: Php 1,350

Schedule of Regular Trips From Sagada

There are two transportation options from/to Manila:
One is Manila-Baguio-Sagada, and the other one is Manila-Banaue-Sagada. We chose Manila-Banaue-Sagada going to Sagada because we haven't seen the Banaue rice terraces.  We then decided to take the Sagada-Baguio-Manila going home because my friends bought some vegetables from the Baguio market.

Sagada-Baguio (GL/Lizardo Bus)
Bus Fare: Php 220 | 5 hours
5:00AM / 7:00AM / 8:00AM / 9:00AM / 10:00AM / 11:30AM (depends on availability of bus) / 1:00PM

Jeep Fare: Php 45 | 40 minutes
6:30AM / 7:00AM / 7:30AM / 8:00AM / 8:30AM / 9:00AM / 10:00AM / 11:00AM / 12:00 PM / 1:00PM

Bus Fare: 150 | 1.5 hours
7:00AM / 9:00AM

Jeep Fare: Php 150 | 1.5 hours
8:30AM / 10:00AM / 1:00PM

Bus Fare: Php 450 | 9-10 hours
Via Ohayami Bus


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Thanks for this post! I've seen a lot of posts already about Sagada, and the views that it offers. And with this detailed information, I just have to save this and tag my friends. Maybe then within this year, we can get to visit Sagada. Exciting! :)

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