Sagada is a very nice place to enjoy exploration and adventure in nature and activities. It offers an array of outdoor activities that will dare every guest’s courage, excitement and fondness. The travel alone challenges you to excite the long crisscross upward road. Trekking, spelunking, rappelling, and even swimming are just some to enjoy and stun. But it is not just the physical activities, more than these is the nature itself that pride the place. The serene Sagada offers a very relaxing atmosphere blended with its temperate weather. The clear blue sky that domes above the greeneries gives a very pleasant to sight. From its gigantic mountains surrounding the scenery in green, towering massifs, cliffs, and awe-inspiring caverns, the captivating charm of Sagada is jaw-dropping view and a striking image that captures every guest’s affection, addiction and perfection. If you are looking for a peace of mind, meditation, or spiritual experience then Sagada is the right place because this place is too far from bustling mega city.
But before these nature adventures, Sagada is known for the mystifying hanging coffin in the cliffs made of limestone and going there will never complete without witnessing this old traditional burial of Ifugao, making the place a mystical. Behind a church is the graveyard while walking further is the solemn site of the hanging coffins. It is always a strange feeling inside any forest or mountain, but the idea of knowing the place is burial ground, trekking the long way and the echo add the creepy feeling. But once there, all weariness and fear will turn into admiration. Hanging coffin is an ancient practice of the indigenous culture and burial tradition for more than 2,000 years. It is the traditional way of burying a qualified individual, which should be an elder, by putting the dead body in a fetus position to fit in the tight space of the coffin. It is believed that in this way, the deceased can still watch over their family, easier to raise and go with the Creator when the resurrection comes rather than burying six feet underground.
As the common byword of every guest that goes “I survived Sagada”, I am then now more than a conqueror. To date, my visit to Sagada is the most daring and physical jaunt that demanded me the courage and confidence to do the extreme. Sagada in my mind will always be nice place to live in. Truly a magnificent, majestic, mystique and enchanting place, Sagada imparted me not only its physical features but also its rich culture, tradition, customs and history. Apart from these, its tranquility, silence, cold weather, lavish greeneries and life simplicity attracted me most to regard Sagada as one of my favourite destinations.
There are two routes going to Sagada. Take the Manila-Baguio-Sagada-Banaue-Manila route or do the reverse, going up via Banaue and down via the City of Pines. But a travel via Banuae route is an alternative than the more popularly via Baguio City.
There are quite many bus terminals along EDSA or in some points of the capital Manila. Since it is a 9 – 10 hours long drive, it is more comfortable to take the night trip that starts at 9PM as you need to rest, or sleep through most of the whole travel, with some regular stopover for meals and personal necessities. Besides, most of the buses leave at night to catch the early trip when arriving at Banaue. At the Banaue bus terminal there are jeepneys, and sometimes mini-buses or vans, waiting to take passengers to Sagada. The ride takes another 3 to 4 hours to get to Sagada.