Sagada is booming tourist spot in the country. Listed below are the attractions you should add to your itinerary:
Sumaguing Cave has the largest chamber connecting all the 60 caves of the town. It is also known as the Big Cave. It is the most popular and most visited site in Sagada. Stalagmites and stalactites form inside the caves over millions of years and are truly a sight to behold. These formations in Sumaguing Cave are given different names based on their forms. Examples are pregnant woman, Mickey Mouse, rice terraces, and others. It is an evidence of untouched nature that we should keep and protect.
Lumiang Burial Cave, on the other hand, is known for the piled coffins of the early people buried inside it. These coffins can be found at the entrance to Lumiang Cave. After entering, it will lead you to a stiff, narrow, and difficult trail to its end, passing to Sumaguing Cave. The Lumiang to Sumaguing connection is best for more daring cavers.
Pongas Falls is the newest discovered attraction in Sagada. One can choose whether to do the river trekking or use the mountain trail. River trekking takes about 2hours with minor bouldering and rope segments. Mountain trail is much easier.
Bokong Falls, though not as tall as Bomod-ok Falls, is still a worthy site to visit. It is 20 feet in height and is located only a short walk away from the town. There is a waterfall at the edge of the rice fields and is 17 feet deep, best for those who want to freshen up their itinerary.
The Rice Terraces are hailed as the “eighth wonder of the world.” They are carved out of the mountains by the ancient Igorots to maximize the farming space. ¬Every step is laboriously piled out of small rocks, creating a strong foundation of the rice lands. The rice terraces were built using advanced engineering techniques and skills to prevent soil erosion. It is indeed a remarkable proof of Filipino intelligence, and also hard work and creativity that leads to a greater value of tourism all over the world.
Echo Valley is the memorial cliff where the hanging coffins can be found. Most of the Sagada people prefer to bury their deceased in caves or hanging coffins rather than the ground because according to their beliefs, the higher the body is, the closest they are to heaven, and also to protect the bodies from natural disasters like earthquakes and floods.
Kiltepan Tower got its name from its three bounding barangays: Kilong, Tetep-An, and Antadao. It is definitely a must-see if you go to Sagada. The cool temperature while hiking to the top and the trail walled with pine trees will take away your tiredness especially when you reach its highest point and view the mountain ranges’ crests amidst floating white clouds.
Latang Underground River is a pathway to Sumaguing Cave. Its complete darkness is inviting every time you pass beside it.
Lake Danum is one of the picnic sites in Sagada. It is worthy to visit, especially before the sun sets as it gives tranquil effects of the surroundings.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church was built in 1904 by the American Missionaries for the people of Sagada to teach the indigenous tribes the Christian religion, and it has also functioned as an educational institution. It is still in operation, giving natives a quality education.
Sagada Weaving is a store where you can buy souvenirs like bags, cellphone holders, pouches and different kinds of items made by hardworking Sagadan weavers.
Sagada Pottery is one of the shops where you can find Sagadan pottery and buy them as souvenirs. Each jar is carefully molded by hand, giving it a nice form and authentic sculpture.
Pottery has a major part in Sagadan culture. The ancient locals use earthen jars to do their rituals. They value those jars and they whisper a ritual before opening any of them. It is the showpiece of Sagada’s native culture, an art of their belief that will remain intact.
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