Sumaguing Cave
Main attraction of the Cave Connection: The "curtain" of Sumaguing Cave

Sagada DIY Travel Guide (Commute and Where to Stay)

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Indulged with unprecedented and captivating charm, Sagada remains as one of the top choices for those who are looking for a tranquil getaway. The temperate climes, the towering massifs, the awesome caverns and rock formations, the appetizing dainties, the perpetuated traditions, and the accommodating locality melded perfectly to give you a memorable stay.

If you want to experience a piece of Sagada’s splendor, then below details may be a handful.

Sumaguing Cave
Main attraction of the Cave Connection: The “curtain” of Sumaguing Cave

How to Get There

From Manila, you can take any bus to Baguio or Banaue, and then transfer to an onward transport.

Via Baguio

A lot of bus companies offer Manila-Baguio route. Victory Liner has hourly trips from their Pasay, Cubao, and Caloocan terminals. You can also take Genesis, Saulog Transit, and Dagupan Bus Co. Fare starts at ₱445.

From Baguio, you can take GL Trans or Lizardo Bus Line. The first trip leaves at 6:00AM, and then every hour after that until 11:00AM. The last and the only afternoon trip will depart at 1:00PM. There are no reservations, so make sure that you are at the terminal as early as possible to get a seat, especially during peak season. Travel time is 6 hours and the regular fare is ₱230.

Kiltepan Viewpoint sunrise
Kiltepan Viewpoint sunrise

Via Banaue

If you want to see the world famous Banaue Rice Terraces before going to Sagada, then the Banaue route is a good option.

There are two bus companies that travel to Banaue from Manila:

  • Ohayami Transit [Address: J. Fajardo St. cor Lacson Ave., Sampaloc, Manila | contact: +63 927 649 3055 / (02) 516 0501] leaves Manila at 10:00PM daily. Additional trips are mounted on peak seasons. It is advisable that you book your tickets in advance, which will cost you ₱450.
  • Dangwa Tranco Inc. [Address: Dimasalang Street (near Dangwa Flower Market), Sampaloc, Manila] also has trips to Banaue. Please visit their terminal or call (02) 781 5849 / (02) 743 3809 for more details.

From Banaue, You can take a van to Sagada for ₱300. The van leaves at 09:00AM near People’s Lodge and Restaurant. Note that this is not a regular schedule. Contact Marcial at +63 916 864 2988 to confirm if the trip is offered.

Another option is to catch a jeepney or bus from Banaue town proper to Bontoc (₱150). Then take another jeepney from Bontoc to Sagada (₱45).

Where to stay in Sagada

Davey’s Town Inn and Resto (+63 907 211 7478) is a humble homestay at the back of the new Municipal Hall. It is just few steps away from the tourism office. With ₱350/pax, you can enjoy your stay with free WiFi. The bathroom/comfort room, however, is shared. The restaurant is just downstairs for easy access in case you find it cold to move around the town.

Sagada Inns/Lodges/Resthouses with online booking

Other Inns/Lodges/Resthouses near the Town Proper

  • Alapo’s: +63 921 327 9055
  • Ganduyan: +63 921 273 8097
  • Green House: +63 946 460 7726
  • Isabelo’s Inn: +63 928 951 7153
  • Igorot Inn: +63 908 757 8357
  • Olahbinan Resthouse: +63 928 406 7647
  • Pumpkin House: +63 910 709 5275
  • Sagada Guesthouse: +63 921 969 4053
  • Masferre Country Inn: +63 918 341 6164
  • Sagada Homestay Inn: +63 919 702 8380
  • Sagada View Inn: +63 920 411 9931
  • Villa de Familia: +63 918 959 4570
  • Sagada Green Hills: +63 917 553 5337
  • Saint Joseph’s Resthouse: +63 918 559 5934
  • Tinagtago Inn and Restaurant: +63 939 959 1967
  • Sagada Town Inn: +63 921 653 1771

Inns/Lodges/Resthouses at the South of Sagada (Going to Saggas and Sumaguing Cave)

  • Alibama: +63 920 813 5797
  • Canaway: +63 910 709 2631
  • George Guesthouse: +63 918 548 0406
  • Indigenous Inn: +63 921 645 5679
  • Kanip-aw Pines View: +63 928 284 7507
  • Mary’s Hilz Inn: +63 919 408 0108
  • Bagalima Riverside Inn: +63 947 704 6613
  • Residential Lodge: +63 919 672 8744
  • Treasure Rock Inn: +63 920 272 5881
  • Traveler’s Inn: +63 919 517 1833
  • Grandma’s Yellow Inn: +63 947 835 1985
  • Shamrock Tavern: +63 930 195 5680
  • Hidden Hill: +63 910 796 7073
  • Inn Maugay: +63 912 230 1240
  • Umatan Lodge: +63 910 115 4358

Inns/Lodges/Resthouses at the North and East of Sagada

  • Alfredo’s: +63 948 711 2112
  • Triple J Inn: +63 919 517 1802
  • RnR Haven: +63 947 950 1138
  • Billy’s House: +63 921 603 2745
  • Rusty Nail In & Cafe: +63 929 457 7188
  • Ligaya’s Transient: +63 918 343 8415
  • Mapiya-aw Pension: +63 999 966 6164
  • Misty’s Lodge: +63 919 691 8487
  • Rocky Valley Inn: +63 918 403 6018
  • Rock Inn & Cafe: +63 929 457 7188
  • Sagada North Inn: +63 907 900 5203
  • Yamabi Lodge: +63 949 747 2245
  • Gecko Inn: +63 920 289 5471

Things to do in Sagada

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Upon arrival in Sagada, proceed to the Tourism Office (inside the old Municipal Hall) to register and pay for the environmental fee (₱35/pax). The receipt is a requirement for you to register to the following tours.

Cave Connection

A spelunking activity that will start at Lumiang Burial Cave and ends at Sumaguing. This usually takes 4 hours of squeezing, lifting, rappelling, and climbing inside the two famous caverns of Sagada. Tour fee is ₱400/pax  (for 3pax and up) while the optional two-way transport costs ₱400/group.

Sumaguing Cave

The tour includes a visit to Lumiang Cave entrance and a tour within Sumaguing Cave. Guide Fee starts at ₱500 (4 visitors or less).

Balangagan Cave Spelunking

Also known as Marcos Cave, Balangagan features pure white flowstones and impressive rock formations. Guide Fee is ₱650 for 4 pax or less while the two-way jeepney ride cost ₱650 which can carry up to 20 individuals.

Kiltepan Sunrise

You can either hire a jeepney for ₱500 or jog to the view point to get a peek of the sunrise.

Bomod-ok Falls

Get a glimpse of a majestic falls by passing through awesome rice paddies and terraces. The back and forth trek will take 3 hours. Guide fee is ₱600/group of 10.

Mount Ampacao Traverse

This is a loop-hike from the town center to Lake Danum view point passing Mt Ampacao down to the village of either Demang or Ambasing. The 3-hour tour costs ₱800/group of 10.

Central Sagaga Eco Tour

Includes Echo Valley Hanging Coffins, Sagada Underground River, St. Mary’s Church, and Bokong Natural Swimming Pool. Guide fee is ₱600/group of 10.

Important Contact Numbers

Tourism Information Center: +63 999 400 0088
Municipal Tourism Office: +63 999 991 1801
Office of the Mayor: +63 999 991 1800
Sagada PNP: +63 908 225 8115


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