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Monday, March 16, 2015

Sagada: Itinerary, Budget, Where To Eat, & What To Do's

Weeeee! So, I have just ticked off another one from my bucket list. Hooray! Hooray!

I dreamt of visiting Sagada for a long time or should I say, when I started having this interest on watching travel shows. I found everything so amazing that since then, I included Sagada in my Dream Destinations.

How To Get There:
Sagada in Mountain Province is 275 kilometers north of Manila. It can only be reached via Baguio or Banaue. Via Baguio - From Manila, take Victory Liner. Ideal trip would be 10:00 PM so you will reach Baguio around 5AM. From Victory Liner Baguio, ride a cab to Dangwa Terminal (less than 10 mins travel time). GL Liner has 4 daily trips to Sagada (Fare Php220); you may take the first trip which is scheduled every 6AM. The bus ride to Sagada is approximately around 6 hours with 3 stop overs.

Where To Stay in Sagada:
 * George Guest House (Main Building & Annex)
Contact Nos 09185480406,09209483133,09206070994,09399020996

* Residential Lodge Sagada
Contact Nos 09196728744

* Misty Lodge
Contact Nos 09994459899

* Rock Inn Cafe
Contact Nos 09209095899

* Travelers Inn
Contact Nos 09207992960

What To Do/Where To Go in Sagada:
Sagada has been a long-time Dream Destination for me so expect that I had done a lot of research and planning. I even downloaded a couple of Sagada maps which were my bases in creating my own Sagada Itinerary.

To my surprise, when I got off the bus, it was like everything on the map was in front of me. Those famous Sagada restaurants and a handful of best spots that I thought were too far can be seen immediately from the bus drop-off point. That's how small Sagada is.

To be honest, I got stuck for about 2 minutes from where I was standing; doing nothing at all but watching Sagada for the first time. It seemed that I was watching a live travel show - people were busy and laid back at the same time, well, I cannot describe it exactly. All I know was, at that very exact moment, I uttered, "Grabe! Ang liit lang pala ng Sagada!"

Realizing how small the town is made me more excited. I thought to myself, "What's with Sagada? It's just a small town but it's very popular in travel shows and even in travel magazines.

* Pay a visit to St. Mary's Church
* Watch the sunrise at Kiltepan Peak
*Explore the Sumaguing Cave
  * Visit the Lumiang Burial Cave
* Learn something new at Sagada Pottery
  * Spend an afternoon at Lake Danum
* Watch the sunset at Lake Danum

SAGADA ITINERARY (5 Days-4 Nights)

Day 0 (Thursday)
10:00PM  ETD Victory Liner Edsa

Day 1 (Friday)
04:00AM  ETA Baguio City
04:30AM  Dangwa Terminal (Lizardo/GL Transit)
06:00AM  ETD Baguio to Sagada
11:00AM  ETA Sagada Municipal Hall
11:30AM  Check-in at George Guest House
12:00NN  Lunch at Masferre Restaurant
01:30PM  Book tours and guides at SAGGAS and at Municipal Hall
02:00PM  Tour Sagada (Sagada Weaving, St. Mary's Church, Souvenir Shops, Make a reservation at
Log Cabin for Saturday Night Buffet)
04:30PM  Merienda at Lemon Pie House
06:00PM  Dinner and Inom-inom at Sagada Pine Cafe

Day 2 (Saturday)
02:30AM  Rise and Shine!
03:00AM  ETD Van to Kiltepan Peak
05:30AM  Watch sunrise at Kiltepan Peak
07:30AM  Breakfast at Rock Inn's Cafe Bodega (can include Orange Picking activity if in season)
08:30AM  Back to George Guest House (chill and prepare for Lumiang Cave and Spelunking)
09:30AM  Visit Lumiang Burial Cave
10:00AM  Start Spelunking at Sumaguing Cave
01:00PM  Lunch at Pinikpikan Haus
02:00PM  Back to George Guest House (chill and prepare for Lake Danum)
03:00PM  ETD Van to Sagada Pottery-Lake Danum
03:30PM  ETA Sagada Pottery
04:00PM  ETD Sagada Pottery to Lake Danum
04:30PM  ETA Lake Danum
05:00PM  Watch sunset at Lake Danum
06:30PM  ETD Lake Danum to Sagada Town Proper
07:30PM  ETA Sagada Town Proper. Dinner at Log Cabin.
08:45PM  Back to George Guest House

Day 3 (Sunday)
05:30AM  Rise and Shine!
06:00AM  Sunday Mass at St. Mary's Church
07:15AM  Breakfast at Yoghurt House
08:00AM  Enjoy Sunday Market (Try Halo-Halo w/ Macaroni.)
10:00AM  Visit the Hanging Coffins at Echo Valley
11:30AM  Lunch at Salt and Pepper
01:30PM  Other tours (Options: Bomod-ok Falls, Bokong Falls, Sagada Underground River)
05:00PM  Chill at Persimmon Cafe
06:30PM  Dinner at Misty Lodge Cafe

Day 4 (Monday)
04:00AM  Rise and Shine!
05:30AM  Check-out at George Guest House
06:00AM  ETD Sagada to Baguio
12:00NN  ETA Baguio
12:15PM  Lunch at Good Taste
01:15PM  Buy Tickets at Victory Liner Baguio
02:00PM  ETD Baguio to Manila
08:00PM  ETA Manila :) 


  1. Tour Sagada (Sagada Weaving, St. Mary's Church, Souvenir Shops, Make a reservation at Log Cabin for Saturday Night Buffet) - how much for this?

  2. I am planning to travel to Sagada by May.

    And this is just one of the most complete and concise guide. I can easily digest all the info at one reading. galing! What struck about this post is when you said that Sagada is just a small town that you can easily roam the place... and that's what I really want in a place especially if you're traveling solo. :)

    Thanks for the info Mich. Have a great day!

  3. Is it cheaper if I won't get a package? (solo traveler here)

  4. Hello,
    Not sure if I missed it but I was also looking for your budget the whole trip from transportation to hotel and the "eats". Also, there is no write up on the other route (Banaue) which is the route I am planning to take.

  5. Hi how much will be the bidget for this trip

  6. Hi how much will be the bidget for this trip

  7. Hi!the estimated budget of 4,500 is for 5 days and it includes fare. Correct?

  8. May i know how much the rent of the room? Thanks!

  9. Hi! Can we hire a tourist guide and how much? Thanks

    1. Yes, definitely. Rates depends on your itinerary/activity. Fee is per destination.

  10. May i ask if you rent a van for the trip in sagada? If yes, how much? 2 lng kasi kami

    1. nagrent po ng FX sa libot libot ng Sagada. 500 yung papuntang Danum, Sagada Pottery. Fixed sya kahit ilan kayo. Iba iba yung rates depende sa pupuntahan sa Sagada.

  11. Hi yung 500 na van po pa exclusive tour na ba yun around sagada?:) thank you we'll be there on february 25-26 po so sana masulit namin ang sagda as well as the panagbenga.:)

  12. How much did you spent? thanks :)

  13. yung van ba marerent lang on the spot? me kelangan ba na icontact or available na sila duon sa place?

    1. Punta ka a day before dun sa Sagada Municipal Hall

  14. This is such a helpful blog. I've been in Sagada for a few times and honestly it is hard to do a DIY in Sagada. First its expensive , destinations are very far and costly. I'd rather suggest getting a package or join a tour so you can make sure you'll get to visit everything at a shared cost. Just make sure you pick the agency with good ratings. I've tried HideOut Travel and Tours twice and they seem great on foods, tour and the itinerary is flexible. You can check on them if you want. I believe the number is 0916-6125934 or

  15. Can you customize the tours when bought at the municipal hall? And do they have evening trips from sagada to Baguio? Thank you.

  16. Thanks for naming the accomodation. I just looked up George Guest House and it looks wonderful !!!! Do they offer meals there?

    1. Yes, they do offer meals in the main George Guest House.

  17. where do we go if we want to go camping in sagada?

  18. Are roads in Sagada all concrete? Planning to bring own transportation kasi. Thank you!

  19. Hi. Is there a van in sagada that will tour us in sagada and banaue? And how much is that? Thanks

  20. Hi, we are planning (2pax) to visit Sagada on February via Tuguegarao on weekdays. Do you have any idea if there are daily trips (Public Transpo) from Tuguegarao to Sagada? What are the trip timings to and fro and also the fare... if any? Thanks

  21. Hello good afternoon! do u know if theres a way from sagada to Cauayan airport or tuguegarao airport and also approximately how much is the cost? thank u so much Po!

  22. How much will be the cost for 2 days itenerary? including the house for 13 people.

  23. any idea po if magkano ang hired van from Tuguegarao to Sagada? and how many hours trip po..... thank you :)


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