Sagada is considered one of the best sanctuaries in the Philippines. With its breath-taking views that make you love nature more, the hospitality and genuine kindness of its locals are other reasons to experience in this place. From its nature-riffic scenery and local foods that must be tried, different activities and places to visit await to everyone especially those who want to escape the pressures of daily lives and the toxicity of the urban.
The long hours of travel will be surely worth it as you not only try its local foods and enjoy its weather condition but to savor this province by visiting some of its best places.
Sugong Hanging Coffins
One of the distinct traditions in Sagada is its hanging coffin and up to now, some of them were still preserved and became a scenic spot in the province. The Sugong Hanging Coffins is one of them. Placed on high stones and cliffs, the hanging coffins can be reached by just walking along the road for half an hour from the town proper.
According to some locals, this activity is still practiced up to the present; however, a higher price has to be paid since it is an honor for them to be buried by such.
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Another thing to love in Sagada is its caves, and Sumaguing Cave is one of the most visited and in fact, one of the tourist spots in the province. Known as the “Big Cave”, it is believed that it became a refuge by the Filipino soldiers from the Japanese invaders during the World War. It may sound creepy, but with the stone formations, towering stalactite and stalagmite formations and fresh clear water will help you forget what it once was.
If you love hiking, then you must never miss Mt. Ampacao. Towering at 1,889 MASL, this is the highest peak of the province. After reaching the Ambasing Elementary School, a tour guide will let you reach the summit on your own.
Kapay-aw Rice Terraces
One of the things that Sagada is known for when it comes to nature is some of its rice terraces, and Kapay-aw is the most famous. If you’re going to Sumaguing Cave, you shouldn’t definitely miss this because it can be seen on the way from the cave. With its green and lush environment and its rice terraces, your eyes will never get tired of seeing the majestic view nature is giving you.
St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church
Another historic place to visit in Sagada is this church. This stone-walled church was built in 1904 by the American Missionaries. It maintains its elegance with its magnificent stained glass windows and blue doors. It is also easy to visit when you’re in the town proper.
Lumiang Burial Caves
Besides hanging coffins, the Lumiang Burial Cave is another place in Sagada that reflects its customs especially when it comes to their respect to dead loved-ones. According to some tour guides, this cave has at least 200 coffins that were already buried there for more than 500 years. From the town proper, a 30-minute walk, and a trek downhill the cave is needed.
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