WHERE DO HAPPY HEARTS GO?
Contrary to what people perceive, Sagada is not only a place where broken hearts go. It is in fact the best sanctuary for happy hearts!
It was so easy to fall in love with this place and I can give you so many reasons but I will give you top ones.
First, if you are a nature lover Sagada is the place to go. This place is so perfect to be one with the nature. Sagada is geographically located in the Cordillera Mountains within the Philippines’ Mountain Province so it is naturally surrounded with wonderful green things. From the mountain views to the fresh vegetables in the streets, it was all perfect!
Second, the foods there were so delicious! Especially when it comes to their veggies, they were so fresh. I think it is because of their climate and they say farmers use very minimal amount of pesticides so the vegetables do not taste weird when they are cooked. Though you can’t find any sea foods in their menus; just cultured fishes like Bangus because there’s no sea around the area.
Third, their climate is awesome! This is bitter and sweet experience for me though. Bitter because IT’S FREEZING there! I am a sucker when it comes to cold weather so it was kind of hard for me. I had to wear jacket, pajamas and bonnet all the time even when I sleep. And don’t even try asking me how I took a bath! On the other hand, the weather gave me what I call the “Sagada Glow”. No big pores in my face, beautiful skin and very soft hair! For people in the Philippines who want to experience snow this is probably the closet we can get here in terms of coldness.
Fourth, Sagada is a very quiet town. Its peacefulness is so calming. I can’t think of any other place to unwind and detach myself from my toxic urban life. Virgin places like Sagada are the best! The place is really perfect for people who like solitude.
Fifth, it offers great spots where you can splurge all your energy. This is the other side of the place – the adventures one. Sagada is also the best fit for people who are thrill seekers; people who are into extreme activities like trekking, spelunking and caving! Spelunking and caving give you the most body pain but you can’t say your trip to Sagada is complete without trying these activities. It will probably be the highlight of your trip in Sagada.
Lastly, Sagada is a place where classic and contemporary culture converges! When people go to Mt. Province, people usually look for the Igorot Tribes. We talked to the locals there and this is where it gets interesting. According to them, most of the residents of Sagada were in fact FBI or Full Blooded Igorots. People usually have this misconception that Igorots are only wearing bahags as their clothing and only reside on the farthest reach of the mountains. Contrary to that, it is safe to say that they are mostly urbanized now but they still keep strong roots of their culture. And I tell you talking to one FBI is so fulfilling. They’ve got to be the most striving people I will ever know!
Unfortunately, during my stay in Sagada the weather is not so good so I wasn’t able to see the famous Sea of Clouds (Kiltepan Rice Terraces Sunrise Viewing). Banaue Rice Terraces was covered with fogs too. In exchange of visiting Kiltepan we had a little side trip to Banaue and Baguio instead.
Meeting people in Sagada is not hard because locals are very nice and accommodating. The wonderful people of Sagada will help you feel like their place is also your home. This place has everything that meets our wanderlust cravings.
I just hope this place does not get commercialize too much. Both the government and its locals must preserve both the nature and its culture so it stays as the place where happy hearts can go.
Since I have no time to make my own travel itinerary, I decided to book my trip to Sagada with Travel Galore. It is a travel agency that offers tours to places in the northern parts of the Philippines like Ilocos, Pangasinan, La Union, Baguio and Sagada. Their service is great and they have the cheapest deal in town . It was so easy to do transactions with them. They offer great deal with NO HIDDEN CHARGES and I can assure they are trustworthy! We had the coolest driver too; Kuya Kevin Leong, thank you so much for the sweet and safe ride!
Travel Galore itinerary is very flexible. You have many choices of what tourist spots in Sagada you want to visit. But if you know nothing about the place and failed to do some research Travel Galore already has itinerary for the tourist spots you can visit.
I booked for 2 persons so it cost me Php 2,799.00 per pax; that’s for 3 days 2 nights stay in Sagada and a side trip in Baguio and Banaue. If you book for more people it will cost you less. They also accept private tours if you decided to travel with your friend and family only. In our case, we did the joint tour with 8 other people.
For your food, prepare at least Php.120.00-Php180.00 per meal for one person. It may be a bit expensive but the food is so worth it! Plus if you have tight budget one serving is good for 2 persons already. Just ask the cafe or resto how big is their servings.
There are lot of souvenir shops around so if you’re the type of person who likes to buy pasalubong you can bring with you Php. 1,500.00-Php2, 000.00. That amount will give so many good pasalubong already!
Other expenses are up to you. Since we traveled before New Year we got to celebrate NYE there. We had a little inuman sesh with our other travel buddies. Try their rice wine it’s good for celebrations.
There you go! I hope when you visit Sagada you’ll have fun as much as we did! Safe travels!