Exploring Sagada 2016: Summing Up Our Trip (Part 3)

My visit to Sagada has exposed me to another world—a truly remarkable one. While Sagada is already a popular tourist destination, some parts of it are still almost untouched and uncorrupted by commercialization and industrialization, while other parts seem like they are lost in another time because they look, and feel, almost sacred.

Sagada has a mix of nature and adventure; it offers a perfect balance for chilling our and for trying extreme activities. You can go caving in the morning, and then simply hang out and enjoy the cool weather in the afternoon. You can trek to Bomod-Ok Falls as the sun rises, and then simply chill at your hotel and watch as the sun sets.

Weather in Sagada

Sagada has a chilly weather, one that would make you want to bundle layer up, especially early in the morning and around the afternoon. It gets warm in the middle of the day, though. During the entire time we were there, it was always raining in the afternoon, a little after lunch. We heard it’s typical in the area, so it’s better to plan all major activities in the morning.

What to Pack for Your Trip

  • Basic items to bring: comfortable sweater and footwear.
  • Bring cash. We heard there’s only one ATM in the area (near the Tourism Office), but that there are times when it’s offline, and that most of the establishments do not accept credit cards, so cash would be the best option.
  • For caving: bring a pair of non-slip shoes or rubber sandals, one that you wouldn’t mind getting wet since you’ll be navigating through water in some areas in the cave. They don’t provide any gear for the activity, and it can get frightening, so bring lots of courage, too, and be sure you’re fit for the activity.
  • For trekking to Bomod-Ok Falls: wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes or slippers. Have a waterproof bag or ziplock for your gadgets. If you’re swimming, you may bring swimming clothes, although I didn’t see any changing room in the area. You may also just swim and trek back in your wet clothes—you’ll most likely be dry after the trek. And of course, bring a bottle of water. There are food stalls along the way, so you may also want to bring money for snacks.

Final Notes

If you’re planning to visit Sagada anytime soon, here are a few more notes that I hope will help you get the most out of your travel:

  • Plan your visit during non-peak seasons. Sagada can get tourist-packed during the holidays, especially around the Holy Week. If you can, go on weekdays to avoid the weekend crowd.
  • Avoid visiting during the rainy months. Even without the rain, travel to Sagada is already a bit risky due to the bumpy and rocky road. When you include muddy tracks and rain-soaked roads, the danger could double.
  • Don’t forget to register at the Tourism Office after your arrival. The office is located right in the town center.
  • Be extra mindful of the environment and the surroundings, especially in their preservation. Due to the great number of tourists who flock to Sagada, there are intensive conservations efforts being done to ensure that Sagada will be protected and maintained. You can join in these efforts by simply being a responsible traveler (see related post HERE).

That’s it! Enjoy your Sagada travel adventure and bring back lots of good memories! 🙂

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