The Bus Ride That Seemed Endless

Sagada Travel Blog

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We reached Baguio at 520AM. I dunno but for some reasons, I get a different feeling of excitement everytime I find myself in the “Summer Capital of the Philippines”. Perhaps, it’s because of the cool weather that we don’t get to experience in Manila any time of the year. We immediately got a cab that brought us to Dangwa Terminal. The first Lizardo bus trip to Sagada was leaving at 6AM. We made it in the bus with enough time to still sip a coffee in the nearby eatery. We also ordered some burgers and softdrinks to support our stomach in the next 6-hour trip to Sagada.

 

The non-airconditioned bus left Baguio at 615AM. I started sending SMS’s to my friends in Manila to just inform them that I was already on my way to my dream destination.

rice terraces
.. FINALLY! By this time, I can’t help my excitement as in a few hours, Sagada for me will be more than just a dream.

 

The road to Sagada may be terribly rough and dusty but the scenery along the way are perfectly breathtaking! There were landscapes with crazy combination of rocky outcrops, pine trees and rivers. There were literally mountains after mountains after mountains. We were also amazed to see numerous rice terraces and farm lands which made us appreciate how hardworking the locals of Benguet are.

 

And after six hours of bumpy ride which included two stopovers, we finally reached our ultimate destination. Whoohoo! And as we have planned, we maximized all the time we spent in this VIEWTIFUL town!

 

1230. Checked-in at George’s Guesthouse--- one of the most popular and in-demand accommodations in town.

 

1300.

King's curtain
Lunch at Yoghurt House. Enjoyed a spicy chicken-curry a-la-Sagada way! Highly recommended.

 

1400. Registered at the Municipal Hall and took a tour to Sumaguing Cave. Met our tour guide Robert and left for the caving activity.

 

1420. Arrived in Sumaguing Cave. The spelunking has three parts--- the muddy first part, the slippery second part and the enjoying third part where we crossed waist-high freezing waters and climbed limestones formations let by Robert who was carrying kerosene lamp to light our paths. My first time to do caving and I will definitely do it again and again in the future. The 2-hour caving experience was tiring yet worthwhile.

 

1630. We were already walking back to George’s to change clothes. Along the way, we stopped at some spots where we had a good view of the rice-terraces and took some souvenir shots.

 

1800. Early dinner at Masferre, which was named after Eduardo Masferre who is known as the father of Philippine photography. Some of his works are displayed here which serve as the resto’s main attraction as well. Good food, friendly staff and beautifully-designed, Igorot-themed dining area.

 

1930. San Miguel Beer, 2 bottles each with Dan at George’s veranda.

 

2100. Goodnight, Sagada.

Isabetlog says:
Inggit!! I've been wanting to go for the longest time. Lucky, lucky you! :) How sliperry were the caves?
Posted on: Jun 27, 2008
the_bloodsucker says:
thanks, james. sagada will be one of my favorite destinations of all time! =D
yehleen, go ka na! dali... dali!!! =D
Posted on: Jun 03, 2008
yheleen says:
SAGADA - My dream destination ") this blog SHOULD be featured ") love it..
Posted on: Jun 03, 2008
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Backpacker... err...
Backpacker... err...
rice terraces
rice terraces
Kings curtain
King's curtain
Lizardo Bus (Baguio-Sagada)
Lizardo Bus (Baguio-Sagada)
The view outside
The view outside
Georges Guesthouse
George's Guesthouse
Yoghurt House
Yoghurt House
Im finally here
Im finally here
whatever
whatever
best buddies
best buddies
the hanging coffins
the hanging coffins
Sagada
Sagada
Walk faster, Dan
Walk faster, Dan
Posing before spelunking
Posing before spelunking
U sure were going there?
U sure we're going there?
Inside the cave
Inside the cave
Sumaguing Cave
Sumaguing Cave
The turtle
The turtle
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what the...
what the...
look here, dan
look here, dan
Sagada
photo by: lauro