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The hanging coffins

How to get there:

Manila-Banaue-Bontoc-Sagada
As of December 2005
Autobus Terminal at España, Manila

To Banaue
Fee: 257 Php
Duration of trip: 9-10 hrs (Depends on how fast the driver drives and/or road conditions)

At the Autobus terminal Banaue, a fiera-type jeep bound for Bontoc awaits. Make sure you leave Manila at night so you'd get there early, as these jeeps are only available at specific times. If you don’t snag the first trip in the morning, you might wait for a few hrs until another one comes along (if there will be one). 1st trip would be around 8 am, or whatever time your bus arrives (usually the jeep waits for the arrival of the bus).

Entrance to the cave
I’d suggest you take the night trip (10:30 pm • or better call the bus company for the sched) so you’d arrive in Banaue around 8:30-9:00 am plus it’s faster since you’ll probably be asleep most of the time.

To Bontoc
Fee: 80 Php
Duration of trip: 2 hrs

The jeep will pass by the legendary rice terraces. It’s really spectacular! I can’t believe our ancestors built that! Moreover, the air is very fresh, there are no signs of smog nor smell of garbage or burning fuel. Just simply clean, fresh air. *sigh* The jeep will drop you off at the Bontoc Terminal (beside a restaurant). You can eat there if you like because the jeep going to Sagada won’t leave unless everyone’s already on board (or until it’s full). Also, the Sagada terminal is beside the restaurant so you don’t have to worry about being left behind. =)

To Sagada (at long last!)
Fee: 25 Php
Duration of trip: 2 hrs

We left Bontoc at 12 nn. It was still a bumpy and dusty ride. We passed through the mountains and atop one was so damn cold! I think it was the highest peak amongst the mountains there. Anyway, we arrived at Sagada at 2 pm.

When you reach Sagada, a line of vendors that sell fruits, vegetables, weave crafts, etc. will welcome you. You have to go to the municipal hall and pay a registration fee of 10 Php and they will give you a registration card.

 

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The hanging coffins
The hanging coffins
Entrance to the cave
Entrance to the cave
Hallway of Olahbinans house
Hallway of Olahbinan's house
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Church
Cemetery
Cemetery
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photo by: lauro