I have been to Sagada once in 2007 but no matter how much I liked the place I just could not bring myself back. I utterly dislike the 6-hour travel from Manila by bus to Baguio and another 6 hours from Baguio to Sagada. Of course I did not know that there was a faster way to get there. I learned it ironically from tourists in El Nido who dropped by the Outventure shop.
Anyway, we made it back to Sagada in November 2013, using the same route and method – Victory Liner from Cubao. We had a lovely dinner first at Cafe Adriatico at the Gateway Mall before heading for the bus terminal – only to find out when we got there that there were no available tickets for until 4am. We took our chance with another bus lines in another bus terminal, Genesis if I remember correctly, and lucked out with a few spare seats. Arriving in Baguio, we had some help from one of the passengers who was also on his wasy to Sagada and we all walked together in the chilly Baguio morning towards the Sagada-bound bus terminal.
We arrived at lunch time, went looking for a place to stay, then promptly headed to Yoghurt House for a meal. I had loved their French Potato Salad years ago but found that it was not the same. We had a relaxing time on the balcony with a cup of coffee though.
We didn’t go anywhere until the next day, when we rented a motorbike at a place across the street and explored Sagada using a map bought from one of the souvenir stores lining the street.
First, we tried looking for the lake – the path going down to it we missed only about three times and would have missed more times if we had not stopped a group of mountain bikers and asked.
We got lost a number of times. One of those times, we found ourselves with this view.
Although I am a beach person and not a mountain person through and through, this house in the middle of the forest was beautiful.
We were trying to find the Kiltepan Viewpoint and kept taking the wrong roads. We found ourselves here instead.
On the second to the last day, we finally found it, after passing by the little sign on the ground countless times, and made it to the view deck – only to find the view completely obscured by thick fog. We made it to Rock Inn and Restaurant instead for coffee and cake. We had superb dinner at the Log Cabin where we dropped by in the morning to make dinner reservations,
On our last day, we made it back to Kiltepan, for this:
And this is me:
I transferred a blog on Sagada from our trip there in 2007 from Multiply to this site but made the mistake of embedding the photos. Since Multiply does not exist anymore, the photos are gone too. I would dig up the photos in a box of CDs and upload them on Flickr, then redo the blog – when I find the time. Ah, nostalgia.
Here are some useful info on going to Sagada:
Ride to/from Sagada from Sagada.org
From Manila, you can reach Sagada by passing through Baguio.
In Manila, take either Dagupan, Victory, Rabbit or Dangwa to get to Baguio. Preferably take the 11PM, 12midnight, or 1AM trip so that you can sleep on the way then reach Baguio at dawn.
In Baguio, take the GL/Lizardo Bus to get to Sagada.
Manila-Baguio Bus Trips
Dagupan Bus Lines
Terminal: New York Street, Cubao, Quezon City
Departure Time: every hour except 2:00AM-4:00AM, daily
*Saulog Transit (sister company of Dagupan Bus) has Cavite-Manila-Baguio (and vice-versa) trips
+632-825-2926 or 825-2972 or 825-2930
Terminal: 1377 Quirino Ave., Parañaque
Terminal: EDSA, Cubao, Quezon City
Departure Time: every hour, daily
Terminal: EDSA, Pasay City
+632-833-5019 to 20
Departure Time: every hour, daily
Terminal: España, corner Galicia Street, Sampaloc, Manila
– 4:30AM, 7:30AM, 10:00AM, 1:00PM, 3:00PM, 11:00PM
Terminal: 819 Oroquieta Street, Manila
Terminal: 1600 Dimasalang, Sampaloc, Manila
Baguio-Sagada Bus Trips
GL Trans / Lizardo Bus
Terminal: Dangwa Station at the back of Center Mall, Baguio
6:30AM Ambasing via Sagada
8:00AM Besao via Sagada
9:00AM Ambasing via Sagada
10:00AM Besao via Sagada
11:00AM Ambasing via Sagada
1:00PM Besao via Sagada
From Manila, you can reach Sagada by passing through Banaue and Bontoc.
If you take Cable Tours, your bus ride ends in Bontoc. From there, take a jeepney ride to Sagada (first trip 9:30AM and last trip 4:00PM). If most of the passengers are going to Sagada, Cable Tours will bring you to Sagada.
If you take Autobus or Florida Bus, the bus stops in Banaue. Take a jeepney ride to Bontoc then another jeepney ride to Sagada.
Manila-Banaue Bus Trips
0929-819-4688 or +6374-774-1290 Jun Cue for Manila reservations
0927-265-3929 Bert Cue
Manila Terminal: E. Rodriguez Sr. Boulevard
near Trinity University of Asia and St. Luke’s Hospital
Departure from Manila: 8:00PM
+632-743-3227 or 735-8096 or 736-2831 or 735-8098
Terminal: Dimasalang corner Laong-laan Street, Sampaloc, Manila
in front of University of Santo Tomas
Departure Time: 10:00PM daily
Terminal: Earnshaw Sr cor. Loyola, Espana, Manila
(5 min walk from Autobus station)
Departure Time: 10:45PM daily
Banaue-Bontoc Jeepney/Bus Trips
Terminal: located near the Banaue Market
Departure Time: 8:30 am
Cable tours: 5:30 – 7:00AM (the same bus from Manila)
Bonbon Bus: 10:00AM
Emmanuel Trans: 12:00PM
Bontoc-Sagada Jeepney Rides
Terminal: central Bontoc in between All Saints Mission Elementary School and Walter Clapp Centrum
first trip 9:00AM
hourly departure in between
last trip 4:00PM
For more info, these sites may be helpful:
- Tour, Taste, Know, Love, Sagada
- Visit Sagada – Accommodations, Houses, Events, Restaurants, Tour, Travel
- Lakwatsero – Updated Travel Guide: Sagada
- Victory Liner