Together with my friends, we went for a Sagada trip in April 2017 after the holy week. We only planned to go to Sagada. Fortunately, we found a travel agency (Gear Master Travel & Tours in Binan, Laguna) which offers a 3-in-one trip for just P2000 per pax. It was actually a “joiners” travel so it was really cheap. It covered the transportation, driver’s fee, and accommodation for 3 days-2 nights. Thus, it excludes food expenses and entrance fees, which were very affordable. Well, good enough for a travel experience.
The assembly place was at SMX convention parking lot at 9PM. Due to anticipated traffic in Metro Manila, we went there earlier and spent time strolling at MOA.
Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao
Our first stop was at Banaue Rice Terraces and we arrived there around 7am. It was indeed a long trip. Of course, we did not miss taking a photo of the signage. After few more minutes, we drop off at a viewing area where we could see a good view of the carved mountains. Plus, you’ll be able to see some animals’ bones displayed. Surely, you’ll be mesmerized by the man-made rice terraces.
Sagada In Mountain Province
If you long for a real mountain retreat, then this is a place to be. After spending our first day morning in Banaue, we went to Sagada and arrived there at noon. The accommodation was really nice (Sorry, I was not able to take a photo of it). Definitely, you’ll know you are at a high mountain peak due to its cool breeze. There are a lot of activities you can enjoy in this place. This was actually the highlight of our trip. We spent one and a half day in Sagada. Caving, trekking, swimming, seeing attractions, eating known restaurants, sunrise & sunset viewing and seeing a glimpse of their culture are few of the things that we were able to experience. (I’ll share with you more of these in my next blog post).
Baguio, the “City of Pines”
Our last stop before going back to Manila was Baguio. It was actually just a quick trip and what we mostly did was just picture taking and buying of souvenirs. We went to Mines View Park, The Mansion, and Good Shepherd Convent. Maybe all our energy were poured out on the Sagada trip so we haven’t explored Baguio that much. We were happy enough to set foot in this place. However, my memorable experience getting there was when we drop off at Strawberry Farm Benguet. It was my first time harvesting strawberries and I really enjoyed it. Plus, I got to eat my own fruit of labor.
Banaue – Sagada – Baguio 3D- 2N Itinerary
- Arrive at Banaue signage (picture taking)
- Banaue Rice Terraces View Point
- Breakfast at the viewing area
- Travel to Sagada
- Arrive at Sagada/Check-in
- Sumaguing Cave
- Lemon Pie House Sagada
- Return to inn/Take A Bath
- Sunrise viewing at Kiltepan
- Trekking to Bomod-ok Falls
- Swimming in Bomod-ok Falls
- Return to assembly area
- Lunch/Return to inn/Take a bath
- Hanging Coffins
- Echo Valley
- Sagada Weaving
- Sunset viewing at Lake Danum
- Travel to Baguio
- Strawberry Picking at Strawberry Farm Benguet
- The Mansion House
- Mines View Park
- Good Shepherd Convent
- Buy Souvenirs
- Return to Manila
Note: The travel agency offered us to visit other park attractions in Baguio. However, we were already exhausted so we preferred to start traveling back to Manila.
Hope this inspires you to visit these mountainous areas in the Philippines. Feel free to drop some comments/suggestions.