Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sagada - Part 2

First Part

The next morning after we surpassed the challenges of  Spelunking, we woke up so early to catch the sunrise in Kiltepan Viewpoint, but unfortunately, the weather failed us. No sunrise at that time, so we just decided to skip the sunrise viewing and bound to our next destination. -  Pongas Falls.

Pongas Falls is situated on the southern part of Sagada, five kilometers away from town. The half day tour there can also arrange at (Sagada Genuine Guide Association) SAGGAS and they will give you a tour guide and a van to rent. 600Php for the ride and another 600Php for the guide.

Howkie! Then we started our walk going to the office of SAGGAS to arrange our adventure. Lucky us, we saw Kuya Rad along the way (Kuya Rad was our guide during our Spelunking). We’re very lucky because Kuya Rad arranged everything for us. Hassle free na!!

We took a van to Ankileng which is the jump off point to the Pongas Falls. After we arrived at Ankileng, we hastily jumped out of the van and this beautiful landscape welcomed us..

Rice terraces of Ankileng

This spectacular view really amazed me.

Seeing this stunning place wanted me to start our trek right away, Parang di nakakapagod maglakad dito.

Ankileng Elementary School

After a few minutes of our walk, we crossed a hanging bridge.

Walking on this bridge was a bit scary because it creaks and it shakes, but I had fun doing it anyway, because its not like everyday you get the chance to do this, right?

Level 1 pa lang at madali pa ang trek, at sobrang nakakaenjoy pa ang mga nakikita ko.

Until we passed the village of Ankileng..
Registration is needed - 10Php each

This was the challenging part of our trek where we had to cross through rice paddies, and there were part that we also had to walk through the narrow edges of the cliff. All hikers should be careful when crossing here because it was really not a joke, your one wrong step can lead you to a serious injury. (No pictures during these extreme hiking, safety first pa rin dapat)

Then after more than 2 hours of our trek, we finally reached the Pongas Falls. We're very happy that after all the obstacles that we surpassed along the way, these beautiful views rewarded us. It’s very beautiful and refreshing.

The waterfalls remains prisitine because of its relative seclusion.

I guess this is the most courageous part of this adventure, because not everybody had the guts to at least try this. Taking a dip in this ice cold water. Hanglameeeeeg!!

After we enjoyed the beauty of Pongas Falls, we went back to town and had a sumptuous lunch at the Yoghurt House.

Yoghurt House is the most popular resto in town, I learned this place when i was googling on where-to-eat-in-sagada prior to our trip and yoghurt house was always on the list, so i was too excited to try their food. 

                        Roasted Eggplant in Basil                                                        Bolognese
Im sorry that i forgot your name                                                    Fruits for all seasons

They served an amazing food for affordable price, no wonder why this place is the most famous resto in town

The pictures can tell how satisfied we were after that sumptuous lunch.
and then we headed to our  accommodation to freshen up before we proceed to our next activity.

After getting some rest, we left our house and jump to our next activity. We headed to echo valley, eager to get a closer glimpse of these hanging coffins. But unfortunately, we were not able to do it again because the place were crowded of students and I guess their professor was also teaching them about something related to the hanging coffins. Bad timing!

This is one of the disadvantages of doing a trip during long weekend, madami ka talagang makakasabay! So we had no choice but to let this opportunity pass, we were just hoping for a good and fun bonfire dinner that night. It was actually very disappointing because hanging coffins was my top reason why i was too excited to go to sagada, but for the second time, di naman natuloy.

Then another bad news came after a while. Kuya Rad informed us that he had to cancel our bonfire dinner due to the bad weather. Wala na, uwi na lang kami ng bahay at dun nagdinner. Pero masaya naman at pyesta ang hinanda ng mga kasama ko.

And because I was still determined to go to the hanging coffins, what happened the next day was Lyn, Ed and I woke up so early, we left our house and went to the echo valley at around 6am while other tourists still enjoying their sleep. Wala na naman sigurong sagabal sa daan ng ganung kaaga.

We were right because there were no other people in the place at that time. We started our trek down hill right away, we just followed the trail until we finally reach it. Sa wakas!!

One of the old customs in Sagada is they hang their tombs on a cliff instead of being placed into the ground, because they believed that the higher the body is laid, the closer the souls were to heaven, they also protecting these bodies from any disasters like floods or earthquakes.

Patunay lang na nakapunta ako ^_^
Now I know why Sagada is one of the most visited tourist attraction in our country, and why Ed never get tired to return here every year. Its because of the perfect cold weather, numerous activities that everyone MUST try, especially the spelunking, and of course this place has lots of natural attractions to discover that Im pretty sure everyone would enjoy. So i guess di pa to ang huli dahil di ko pa naisasagad ang saya sa sagada!!! :)


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  2. Wow!! hangganda naman! this is part of my bucket list! soon :-)

    1. Mas maganda sya pag nakita mo na sya ng tunay, kaya punta na kayo sir..

  3. Nice! Ang saya talaga mag travel and I'm sure kahit may isa or dalawa kayong di nagawa o napuntahan eh nag-enjoy pa rin kayO!! keep safe always!! (:

    1. Thanks Kamilshake, uu sulit na sulit kahit meron kaming nalampasan, ayun na din ang magiging reason sa aming pagbabalik dun :)

  4. wow ang ganda... i wanna go there too! tnx for sharing

    1. Go na sir, siguradong maeenjoy nyo ang sagada.

  5. I've seen some of my friend's pics when he went to Sagada. A very interesting place. Hope I can visit it someday.

    Thanks for visiting also my blog. Do you really want to experience my wrath? hahahaha!

    Have a nice day!

    1. mas maganda ang sagada sir pag nakita mismo ng mata mo at maexperience mo misma. :)

  6. I'd love too be on that hanging bridge! Someday...soon ;-) Thanks for sharing. Malaking tulong ang mga info which you provided here.

    1. dapat natin maexperience ang hanging bridge, nakakatakot pero masaya!!

  7. nasa bucket list ko talaga to.

    1. Yown! siguradong mageenjoy ka sa sagada Phioxee..

  8. Maraming beses na akong naimbitahan na pumunta sa Sagada pero lagi akong hindi sumasama kasi ang layo at nakakatakot yung hanging coffins. Pero grabe yung view sa fields it makes it all worth it...

    1. uu glen, worth it lahat ng pagod kapag nakita mo na sya.. Sa susunod na may maginvite sayo, sama ka na!!

  9. wow! ganda talaga ng place.... astig mga pics nyo ....

    keep on posting!

  10. Thank you sir, tara na ang gumala!!

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