Sagada Travel Guide: Escape to the Highland Paradise


Explore and fall in love again and again with Sagada, a highland paradise in Cordillera that offers the best of nature, culture and adventure. This Sagada travel guide provides all the necessary information to fully experience the place. Complete with information on how to get there, where to stay, activities, sample itinerary, budget, and other relevant tips.

Visit Sagada

Approximately 5,000 feet above sea level, Sagada is a small and tranquil town of Mountain Province with so much to offer to anyone who chooses to experience its distinct appeal. With its temperate weather, wondrous caves and cliffs, verdant rice terraces, majestic waterfalls, luscious foods and delicacies, and rich heritage and traditions, Sagada promises everyone an unforgettable and truly remarkable experience with nature and culture.

King’s Curtain at Sumaguing Cave

The town also embraces its visitors with the warm hospitality of the locals that complements the beauty of the place. Undoubtedly, the charm of this mountain town is still incomparable to most tourist destinations in the country. Without a doubt, it is a home away from home. So whether you are a laid back traveler or into adventure, young or old, of any background and age… Sagada definitely has a spot for you.

Sagada at dusk

How to Get to Sagada

As of the moment, only tourists traveling via private / personal vehicles are allowed.

Manila to Sagada (Direct Bus)

 Coda Lines Corporation has a daily trip from Cubao HM Terminal to Sagada via Banaue and Bontoc. The bus leaves daily at 8PM, and 9PM (As of September 2023), arriving after twelve hours of the next day, regular fare is P1,000. For more inquiries, contact +639771860548 and +639394677863, or visit their Facebook page. You can also book your seat below:

Alternatively, Sagada can also be reached either via Baguio with almost the same travel time and fare.

Manila – Baguio – Sagada

Manila to Baguio

Most bus companies heading to Northern Philippines have trips to Baguio. But Lakwatsero prefers Victory Liner, their Baguio bound buses leave the terminal (Manila, Pasay, Cubao and Caloocan) every hour. Travel time takes five to six hours and fare starts from P576 for regular bus and P730 for deluxe bus (as of March 2022), discount applies to senior citizens and PWDs. The most ideal time to travel is around 11:00 PM for you to reach their Baguio Terminal by 5:00AM the next day. Other bus Lines that ply to Baguio include:

    • Dagupan Bus (EDSA cor. New York,  Cubao , Quezon City/ Contact No: (02)727-2330) – P430
    • Philippine Rabbit (Rizal Ave., Sta. Cruz, Manila)
    • Dangwa Transit (Dimasalang, Sampaloc, Manila)
    • Saulog Bus  – P430
    • Genesis Bus – P420

You can book your seat from Manila to Baguio or vice versa below:

Baguio to Sagada

From Victory Baguio Terminal, you may opt to go to GL Liner Terminal in Baguio Dangwa Terminal or in Lizardo Transit Terminal in Barangay Sto. Niño to catch a bus to Sagada. Both are just short taxi ride (around 10 minutes) for approximately P40 from Victory Liner Terminal. GL Liner has five trips daily at 6:30AM, 8:30Am, 9:30AM, 10:30AM and 1130AM, meanwhile Lizardo Transit has only two schedules daily at 3AM and 5PM.

If you have plenty of time, you can take a twenty minute walk to the Baguio Dangwa Terminal which is just in front of Baguio City Public Market. Fare for both GL Liner and Lizardo Transit is P220 (student and senior citizen: P176), travel time takes around six (6) hours passing along the scenic Halsema Highway. Almost the entire stretch of the road is paved and smooth. The bus will stop in front of Municipal Hall.

Bomod-ok Falls or Big Falls

For those coming from Bontoc, Banaue and Ilocos Sur:

From Bontoc

From Bontoc catch a jeepney to Sagada. Jeepneys leave Bontoc every hour from 6AM to 1PM, travel time is approximately one hour and fare is around P50.

From Banaue

Banaue route is a good choice if you plan to drop by to the famous Rice Terraces of Banawe.

Ohayami Bus and Dangwa Transit operate the Manila to Banaue route. Ohayami Bus has two to three departures starting at 8PM, their terminal is in the corner of Fajardo Street and Lacson Avenue in Sampaloc Manilla, near UST. Advanced reservation is advised, you may reach them at +639276493055 or (02)-5160501 or check out their website at: Meanwhile, Dangwa Transit Terminal is operated by Florida Lines with terminal in Florida Cubao Terminal near Kamias, they operate one trip daily leaving at around 8PM.

From Banaue, catch the direct to Sagada bus. You can book your seat below:

If you miss the direct bus, you can go to Banaue town proper and catch a jeepney or bus to Bontoc for P150, travel time is approximately three (3) hours. The bus will stop near the Bontoc Municipal Hall. From there, ride a jeepney to Sagada for P50. You may opt to ride on the jeepney roof to enjoy the view and the sea of clouds of Bontoc and Bayyo.

From Ilocos Sur

If you are coming from Ilocos Region, the best route is via Tagudin-Cervantes-Sabangan Road that connects Ilocos Sur and Cordillera. Taking this route involves three transfers from the town of Tagudin in Ilocos Sur. Local shuttle vans depart on regular intervals from as early as 6AM to as late as 5PM from Bitalag Junction to the town of Cervantes, fare is P150 and travel time is approximately two (2) hours on a scenic ride that passes through Besang Pass National Park.

At Cervantes, transfer to a Bontoc bound van stationed at the plaza or at Sitio Bulaga after Aluling Bridge. Vans to Bontoc leave as early as 6AM, with the last trip at around 2PM. There are local buses and jeepneys too from Cervantes Market to Bontoc. Ask the driver or conductor to drop you off at Sagada junction, fare is approximately P100 pesos, travel time is around an hour and a half.

From Sagada junction, you may catch a jeepney or bus to the town, it is only around 15 minutes ride.

Rice terraces of Bangaan, Sagada

Going Around and Away

Public transportation around the town are limited but there are vans and jeepneys that can be rented at standard rate to take you to far destinations such as the jump off to Bomod-ok Falls, Kiltepan Viewdeck and Lake Danum. Other attractions in town can only be reached by foot such as Calvary Hill, Cemetery and Echo Valley.

Going away, the return trip of Coda Lines to Manila departs at 2:30PM and 3PM daily. Meanwhile local buses to Baguio depart from 5AM to 5PM while jeepneys to Bontoc starts operating at 6AM with last trip at 1PM.

You can book your seat below:

Where to Stay in Sagada

For list of DOT accredited accommodations, visit this link.

Accommodation in Sagada

Since the town embraced tourism, a couple of inns and lodges sprouted in almost every corner of the town proper and surrounding areas. But Lakwatsero’s home in in town is Residential Lodge, owned by my foster mother Mary Daoas (Contact No: +639296257419/+639196728744). It is a three-storey lodge equipped with free WiFi, with a common area per floor where guests could watch TV or interact with other guests. Room rate is as low as P300 per head per night for a room with common toilet and bath, and P350 per head per night for a room with own toilet and bath. Free coffee and tea for all 🙂


Meanwhile, one of the recent establishmentsis Balay ni Apo, the very first to offer glamping accommodation in town. For just P2000 per night per camp for two (2) persons, one can experience an unforgettable cabin getaway with a breathtaking view of sea of clouds. It is located in Barangay Suyo and approximately 10 minutes away from the town proper. Contact +63908-8812632 for reservation.


Alternatively, if you prefer camping, you can pitch a tent for a minimal amount in Lake Danum, Mt. Ampacao, Marlboro Hills, Calvary Hill or in Kiltepan Viewdeck 🙂

Other Top-Rated Accommodations in Sagada

Agape Log Cabin

Agape Log Cabin
Starts at P700

Grandma's Yellow House

Grandma’s Yellow House
Starts at P500

Top-Rated Budget Accommodations in Sagada

Shamrock Tavern Inn

Shamrock Tavern Inn
Starts at P350

Isabelo's Inn and Cafe

Isabelo’s Inn and Cafe
Starts at P350

Hanging coffins of Echo Valley

Other Places to Stay in Sagada:

  • George Guest House (Contact No:+639185480405/+639206070994)
  • Indigenous Inn (Contact No: +63921645 5679)
  • St. Joseph’s Rest House (Contact No: +63927360344)
  • Travelers Inn (Contact No: +639207992960)
  • Rock Inn Cafe (Contact No: +639209095899)
  • Ganduyan Inn (Contact No: +639212738097)
  • Sagada Guest House (Contact No: +639189385601/+639193002763)
  • Masferre Country Inn (Contact No: +639183416164)
  • Yellow House Inn (Contact No: +639092549783/+639478351985/+6399514 8820)
  • Gecko Inn (Contact No:+639202895471/+639197261114)
  • Sagada Kanip-aw View Lodge (Contact No:+639282847507/+639298162233)
  • Shamrock Tavern (Contact No: +639301955680)
  • Yabami Bed and Breakfast (Contact No: +639497472245)
  • Mary Hillz Homestay (Contact No: +639153794860)
  • Churya-a Hotel (Contact No: +639064300853 /+639215331030)
  • Mapia-aw Pension (Contact No: +639052164055/+639082027969)
  • Ligaya’s House and Cottages (Contact No: +639183438415/+639207849633)
  • Billy’s Haus (Contact No: +639216032745)
  • Green House (Contact No: +639187367831)
  • Alfredo’s Inn (Contact No: +639487112112)
  • Alapo View Inn (Contact No: +639183113161/+639213279055)
  • Alibama Inn (Contact No: +639208135797)
  • Canaway Inn (Contact No: +639182915063)
  • Hilltopville (Contact No: +639129014749)
  • Misty Lodge (Contact No: +639994459899)
  • Kanip-aw Pines View (Contact No: +6309282847507)
  • Bagalima Riverside Inn (Contact No: +639477046613)
  • Treasure Rock Inn (Contact No: +639202725881)
  • Hidden Hill (Contact No: +639107967073)
  • Rocky Valley Inn (Contact No: +639184036018)
  • Sagada North Inn (Contact No: +639079035309)
  • Davey’s Town Inn & Resto (Contact No: +639495944471)
  • Isabelo’s Inn (Contact No: +6309289517153)
  • Igorot Inn (Contact No: +639087578357)
  • Olahbinan Resthouse (Contact No: +639284067647)
  • Pumpkin House (Contact No: +639107095275)
  • Sagada Homestay Inn (Contact No: +639197028380)
  • Sagada Green Hills (Contact No: +639175535337)
  • Tinagtago Inn & Restaurant (Contact No: +639399591967)

Sea of clouds during sunrise at Kiltepan Viewdeck

Things to Do in Sagada

With the variety of activities to choose from, places to see and foods to eat, Sagada is truly an adventure, nature and food haven. Here’s the (growing) list of it:

  • Spelunking in Sumaguing, Lumiang or Crystal Caves.
  • At least three hours of cave connection from Lumiang to Sumaguing (or vice versa)
  • Tour of Echo Valley, Underground River, Bokong Falls, Cemetery and Calvary Hills
  • See the hanging coffins (Dokiw, Lumiang, Echo Valley, up close and see the other ancient burial sites
  • Try rock climbing in Echo Valley Cliffs
  • Walk through the rice terraces of Suyo, Ankileng, Balugan, Bangaan (on the way to Bomod-ok Falls) and Kiltepan
  • Trek to Bomod-ok Falls and Pongas Falls
  • Commune with nature and culture
  • Try the mountain tea, the famous yoghurt of the Yoghurt House and the lemon pie of Sagada Lemon Pie House
  • Taste the local delicacy called Pinikpikan or battered chicken 🙂
  • Experience the Saturday night buffet at Log Cabin
  • Look for the wild horses in Marlboro Country
  • See the sunrise at Kiltepan Viewpoint, Sunrise View Hotel, Isangwaw Sunrise Viewdeck
  • Witness the sunset at Paog’s Sunset Viewdeck
  • Walk to Lake Danum
  • Trek Mt. Ampacao
  • Witness the Panag-apoy and Begnas Festival
  • Visit Sagada Pottery, Masferre’s Photographs and Ganduyan Museum
  • Buy weaved products at Sagada Weaving and other local shops
  • Check out the amazing Blue Soil Hill
  • Experience the year-end bonfire at Mt. Ampacao
  • White water rafting in Chico River
  • Go mountain biking
Calvary Hill

Sample Sagada Itinerary and Budget

Here’s the 3D/2N itinerary that I followed during my my first visit in 2007 and still relevant up to this date.  You may follow or tweak it depending on your liking. Estimated DIY cost for this trip is around P4000 – P5000 🙂

Day 0: Travel to Baguio

2330H: Departure from Victory Liner Pasay

Day 1: Baguio to Sagada + Caving

0530H: Arrival at Victory Liner Baguio/Taxi or walk to Dangwa Terminal
0600H: Arrival at Dangwa Terminal/Breakfast
0630H: Departure of Bus
1230H: Arrival / Check-in at Lodge
1245H: Lunch
1400H: Spelunking – Lumiang to Sumaguing Cave Connection
1800H: Finish Caving
1930H: Dinner

Day 2: Big Falls + Echo Valley

0630H: Breakfast
0730H: Trek to the Big Falls (via Bangaan Rice Terraces)
0830H: Arrival to the Big Falls
0930H: Trek back from the Big Falls
1030H: Back to the starting point of Big Falls trek
1130H: Lunch
1300H: Rock Climbing
1500H: Tour Echo Valley, Hanging Coffins and Underground River
1700H: End of Tour
1900H: Dinner

Day 4: Kiltepan Sunrise + Travel to Baguio

0400H; Call time
0445H: Proceed to Kiltepan Viewdeck
0515H: Sunrise in Kiltepan Viewdeck
0600H: Back to town
0630H: Breakfast
0700H: Departure to Baguio
1300H: Arrival at Baguio/Lunch
1400H: Shop and Some tour of Baguio
1800H: Departure from Baguio to Manila

Pongas Falls


  • Best months to go is during dry months (October to June) or during planting season (March to July) when the rice terraces are planted
  • Mobile signal of all carriers are available
  • Some establishments accept credit card
  • Due to influx of tourists and packaged tour, the town bans parking in all major roads, sidewalks and other passages from 6 am to 8:30 pm which means, tourists are advised to walk or take public transport. Public transportation should park at hotel parking or in pay parking areas.
  • All guests are required to register at the Tourist Information Office (TIO)


  1. Darknight

    Hi Bleue,

    Been there with my officemate last Sept 6. The long trip was really tiring we even encountered a landslide along the way. But thank God it was all worth it. We stayed at Tita Mary’s Residential lodge (truly highly recommended). The caves were awesome, especially the rock formations inside Sumaguing Cave. Its just sad we missed the Lemon Pie house.

    We’re planning to go back summer next year to try the cave connection and Mt. Ampacao trek. This time i’ll make sure we’ll never miss the Lemon Pie house.

    Thanks Bleue for the info posted here. It really helped us a lot. More tours and more blogs to you! 🙂

    Thanks Darknight! Reading your comment makes me wanna go back to Sagada NOW!!! hehehe!

  2. Jef

    hi po…am planning to go to sagada this OCTOBER??is it wise for this time of year??

    Sagada on October sounds great. Wag lang may typhoon affecting the area.

  3. cat

    Hi, me and my friends are planning a road trip on Sept. But we will be in Laoag first then travel down to Sagada. Can you give us tips on how to get there? Bus rides, schedules, fare rates and those stuff. Some of the sights and places we wanted to see in Mt. Province are Bontoc, Banaue – the rice terraces and Sagada itself.

    Can you recommend an itinerary for us? That we would be able to cover these places. Thanks!

    Hi cat, has an entry of going to Sagada from Ilocos region:

    You may also browse the other entries in the site for tips, suggested itineraries and everything you need to know about Sagada. 🙂

  4. hi sir. ask ko lang po which is the best and easiest way to go to sagada, via baguio, banaue or bontoc? im planning a trip in june 5-8 sana. thanks =)

    Hi anna, Baguio and Bontoc routes are my choices. Baguio route because the Manila-Baguio buses (Victory Line) have comfortable seats, though the six hours Baguio-Sagada ride are provincial bus type. Bontoc route because, it passes through Banaue, and the Cable Tours buses (from Manila to Bontoc) although not as good as Victory buses, offer a convenient ride straight to Bontoc that is just an hour or less jeepney ride to Sagada.

  5. Nicki

    Hi! Thanks so much…will follow your advice.

    Looking forward to communing with nature!


  6. just to let you know, the sagada lemon pie house quoted you on this post. you can check the url below to see what we wrote:

  7. Hi.
    Which is the easiest and cheapest way to get to these places: sagada, baguio, and pagudpud?

  8. Nicki


    Thanks for the response. I intend to stay for 3D/2N exclusive of the bus travel from and to Manila.

    I see, well since this is your first time in sagada, I suggest you go caving, trek to the big falls and tour of the area. For a 3 days/2nights, assuming you arrive Sagada at noon you can have your spelunking in the afternoon. You can go spelunking in Sumaguing or if you are into adventure try the cave connection from Lumiang Cave to Sumaguing Cave. The next day, you can trek to the big falls in the morning and tour in the afternoon – Underground River, Echo Valley, Cemetery, Burial Sites. On your third day, you can spend it exploring the area, by then you can be able to walk to the Church, cemetery and even Echo Valley alone, then shop for pasalubongs and try the famous lemon pie, yoghurt, cinnamon roll, etc and etc. By lunch time, catch the last bus to Baguio/Bontoc. P.S. Don’t forget to eat in yoghurt house. Hehehe! To summarize.

    Day 1
    Noon: Arrival
    Afternoon: Caving

    Day 2
    Morning: Big Falls
    Afternoon: Sagada Tour (Three spots)

    Day 3
    Morning: Explore the area/buy pasalubongs.
    Noon: Departure

    That is how I figure your itin, just play with it! Enjoy Sagada!

  9. albert

    thanks in advance for the advice. God bless u

  10. albert

    is it okey to go for sagada from baguio by saturday 6am, then go back for baguio the following day around 11am? do you the group can already enjoy? thanks

    Hmm, quite tight sked, but yes that’s doable and enjoyable. If you depart from Baguio at 6AM, you’ll be in Sagada by noon, you can go Caving in the afternoon. If you take the cave connection, that would consume your entire afternoon but it is a must try, but if you will just go basic spelunking in Sumaguing, you can add tour of Echo Valley, Bokong Falls, Underground River and some burial sites. Then wake up early the next day to view sunrise at Kiltepan or early trekkking to Bomod-ok Falls. One more thing, don’t miss the yoghurt house. Hehe!

  11. Nicki


    Need an advice/idea for itinerary for a female solo traveler.

    Thanks a lot!

    Sagada is a safe place for a solo traveler. How many days do you plan to stay in Sagada?

  12. hai, actually im pure sagadanian but im living here in america. . .. .your column is great that you are making our place more exciteful
    maybe we will go their this vacation. .
    I mis Sagada. . . thank you very much.
    Matago tao tako amin..hehe its hard to pronounce now!

  13. hi, ask ko lang if safe pumunta sa kin sa sagada with a heart problem, kasi its a long walk daw and matataas and mga roads. problem ko kasi madali ako hingalin… is there a way na di ako maglakad? hows the tranportation there?

    thanks and have a great day…

    There are places and activities that require walking talaga and physical strength, like the trek to the big falls, cave connection, Mt. Ampacao, rock climbing to name a few. Pero take it easy, don’t tire yourself too much. Oks lang siguro yung mga short and easy walk like the Echo Valley or Sumaguing Cave, and a tour to Danum and Pottery via rented van. Okey lang cguro na itry mo, and assess if you can, pag di naman, you can back out anytime.

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  15. Tata

    Hi, Lakwatsero. We are planning to go to Sagada this Christmas Season. Do you think it is wise to go there considering it’s going to be sooooo cold? Our group consists of 8 adults, 1 teenager, 1 10-year old and a 4 year old. What’s the best place for our group to stay? Can we already make a reservation for the hotel and tourist guide? How much do you think will we spend for a 5 day stay there (hotel, food, guide, entrance fees to the spots, etc.)? Thanks so much. We are so excited to visit Sagada especially after reading this site.

    Sagada in December is great. Again, I recommend Tita Mary Daoas (+6329296257419), she is really really kind. It would be best to reserve a room as early as now. For the guide, no need to reserve. They have pool of guides, just go to SEGA Office in the municipal hall or in the SAGGA office, they have standard rates for the tour. I think, P4000.00 – P5000.00 per person would be enough (or too much 😛 ) for a 5 days stay in Sagada.

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  17. donna

    I am planning to go to Sagada and stay at the best possible accommdations – with best view and complete amenities. Also, who should I contact to serve as my tour guide? Thanks so much for all your help!

    There is no 5-star hotel in Sagada, not even a 4-star or 3-star. I am biased with Residential Lodge, the place is good and clean, and the owner is very kind and warm, and considering the value for money, it is definitely a great choice. But then there are other inns, popular are St. Joseph’s Inn (Contact No: 09185595934) , Rock Valley Inn (Contact No: 09186432784), George Guest House (Contact No: 09185480406/09206070994). For guides, just go to their Municipal Hall. They will assign a tour guide for you.

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  19. jech

    is it ok to go to sagada by December?

    sounds great! sagada is a good place to go anytime of the year as long as no typhoon directly affecting the area.

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