We simply wanted to trek the river and boulders going to Pongas Falls. Explore the captivating caves of Lumiang and Sumaguing. Scream our lungs out at the famous Echo Valley. Witness the Hanging Coffins and the surrounding areas. Attend a mass at the St Mary’s Episcopal church and visit the Cavalry Hills. The great experience was being part of the annual Sagada Bonfire Festival. We seriously hated to leave a majestic scene at the Banaue Rice Terraces and last but not the least the experience of being welcomed by Halsema Highway, the “main artery” of the Cordillera’s road system and the highest point in Philippine Highway System.
12.00am – Manila
08.00am – Banaue
Breakfast at Good Taste
09.30am – ETA Banaue Rice Terraces viewpoint
11.30am – ETD Sagada, check-in at Residential Lodge
12.00pm – Lunch Kusina Ysagada
01.30pm – Start of trek to Bomod-ok Falls
1.5-2hrs trekking to Bomod-ok Falls passing through rice terraces, and another 2hrs trekking back from Bomod-ok
05.00pm – End of trek from Bomod-ok Falls
05.30pm – Sunset at Lake Danum
06.00pm – Early dinner at Salt &Pepper. Must-try: Roasted chicken with rosemary
11.00pm – Lights out
05.00am – Rise and shine!
05.30am – To Kiltepan Peak for sunrise watching!
Breakfast at Rock Inn Cafe
07.00am – Orange picking at Rock Inn
08.00am – Start trek to Pongas Falls
11.00am – Start trek from Pongas Falls
01.00pm – Lunch at Yoghurt house
02.30pm – Start of spelunking (Cave connections)
06.30pm – End of spelunking
07.30pm – Buffet Dinner at Log Cabin
09.00pm – Socials and Lights out
Must-try: lemon pie, egg pie and lemon tea
Pre-order pies if you want to bring home some.
09.00am – Walk to St Mary’s, Cavalry Hills and Echo Valley
10.00am – Sagada Weaving (buy souvenirs!)
11.00am – Early Lunch at Kimchi house
12.00pm – ETD Sagada
03.00pm – Stopover at Halsema Highway
05.30pm – ETA Baguio
06.00pm – Early Dinner at Oh My Gulay!
11.30pm – ETA Manila
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