Saturday, May 03, 2014

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Sagada is one of those remarkable places where you could just relax and take in the beauty and bounty of nature and what it has to offer.  It’s both for the thrill-seeking venturesome travelers as well as the tranquility-seeking tourists.  Whatever your reason is, Sagada will never fail to surprise you.

This quaint town is famous for its astounding caves, valleys, mountains and breath-taking sunrise at Kiltepan Peak.  People come to this mystical place to see the hanging coffins, navigate the treacherous but exciting caves of Sumaguing and Lumiang and chill in the cold waters of its stunning waterfalls.

It never ends there though, there are a lot of nature trekking and hiking opportunities, a bonfire on a starry nights  at Lake Danum, lazy boating in the daytime or hangout at its rustic-themed bars and restaurants during the cold evenings.Sagada is a small town, a fifth class municipality with less than 12,000 population, located in the Mountain Province of Luzon in the Cordillera Autonomous Region.  It’s about 171 miles north of Manila and approximately 12-hour bus ride. 

For epicureans, the region’s pinikpikan is a must-try, go to
Pinikpikan Haus, they specialize in such cuisine.  Try the yoghurt dishes at Yoghurt House, a bit pricey but hey, you’re in Sagada.  If you fancy some oriental cuisine, sample the various Korean hotpots at Kimchi.  How about a sip of a hot Sagada coffee at Sagada Brew with a platter of those mouthwatering devilish brownies and velvety chocolate cakes, and before heading out of Sagada, take home with you a box of sweet and sour lemon pies from Lemon Pie House.  Sagada may be bucolic, but for the most discriminating palate, it has wide ranging culinary selections.

My personal thoughts? I’ve been in Sagada for almost a month now, I like the calmness of the place, the small town feel to it, the carefree stance yet warmth of the people, the safety, crime rate is almost nil, no muggers, no robbers, no crooks, this ain’t metropolitan. 
The liberating fresh mountain air, the cold weather, and the serenity it brings, it has to be Sagada or nowhere else.


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