What to do if you only have one day in Sagada

June 2013

Toploading from Bontoc to Sagada! Di pa uso ang selfie stick dati, kaya eto sa inyo!

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Only one day in Sagada??? Yeah, me and my friend Ana decided to go to Batad with our new found friend Athena from Taiwan. So the two/three days that we are supposed to spend in Sagada became one day! So what to do in a day? Spelunking! Me and Ana arrived early afternoon in Sagada. After having lunch, we headed to the tourism office where we met couple of other tourists (including Athena who is traveling Philippines alone). They were hiring guide for the ‘cave connection’ tour (Sumaguing and Lumiang Cave) and we ended up going with them (because of course the more the merrier). Guides are 1 is to 2 tourists, there were 6 of us so we have 3 guides, hooray!

Welcoming us in the cave are these coffins. Don’t fret, they’re not the hikers! These are the remains of the locals living here. It is called the Burial Cave of Lumiang, the cave is supposed to shelter the remains from the elements.

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This is not easy… without the guides, I think I’ll be dead inside. Kidding! I really enjoyed rapelling, crawling and swimming inside the caves.

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The cave is so beautiful! Here are some photos that my guide took:

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When inside the cave, trust your guide. Listen to them, they know what they are doing. Don’t be scared. Don’t stop believing and don’t give up! If I can do it, so can you!

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I don’t know how long the whole journey took us…maybe 5 hours? I dunno, but I truly enjoyed it! Worth all the pain!

The next day, me and Ana walked around Sagada. We checked out the church and the hanging coffins (from afar):

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By 10 am, we were back on the road again en route Batad.

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