Sagada Over-the-Weekend Budget Trip

“What did you do in Sagada over the weekend?”

Contrary to what people usually do when in Sagada — caving, trekking, etc. — my friends and I simply just ate…A LOT!

It was a quick pause from the every day busyness associated with living in the metro. What a blessing it is to have a little getaway without spending a lot.

HOW TO GET TO SAGADA: 

Direct bus ride to Sagada is now available via Coda Lines for Php 720 one-way (booking and location is available on their website). The trip takes around 10-12 hours depending on the route.

Bontoc Route: Takes you to Bontoc where you will transfer to another bus. This route usually have a few stops along the way and arrives later than the direct route.

Direct Route: Does not have any stopovers and the bus is equipped with a comfort room inside.

The bus leaves the terminal (in Quezon City) at 9:00 pm and arrives Sagada at 7:00 am! Very convenient! You can sleep the whole way through, wake up and find yourself welcomed by the (very) cold Sagada morning!

WHERE TO STAY IN SAGADA?

Affordable accommodation is not a problem. There are tons you can choose from depending on your preference. We stayed at Kanip-aw Lodge which is a 15-minute walk from the town hall but still very accessible to restaurants and cafes.

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WHAT TO DO IN SAGADA

1. EAT. 

Food in restaurants and cafes costs around Php 150 to 250/person. But food is good so go for it! 🙂

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2. KILTEPAN SUNRISE.

For this, you can walk (people start walking to the view point as early as 2 or 3am) or you can also book a ride to pick you up at your lodge and drive you to the view point. Three points to remember: 1) There are lots of people so be early and grab the perfect spot to witness the sunrise. 2) It’s cold!!! 3) Coffee and bread are crazy expensive (cup of instant coffee costs 30php).

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Kiltepan Sunrise… minus the sun 😦

3. WALK. 

Feel the cool Sagada breeze and enjoy the quiet as you walk around the small but beautiful town of Sagada.

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4. TAKE PHOTOS

Thanks to the movie “That Thing Called Tadhana”, Sagada is now known for Hugot-worthy sceneries. Since you’re already there, take one!

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Just like this! A photo at the cafe featured in the movie. Hahaha

SAGADA BUDGET

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As you can see above, majority of what I spent in Sagada was on food! ^^

SAGADA AND BAGUIO OVER-THE-WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Here’s how we did it:

Friday, 9:00 PM – From Manila/Quezon City to Sagada
Saturday, 7:00 AM – Arrival in Sagada, Hotel Check in, Breakfast
Saturday Activities: Caving, Trekking, etc (We did not do any activities but you can check and book these activities at the info center)
Sunday, 4:00 AM: Kiltepan Sunrise
Sunday, 12:00 NN: Sagada – Baguio
Sunday, 6:00 PM: Arrival in Baguio
Sunday, 11:00 PM: Baguio – Manila (We missed the 11pm bus so we had to wait for the next 3AM schedule)
Monday 5:00 AM: Arrival in Manila/QC


I will surely come back, Sagada! When the weather’s not freezing cold for caving and trekking.

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