Monday, November 18, 2013

The Cordilleras: Baguio - Sagada - Banaue - Batad Itinerary, Expenses and Travel Tips



DAY 1 - 11/14
Time
Price (Php)
ETD Manila via Victory Liner Caloocan
9:00 AM
450
ETA Baguio, take a taxi to AJ's Pension House
3:30 PM
50
Check in at AJ's Pension House
4:00 PM
1100 / 3 pax
Walk around Baguio City
5:00 PM

Dinner at Ganza Restaurant in Burnham Park
7:00 PM
700 / 3 pax
Walk around Baguio City some more and appreciate the night lights
8:00 PM

Back to AJ's Pension House, Lights out
9:30 PM




AJ's Pension House
Rediscovering Baguio City
Sinigang na Bagnet, Pinakbet na Bagnet at Ganza Restaurant


DAY 2 - 11/15
Time
Price (Php)
ETD Baguio via Dangwa Terminal
6:00 AM
220
ETA Sagada, walk uphill to Sagada Guesthouse
12:00 NN

Check in at Sagada Guesthouse

900 / 3 pax
Register at Sagada Municipal Hall/Tourist Information Center
12:10 PM
35
Lunch at Yoghurt House
12:30 PM
800 / 3 pax
Start of Lumiang - Sumaguing Cave Connection Spelunking
1:30 PM
1,200 / 3 pax
End of Spelunking
7:30 PM

Dinner
10:00 PM
600 / 3 pax
Back to Sagada Guesthouse, Lights out
11:00 PM








The Famous Yoghurt House


Lumiang Burial Cave


The King's Turtle at Sumaguing Cave


So proud of these girls


DAY 3 - 11/16
Time
Price (Php)
Start of hike to Kiltepan Viewpoint
4:30 AM
500 / 3 pax
Wait for the amazing sunrise while watching the sea of clouds


Sunrise
6:00 AM
priceless
Breakfast
7:30 AM
150 / 3 pax
ETD Sagada via Jeep topload
10:00 AM
45
ETA Bontoc
11:00 AM

ETD Bontoc via Jeep topload
11:30 AM
150
ETA Banaue Tourism Office
2:00 PM

Register at Banaue Tourism Office

20
Lunch
2:30 PM
600 / 3 pax
Walk downhill and check in at People's Lodge
4:00 PM
1000 / 3 pax
Walk around Banaue
5:00 PM

Dinner
7:00 PM
150 / 3 pax
Back to People's Lodge, Lights out
9:30 PM




Kiltepan Viewpoint
View from the top of the jeep on the Sagada - Bontoc - Banaue route


DAY 4 - 11/17
Time
Price (Php)
Start of Batad Tour via People's Lodge organized tour
8:45 AM
600
ETA Saddle Point
9:30 AM

Start of the endless walk and the breath taking view of nature


ETA Batad
10:30 AM

Register at Batad tourism center, rest with the view of the majestic rice terraces

50
Start of hike to Tappiya Waterfalls
10:45 AM

ETA Tappiya Waterfalls
11:15 AM

Swim, rock balancing, enjoy nature


Start of hike back to Batad town proper for lunch
12:00 NN

Lunch with the Batad Rice Terraces as your view
1:00 PM
500 / 3 pax
Start of knee-crunching-ligament-breaking trek back to Saddle Point
2:00 PM

ETA Saddle Point
4:00 PM

ETA Banaue/People's Lodge
4:30 PM

Shower at People's Lodge, get ready for the trip back to Manila


Dinner
6:00 PM
150 / 3 pax
ETD Banaue
7:00 PM

ETA Manila (DAY 5 - 11/18)
4:30 AM
450
TOTAL

4,854 per person


The Team: Alex and Miles from France, Mei from Japan, Rea, Marlene and Pau from PHL


THIS > Fast Internet




On the way to Tappiya Waterfalls
Tappiya Waterfalls

Thoughts/Notes/Travel Tips:
1. Ganza Restaurant is located at Burnham Park and its Bagnet dishes are highly recommended.
2. Food in Yoghurt House is ok but it is not as good as how other people hyped about it.
3. Sagada Guesthouse is also highly recommended. The staff are very friendly, and it is located near the jeep/bus terminal.
4. Watching the sunrise in Kiltepan Viewpoint is something that I would not mind doing everyday.
5. If you want to make the most out of your trip, you have to ride on top of the jeep while on your way to Sagada/Bontoc/Banaue. It will be one of the best ride of your life. 
6. Upon arriving in Banaue, you might get overwhelmed by the number of people offering you a travel package to Batad. I think it is best to get an accommodation first and have your hotel arrange a tour for you.
7. If you plan on going back to Manila from Banaue, it is best to buy your bus tickets in advance because the seats get sold out pretty fast specially on a weekend. 
8. The trek from the Saddle Point to Batad is NOT a walk in the park. It is very tiring specially if you do it in the middle of the day. The Saddle Point - Batad - Tappiya Waterfalls day trip is by far the most exhausting walk that I have ever experienced. 
9. One of the highlights of this trip is having an actual person who is French tell me "bon appetit" before a meal. Hehe. French fangirling. :)
10. If your wallet and your passport does not have the capability to enable you travel to different countries, that should not hinder you from getting to know the cultures of the different parts of the world. The Philippines has heaps of foreign tourist that you could meet and could allow you to get a sneak peek of what it is like to be on the other side of the world.
11. LUMIX > PENTAX


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11 comments:

  1. nice adventure ma'am di ko pa napupuntahan yan hehehe kakainggit... poro kwento lang naririnig ko jan gaano siya kaganda

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    1. :) salamat sa pagbisita sir. Tara balik tayo! :)

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  2. do you have a cellphone number?

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  3. do you have a cellphone number.. we will be there in Sagada by Feb 17 to 23

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    1. Hi tsai, give me your phone number and your questions and I'll try to contact you. :)

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    2. Cannot wait to try this route next time ! :) Thanks !

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  4. Hello, we are a group of 7 and heading our way to Sagada this coming October 3. I am so amazed of your itinerary and would want to follow it. Can i contact you for some questions, if you dont mind?

    I appreciate it alot!

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    1. Hi maeniezka vel, email me at paulakwatsera@gmail.com. Thanks for dropping by! :)

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  5. can i possibly have your email address so I can communicate with you?

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  6. Kumuha pa kayo ng accomodation sa banaue, pra makapg trek to batad?

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    1. Hi Jigs, yes. On our Day 3, nagcheck in kami People's lodge in Banaue. Sa kanila na rin kami nagbook ng tour/trek to Batad for the next day. :)

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