Green mountains, extensive caves, indigenous culture, and excellent hikes, all in the mountain town of Sagada.
Nestled among verdant mountain landscapes, Sagada is a laid-back town that attracts adventure-seekers who come to hike, spelunk, and climb. However, this is also one of the few places in the Philippines where pre-colonial culture has survived largely unchanged. According to local legend, Sagada was founded as a refuge from lowland headhunters — later, it acted as a safe haven for those fleeing first the Spanish and then 20th-century dictators.
The town’s far-flung location and steep terrain kept it isolated, and today you can still glimpse the traditional Igorot way of life. Perhaps the best-known examples of this culture are the Echo Valley Hanging Coffins and nearby Burial Cave.
Things to see and do in Sagada
Caving, hiking & other adventures
Here, hiking trails wend their way through mist-shrouded forests and up steep slopes. Rice terraces undulate across the valleys and waterfalls cascade down cliff faces that are pocked with cave entrances. You can opt to make your time here as rigorous or as lazy as you like, with adventures that range from a rugged four-hour caving experience to casual strolls on nearly flat trails. Your specialist can help you choose.
Indigenous culture thrives here in every aspect of life, including death rituals. In Echo Valley, for example, you can glimpse coffins hanging off the cliff face — some date back hundreds of years, while others are much more recent. And, in the nearby Burial Cave, you’ll see more than 100 coffins stacked at the entrance. A guide is required to see the coffins and we can arrange a tour that includes both locations, as well as a stop at a local weaver’s studio.
Best time to visit Sagada
For the best combination of comfortable temperatures and sunny skies, we suggest visiting from November to February, though December can get busy with visitors.
Suggested itinerary featuring Sagada
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Sagada, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Sagada
Places & hotels on the map
Photos of Sagada
Accommodation choices for Sagada
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Sagada. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Ideas for experiencing Sagada
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Sagada, and which use the best local guides.
Bontoc & Sagada
Bontoc & Sagada
Bontoc & Sagada
Bontoc is the first mining town in this mountainous region of North Luzon and a must-see is the Museum of Mountain Culture which has the most complete collection of tribal memorabilia and historical data.View details