Exhausted, tired and weary from the never ending walk at the rice fields in Banaue, another adventure is set to commence at Sagada, Mountain Province.  This is still a part of the Banaue tours that we have availed of.  We fully-paid for it and so, whether we like it or not, we have to continue the journey.  

Itineraries include the Echo valley, a view of the hanging coffins and the Sumaguing cave.  Due to our current physical conditions, we excluded the Echo valley from the list.  Rice terraces are still visible and I suddenly become used to it, the extraordinary now becomes ordinary.

From the Banaue View Point, we travelled to Sagada, Mountain Province.  We passed by Bontoc, the provincial capital and it is only area where ATM machines are placed.  Upon arriving at the town proper of Sagada, visitors have to register and pay a minimal fee for the environmental protection.  I have no idea how much is the fee for exploring the Sumaguing cave as our fees are already included in the Banaue tour.

Spelunking. This would be my first time and I have not set any expectations nor made any research to the very least.  

The Sumaguing cave is one of the popular caves in Sagada and a visit in Sagada would never be complete without venturing into this cave exploration.  There will be experienced local guides for the safety of the tourists.  Inside the cave, you will be greeted by picturesque stalactite and stalagmite formations. Rappelling and at times swimming into the cold cave waters became usual.  I actually enjoyed the experience.  Unlike the Batad Rice Terraces, I would be willing to do the Sumaguing cave exploration once again.

entrance to the Sumaguing cave

group pic is important as proof of life

After the Sumaguing cave, we walked again and had our lunch at the Yoghurt House.  Being always the exception, while everybody loves yoghurt, I happen to hate it.  After lunch, we had another walk bound to the Burial caves for a view the hanging coffins.  Note that there's a superstitious belief among local residents that one should not point his finger at the coffins as this will bring bad luck.       

the hanging coffins at the Burial cave

hanging coffins on rock formations

to the burial caves

Sagada's weather is very comforting.  If only we had more time, we could have stayed overnight.  I know there's a lot to discover. 

To Sagada, I shall return!

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