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That Place Called SAGADA: Day 1 – Lumiang-Sumaguing Cave Connection

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Where do broken hearts go? Rome? Manila? Baguio? Sagada? – Who’s not familiar with these lines? I believe a lot of Filipinos all over the world got hooked with the phenomenal indie film who made its way to the big screen the year after – Our moving on movie: That Thing Called Tadhana (now you have an idea where I got the title of this blog). Sagada was one amongst the other places where in they shot the movie.

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Our home for 3 days. Misty’s Lodge

Sagada is one of the tourist destinations in the country which is situated in Mountain Province. After that movie was shown, Sagada became a lot more famous, not just for tourists, but also for those people who got their heart-broken and wanted to move on. And I’m serious when I say that it became the “Moving on Destination” for many Filipinos. LOL!

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Goofing around

It took me a year before I finally convinced myself to visit this place because it became too crowded already (with this, I am happy coz more tourists means more jobs for the locals).

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Misty’s Restaurant

I’m thankful that my cousin and his girlfriend joined me on this trip. We decided to go there on the wee hours to avoid the throngs of tourists. I was the one who did our itinerary, booked our accommodation and planned the budget. We left Manila on March 12 (Saturday) at 9:30pm and arrived early in Baguio. We waited for a couple of hours since the bus departing to Sagada will leave at 5:30am. I slept most of the time on the bus because if not, I’m pretty sure that I will feel dizzy and vomit because I’m not used to traversing zigzag roads. We arrived almost lunch time and realized I forgot to search where our transient house is located (Note: please DO review before going to a certain place especially if it is your first time).  I guess we are fortunate enough to not shed a single sweat in looking for our transient house because the lady, whom we asked for directions, called the owner. Few minutes later, a van picked us up and brought us to our home for 3 days, which happened to be 5-10 minutes away from town (geeezzz! Why didn’t I search for a good location instead of focusing on the interior of the place? Question I asked myself when I found out).

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I fell in love with Misty’s interior.
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Yes! This is our room. Good for 6 persons I guess. (sorry for our messy stuffs)

Upon seeing Misty’s lodge from afar, I told myself “I love this place! It may be far from everything but, hey, this place is so nice and quiet”. We checked in first, left our things in our room, checked the place (I do love the homey feeling), took some photos and decided to go down and have our lunch. Misty has its own restaurant and they do serve rice meals. I ordered Adobo and was surprised with their to-share- servings! I have to say I liked it except for the violet rice (which I really don’t like – not so picky here but I’m not fan of sticky rice).

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My cousin Sep and his gf Lj
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Lunch at Misty’s

After lunch, we changed our clothes for spelunking/caving as our first activity. The guide fee is just the same whether you go solo or travel as a group. However, you’ll save a lot on transportation if you go in groups of 5 or more. In our case, luck is on our side again, as we found joiners whom we can split the fee with. We chose the Lumiang-Sumaguing cave connection instead of Sumaguing only.

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on our way to Lumiang Cave

 

 

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Third wheelin’ lol
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what to wear? Dry-fit shirt, leggings/shorts, slippers/aqua shoes O-O-TI-DEY!

LUMIANG CAVE

At the entrance of the cave you will see a stack of wooden coffins that has been there for years. Some coffins are smaller than the others although they died as an adult. The body is positioned like a fetus because they believe that when people die, we go back to birth. Those who died of disease are in a different site. The infants are buried in their own homes because they believed that those little ones still need to be taken care of their families.

 

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Wooden coffins at the entrance of Lumiang Cave

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At the entrance of Lumaing Cave
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Honestly, I really had a weird feeling upon seeing those coffins

While we were taking some photos, our guide started lighting the gas lamp. The cave is mostly downhill and you’ll have to go through some small passages. It was a bit difficult for me because it’s too dark, as the gas lamp only provides a mere speck of light in the pitch black space.

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While waiting for our guide to light the gas lamp (kunwari hindi kami kabado)
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Fifth wheelin’ now huhu
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As you can see, if not for the flashlight and the gas lamp you can’t see anything because it’s too dark inside

There was no harness or gear to help you. Instead, you have to hold on to some ropes and step on your guide’s shoulder (which at first I’m a bit hesitant to do I but I guess that’s the only way for you to move forward).

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Those “hanapin mo ko” moments hahahaha

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Aside from that rope courses form part of the journey, where in there’s a need to do the duck walk, move sideways (using your butt), jump to the next rock, squeeze yourself through some small openings. It was a heck of a challenge to be very flexible so you can fit in and move forward. More rock-climbing, bat-poop-touching, and sliding followed, until we got to Sumaguing cave.

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Nagawa ko pang um-AURA!
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Blue Team on the left, Red Team on the right and me? maiTEAM! huhuhaha with our new-found friends Kenneth and Marianne

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Dahil walang partner, sariling sikap na lang LOL
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One last group photo before we proceed

SUMAGUING CAVE

Sumaguing cave also known as Sagada’s Big Cave, is considered as the most visited cave in town. While Lumiang was physically challenging, Sumaguing was all aesthetics.

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Sumaguing Cave connection from Lumiang
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Our guide said it’s an alligator (hard to believe I Know! lol)

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It was easier to tread because people just have to slide or walk around rock formations and water pools. You will see stalactites and stalagmites beautifully shaped by nature itself. They named some formations such as King and Queen’s curtains, pregnant woman, alligator and rice terraces.

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Sumaguing Cave also known as Porn Cave (Go figure it out!) hahaha

The stalactites and stalagmites inside the caves are formed when water drips from the cracks of the ceiling of the cave. This water highly contains calcite which is the major ingredient of either stalactite or stalagmite. In case you are confused which is which just remember the “C” in stalactite for “Ceiling” and the “G” in stalagmite for “Ground”. And they always form in pair.

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King’s Curtain

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If you think that’s easy, na ah!

We finished the cave connection nearly 4 hours. It was indeed another death-defying activity but, hey, I am proud to say I survived Lumiang-Sumaguing Cave connection! Wohooooo! To cap off the day, we had our dinner at the famous Yoghurt House.

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Wohooooo! We survived Lumiang-Sumaguing Cave Connection!
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way out from Sumaguing cave

 

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Dinner at Yoghurt House

WHAT TO WEAR and BRING:

  1. Slippers, trekking sandals, aqua shoes No need to wear trekking shoes since you will be asked to leave your footwear and also please avoid wearing flip-flops scratch free because most part of the cave are slippery.
  2. Quick-dry clothes like dry fit shirts/shorts, rashguards, leggings so it would allow you to move quickly and comfortably.
  3. Ziplock or dry bag or water-resistant bag – you need to secure you gadgets/camera as most part of the cave is wet
  4. Flashlights / headlamps
  5. Water – for drinking

Expenses:

Sumaguing Cave only – P500 (up to 4 pax)

Lumiang-Sumaguing cave connection -P400/person

Rountrip Transpostation – P500

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I SURVIVED LUMIANG-SUMAGUING CAVE!!

“BE BRAVE. TAKE RISKS. NOTHING CAN SUBSTITUTE EXPERIENCE.”

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37 thoughts on “That Place Called SAGADA: Day 1 – Lumiang-Sumaguing Cave Connection

  1. The only place aside from Boracay where I keep on going back. I also have a blog about it. Loving the Misty’s homey aura… will try to check in there perhaps next year. ☺

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  2. Your pictures are really soft in the eyes! Thanks much for sharing your Sagada picture. I have never been there but hopefully soon, and I could take the same shots. 🙂

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  3. I didn’t know traveling there is that affordable. I always thought going to such places would need us to have a lot of money so that we can really enjoy our stay. Thanks for sharing the cost you’ve spent over your stay at Sagada. I love your shots too. Sure you guys had really enjoyed your stay.

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    1. Aww! Thank you so much for the kind words! I always believe that travelling doesn’t need to be expensive. Misty’s Lodge is just for 300pesos/night/person. 🙂 We really had so much fun. I still have 2 post pending for my Sagada Trip.

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  4. Beautiful photos, Marla! I wonder when will I be good in editing! I’ve been to Sagada when I was really young and now I can imagine how a great deal of things have changed. I should doubtlessly plan a trip going back. You’ve impeccably described Sagada the best way you know how! Xx

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    1. I’m so kilig Trisha! Thank you so much! I believe things are really different way back then. I super love the Cordillera Region! Despite of the bumpy ride, crowded places I wouldn’t trade this place! I still have 2 pending post to complete my Sagada adventure! Yay!

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  5. Sagada looks awesome! I hope to visit one of these days. The water resistant bag is definitely a must! I learned my lesson a few weeks ago 😦 But thank you for sharing! Cheers to more travel experiences 🙂

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  6. Wow! I have been in this cave connection twice and it never loses its wonder. Although we went there during holidays (where there are lots of people), I find the place really interesting and challenging – talk about the rappelling and ducking parts. Hehehe! Sagada will always be close to my heart. Thanks for sharing this, ate! ❤

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  7. Hi there! This looks like a relaxing place to hangout for the weekend. I love that theres tons of nature around.

    Thank you for showing me this place!

    Cheers♡

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    1. Before I started my addiction into climbing mountains, I’m afraid of heights and to be honest despite of climbing the 3rd highest mountain here in the Philippines I’m still afraid of heights somehow. You’ll overcome it one adventure at a time! Go and try it! Who knows? You might like it. 😊

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  8. Aahh I miss Sagada! Been there twice and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of going back. But it’s quite sad that there were a lot of changes now. Didn’t do the cave connection but only did Sumaguing last time and it was so fun. It was cool that the guides know how to take great pics too!

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  9. Sagada is one of the best places that I’ve been. I loved it, I went there even before that That Thing Called Tadhana movie so I guess I was able to enjoy it before it got real famous. We had a spelunking activity too, it was both hard and amazing.

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  10. Sagada’s been on the rave for such a long time already but I still have no plans of coming there. For one, I don’t know if I can survive going inside the caves? Hihi. Congratulations on conquering them! At least I was able to come there through your photos 🙂

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  11. I love the appearance of the cave. But i love the appearance of the cabin house even more! Holy crap it looks so homey! Do you know that most of my foreign friends have been to Sagada more than me? And i am a local in Manila! I will consider staying at that cabin house!

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  12. I really have no idea what’s keeping me from going to Sagada even though I’m only a few hours away. Your post definitely got me thinking about planning for a trip right away. Sagada is a place where broken hearts go after all. Hahaha!

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