To end our second day trip in Sagada, we went to Lake Danum to watch the sunset(and yes that’s the only reason why I went there. I am very fascinated with sunset for some reasons I don’t know why). Lake Danum is about 4kms away from Sagada Town. If you are used to running or long walks, it is possible to walk all the way from the town center to the Lake but we get there with the private van that we hired since it’s included in our itinerary.
Our driver dropped us off first at the Lake to have a photo. It is a small lake surrounded by pine trees and it has the most relaxing atmosphere I’ve ever felt. The place is also perfect for camping or picnic and serves as the jump-off point to Mt. Ampacao trek.
Danum is a Kankana-ey (local dialect in Sagada) which means water.
After some Instagram-worthy photos, our driver brought us to a small hill a few meters away from the lake to watch the sunset. Unfortunately it wasn’t as wonderful as other sunsets that I’ve seen from different places here in the Philippines. I was a little bit sad because I am actually looking forward to seeing a beautiful sunset. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed the beautiful scenery at Lake Danum.
I’m no fan of waking up early in the morning; in other words I’m not a morning person. But the next day, which was our last day in Sagada we decided to catch the sunrise at Kiltepan Peak.
Kiltepan is a hill surrounded by Barangay KILong, TeTEP-an, and ANtadao in Sagada, that’s why the place is named KIL-TEP-AN.This place is the most popular spot to catch the famous Sagada sunrise because aside from Mt. Pulag, this place offers a sea of clouds too. From the peak, you can also witness the Kilong Rice Terraces, one of the many rice terraces in town. But aside from that, Kiltepan became more popular because of the movie (where my blog title came from) That Thing Called Tadhana. We arrived too early for the sunrise and to our surprise, we were not the first group of people to reach the area. There were a lot of tourists waiting there for the sunrise too. While waiting, we had breakfast at one of the food stalls there and after that our guide/driver helped us find a good spot at the peak. We waited and waited for the sun. Sadly, the sun was hiding from the fogs. There were no seas of clouds too. Not our lucky day I guess.
Nevertheless, I did enjoy our trip in Sagada. I learned a lot from this trip, something that I can share to my friends and to you guys (thanks for reading) as well.