October 5, 2012 (Friday)
09:00 PM – ETD from Manila to Banaue via Ohayami Trans
BUS STATION ADDRESS: Lacson Avenue, cor. Fajardo St., Sampaloc, Manila
October 6, 2012 (Saturday)
07:00 AM – ETA in Banaue, Mountain Province
07:30 AM – Breakfast in Banaue. Better eat first before heading for Sagada.
09:00 AM – ETD from Banaue to Sagada via jeepney or van
12:00 PM – ETA in Sagada, Mountain Province
12:15 PM – Check-in at Canaway Resthouse. Freshen up and change for hiking outfit.
CANAWAY RESTHOUSE – Rate is P400 per room. Each room has its own private bathroom and hot showers. Kitchen is available on the 4th floor where you can boil water or cook food. Sagada implements a 9pm curfew. If you will be late coming in, please inform the owner so you won’t be locked up outside.
01:00 PM – Lunch at Masferre Country Inn and Restaurant. The place is just beside the Municipal Hall.
02:00 PM – Proceed to Tourist Center and book the ECHO TOUR. The tour includes the places of interest below. Tour package is P600 good for four people.
PLACES OF INTEREST: ST. MARY’S CHURCH – CEMETERY/CALVARY HILL – ECHO VALLEY – HANGING COFFINS – UNDERGROUND RIVER – BOKONG SMALL FALLS
07:30 PM – Dinner at Yoghurt House
09:00 PM – Back to Guesthouse.
October 7, 2012 (Sunday)
07:00 AM – Wake up early
08:00 AM – Breakfast at Bana’s Cafe. They serve the best coffee.
09:00 AM – Proceed to tourist center and book the SUMAGUING TOUR.
NOTE: Do not do the cave connection (which takes 4-6 hrs). Based from my experience, the cave connection is long, tiring and dangerous. My advice for this group is to take the Sumaguing tour which only takes 2-3 hours of cave exploration. Cave exploration is P500 good for 4 people. Also, if you don’t want to walk from the tourist center to cave entry point, you can rent a van for a cost of P350/group. Our group opted to rent a van (roundtrip) and we’re glad we did.
09:30 AM – Sumaguing Cave Spelunking
02:00 PM – Take a shower to remove all the dirt in the face and body
03:00 PM – Late Lunch at Salt & Pepper Diner. The place is located above the Ug-ugo Souvenir store beside the office of Sagada Genuine Guides Association (SAGGAS).
04:00 PM – Leave for Lake Danum
NOTE: Lake Danum is just four kilometers from Sagada Municipal Hall. Hire a vehicle so you need not endure the long walk. You will be too tired to hike anyway after the cave tour. No need for a guide. Vehicle cost ranges from 400-450. On the way, ask the driver to stop by at Sagada Pottery and Sagada Weaving & Souvenir Shop.
04:20 PM – Sagada Pottery
05:30 PM – Sunset viewing at Lake Danum
06:30 PM – Sagada Weaving and Souvenir Shop
08:00 PM – Dinner (just choose a restaurant)
09:00 PM – Back to Guesthouse
October 8, 2012 (Monday)
08:00 AM – Wake up
09:00 AM – Breakfast at Strawberry Cafe
10:00 AM – ETD from Sagada to Baguio
04:00 PM – ETA in Baguio City
04:15 PM – Go to Victory Liner Terminal and Reserve Deluxe Seats
04:40 PM – Go to SM and leave your luggage at the package counter
05:00 PM – Stroll in Baguio City and enjoy the cool fresh air
07:00 PM – Dinner at 50’s Diner
08:00 PM – Drink in a bar
10:00 PM – ETD from Baguio City to Manila
October 9, 2012 (Tuesday)
03:00 AM – ETA in Manila. Back to work, back to the real world…