Sagada tourist guide

The small village of Sagada has grown in popularity over the last few years for being a bohemian artists retreat and trekking centre. The main draw for tourists here are the ‘hanging coffins’ of local people which are attached to limestone cliffs overlooking the town. This bizarre burial ritual has made Sagada iconic, but there is plenty more to the town including some fantastic restaurants and great value local handicrafts.

Sagada lies 160kms north of Baguio and is only accessible by slow bus or hire car. Hippies colonised the town following the introduction of electricity in the 1970s, and a slow parade of artists and internally-displaced political refugees from Manila fled here to live and work. A 21:00 curfew remains in town so don’t expect buzzing nightlife, but the friendliness of the people and beauty of the surrounds adequately makes up for the lack of bars.

Attractions & activities

Then stand-out attraction of Sagada is the collection of spooky 'hanging coffins' overlooking the town, but there are also caving trips, craft centres and museums to enjoy here...more

Hotels & lodging

Sagada is a small town with a collection of budget guesthouses and no real luxury options. However, the staff are incredibly friendly and everyone is made to feel very welcome indeed...more

Restaurants & bars

Dining in Sagada is one of the town's greatest pleasures with a fantastic French restaurant offering sumptuous buffets plus humble Igorot eateries serving tradtional staples too...more

Transportation

Getting to Sagada is relatively simple althought the dire state of the approach roads does not make it the most comfortable ride. Getting around the small town is easy on foot...more

Sagada guide - 'Hanging coffins', trekking and artistry

Getting to Sagada is a fairly simple, if uncomfortable, task with regular buses and jeepneys connecting the town with nearby Bontoc, Baguio, Banaue and even direct to Manila. There is no airport nearby that is of any real use, but hiring a car in the capital or Clark and driving here is certainly possible.

The ‘hanging coffins’ of Sagada are the town’s main attraction and are best experienced from Echo Valley, but can be seen immediately above the town as well. For tour information and guides just visit Sagada Environmental Guides Association (SEGA) at the Town Hall. This is also the place to enquire about caving expeditions and rock climbing excursions.

The variety of accommodation in Sagada is fairly limited with basic guesthouses offering dorms plus simple private singles and doubles. Try to book rooms with verandas on the top floors for the best sunrise views with breakfast. There is a surprising amount of high quality restaurants in Sagada considering the town’s small size, with the Log Cabin a cut about anything else here or, indeed, elsewhere in Luzon. Fresh coffee and cakes are served all over the town, and local handicrafts such as wool garments from Sagada Weaving make perfect souvenirs and gifts.

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