Go caving in Sumaguing Cave
Far and away the most frequented destination in Sagada, Sumaguing Cave is an awe-inspiring cave system that will simultaneously amaze travelers. Popular for its stunning rock formations and promise of danger, this cave is an absolute must-do for any first-time visitors to Sagada. Exploring the underground cave system involves wading through chilly rivers, rappelling down waterfalls, and squeezing yourself through tiny openings. Sumaguing Cave is a lot of fun but be warned that it can be dangerous so it should never be attempted without a guide.
Visit the Hanging Coffins of Echo Valley
One of the main reasons a lot of people make the trek up to Sagada is to see the iconic hanging coffins. The Igorot people of Sagada have traditionally ‘buried’ their dead in colorfully painted coffins clinging to the sides of limestone cliffs, or piled up at the entrance of caves. After Sumaguing Cave, the hanging coffins are the second most popular attraction in Sagada and another must-do for first-time travelers. It’s pretty amazing to see them up close, especially the ones perched high up on the side of the rock.
Hike in the lush mountainous surroundings
There are many hikes on offer in the mountains around Sagada, some that can be done independently and a large number that requires a guide, which is very affordable. Echo Valley is one of the most popular hikes in a Sagada itinerary and on a half day hiking there you will see rice terraces, an underground river, hanging coffins, and a waterfall, along with lots of gorgeous scenery.
If you feel like a challenge, you could climb the highest peak in Sagada - Mt Ampacao or hike to one of the waterfalls, Bokong Falls. There are a large number of hikes available with local guides from the Tourist Information Centre, where you can pick up a free map and guide with hikes listed.
Watch the sunrise at Kiltepan Viewpoint
Kiltepan Viewpoint is a terrific way to start your day in Sagada. The highest point in the area, it’s known for its breathtaking views of the sun rising from behind the Cordillera mountains over an ocean of clouds. The spot was made famous by a local movie so it’s been flooded with tourists in recent years. For that reason, this may be an activity best enjoyed during the off or shoulder seasons.
Pick orange at Rock Inn
Orange picking at Rock Inn & Cafe is another popular activity in Sagada. From September to February, you can pick and eat as many oranges as you like within 30 minutes for PHP 50. If you want to bring them home, then you can do so for PHP 60 per kilo. The oranges are said to be at their best in December so take a trip to Sagada in this time.
Watch weavers at work at Sagada weaving
Products made from handcrafted local textiles like bags and purses are among the best souvenirs you can bring home from Sagada. Sagada weaving has been crafting quality products since 1968, making them a pioneer in the industry. Behind the shop is this building where you can watch weavers create colorful indigenous fabrics using these wooden machines. If you’re looking to buy souvenirs in Sagada, then this is one of the best places to do it.