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3 days 2 nights itinerary + expenses

Written By (sagada genuine guides association inc). on Friday, October 10, 2008 | 7:34 PM

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the wild horses @ marlboro mountain
3 Days 2 Nights
Going to Sagada by public transportation, the easiest way so far in terms of vehicle transfers (transfer from one vehicle to another as Sagada has no direct bus trips) is through the Manila – Bontoc – Sagada route offered by the Cable Tours Bus. It is less stressful, and their terminal is easy to find. It's near the Trinity University of Asia, Beside the Chapel at St. Andrews Seminar at E. Rodriguez Quezon City. Your Travel will be a 12 hours butt aching bus travel + 45 minutes jeepney ride to SAGADA.
Your arrival would be Day 1 (Lunch Time)
DAY 1
11:00 am – check – in and have Lunch…… REST……
1:00 pm – Spelunking or (Caving)… guides are available at the Municipal Hall but i definitely recommend guides from SaGGAs. You can find their office 300 meters going down from the municipal hall, 30 meters from the yoghurt house, beside Salt and Pepper Diner.
Spelunking? a term for newbies entering the cave
Check out the WHAT TO WEAR INSIDE THE CAVE
5:00 pm – end of Tour, take a bath and have your dinner.
DAY 2
6:30 am – wake – up and freshen up!
7:00 am – Breakfast
8:00 am – To Pongas Falls or try hiking to Marlboro Mountain
12:00 pm – Lunch
2:00 pm – Sight Seeing Tour (3 sites)
Sagada Weaving - along the way home from bokong, you can drop by here
Ganduyan Museum - if you have time still you can go here (25/pax - entrance fee)
6:00 pm – Dinner Time… (Bonfire)
End of tour……
DAY 3
4:30 am - Sunrise @ Kiltepan Peak
The sunrise tour can be done with vehicle or walking (3.5kms)
Breakfast
Souvenir hunt (don’t forget to find those hilarious Porncave & Zoomaging cave postcards)
Departure
@left: waiting for those wild horses to pop out @right: Rulan at Marlboro mountain.
*NOTE:
You can switch those destinations you want on the itinerary. For example: bring the sight seeing tour from day 1 activity, swap it with spelunking of Day 2. Etc…
If you think you are a lot tougher to visit those 3 sights I mentioned, it’s possible to add more sights.

Thinking of HOW MUCH YOU’RE GOING TO SPEND!??
All in Budget…..
TRANSPORTATION – (Manila – Sagada) (estimate fare = 700 )( x2 ) = 1,400
FOOD – (6 meals) (maximum estimate cost per meal = 200) (x6) = 1,200
ACCOMMODATION – (2 nights) (estimate cost /night/person = 350 (2x) = 700
Environmental Fee - 35/pax
Sum them all up equals (=) 3,335 an individual fee.
But wait….
TOUR GUIDE FEE – (assuming, there are four (4) in the group)
Sumaging Cave – 500
Pongas Falls – 600 + Vehicle hire – 650
Sight Seeing Tour (3 sights) – 600
Kiltepan Sunrise Tour - 200 + Vehicle hire - 500
= 3,050 a fee for the guide to be paid by the group not individual.
All in all the individual damage (3,335) + (group damage (3,050) / # of persons in the group (ex. 4)) equals:
4,098 per person ( the budget you will need to bring to Sagada) (cheapnes! Diba)
Okay so!!! Computation whatever.. how much will you be paying per person if we are only 2 or solo or 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 in the group.. I made a computation: check my table..
# of persons- budget _________# of persons- budget
1 pax ----- 6,385 ___________ 11 pax -----3,718
2 pax -----4,860 ___________ 12 pax ------3,686
3 pax ----- 4,352 ___________ 13 pax ------3,662
4 pax------ 4,113 ___________ 14 pax ------3,639
5 pax ----- 3,980 ___________ 15 pax -------3,640
6 pax------ 3,941 ____________ 16 pax ------3,634
7 pax ------ 3,857 ___________ 17 pax ------3,618
8 pax ------3,794 ____________ 18 pax ------3,603
9 pax ------3,744 
10 pax ----3,725
those figures are based on this Itinerary, which tourists normally follow, anyway even without an itinerary.. and of course.. budget for souvenirs are not included..
*NOTE (again) :D
incase you will substitute Sumaging Cave Tour with Cave Connection Tour - you will atleast add 300 pesos per pax to individual damage.
If in case, you are out, really out of money and deeply in need of it, for emergency cases, I guess you could text me for assistance. Somehow, just maybe, I could get someone to have mercy on your soul and lend you some. Or if you decided to extend your days and scope of tourist sites to visit but without funds, the SAGGAS organization can help you Extend your Visit, pay later when you get back through money transfer.

Tips to reduce expenditures in Sagada (cheap na nga, bawasan pa.. nyahahaha)
1) COOK YOUR OWN FOOD - there are lodging establishments who offer their kitchen for use with a reasonable fee of course.
Pros:
  • budget on meals will be greatly reduced.
Cons:
  • You will not enjoy what food Sagada has to offer, it’s good to eat something different once in a while.
2) GROUP MERGING – talk to other tourists if they want to join your group so that you could split the Tour fee.
Pros:
  • reduced guide fee and vehicle hire damage
  • make new friends
Cons:
      • Scope of your planned tourist sites to visit will be reduced because you still do not know the capabilities of each individual in the group.
      • Safety reduction, more people in the group means more responsibility for the guide especially at the cave.
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Tips to make your trip as exciting as possible:
1) ADVANCED RESEARCH (like what you are doing now) you’re so lucky you ended on this site
2) DO NOT BARGAIN w/ the GUIDE FEE – the fees are designed to be worth the tour you are paying our Guides (SAGGAS) and we as guides do our best for that reason.
3) GO FOR IT!!! As much as possible, bring out the adventure side of you and give everything a try. You might think that what you are doing is death defying or pointless to risk your life but later in you life, you will realize that, that is the Joy of it. You’ve been there, you made it and you have something to Brag about.
4) Show Interest during tours, the guides tend to be friendlier and happier and would get better with their services seeing their clients enjoying their tour.

Jeff and Lester awaiting the first tourist to come down at the cave connection tour..

More tips to have your trip Fun and Memorable:
1) ask your guide if there are other unique things he could show you, like, traditional rituals, special occasions, festivals etc.. or if you can join em do rice planting.. etc..

2) BONFIRE – ask the guide if he could arrange a bonfire for you guys, (at your expense of course) just bring some beer, gin, or wine, + marshmallows for toasting :D

Or invite the guide to a Bar, drink beer and chitchat for some more. There are no better stories than to hear it from the guides drowned by the truth serum. Nyahahahaha..
*NOTE.. (note nanaman)
The chance to successfully invite a guide to eat with you is around 20% but inviting them for a beer has a whooping 75% chance.
If you got more questions, You can track back to EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW page and read more..
To Compute the Costings for your Tours, Re-check the Standard Tour Guide Fees and Standard Vehicle Hires
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kristin
October 15, 2008 at 9:58 PM

hello, my singaporean friend is coming ths oct to visit sagada. But he is booked for 2 weeks in clark. So he wanted to go to sagada for a whole day travel then back to clark after.. is it possible? what would u suggest?

a 2 day 1 night trip is how?

hope to hear from you soon..

October 19, 2008 at 3:55 PM

"DO NOT BARGAIN w/ the GUIDE FEE" This is quite a unique tip but agree with it. If a guide is good and professional enough, both the traveler and guide shall benefit from the tour.

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@jean: well, thats my observation.
@kristine.. a "hotty" friend there from pampanga said..

From the air port, just take a taxi to DAU bus station, all buses are found there. find the bus that leads to baguio. then from baguio to sagada. BAguio - Sagada bus schedule starts from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Anonymous
November 17, 2008 at 12:34 PM

hi gareth,
why was the place called "marlboro mountain"? sana mapalitan, kung pwede - parang baduy kasi.

kasi po, that's the only place in Sagada where you find wild horses.. its so to spot them hanging around.. but they still exist.. nobody owns them..

so folks, thought of cowboys and horses.. instantly a picture of the poster of marlboro country would appear.. its where the "where the mountain tells time and the rivers run forever" was quoted...

anyway, i don't have the right to change its name.. so i i have to go along.. :D

January 15, 2009 at 10:12 AM

im interested in your package tour, im planning to go there on Feb. 7, 2009, solo lng ako, need help, were can i contact you for details. tnx a lot.

August 3, 2009 at 4:17 AM

Hi we are a class of 45 to 100 college students and we are planning to go to Sagada by OCT. Do you have a contact number so we can have faster transaction.tnx

09295569553

November 16, 2009 at 3:36 PM

hi peepz, were planning to visit sagada this coming nov. 28,29,30... since were only two and we are hoping to join with others as to minimize our costs... this is the best blogs i ever had.. very informative good job guyz.. am waiting your message :)

Anonymous
February 6, 2010 at 3:27 PM

its safe ba magdala me ng mga bata sa sagada...marami kasi kme..meron 8-13 years old.

Ainaru
September 24, 2011 at 6:39 PM

hello. I am very much interested on cave connection, but i must admit i have a big body. Will it be a reason for the guides to reject me in joining the tour? :(

@ainaru: having a big body is not a problem, the problem is within the person if you do not have a good balance, just a tip, ask your guide to take you to echo valley first, ask him if he thinks you can take the cave connection?

the guides do not just reject touring guests by the body size.

December 9, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Hello, kakatext ko lang senyo upang iparating na natuwa ako sa site nyo. nagreply kayo (very nice talaga). tanong ko lang kung may signal ang globe dyan at kung san pwede magstay na hindi malayo sa mga tour guide (recommended nyo ba ang Mary Hilz Homestay?)

February 7, 2014 at 6:33 PM

JOIN THE TRIP THIS HOLYWEEK
Destination: Sagada, Mountain Province
Travel Period: APRIL 16(night) to 19, 2014
Travel Duration: 3 Days 2 Nights

Package Rate:
2 person in a room P3798/person
3 person in a room P3398/person
4 person in a room P3198/person

Package Inclusions:
> Round Trip Van Transfers (QC Area - Sagada via Baguio v.v)
> 2 Nights Common Room Accommodation in Sagada
> Day Tour at Bomod-ok Falls, Sagada Weaving, and Rock Inn Farm for Orange Picking(Seasonal)
> Day Tour at Kiltepan (for the Sun Rise Viewing), St Mary’s Church, Echo Valley, Sugong Hanging Coffins
> Tour Guide Fee/s for Day Tour
> Optional Tour: Ganduyan Museum, Pottery House or Lake Danum
> Toll Gate Fee, Gasoline, Driver's Meal and Accommodation
> Permits, Entrance Fees and Environmental Fees
> Government taxes and Surcharges

Excluded:
+ Meals
+ Guided Optional Tour Adventure (to be pay at Sagada Tourism desk)
Trekking Adventure*'** 1 guide is to 1-10guests
Pongas Falls 600/tour guide
*Php 10.oo/participants will be collected on the Tourism Desk
**Exceeding Number of Guests for Joiners of Seat-in Coach(SIC) may require an additional Tour Guide

Spelunking Adventure 1 guide is to 1-4 guests
Cave Connection (Lumiang Cave - Sumaging Cave) 400/person
Normal Caving (Sumaging Cave) 150/person

Note: Sagada Lodgings mostly offer a common CR. For a private CR request, Php 400/person additional charge applies subject to Private Room Availability.

Ry'anth Velarde
09998875349
E-mail/ym: marketing_tuesdaytours@yahoo.com
Marketing Specialist

April 22, 2014 at 5:21 PM

tuwang tuwa ako sa blog nyo. punta kami jan ng mga frends ko sa may 10. ^_^

May 10, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Hi po, any one who will go to sagada on may 13-15? Can we join together to minimize expenses for tour guides/vehicle rents? thank you?

May 10, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Sir Gareth, would a 6K budget for a backpacker like is enough for 3 days stay in sagada? Thank you po

May 10, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Sir Gareth, would a 6K budget for a backpacker like me is enough for 3 days stay in sagada? Thank you po

Anonymous
May 25, 2015 at 11:21 AM

Me and my friend is planning to go i\to Sagada this June. Lahat po ba ng tourist attractions sa Sagada kailangan ng guide ?.. Sana po masagot agad .

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