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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Banaue-Sagada-Baguio Route: Itinerary and Budget Tips


This trip took place on the eve of November 29 - December 2, 2012. Away from packaged tours (as always), let me share some notes of our day to day activities during our long weekend in Sagada.


Itinerary 

November 29, 2012 
  • Boarded Ohayami Bus to Banaue

November 30, 2012
  • Arrival in Banaue
  • Breakfast
  • Boarded jeep to Sagada
  • Arrival in Sagada
  • Check in at Residential Lodge
  • Register at Saggas
  • Day Tour (Echo Valley for Hanging Coffins, Cemetery, St. Mary's Church, Sagada Weaving)
  • Lake Danum for sunset viewing with sidetrip to Sagada Pottery
  • Navales Bakeshop for cinnamon bread
  • Dinner at Masferre's

December 1, 2012

December 2, 2012
  • Get those cinnamon bread
  • Boarded first trip of GL/Lizardo Trans to Baguio
  • Lunch at Good Taste
  • Boarded Victory Liner Bus to Cubao/Pasay

Sagada Expenses

The budget I allotted for this trip was only Php4,000 but I was able to get by below the target budget. Here's why...

Php455     Ohayami Bus to Banaue
Php300     Jeep from Banaue to Sagada
Php60       Jeep to Lake Danum divided by 10 (1 tourist joined our group)
Php220     GL/Lizardo Bus to Baguio
Php506     Victory Liner Bus to Pasay with chance passenger fee
Php200     Jeep rental (Kiltepan Peak, Marlboro Country, Rock Inn, Bomod-ok Falls)

                              Transportation cost (to/from and within Sagada): Php1741

Php500     3D2N Stay at Residential Lodge

                              Accommodation cost: Php500

Php35       Saggas Registration Fee
Php60       Central Tour (Php600/10)
Php10       Registration Fee to Bomod-ok Falls
Php55       Bomod-ok Guide Fee (Php500/9)
Php50       Orange Picking
Php67       Marlboro Country Tour Guide Fee (Php600/9)

Registration and Tour Guides Fee: Php277

Php130     Brunch at People's Lodge (Tapsilog with coffee)
Php150     Dinner at Masferre (Lechon Kawali with rice)
Php200     Brunch at Rock Inn (sisig, pinikpikan, rice and soda)
Php80       Lunch at Good Taste

Food cost: Php560

Total Trip Cost: Php3,078 (not included is the pasalubong shopping)

Contacts:
1. Ohayami Bus: Manila Booking Station
Cor. J. Fajardo St., Lacson Ave, Sampaloc, Manila
(200 m from UST going to Nagtahan flyover, fronting Metro Oil Gas station.)
Contact number: 09276493055 and 02-5160501 Opens 8:30 am - 10:00 pm

2. Van/multicab rental (Banaue to Sagada) - Hanzel Rufino at 09293721279

3. Accommodation: Residential Lodge - look for Ms. Mary - 09196728744

4. Multicab rental within Sagada: Earl - 09306335581
5. Tour Guide (Marlboro Country): Darren - 09391814951

Budget Tips

1. Travel in group. In our case, we were group of 9 who shared expenses on transportation, guide fees and even on food.
2. Bring your own baon. We have limited time in Sagada that we chose to prioritize the tour than having a proper meal but we're glad we have enough baon on our packs.
3. Bring water. I bought about a liter of water during one of our stop overs on the way to Banaue. I also have with me my own water bottle to refill during trekking.
4. If you're still young, can manage long commutes, and is not afraid to ask the locals, stay away from packaged tours. Do your own research and plot your own trip.

Watch Travel Video: Sagada

Next time I drive north of Sagada, I'll definitely do the Cave Connection.

Check out the Sagada series:

From Banaue: The Winding Beauty to Sagada
Travel Video: Sagada
Sagada: Morning Trek to Marlboro Country
Sagada: Residential Lodge
Sagada: Afternoon Trek to Bomod-ok Falls
Sagada Newbies, No More!
Banaue-Sagada-Baguio Route: Itinerary and Budget Tips

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for this great article. So if I understand right, you guys didn't go to Batad, right? I always thought you have to go to Batad to see the rice terraces. You mentioned you hired a driver (Hanz), so he stopped for you on the way from Banaue to Sagada where you could do all this amazing shots of the rice terraces? I wonder if I should skip Batad, what do think?

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  2. Hi Sab, we didn't go to Batad because our main destination is Sagada. The Batad Rice Terraces is one of the 5 clusters inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List under Rice Terraces of the Philippines Cordilleras so I do suggest you go take a visit :) But yes you can still get a great view of the famed rice terraces in Banaue as there are a couple of viewpoints in Banaue. Hanz also offers Batad tours. Thanks for visiting :)

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  3. Hi! Would like to ask if the expenses enlisted above are already calculated per pax?

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  4. yes it's already calculated per pax. We were able to travel very cheaply because we're a big group, 9 exactly. :)

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