My travels are becoming Sagada-centric but I couldn’t resist going back to this place! Last October, I came back at this wonderful place for the second time in 2013 and my third in total with some folks – my college friend Joba, her boyfriend Russell and colleagues Anna and Carlo. I wasn’t really planning on going but I feel lousy at my dayjob so I decided to accept Joba’s invitation to go again. It was just a couple of months ago since I went there then.
the view on our way to Sagada
I’m far from being an expert traveler but I did suggest some stuff to do during our three days stay there.
the Kapay-Aw Rice Terraces in the background! Amazing isn’t?
On our way to Pongas Falls
the breathtaking view on our way to Pongas Falls…
We went to the Pongas Falls on our first day. This time, we’re assisted by Edwin’s cousin named Patrick. It was a raining a little and the current of the falls was pretty strong so we just stayed there no longer than 30 minutes. Such a bummer, good thing we rented a van to take us back.
The Pongas Falls
amazing shot of the falls!
To Be Continued…
Me, Chelle and Topher
On my second day during my first solo backpacking trip in Sagada, I met the two “bakasiyonistas” – a couple named Chelle and Topher. They’re from Tarlac and Topher can speak kapampangan (the dialect I speak!) They’re also staying at the Residential Lodge (same floor as well) and I guess, them speaking the same language made us comfortable with one another and we easily hit it off!
Edwin, Chelle and Topher
We talked about the tours to do here and we decided to go to the SAGGAS (Sagada Genuine Guides Association) office, we thought that going to a Falls would be an interesting activity. We opted to walk the 6 kilometers distance from the office to the Pongas Falls aka Small Falls with the help ofcourse of our guide, Edwin.
The beautiful Pongas Falls
The hike was ardous but reaching the falls was all worth it. As expected, the water was freezing and the stream was moderate enough allowing us to swim on it.
swimming at the clear and freezing stream!
We stayed for about an hour and decided to hike back since it started raining but then, the sun smiled at us again. Walking back was very tiring though (I feel like running out of oxygen so I was sooo lagging behind.)
we have to cross this bridge again…
dead to the world
Upon reaching the inn, I immediately showered and dozed off before heading for dinner. It was just a nap though since the couple and I decided to get some drinks after dinner before calling it a day.
to be continued…