borrowed Carla’s opening remarks on her FB Sagada album…hehe.
read on for the highlight of this whole Sagada trip.
I didnt travel for 12 hours and went top loading on thin ice-cold air with rain drops dripping on my face just to miss out on Sagada’s main attraction – spelunking in Sumaguing Cave!
i will not write much about this entry since i felt that photos would give more justice (and excitement) with this experience, so its just a matter of photo overloading for this entry. special thanks to my fellow travel buddies James of http://jamesdiayon.blogspot.com/ and Edcel of http://soloflighted.com/ for ALL the photos. (i got scared when they told me that we will be swimming on chest deep waters inside the cave thats why i decided to leave my cameras in our room and just let my travel mates do the photo taking.
the local Ifugao delicacy - Pinikpikan
chiken pork adobo - Ifugao style
we started off with lunch at one of Sagada’s famous eateries: Pinikpikan Eatery where they serve one of the Ifugao’s local dishes named ‘Pinikpikan’. its basically an ‘in – between’ dish of tinola and sinigang. only, its made out of meat and vegetables and served with a local Ifugao rice similar to the red rice we have in the lowlands. it costs around 85P a meal. some of my friends tried it but i opted for the usual chicken-pork adobo meal becasue i felt the need to carbo load because of the physical activity ahead. we also ordered the usual pansit canton (for extra carbo loading).
new found friends in Sagada
new foudn friends in Sagada
it was also surprising to know that the attendant in the eatery was bisaya. she came all the way from cagayan de oro. she married a local thats why she opted to stay there in Sagada. Bisdak gayud!
after a sumptuous meal we then met w/ our tour guide Andrew and his team from Genuine Sagada Guides.
after a few minutes of chitchatting and a 5min. walk we finally arrived at the Bungad of Sumaging Caves and the rest as they say…is history.
the CAVE CONNECTION
entry from Sumaguing Cave and exit to Lumiang cave (on the oooother end)
the whole spelunking experience takes on a minimum of 4 hours, we did it at 4 and a half hours;
and it is 300-350 meters below the ground.
the water inside the cave is about 5 degrees cold. and taking a deep inside the lagoon is a must try.
when the guides start to lit their lamps, my heart started to jump in both excitement and a little fear.
briefing followed and the real ‘Saga’ began.
(Sumaguing Cave, view of Lumiang Cave entrance, and view of the Sugong Coffins)
1-4 persons : P400 (1 guide)
5 persons : P500 (1 guide)
6-9 persons : P800 (2 guides)
10 persons : P900 (2 guides)
11-14 persons : P1,200 (3 guides)
15 persons : P1,350
16 and above : P100/head
just before entering the cave. picture muna!
if you may refer to the upper right side of the photo – thats where we came from, just a few seconds after we started our descent.
the first ‘whole’ in the wall (as if hindi pa kinakabahan)
Horhe! the Spaniard. olah!
big boy James
tita Myrna – darn, i was really proud of her she gladly completed the 4 hr spelunking experience.
Carla! – the first in the link…hehe.
first rappelling of the day.
a glimpse of the cave.
5 secs of rest
a hole just enough to fit my sleek body
another rappelling experience
picture taking w/ the stalactites and stalagmites
jumpshot at the ‘cathedral’ the caves biggest opening. right in this place, is where the air from both caves meet so one can get this feeling of ‘mahangin’ right inside a cave. weird.
another pitch dark moment
1 minute rest
sit and slide – we had to go down a 55 degree steep wall.
and we finally reached the lagoon and the 5-degree cold water. i couldnt resist but to jump despite the freezing cold. it was all worth it though.
rest mode again. lets talk about life, Spain and soccer (insert the azkals and football and waka waka)
another slippery sit and slide moment
and doi did the second blooper of the night (first was Carla and the makasaysayang scream…but no photos of that)
water and rock formations
another acrobatic move
photo op at the ‘curtain’
the reason why Sumaguing is also called the ‘porn cave’
the last rappelling
the unforgiving climb back to the top
finally we made it!