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Sagada

Listed under Historic Towns and Villages in Philippines.

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The background noise of televisions and phones are absent from the clean, high altitude air of the small town of Sagada. The peaceful curfew keeps people off the street at night and while this may seem like a strange way to live the locals seem happy to keep to their quiet lifestyle and to only allow visitors in on part of their world. The best known part of local tradition are the hanging coffins: people were buried in small stacks in caves in the cliff face above the town where no one can reach them or else are suspended from the cliffs. This kind of burial is no longer used (even then you had to be a married grandparent to warrant the honour.) but most visitors want to climb the cliffs and have a look around. Nestled between pine forests and lush mountain valleys, Sagada is a place to enjoy nature: Subterranean cave complexes, underground rivers, towering cliffs and mountain peaks toppled over by waterfalls are all close by. Don’t get the impression that this is a sleepy mountain village though, more than 12,000 people live here and though there are no televisions there are other modern facilities and excellent cuisine - including a famous yoghurt house. Conveniently the local population generally speak better English then Filipino.

Written by  Emilie Stokes.

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“When I got to Sagada, I just couldn’t believe I was still in the Philippines.”

Sagada’s cave system is another attractive reason to visit. Unlike some caves that are specifically set up for tourists with neatly organized walking platforms and permanent lighting fixtures, Sagada’s caves were the real deal. You hire a g… Read more...

Written by  Mark Wiens. Read more on Gobackpacking

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