Banaue-Sagada-Benguet Itinerary | 5K Budget

Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) has 6 provinces, namely: Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province. Can you believe that you can visit 3 of these in just one trip in 3 days time? If you have #travelgoals of reaching all the 81 provinces of Philippines, then this trip may be a good start. For approximately Php5,000, I had explored Ifugao, Mt. Province and Benguet with less hassle amidst being budget-conscious.

I contacted Travel Galore, a travel agency (tagged to me in facebook) that offers weekly trip to Sagada and covers mostly the tourist sites I wanted to visit. Their reviews were quite satisfying so I gave it a try and secured 2 slots (for a friend and I) for Mar 4-6 batch tour. They only required a Php300 reservation fee for each of us and half of the total package rate to be paid a week before the scheduled tour date. They offer P2,999 each for a 2-pax group; P2,799 each for 3 or more pax. Thus, the more you are in a same group booking, the lesser you’ll pay. The package rate includes gasoline and driver’s fee, entrance fees and accommodation. Just prepare extra money for personal necessities, meal expenses and pasalubongs.

For more information, you can visit their FB page at https://web.facebook.com/travelgalore07/?fref=ts.

So here’s the agency’s itinerary plus some additions we decided to do and visit when we got there.

Day 00.

We departed SM MOA Convention Center parking lot at around 8:30 PM. The van we were in had 15 passengers, so imagine how we managed to be steady and moved less more than necessary for a 12-hr ride having our bags on our laps and some underneath the seats. (This was 1 of the 2 things I complain about in this tour package; second was the inn-booking made by the agency.***) For some hours, I felt how sardines were complaining (if they were alive) being compactly packed inside a small can. Phew!

TIME

PARTICULARS

AMOUNT

Total package rate

Php2,999

8:30PM Departure

Day 01.

2:00AM Stopover

45

5:30AM Stopover @ Jollibee Nueva Viscaya

50

9:00AM Banaue Rice Terraces
-Picture taking
-Souvenir shopping
-Meditating! 😀
12:30PM Arrival @ Sagada
1:00PM Lunch @ Pinikpikan House

140

2:00PM Check-in @ Valley View Inn
3:00PM Echo Valley Tour
-Hanging Coffins
-Underground river
-St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
5:30PM Back to Inn
7:00PM Dinner @ Masferre

220

9:00PM Bed time

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Day 02.

4:30AM Call time
5:00AM Bound to Sumaguing Cave
-Cave Orientation
-Spelunking (Buwis Buhay!)
8:30AM Bfast at a store just across the cave entrance
-Cheese bar (Yummy!)

20

-Cup noodles

40

10:00AM Bound for Bomod-ok Falls
-Bomod-ok group fee for 2 guides (15 persons)

127

10:30AM Start of trekking
-Buko bar (along the way)

20

-Mineral water (on the way back)

25

-Topload-jeep

17

3:00PM Lunch @ Rock Inn Cafe

345

5:00PM Back to inn
6:30PM Gaia Cafe (That Thing Called Tadhana shoot location)
-Hot choco with sweet treat

95

7:00PM Lemon Pie House
-Lemon pie slice

30

7:30PM Youghurt House
-Youghurt preserve

90

8:30PM Pasalubong shopping
9:15PM Back to Inn

Day 03.

4:30AM Call time
5:00AM Bound to Mt. Kiltepan
-Jeepney fare (B&F)

50

-Sunrise viewing
8:00AM Bound for La Trinidad, Benguet
-Bfast @ Amkaweng, Bauko

85

10:30AM Stopover @ Benguet Highest point
12:30AM Arrival @ La Trinidad
Strawberry picking
-Strawberry ice cream

25

-Pasalubong shopping
2:30PM Lunch @ Baguio City

90

4:00PM Stopover @ Lion’s head
4:30PM Bound for Manila
9:30PM Arrival in Manila (NAIA 3)
TOTAL  Php4,513

Total expenses above didn’t include my plane fare (promo @ Php1,183 B&F), dinner meals upon arrival and departure to & from Manila and money spent for pasalubongs. These are variable expenses, dependent on your place of origin and personal budgeting skills.

[***Our package was actually good for a private room for 2 with private toilet and bathroom. However, the room we had was yeah, actually a private one, but with a common T&B. This was due to the fully booked rooms and there’s just only 2 private rooms under Travel Galore with a private T&B. We were 3 pairs booked in the same inn but it’s only Kyzy & I who were just friends, and the other 2 pairs were actually couples. I complained for about 5 mins but finally gave them the 2 rooms just to save time. (Haaaaayyyyyy!)   It’s just notable though that the T&B for common use were clean and decent to use (at least). Kudos to Valley View Inn! It was only the misrepresentation or honest mistake made by the agency I was annoyed at. If you’re planning to contact them, make sure to refer this kind of situation and request for what you really prefer.]

Enjoy and have fun!


Other related posts:

Banaue Rice Terraces | Ifugao

Travel Guide to Sagada:

La Trinidad Strawberry Farms | Benguet

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