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Kiltepan “sea of clouds” sunrise viewpoint

Tour guides in Sagada, Philippines are very available and heavily suggested for all activities. We may be gluttons for punishment, overly independent, or just plain cheap by not using them. Regardless, we opted to hike to the Kiltepan “sea of clouds” sunrise viewpoint on our own.

rice terraces and sea of clouds, kiltepan, sagada
rice terraces below the sea of clouds in Sagada, Philippines.

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[VIDEO] Cave Connection Sagada

Cave Connection is the name of one of the many networks of caves in Sagada, Philippines. The goal is to start at the beginning of one cave and come out the end of a different cave. We were warned that it could take over three hours to complete the maze with a guide, depending upon our abilities.

narrow walkway in sumaguing cave
narrow walkway in sumaguing cave

Using only one small lantern for light, we climbed through the cave using ropes to help maneuver over large boulders as well as our hands and knees to crawl between tight rocks. We also walked through pools of water, squeezed our bodies through tiny crevices, got dirty, and loved it.

cave connection rock formations
rock formations during the cave connection

Some of the openings in the cave were smaller than I thought we could possibly fit through. But amazingly, we did. The pungent odor of guano left by the thousands of bats provided some extra motivation. Needless to say, the whole cave experience was awesome.

See below for a short video clip of our caving adventure.

Bagio City Market in 40 sec

The Baguio city market is something to experience. It is a huge, open market in the middle of the city. They sell everything from edible goodies like fruit, vegetables,  canned items, rice/grain, and all types of meats to hand made trinkets and other woven products like clothing, baskets, brooms, bags, and blankets. It is a bit overwhelming and easy to get lost in all the aisles and seemingly endless rows. The smells are quite crazy as well, as with any given pass, one can pick up scents of roasted coffee beans, ripe fruits, fresh cut flowers, plastics,  smoked meats, and raw fish.