Sumaguing Cave – The one most popular in Sagada, is a 40 minute walk from Sagada on the Suyo Road. Unusual limestone formations are found in the cave.
Sumaguing Cave has the largest chambers of all the caves found in Sagada, thus earning its nickname the “Big Cave.”
It draws visitors of different ages and levels of spelunking experience for its magnificent limestone formations and cavern-like expanse that can only be seen by taking the adventurous trail down the deep, dark, and cold cave.
Some, though, take the challenge to do something out of their comfort zone, while others are simply curious.
In spite of the differences in their motivation, caving enthusiasts would be greeted with the same hostile and unfamiliar environment once their guide leads them to the mouth of Sumaguing Cave.
The sight of the gaping mouth and the dark abyss, and the trail of uneven carved steps that lead underground, is enough to rouse unpleasant feelings and weaken one’s resolve.
But caving has its lure, as they say. The thirst to see the unknown is just impossible to resist especially since it is the only way to see what only the imagination can supply.
HOW TO GET THERE
Sagada is located 275-km north of Manila . Visitors coming from Manila by transport have the choice of traveling either via Banaue (Ifugao Province) or Baguio City (Benguet Province) as there are no public vehicles going direct to Sagada. There are air conditioned buses traveling from Manila direct to Banaue. A bus that leaves Manila at 10:00 p.m. will make it to Banaue at 7:00 a.m. the following day. From Banaue, a jeepney ride will take the guest to Bontoc in about three (3) hours. Non-air conditioned buses and jeepneys ply the route Bontoc-Sagada in about an hour. Sagada is approximately 6 hours of descending travel to Baguio over the narrow mountain tracks traversing the Cordilleras against a background of terraces planted to rice and vegetables.