Our Sagada tour was not a DIY tour but via a tour service provider. The tour costs P 3,300/pax for a minimum of 12 pax in a van, and here is our actual travel itinerary for our December 1-4, 2011 trip:
I was thankful that we did not go with our companions to the Lemon Pie House the previous night. Early in the morning on our way to Kiltepan, the four girls were talking about not being able to sleep the previous night and they told us the reason. It was 9:00 pm and they were the only customers left in Lemon Pie House when the restaurant's heavy door opened wildly. The owner saw the door opening and told them "O, ayan na pala yung kasama niyo." She waited but did not see anyone. Then, the owner, still in shock, had nothing to say except, "Umuwi na kayo, gabi na.", and my companions hurriedly got up and went out.
For our second afternoon in Sagada, we first proceeded to the Echo Valley-Hanging Coffins-Church of St. Mary the Virgin loop. As if I hadn't done it last year, I shouted like a child in Echo Valley just to hear my echo. And I made another milestone this year: I was able to go down to the location of the Hanging Coffins because I was comfortable with my footwear. It was really muddy and slippery, though, for it rained.
Our Sagada trip was scheduled for December 2-4, 2011, so we left Manila at 9:00 PM on December 1. After spending several hours in the van, we finally reached Banaue and had our breakfast at the Halfway Lodge and restaurant at around 7:00 am. The service at Halfway Lodge and Restaurant was consistent with the restaurants in Sagada - it took a long time for them to serve.
I had been to Sagada last December 26-29, 2010 with my college friends. The day I came home, I immediately felt the urge to return. I think every working individual needs to take a break from the busy world at least once a year and I believe Sagada would perfectly cater to that need. With its distinct coolness and calmness in the company of falcatta, this place is truly ideal for a much needed recharge, even soul-searching.