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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sagada: Cavin' and Coffin(s)

Travel Date: March 8-10, 2009
Lumiang Burial Cave and Sumaguing Cave, Sagada

You've never been to Sagada if you didn't survive at least the "basic" Sumaguing Cave spelunking. Caves have a magical appeal to me. I like exploring caves, but I didn't expect caves these hard to explore! It takes around 1 to 1.5 hours to conquer Sumaguing, depending on how fit you are. Expect to walk on rocks (big and small), slip on guano (bat poop), climb up and down century-old rock formations, rapel, walk barefoot, wade in icy-cold waters, and be a damsel in distress. But you will be rewarded with beautiful cavescape (if there is such a word) that you'd never imagine existed. 




rapeling



I will definitely do the Cave Connection on my next visit. This starts from Lumiang Burial Cave, where the coffins made of pine trees (with skeletons inside) are neatly stacked at the cave opening. The place gives an eerie feel to it, maybe because of the presence of so many souls guarding the remains of the dead. One coffin even features a peek-a-boo of an ancient skull. This opening traverses to Sumaguing Cave, and can be explored in 4 to 6 hours (again, depending on how fit you are and how good your guide is).


ancient skull


pine tree coffin

some people do, apparently

bones inside






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