Sagada, Mountain Province: Marlboro Country (Sea of Clouds)

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Sagada, Mountain Province: Marlboro Country (Sea of Clouds)

While I contemplate on how I should blog about our whole Sagada trip, I thought this one deserves a solo post. We went to Sagada last February and this was on top of our list. Who wouldn’t?! Have you watched the movie, “That Thing Called Tadhana”?! And I tell you, this does not disappoint!

Our “sea of clouds” experience was a choice between going to the famous Kiltepan viewpoint or Marlboro Country. We chose the latter despite being more “challenging” since most tourists would choose Kiltepan and besides wanting good photos, we want to savour this experience as much as we can.

We woke up early and departed from Coffee Heritage House at around 4.30am, drove around 20-minutes and parked at the side of the road. Unless you’re driving a 4×4, the trek would take around an hour from the road to the top of the mountain. It was really dark and we only depend on our guide’s spotlight and our phones’ flashlight. The path is a long rough road, some parts are muddy and slippery. I can still say it’s manageable having two kids in tow, we were able to reach the top of the mountain. Difficulty level is easy but will somehow test your stamina, climbing and going down slopes. I almost quit in the middle of our climb but I would never want to regret not seeing the “sea of clouds”.

When we finally reached the top, there were small groups of tourist already, gathered around a bonfire. It’s very cold and chilly up there. There’s a mini store that sells lugaw (porridge), cup noodles and coffee to name a few.

We waited until sunrise and started to marvel at what we saw! Indeed it was “sea of clouds”. I will never forget this experience and I was really happy that I continued the climb, at least up to the drop off area. We started taking pictures, ate our lugaw and just continued to marvel the experience.

We declined our guide’s suggestion to go at level 2 and 3 viewpoints since we’re already exhausted but the view that we had was already enough to amaze us! We stayed a little bit more and started the trek down when we regained our energy. Going down the mountain was way easier, since you don’t have to walk in the dark anymore.

Definitely, one for the books!!!

Tips:

– Wear comfortable pants (over shorts) and rubber shoes, you’ll be walking in between bushes and it can be muddy at some point.

– Jacket! Do not underestimate the chilly wind up the mountain.

– Flashlight! You’ll need it on your way up.

– No (makeshift) CR, do your thing before your trek.

– Tourist guide is required (around P600). No entrance fee, aside from the one-time environmental fee paid at the municipal office.

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