Sagada’s a walk to remember: Echo Valley to Bokong Falls

Our fun and exciting group expedition at Sagada’s Echo Valley, underground river and Bokong Falls. This activity is approximately three hours trekking downhill, wading in streams and climbing at some big boulders.

Echo Valley

Church of Saint Mary the Virgin
Church of Saint Mary the Virgin

How to get to Echo Valley? First, you need to pass Church of Saint Mary the Virgin which is the main Episcopalian church in Sagada then walk through the cemetery at the hill.

Alex, Hanah, and Alejandro going the cementery trail to echo valley
Alex, Hanah, and Alejandro going the cementery trail to echo valley
Anglican cemetery
Anglican cemetery

At the end of the cemetery, you’ll find the trail going to the Echo Valley viewpoint. In this viewpoint, you can see the panoramic view of the valley and limestone cliff with some hanging coffins on it.

Hanah, Nathaniel, and Alex at Echo Valley view point
Hanah, Nathaniel, and Alex at Echo Valley view point
Hanging Coffins from Echo Valley viewpoint
Hanging Coffins from Echo Valley viewpoint

They called this area Echo Valley because once you shout loud you will hear your echo bounce back. But it is better to keep quiet in this area due to that there is a cemetery near around and lots of hanging coffins.

Alejandro, Hanah, and Alex going hanging coffins
Alejandro, Hanah, and Alex going hanging coffins
Alex and Hanah close up with the coffins
Alex and Hanah close up with the coffins

Tips: Respect the dead. Don’t try to touch or take the bones.

Hanging Coffins

Nathaniel at Hanging Coffins
Nathaniel at Hanging Coffins
Hanah, Alex, and Nathaniel at hanging coffins
Hanah, Alex, and Nathaniel at hanging coffins

The traditional way of the Igorot tribes in burying their dead bodies in hanging coffins which is nailed to the sides of the cliff. According to some locals – “the higher the coffin, the closer to heaven”. This ritual way of burial has been practiced for over 2000 years. I wonder how they put the coffins at the highest part of the cliff.

Alex, Hanah, and Nathaniel at the top of big boulder
Alex, Hanah, and Nathaniel at the top of big boulder

Expedition at Underground River

The entrance of the Underground River Cave
The entrance of the Underground River Cave

After visiting the hanging coffins, we went to the underground river trail. A little bit tiring and fun trip for us. It is recommended to hire a guide when doing activities going into the underground river.

stacked stones built by some trekkers at the cave
stacked stones built by some trekkers at the cave

I think every tourist who passes in this area will try to stacked stones.

Hanah, Nathaniel, and Alex at the underground river cave
Hanah, Nathaniel, and Alex at the underground river cave

Stones formation inside the underground river cave is like the stone formation inside the Sumaguing cave. Approximately fifteen to twenty minutes trek inside the cave.

Alex, Nathaniel, and Hanah
Alex, Nathaniel, and Hanah

Bring headlights or flashlights when going inside the underground river cave. Never do this activity when there is a hard rain.

stream of water at the end of the cave
stream of water at the end of the cave

After the trek to the underground river, we proceed to the Bokong Falls. Just follow the stream and once you pass the steel railing, follow the dirt path going to the falls.

stream of water along the trail going Bokong Falls
stream of water along the trail going Bokong Falls

Tips: Bring nice slippers when crossing the streams. Some stones are very slippery. Be extra careful when stepping at the stones. πŸ™‚

Nathaniel and Alex crossing the stream going Bokong Falls
Nathaniel and Alex crossing the stream going Bokong Falls

Bokong Falls

Nathaniel at Bokong Falls
Nathaniel at Bokong Falls

We reached our final destination – Bokong Falls. The small waterfall with a smaller basin than the Bomod-ok falls. It features two falls and water here is less cold. Don’t dive into the pool unless you know how to swim. πŸ™‚

Nathaniel, Alex, and Hanah at Bokong Falls
Nathaniel, Alex, and Hanah at Bokong Falls

Other activities to do in Sagada:

For more info about Sagada, you can check the Sagada Tourism Facebook Page.

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Sagada's a walk to remember: Echo Valley to Bokong FallsSagada's a walk to remember: Echo Valley to Bokong Falls

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Nathaniel Amoyen

Nathaniel Amoyen

Nathaniel Amoyen is co-founder of Joanathx. Full-time ex-pat worker at day and writer at night.

2 thoughts on “Sagada’s a walk to remember: Echo Valley to Bokong Falls

  1. Ang ganda nag mga pics kaya tuloy naiinggit ako kasi hanggang ngayon di pa rin ako naliligaw sa Sagada. Ang tagal na niya na nasa bucketlist ko.

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