SUMAGUING CAVE, SAGADA
Going through Sumaguing Cave is the best caving experience I’ve had so far!!
Sumaguing Cave is the most popular cave in Sagada, Mountain Province. Of all the caves there, they say it’s the easiest (It was totally not easy for me). It took us around 3 hours to go in and out of the cave (major factor: uber picture taking). It was a quite a long trip, but when you’re in there, time seems to freeze because the place is really amazing. They say, sumaging cave is a dead cave; it may be dead and no sparkling stalactites and stalagmites can be found, but it sure has lots of amazing rock formations! All the spelunking was worth it.
What to wear: Short pants, sturdy and non-slippery slippers, and a T-shirt. Try to bring a head lamp if u can.
What to expect: Try to get fit before going to the cave. There is an easy trail and a difficult yet fun trail. The easy trail ends when you see the “queen”. Check out the following trail for the difficult (for me) trail. Consider the ages of the people who are with you on the group and if they can endure walking and climbing.
For a change, this will be more of a photo blog…So let’s go thru the trail we went thru and get a glimpse of some of the rock formations, please use your imagination:
We first go down down down…
We then received a briefing about the cave and “SPELUNKING.”
The president GMA gave up in this spot:
I saw some pics referring to this cave as a porn cave…why? Here is the cave’s “queen.”
Some tourists end here. Especially if you’re in a very large group (40 people) or if you are in a group with mostly senior citizen (note: the oldest man who went thru the cave was 62 years old–I say, he sure was fit for his age).
Now, we removed our slippers and walked thru these formations that seemed to be slippery but were actually not.
You’ll pass by really clear waters…
Here’s the TURTLE:
If there was a queen, of course there is the KING:
I also have pics of the cave’s prince and princess but I wont post them here for you to have something to look forward to when you go to the place.
A chocolatey treat has also been made…an aphrodesiac maybe? Here is the black forest CAKE:
Here are the glorious curtains…(as per our guide, the king and queen does it behind these curtains…)
How did the ladies do down the curtains…(Please diet before doing this to avoid causing injuries…)
Posing between the curtains…
There were some parts where we had to crawl and apply the spelunking techniques taught:
Tummy on the stone
The GRIZZLY BEAR
Vertical rope crossing (short distance only)
More ropes (in this part, hold on the rope with two hands, sit down on your butt, and slide down really carefully)
After walking thru the chest-deep really cold water (they say it 14 degrees celsius but i think it’s colder), we had to crawl some more:
Whew! Now, we were at the deepest cave in the Philippines, around 164 meters below the ground. In our back, there was a cold pool that was 9 ft deep. You can swim there if you want.
Use some imagination: here are WATER TERRACES:
Now its time to go up
Its now time to go back…here, you’ll have a rock climbing feel…trust the rocks, they said…this is not as easy how it looks in this pic…
Aside from the rock formations, you can also find some wall art, here is a sample…can u find a chicken?
With our strong, fearless, and eloquent guides:
On the left, wearing an orange shirt, is Mr. Gareth Likigan, the head tour guide, and on the right, wearing a red shirt and a back pack, is Mr. Jano, he took most of the pictures here in this blog (taking these pictures was not easy). Thanks guys!
After all those climbing, from the point in the previous picture, after 250++ steps, we were out:
Yes, this is a looong entry, but the place is a lot more fun and exciting in reality. Try visiting this cave even once in your lifetime while you’re still fit and young.
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