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“Screaming is a MUST!”
Review of Echo Valley

Echo Valley
Ranked #5 of 20 things to do in Sagada
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Entrance to the Echo Valley is located at the Mission Compound Cemetery near the St. Mary the Virgin Church (the quaint church built by the American missionaries with the green roofs and ornate rose windows). Exploring the valley is must, although I would recommend bringing a guide with you since they know the do's and dont's in the valley --- it is a sacred area since there some hanging coffins can be found hanging on the limestone cliffs in the area.

There are two viewpoints in which you can see a set of hanging coffins. The first one is near the cemetery and the other one is a little bit of walk away from the cemetery. The former is a bit farther away, but the latter is nearer and you can detour there before resuming your Echo Valley journey.

The clothes and shoes you wear can dictate the comfort of your journey. I would advise wearing something close to a cold-season jogging attire. Don't wear anything bulky --- it is cold but not winter cold. Regarding the shoes, choose well. What you wear spelunking in Sumaguing Cave might not work in trekking the Echo Valley, especially when you do your trek after it has rained. Make sure you wear any footwear perfect for loose, slippery, wet topsoil. Do not think about wearing your worn out slippers or any slippers for that matter. You're sure to slip and have a harder time getting through the whole trek. Wear some comfortable, make sure your shoes are perfect for the occasion, and enjoy the cold and the scenery. Go ahead and scream out loud and talk to your own echo while you're at it --- although this is better done before going down and getting dirty in the valley itself.

The time it takes to trek the valley depends on how adventurous your groups is. The group I was with took about an hour or two to go from the entrance of Echo Valley to somewhere near Sagada Weavers. The route includes the two viewpoints where you can see hanging coffins, a challenging way down the valley (depending on your footwear and the weather), a detour to one of the nearer set of hanging coffins,fruit-bearing (if you're lucky) coffee trees, a dried up river bed (well, when we got there it was dried up), a few huge to small crevices on the limestone faces surrounding the valley, a novice-level rock/boulder climb, a picturesque area with sunflowers (come by during sunflower blooming season in December) and come carabaos (if you're lucky, they might be eating grass nearby) before the mouth of a small underground river cave, and a long walk up to somewhere near Sagada weaving.

Echo Valley was a challenging trek since I wore the wrong footwear. I kept slipping and slipping and only got a few decent pictures out of the area. I focused more on not slipping than enjoying myself (because a slip can damage my brother's new D-SLR I brought without permission). The most eventful part of the journey might be on the way down the valley from the cemetery. The rest is uneventful --- by this, I mean, no accidents and no surprises --- but we still enjoyed ourselves by taking opportunities for cam-whoring. The whole place is just so picturesque!

By the way, this is an area where civet cats hang around at night. Don't take too much of their food, i.e. the coffee beans. Also, another way to enjoy the trek is getting your guide to talk about the area, i.e. the hanging coffins, stories, and the civet cats, their poop, and coffee trees.

1  Thank Keith Michael V
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

One does not need a guide to go/visit the Echo Valley where one can walk to and visit the 13 hanging coffins. From the town center of Sagada, inquire where the Church of St. Mary the Virgin (Episcopal Church ) is located. It is about 5-10 minutes away from the town center.

Use the steps (see related picture) to reach the public cemetery of Sagada. Proceed with your walk until you see some clearing, the Echo Valley. Shout " Hello there, can you hear me now?" and listen to the echo of your shout. Admire the beauty of the valley, the pine trees and hills around you plus the neighborhood in the horizon. (See the attached pictures).

Hanging coffins - follow the trails of the Echo Valley that go down to the area where the hanging coffins are located. Other than the Sumaging Cave, this is the only area in Sagada where one can see the hanging coffins. The one near the town center has only one hanging coffin.

Enjoy your visit of the Echo Valley. Do your meditation, say your prayers and rest from your recent spelunking.

1  Thank LolaGo1
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Have experienced similar echo points earlier at other places and therefore this did not strike me much, however the trek upto the valley was nice.

Thank Sanjayib
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

echo park is good place for meditation... its a place that accompany you much with just the sound that echo your voice. thank you for allowing us to go there....

Thank Max L
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Shout your message out and hear it bounce back.

A very easy trail to trek with a very rewarding view at one of the cliffs.

Thank badroilan
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