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“You get to shout here and no one would really mind” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Echo Valley

Echo Valley
Ranked #7 of 20 things to do in Sagada
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Pasig, Philippines
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“You get to shout here and no one would really mind”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

It's great, for once, that when you shout at the top of your lungs, no one would really mind. This is because you get to try to hear your echoes. But as for me, I have a loud voice more so when I shout, but for some reason, I don't really echo. Hmmm? Others have echoes though. I started to wonder if my voice wasn't loud enough. But it was...

The view from up there was beautiful especially if you love trees. You can also see the hanging coffins from there. I also have to mention that you have to trek for about 30 mins to get there and another 30 mins or so to get back. Another 10 to 15-min trek down to get to the hanging coffins.

Visited March 2013
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Quezon City, Philippines
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“beautiful, but vandalized”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

The site is beautifully located along the rock faces just past the Sagada Cemetery. The trail going down can get slippery when it rains. The hanging coffins themselves are a sight to behold, but it's sad that vandals have not spared this historic (and for some, sacred) ground.

Visited March 2013
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Manila, Manila, Philippines
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“My Sagada Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

I've heard and read about Sagada long time ago. I organized a Motorcycle Ride way back in 2010, and it was a dream fulfilled >>
Explore Sagada Ride . . . Marvelous Scenery !!!

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Mandaluyong, Philippines
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“There's nothing much here...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

It looks ordinary and the scenery isn't distinct at all. But anyway, We went there for free so it's good that we didn't waste any money, just time.

Visited February 2013
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Manila, Manila, Philippines
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“Screaming is a MUST!”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited December 2012
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