Spelunking in Sumaguing cave

This is a continuation of my previous post “THE WINDING ROAD TO SAGADA” https://sofeetravels.wordpress.com/2017/04/01/the-winding-road-to-sagada/

Before i share my story, let’s have first define SPELUNKING and CAVING:

Caving is the exploration of natural caverns in the earth.Spelunking is the touristic visitation of wild caves.

The main difference between caving and spelunking are the intentions. Caving means to explore, survey and document the caves, main purpose is the accumulation of knowledge. Spelunking is the visit of caves without any kind of justification, its the touristic visit of caves. (source: http://www.showcaves.com /and read this blog http://exploringcaves.wordpress.com/2017/01/19/spelunking-vs-caving/ )

January 28,2017

It was noon when we arrived in Sagada town. I told kuya Kim, to find the TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER since I knew (through reading blogs) that we must register first and we could also find some tour packages & guides for us to know which activity we could do. Luckily it was just so near where we parked our van. I,together with my friend went to the tourist office right away.

It wasn’t so crowded yet..mind you, most of the tourists i saw were foreigners
Basically, every tourists must pay some fees.

After paying, I asked two men about some activities they offer. I actually wanted to see the floating coffins, or the Echo mountain and the sea of clouds, yet our time was limited. Since we only had few hours the guide suggested SPELUNKING first. We agreed to that and two female travelers joined us. (i forgot how much was the payment )

Some of the activities that one can choose when in Sagada

After a few minutes,we went back to the van and headed to the cave together with our guide, He was telling us not to bring anything (like both of our hands must be free) , take a small neck or waist pouch and wear comfortable clothes. In less than 5minutes, we finally arrived in the place.

Deep, it is
You have to go down
The man made steps

Hello sumaguing cave

Our guide gave us an orientation for us to get inside safely. He told us to follow directions carefully.

After the orientation, we finally walked down and some other spelunkers were walking up, I heard someone says “phew, so tiring ” !!๐Ÿ˜‚ I had an experience of spelunking already in one of the caves near my hometown so i had some ideas of what could be seen inside.

I couldn’t take a lot of photos while we went down because I really had to make sure support myself with both hands,touching the rough, some sharp rocks inside the cave. It was dark inside and only the guides have lamps and some spelunkers wore headlights as well. You really have to be careful as the way going down was steep and slippery.

Okay. This will give you an idea inside. ๐Ÿ˜‚

The cave echoed with voices.I didn’t have much time to look around yet because our guide told us we had he would tell us where to take photos.

Finally, we arrived in the part of the cave where you could see different formations.Our guide told us not to wear slippers!! ย What??!! ย Barefoot in the cave?! ย Why not? ๐Ÿ˜‚ ย Surprisingly the rocks weren’t sharp at all but rough.Nevertheless you still have to watch your steps.

Our guide took these photos.

My other friends proceeded to phase to, that is going down more.,but me and two more people just stayed and rested. ๐Ÿ˜‚ (i was exhausted and hungry )I was just satisfying what my eyes can reach I saw a lot of rock formations so of these formations were called turtle, chocolate cake, king’s curtain, bear, pig pen, elephant and more. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Down there is the 2nd phase!! Wow

Finally we decided to go up since we need to drive back to Baguio.

We don’t look so tired, aren’t we? Haha

That was indeed an exhilarating 2 hours spelunking!!. Your flexibility and endurance will be tested. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Climbing rock formations, rapelling down, passing and hopping through pools of water, crawling and stretching your arms. That burned a lot of calories in my body. ๐Ÿ˜‚

This isn’t goodbye ย Sagada but until NEXT TIME.



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