We left Sagada by 11 in the morning. We rode the last jeep going to Bontoc. We reached the jeep terminal to Buscalan after 45 minutes, and paid only 40 pesos each. The jeep to Buscalan – Bugnay junction left at 2:30 pm and this was the only direct jeep to Buscalan and Bugnay. Most of the roads were cemented. The views were breathtaking.
After 1.5 hours, we reached the Buscalan-Bugnay Junction. We paid 100 each for the ride.
From junction, Buscalan was still 5 km. away. The bridge was being created so we opted to ride 2 motorcycles (habal-habal) to reach Buscalan. We did the hiking after we reached the end of the road. It took us more than 20 minutes to reach the Buscalan proper. It was so high that we had to stop several times to catch our breath.
Our contact was Oliver Luis and Clarissa. We stayed at ate Anna’s house, where Drew Arellano stayed during their shooting of Byahe ni Drew.
We were allowed to cook our own food. We paid P250 for each person for overnight stay.
To summarize the cost per person.
- Jeep to Bontoc, last trip 11 am: P45
- Jeep to Busculan – Bugnay junction; only trip 2:30pm : P100
- 2 motorcycle rides: P100
- Ecotourism fee: P75
- Overnight stay: P250
- Tour fee: P1000 for group of 3.
To go back to Manila, we made a reservation to Coda Lines. They picked us at Bontoc Proper around 4pm.