There are eerie stacks of childlike coffins welcoming you inside the caves. But your guide explains they are adult skeletons curled up in the fetal position. In disbelief, you proceed, accidentally kicking a skull with your foot, sending it rolling down the cave’s path.
Sumaguing Cave is one of sixty caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites buried below Sagada. Heading into the depths of the cave, the descent is challenging. The tunnel is a clamber through narrow passages at 90 degrees, scrambling across slippery rocks and fighting through rushing water.
It is then you realise, this is what spelunking really is, and there is no going back now! Access be helicopter makes this an easy day trip so you can focus on the adventure, not the laborious overland travel.