Marlboro Country, Blue Soil, Blue Lagoon, Lake Danum, and other trekking destinations are part of the great Sagada traverse. The Joseph Digest team, though rookies in hiking and trekking, had the privilege to explore some of Sagada’s famous trekking destinations during their short visit. This is an account of the team’s experience and observations during the traverse.
- Marlboro Country
Before being popularly known as Marlboro Country, the place was called Lanagan by locals from the eastern part of Bontoc. The trek from the ranger’s station all the way to the summit took our team about 45 mins. If you think the view you get to witness at Kiltepan is superb, the view in Marlboro Country is unmatched in all its form that our team decided to go back the next day to watch the sun rise again. At Marlboro Country, you get to see a majestic 360° view of the massive mountain ranges in the Cordillera.
Surrounding mountains to be seen in the summit are Mt. Polis, Mt. Kalawitan, Mt. Ampacao, Mt. Amuyao and the Sleeping Beauty of Kalinga. Aside from the mountain ranges and terraces, a herd of grazing cows can also be seen in the area.
2. Blue Soil
The trail on the way to Blue Soil was damp since it was just about around 8 or 9 am when we continued our traverse from Marlboro Country. The trek to Blue Soil from Marlboro Country took our team about two hours including the short visit to Kaipitan grounds and limestone cliff. At a closer look, the soil’s color is somewhat blue-greenish to gray. Our local guide says that mining in the area brought about this bluish colored soil. Some say that the soil composition is heavy on copper while others say it is heavy on iron deposits making the soil blue. Whatever chemical compound it is that caused the soil to be blue has been beneficial for the local tourism of Sagada. ☺ Our guide says that the best time to visit Blue Soil is in the afternoon where it appears bluer.*** – Louella Pader