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Nestled in the Cordilleras, Sagada isn’t easy to get to — the bus from Manila can take up to twelve hours and travels Halsema Highway, considered one of the most dangerous roads in the world.

But as with other remote locations, this means that Sagada is spared the teeming throngs of tourists. It also means that when you partake in the spelunking for which the region is famous, you stand a good chance of having the cavern to yourself. Being surrounded by other people completely changes the experience, and I don’t think I would’ve felt as much like Indiana Jones if I had been sharing the caves with crying babies and slow-moving grannies.