It was my first time to spend my birthday away from my family. Blame it to the pedia girls, namely, Aejay, Glendale, Jean and my close friend since college, Lara. I was not supposed to go with them but Jean can’t come so I replaced her spot since they had already bought their package for the tour. So, where did I spent my birthday? ILOCOS! I always wanted to go to Ilocos and thought that it would be a nice birthday gift for myself. 🙂
It was almost midnight when we left Quezon City. We arrived at Ilocos Sur a little past 5am. Since it’s a packaged tour, the van is not all ours. There were two foreigners and a group of 3 girls with us in our tour, plus, Aejay’s cousin, Zharmie.
Here’s our detailed itinerary.
This happened several months ago, August of 2014 to be exact, I have nothing much to say. Just enjoy the pictures!
Feels like I entered a time machine and I was brought back to Spanish Era. I would love to wear a Maria Clara gown here. Lol.
Baluarte ni Chavit
This must-see attraction in Ilocos Sur that houses a mini zoo is owned by the famous politician, Mr. Chavit Singson. Surely, kids and animal lovers would love this place.
Whenever you are heading to Ilocos, make sure to drop by and pray in St. Augustine Church, commonly known as, Paoay Church.
Malacanang of the North
Situated in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, this 5-hectare property is the home of the former President, Ferdinand Marcos. Now, it was transformed into a museum for the late president’s memorabilia.
Paoay Sand Dunes
Sand dunes!!!! I always want to try sand boarding and finally, this is it!
We tried sand boarding, rookie style, which means, we sat down on the board as we slide down, less balance needed. 😉
Aside from sand boarding, another activity that you could enjoy is the 4×4 ride! Make sure to hold on tight to the bars as the vehicle goes down on a steep slope. Whoa! Feels like I’m riding a roller coaster! Every cells in my body tightens and I feel like worrying for my dear life. Will I ever survive this ride? LOL!
Surely, I will ride the 4×4 again when I get back to Paoay. I just enjoyed it toooooo much!!! 😉
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
Wow! Just wow. My eyes wander in delight as I saw this God’s amazing masterpiece. 😍
Wonderful, isn’t it? But to get to that falls, you have to trek for 30 minutes, depending on your pace. A tour guide will accompany you to the falls, don’t worry the trail is easy to walk with, plus, the refreshing view, I’m sure you wouldn’t mind walking that long.
A long and winding road. Nah naahh. You could play that song as you drive along that famous viaduct in Pagupud. It’s a must for every tourist to stop in that spot to take pictures.
Bantay Abot Cave
According to some research, Bantay Abot Cave means “A mountain with a hole”, well, yes it’s looks like a mountain with a hole in it. Although, it’s not really a mountain and it’s not really a cave. It’s a rock formation with a hole in it.
The place is not ideal for swimming, since the beach is too rocky and the waves are too strong but it’s a perfect place to take pictures!
If you’re looking for a perfect spot to swim in Pagudpud, Blue Lagoon is a must visit for you!
Look at how powdery the sand is, makes us wanna play with it.
When you say Ilocos, first thing that pops up on my mind is the famous windmills.
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
Also known as Burgos lighthouse, this cultural heritage structure was established during the Spanish Colonial period. Imagine how old is that?
Salt Making Stands
Ruins Bell Tower
One of the most visited landmark in Ilocos Norte is the St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Bacarra. Along with its church, is the centuries-old, domeless or beheaded belfry. The bell tower was destroyed due to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the area in the year 1983.
Beside the church is the ruins of a convent and a secret garden.
Enough with the tours, another thing worth sharing in our Ilocos trip is the food!
Longganisa, eggs and vegetables wrapped in a rice flour crust, sounds so yummy, right? Well, indeed, it’s so delicious! I am even craving for it right now. LOL.
Being able to do the things that I love on my special day is one of the greatest gift I could ever give to myself. It was a fun Ilocos birthday anyway!
A big thanks to A Whole New World Travel Express for our wonderful tour. Our tour guide was really nice and accommodating. Two thumbs up for him!
By the way, the pictures were not all mine, most of them came from my friend’s cellphone cameras.
‘Til my next adventure! 🙂
Elhizamour travels 😘