Ilocos is among the top destinations in the Philippines that one should not miss when traveling. There are many ways in order for one to get to Ilocos. An individual may choose to get to Ilocos by plane or he or she can choose to take a road trip.
Upon arriving at Ilocos, tourists can either rent a van to take them to several tourist spots or take the public transportations available in the province.
A 3-Day Road Trip Itinerary: Rented Van
For group tours, such as one that is composed of families and or friends, renting a van can be a convenient choice. There are various rental vans available in the province that are able to accommodate more or less 14 persons. In this manner, the trip would be easier and more comfortable for the group. The cost of a three-day van rental with a driver can be more or less P27,000.00 including the fuel and toll fees. The van will pick the passengers from their residence and take them to their destinations, then back to their residences again. The three day itinerary included the following scenic spots:
Day 1. On the first day, the group can visit Vigan Plaza where the old cobble-stoned pathways and the Calesas will make you feel like you are traveling back into the Spanish era. After which, the Marcos Museum can be the next destination. This museum is approximately two hours from Vigan. In this museum lies the former president of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos, as well as other relics during his reign. Following this, the Paoay Church can be next in line.
This church is known to withstand several calamities, such as strong winds and typhoons. Paoay Sand Dunes is also another favorite of tourists. It is the perfect destination for sand boarding and 4×4 jeep race. After enjoying sand boarding, tourists can also visit the Malacañang of the North. This is the Mansion of the Marcoses that is made open to the public and is managed by the province’s Department of Tourism. Lastly, Cape Bojeador is also a must visit destination. This old lighthouse stands on top of a hill and is another heritage structure of the country.
Day 2. Early in the morning, tourists can visit the breathtaking gigantic windmills beautifully lined-up along the beach at Bangui. After struggling with the strong winds, the tourists can relax and enjoy the views at Pagudpud Resort.
Day 3. The first stop for day 3 is the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, which showcases a work of art depicting a panoramic view in Ilocos Norte. This rock is one of a kind and is considered to be among nature’s wonders. After this, tourists can visit the Ilocos’ zoo where various animals are kept. Tourists can even touch and carry some animals for photo-ops. Finally, before saying goodbye to Ilocos, tourists can visit Calle Crisologo to have dinner, and buy souvenirs.
A 3-Day Road Trip Itinerary: Public Transportation
There are several public transportations available in Vigan. Thus, tourists can choose to take these transportations to get around Vigan. These transportations include the following:
- Tricycle. These mode of transportation is available in majority of the areas in the province. Tourists can reach nearby destinations or even further ones if they choose to hire these transportations.
- Calesa. This is one of the most wanted and must-ride public transportation in the province. Tourists love to navigate the streets of Vigan on board these calesas and feel as if they are brought back to the Spanish era.
- Jeepneys. These are vehicles that can accommodate 20 – 30 passengers and can take tourists from one municipality to another.
- Mini buses. These mini-buses are similar to jeepneys. However, they can take tourists from one destination to another faster than jeepneys can.
A sample itinerary for a tour via public transportation can include the following scenic spots:
Day 1. Tourists can have a quick tour around Vigan as early as five o’clock in the morning. They can visit Calle Crisologo, Heritage Village, and the Vigan Cathedral. After this, they can have breakfast, and proceed to the Bantay Church and Bell Tower, Crisologo Museum, and Baluarte. After which, they can proceed to Batac to visit the Marcos Mausoleum. Then, they can have lunch. Moving to the next destination, they can go to Paoay where they can visit the church as well as go sand boarding at the Sand Dunes. After this, they can take a glimpse of the Malacañang of the North, the Paoay Lake, and take a side trip to the Sinking Bell Tower and the Capitol Building.
Day 2. On the second day, tourists can visit Pagudpud. They can visit Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, Bangui Windmills, Bantay Abot Cave, Patapat Viaduct, and the Blue Lagoon. Then, take their lunch and proceed to Kabigan Falls.
Day 3. On the third day, travelers can leave Pagudpud and go back to Vigan. They can have their lunch at the Hidden Garden and prepare to depart back to Manila.