For our second day in Ilocos, we woke up early in the morning to prepare ourselves, psyched as to what this day has in store for us.Whether you’re looking for some daredevil activities, or you just want to relax on the beach, or take pictures of the beautiful scenery, Ilocos have it all.
By 7 in the morning, the driver was waiting outside for the passengers. All destinations we’re headed to were bound to the northern part of Ilocos. Our first destination was at the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse (also known as Burgos Lighthouse), one of the cultural heritage found in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. We arrived at 8 o’clock, and the place was already packed. I suggest you go to this place earlier when you’re visiting during summer.
Also located in Burgos is the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. There were windmills present in the area before you reach the entrance. Kapurpurawan is definitely one of the highlights of our trip. Ilocos can proudly boast of its breathtaking view as the sun shine among the sedimented ivory white rocks. These rock formations are fragile from scratch, that’s why the place is guarded by locals to prevent vandalism.
We visited the place at around 10 am, and since it was summer, the sun was scorching more than ever. Make sure you wear light clothes, sunscreen, and drink lots of water. You may also want to visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The place also offers horseback riding– an easier way to stroll around.
Our next stop was the Bangui Windmills. These are the windmills you always see in the internet when you search for Ilocos. These impressive inventions are not only massive, but also practical as it uses wind to create energy. A heaps of help in conservation and to the environment.
There were few stalls by the beach that sells different souvenirs such as shirts, pearl necklaces, and keychains. On the other hand, people were not allowed to swim on the beach due to strong current and big waves.
By 2pm, we were then headed to the Patapat Bridge or Patapat Viaduct. The Pagudpud Ark is near the area, so you can also stop by, and take pictures.
Since we don’t have much time, we had to choose between Kabigan Falls or Blue Lagoon for our next destinaton. We chose the latter since we didn’t want to hike anymore. You can stop by at Bantay-Abot Cave before heading to Blue Lagoon, which is said to be one of the finest beach in Ilocos.
Resorts are also available, so you can choose where to stay depending on your budget. Aside from swimming, you can do other activities such as, play beach volleyball, zipline, or ride a banana boat.
After a long day, we headed to La Preciosa to eat. The place is a must try! We ordered Puqui-Puqui, Fried Fish, and Dinuguang Bagnet. As for dessert, we ordered Carrot Cake, and it was heaven. After a hearty diner, we went back to Hotel del Norte .
Before heading home the next morning, we visited the Sinking Bell Tower in Laoag, and Bantay Church Bell Tower.