Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines – If the Day 1 of our Ilocandia trip was mostly about old churches and Marcos memorabilia, our Day 2 was all about the unspoiled natural beauty of northern part of Ilocos Norte – from sea to falls, rocks to sands and more.
First stop of the day, Pasuquin Salt Making stalls. It was a discovery-channel-kinda-moment. Salts are made by pumping sea water to tanks for several hours and wait for the sediments to settle before transferring to a big evaporating pans. Using dried leaves or woods the pans are boiled overnight until only pure salt are left. Oh, Science! After putting some iodine, *tada* it’s now ready for sale.
Next, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as Burgos Lighthouse. To be honest, I didn’t expect much on this one. It was just another lighthouse before I proven myself wrong. After a narrow winding road to the top, we reached the lighthouse’s base. Glad to know that we were one of the first tourists that morning thus we enjoyed every minute of the place. First words, ‘Wow! Ganda!’ Basically, that sums it up, and it really is beautiful!
It’s been more than 100 years since it was established but it is still fully functional to signal the ships that they have entered the Philippine territory.
We haven’t recovered yet from the breathtaking view from the lighthouse when we reached Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. No words! *silence* Indeed, nature moves in mysterious and wonderful ways! (Ooh, there it is! Those are the words.)
Kapurpurawan comes from an Ilocano word “puraw” which means white. These white limestone rocks were created by forces of wind, water and waves from the ocean. For a scientific term, Sedimentation. Google for more information. 😛
Another must-see, one can never miss Bangui windmills when visiting Ilocos Norte. These giants literally blew my year-old-stress away! It’s more than a tourist destinations for the Ilocanos as almost 40% of Ilocos energy are from the Bangui’s wind turbines. Thanks to the Marcoses!
After having a quick lunch, we then headed to Kaibigan Falls. From the main road, you need to hike for at least 30 mins to get to the falls. You need not worry about it much as you’ll be accompanied by a tour guide. Though, the trail is not that difficult, paying 100 PHP for a guide is not much considering you’re helping the locals to have another source of income. Besides, at the end of the trail, it will be all worth it.
Next, Patapat Viaduct. Considered as the 5th longest bridge in the Philippines, this plays a big part for the motorists as it is the easiest connection between Cagayan Valley and Ilocos Norte. What made the bridge more special is the fact that you’re literally at edge of the northernmost tip of Luzon. Cool, ha!
Our last stop for the day before we headed to our resort was the Paraiso ni Anton. Besides the small grotto on top, there’s nothing much to see. Though the sound coming from the falls was very relaxing after a long day of walking.
After a long day, we then headed to our resort and settled in. We ended our day with a refreshing dip in the ocean with the lovely sunset of Saud Beach as a backdrop! Perfect! 🙂
This is a part of the Ilocos tour packaged that we availed from A&A Express Travel and Tours for only 5,999 PHP per person. Check out our next posts for complete itinerary.