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7 Things You Can Enjoy in Ilocos
(Jovelyn Avisado-Estepa/ Jun 8, 2020)
When traveling down south of the Philippines, it’s the beaches and islands that you can enjoy. But traveling and exploring north is an entirely new experience. If you are looking for some reason to go on a 10-15 hours of road trip to Ilocos, we have listed awesome activities to make your trip worth the while:
Surf Without the Waves
Location: La Paz Sand Dunes
You don’t have to spend hours of practice and worry about drowning to go surfing in Ilocos! Sandboarding is one of the activities travelers enjoy when in La Paz Sand Dunes. You just need a bit of courage to slide down and not worry about falling. The height of the dunes ranges from 10-30 meters that will surely give you a panoramic view of South China Sea.

Other activities to enjoy: 4X4 and ATV ride
(photo via inquirer.net)
Trek to the Milky-White Rock
Location: Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
Prep up your muscles for some physical workout to get a glimpse of the magnificent Kapurpurawan Rock formation! This iconic site is three kilometers from the main highway. Visitors have to go down a flight of stairs and trek towards the rocky coast to reach the rock formation. Upon reaching your destination, you will be rewarded with a dramatic view of Bangui Bay’s crystal blue waters.

Other activities to enjoy: Instead of trekking along the ragged trail, you may go horseback riding
Catwalk along the Sixth Longest Bridge in the Country
Location: Patapat Viaduct
Who wouldn’t dare to pull over at the side of the road if you are greeted by this exhilarating view? This winding concrete beauty will take you on a picturesque ride with a panoramic view of Pasaleng Bay. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience of catching this natural beauty on cam.

Fun Fact: Patapat Viaduct is very near to Taiwan that during night time, you can get radio signals!
Get Sun-Kissed at the Beach
Location: Blue Lagoon Beach, Pagudpud
Locally known as Maira-ira Beach, Blue Lagoon Beach is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches of the North. With its bluish waters and fine sand, it could rival the beauty of the famous Boracay. Want to feel some adrenaline rush? Try the zipline at Hannah’s Beach Resort and fly over the Blue Lagoon!

Other points of interest: Check out the nearby Bantay Abot Cave
Chase the falls in Pagudpud
Location: Kabigan Falls
Any adventure-lover will take on the challenge of visiting the must see destination in Pagudpud – Kabigan Falls! Be ready to travel on foot and get wet as you have to spend about 30-45 minutes of walking along farmlands and crossing several streams. Afraid of getting a tan? The sun won’t be that much of a problem as trees are lined up along the trail. At approximately 87-ft high, the falls drop into a concave basin where you could reward yourself with a refreshing swim.

(photo via tripadvisor)
Time-Travel at a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Location: Vigan
Vigan is one of the oldest towns in the Philippines and is the finest surviving example of a Spanish Colonial town in Asia. The old-world charm of Vigan makes it one of the most visited cities in the North. Take a stroll along the cobblestone street and discover the historical past of the quaint architectures. Getting hungry? Feast on freshly cooked empanadas past the antique shops!
Go Museum-Hopping
Location: Museo Ilocos Norte, Marcos Museum and Mausoleum, Padre Burgos National Museum and Juan & Antonio Luna Museum
As Ilocos is undoubtedly rich in history and prominent figures in the past, there’s no wonder that there are many museums in the region. Aside from enjoying the wonders of nature, learn and discover what stories Ilocos has to tell. We have listed some notable museums that you shouldn’t miss:

Museo Ilocos Norte: Houses a large collection of Ilocano, Igorot and Itneg heritage and crafts

Padre Burgos National Museum: Ancestral house and birthplace of priest patriot, Fr. Jose Burgos of GomBurZa

Marcos Museum & Mausoleum: Hosts the remains of the late dictator, Ferdinand Marcos and his memorabilia

Juan & Antonio Luna Museum: Old house of Luna brothers that hosts an interactive exhibit with touch-screen tv’s to display Juan Luna’s paintings and for visitors to listen to Antonio Luna’s speech

Malacanang of the North: Presidential museum that was used to be the residential home of the family of Marcos in the province during his presidency.

These and more fun activities await when in Ilocos! Add these to your bucket list and start planning your travel up the North.
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