Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur are both renowned tourist destinations of the North due to its rich cultural heritage, beautiful baroque churches and spectacular natural attractions. Ilocos Sur take its pride for being included on the UNESCO World Heritage List of Sites and Monuments and just this May 2015, Vigan City has been officially declared as one of the New 7 Wonder Cities of the World.
Our family has been planning to visit Ilocos since last year but for some reasons it didn’t materialize. We were then lucky to finally made it this year.
It was 14th of August, our family woke up as early as 3AM to travel to Vigan. Hubby drove the car off from Pangasinan (Mangaldan) to Vigan by 4 hours, that is without traffic. Since it was our first time to travel to Ilocos, we used google map as our navigator. Below is our 2-day itinerary for our Ultimate Ilocandia Adventures:
7:00 AM – Breakfast at Jollibee Vigan
8:00 AM – Visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity Saint Augustine Parish
8:30 AM – Climbed up the Bantay Bell Tower
9:00 AM – Fun time at Baluarte Zoo
11:30 AM – Checked in at Casa Rica Hotel
12:00 NN – Lunch at Vigan Public Market
1:00 PM – Took some rest at the Hotel
3:30 PM – Took a Calesa to Syquia Mansion (former President Elpidio Quirino’s Vigan Residence)
4:00 PM – Pagburnayan or Burnay (Jar) factory
5:30 PM – Hidden Garden
6:30 PM – Calle Crisologo
7:00 PM – Dinner at Leona Café
8:00 PM – a nice walk to Plaza Burgos and Plaza Salcedo (Gabriela Siling was executed here by hanging in public)
9:30 PM – a good night sleep at Casa Rica
7:00 AM – Breakfast / Check-out at Casa Rica
8:30 AM – bought some pasalubong (bagnet, longganisa and chichacorn)
10:00 AM – arrived at Ilocos Norte, visited former President Marcos’ Museum
11:30 AM – visited the splendid baroque-style Parroquia de San Agustin, also known as the Paoay Church
12:30 PM – Lunch at Mc Donald’s
We’re supposed to go as far as Pagudpud and stay at Ilocos Norte for 1 more day but since our driver (hubby) was not feeling well, we had to cut our trip short. Even if we stayed there for only a short time, we learned a lot from this trip and enjoyed the company of each other.