|Our tour bus|
This is another late post ;-)
We were in the Philippines last June 2014 for my husband's family reunion and the highlight of our vacation was the Ilocos Tour. Neither my family nor my husband's family is from Ilocos. Every time we visit Philippines we would always go to one of the Hot Springs Resort in Laguna, I got bored and suggested to my husband to try different places. Last 2012 we went to Puerto Princesa, Palawan (aside from Laguna) and we were planning to go and try Coron, Palawan this year but my sisters-in-law suggested Ilocos so they can come with us too along with their families since this tour is a bit cheaper than Palawan. It's pretty hard to plan this tour since my husband's family is big ;-) he has 7 siblings, fortunately we succeed ;-) despite tight budgets.
We planned this tour 3 months prior to our arrival with my sisters-in-law through Facebook group messenger, this was actually part of their reunion's main agenda. We reserved the tour package for 32 people from "My Travelicious Travel and Tours" which includes the bus, tour package (3 days 2 nights), tour guide, entrance fees for 20 people and lodging which we rented a 4 bedroom house with swimming pool at Pearl Patio.
Our meeting place was in Paranaque City (Metro Manila), and we left there around 10pm of June 18 and arrived Laoag past 7am, June 19. We slept the entire trip, I just felt that I needed to, since the bus driver was driving too fast in a narrow winding road ;-) lucky we can't see the road and I was so tired and exhausted. After our breakfast at Señorita Dulce we headed straight to our rental house and brought our luggages and other stuff inside. We ate lunch at Mario's restaurant and went to our first day trip, Malacanang of the North, we met our tour guide, "Anch" and he's a very nice guy, he survived the craziness (but fun) of our family/clan . We tour the mansion and took some group pictures.
Day 1- June 19, 2014
|Late Philippine President Marcos' Mansion, Malacanang of the North|
|Paoay Church Tower|
|Sta. Monica Church, Batac, Ilocos Norte|
|Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol- back view of the monument|
|Front View of the Monument ;-) taken when I was inside the bus|
Day 2- June 20, 2014
Our second day, the first trip was Cape Bojeador Light house, located in Burgos Ilocos Norte, it was established during the Spanish colonial period and its first lit was March 30, 1892. During our visit, the tower was undergoing construction so we were not allowed to enter that area.
|View from the light house overlooking West Philippine Sea|
|Cape Bojeador Light House|
|View of Cape Bojeador Light house|
When we reached Kapurpurawan Rock formation, the sun was not cooperating (for taking pictures, it's ok though hehehe), lucky I was wearing my hat and used my sarong to cover my shoulder, it was too bright, hot and exhausting but we survived the walk, my hubby got sunburned though. There's an option to ride the horse but we chose not to, it's worth to see the rock formation and the windmills, I love the stunning view. While we were walking under the sun, thirsty and tired all my sisters/brothers-in-law were having fun staying under the shade buying some souvenir stuffs, they didn't bother to follow us, well actually they didn't want to get dark ;-)
|On the Way to Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, you can ride a horse and pay for a minimal amount of 35Pesos ( I think)|
|Windmills at Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Burgos Ilocos Norte|
|Saw this statue while walking to the rock formation, maybe there's a legend behind it, our tour guide probably mentioned it but I was not paying attention ;-)|
|Another view of the windmills|
|Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Burgos Ilocos Norte|
|Stunning Kapurpurawan Rock Formation|
|Riding a Horse is an option to get faster to the Rock Formation|
|Kapurpurawan Rock Formation|
We had some fun taking pictures at the Bangui Windmills, taking some jump shots, group pictures or group selfie ;-) And after that we headed to Pagudpud at Villa del Mar Resort where we had our lunch, while watching the ocean view.
|Bangui- this photo was taken when I was on the bus already|
We ended our day trip at the Pagudpud beach, we were supposed to go to some other places in our itinerary but our nephews and nieces wanted to stay longer at the beach, while us the adults were enjoying the company of my brother-in-law who just came from Canada and was late to ride with us in our bus tour. He had a lot stories to tell us and to catch up with our stories too. Since I live in Florida and close to the beach I didn't bother to swim, watching the kids make me feel happy and contented that they're really enjoying this trip.
Here's our itinerary:
Day 1: Laoag City Tour
Malacanang of the North
Sta. Monica Church
Ilocos Norte Capitol
Day 2: Pagudpud Tour
Cape Bojeador Light House
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
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**Next post, our third day adventure, Sand Dunes and Vigan Tour