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Monday, December 28, 2015

Part 2: Our Vacation In Ilocos Region (Second Day Itinerary: Baluarte)

On our 2nd day in Vigan City, we went to see some of the tourist spots around. We hired a tricycle to take us there because we are not familiar with the place. The hotel staff suggested to us to hire a kalesa, a horse driven carriage to take us around Vigan but I'm scared to ride that thingy so we hired a tricycle instead. The tricycle driver charged Php500 to take us to all the tourist spots in Vigan but we didn't have much time. We had to check out of the hotel by 12PM so we only went to three places namely, Baluarte, Hidden Garden and Pagburnayan.


So we opted to see this place first. Among the tourist spots, this was the farthest from our hotel. There's no entrance fee to see this place but they have a donation box in the lobby. Hubby donated Php100 and the lady gave me a mini stuff toy as a souvenir. Baluarte mini zoo is own by Gov. Chavit Singson of Ilocos Sur. According to the information I got from the internet, Baluarte started off as a rest house in 1991 with celebrity friends like Fernando Poe Jr. as regular visitor spending long weekends. The place has already considerable numbers of domestic animals like monkeys, chickens, large lizards (bayawak) and rare bird species, right inside the Baluarte forest, these rare bird species are found only in there. Governor Chavit, loves nature and exhibits passion for animals. Baluarte setting is that place where he can enjoy peace and quiet and away from the demands of a busy life and urban living. As a political leader of Ilocos Sur, people searched for him continuously.

It was drizzling that day and it was cloudy too. I've seen a vendor selling monopods so I bought one for myself and one for my brother. He was so excited to use it for his selfie. First we went to take pics in front of the Baluarte sign where the Jurassic-themed part of the zoo is located at. I kept wiping my camera though because of the drizzling rain. Hubby who doesn't like picture taking enjoyed posing with the animals made of concrete.

As we walked farther, I've seen vendors selling some souvenir shirts. I stopped to buy t-shirts for the three of us while hubby looks on.

Here are some of the animals I've seen. There were more but these were the only pics that I managed to take.

We then proceeded to the Safari area and it was uphill. Hubby didn't wanna proceed because he was already tired and sweating. I kept telling him he can do and he did. The Safari Gallery showcases preserved animals or skin of animals of different kinds and this art is called taxidermy.

I'll write about Hidden Garden and Pagburnayan in my next post.

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