Rise and shine because our Ilocos escapade is not yet over. Actually, it is starting only! If you haven’t read our first day, please see here.
This is our second day in Ilocos and we are so loving it. Today is more getting in touch with the nature side of the region. From bridges, windmills, falls, lagoons, and rock formations, we experience it all today.
Aside from the dinner we bought to cook on our first night, we also bought something to cook for breakfast. So after we had our breakfast and coffee, we packed our bags and we’re ready to go!
Our first trip today is at Patapat Viaduct – the fourth longest bridge in the country. There is a great view of the sea and mountains plus the curves of the bridge.
We stayed for about 30 minutes before going to our next destination which is the Bantay Abot Cave and Blue Lagoon. A hill and a cave in one, I guess it’s not allowed to hike up but pretty sure it is allowed to go into that cave. Due to a lot of tourists going in there, we decided to just stay where we are and honestly, we occupied this side. We submerged ourselves through the clear water of the lagoon taking a great full view of the cave.
Isn’t it this side a perfect selfie spot with the cave? 🙂
After this, we went to the Kabigan Falls situated inside Barangay Baloi. Guides are required here. It was roughly an hour trek going to the falls. There are stop overs in the form of local stores offering the classic empanada and fresh buko juice. Their empanada is made of grated papaya, ground pork, and one whole egg much different from the empanada in Manila which is full of cabbage and less meat. And… I am suddenly craving some.
We were trekking at almost noon time so it is very sunny. Better wear long sleeves and sunglasses.
About 120-feet tall falls and very cold water is hidden in a forested area. Great to swim after a long tropical walk.
When we got back, there was a long queue in the comfort room but there were locals that offer their houses so we can change clothes. When we’re good, we we’re up to our next destination, Bangui Windmills. We all know that Ilocos is known for the windmills which are their main source of electricity.
Seeing these windmills up close is like a dream-come-true. Hahaha. Surreal, just seeing and hearing the whirling sound of these mills. The weather is not so good so we had little time staying here.
But anyway, there will still be a lot of windmills to see in our next destination which is the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. Honestly, there were literally a lot of windmills even on the road.
‘Kapurpurawan’ is an Ilocano word which means white obviously seen in these natural white rock formations. There were already restricted areas since it should also be preserved and not too much exposed to the public.
It was already afternoon. We had lunch at a carinderia on the road. We did not have much time to get along with the locals or taste authentic Ilocano dishes because we are so focused on the sights.
Our last trip for today is at Cape Bojeador where we planned to have sunset overlooking the south china sea.
We had the perfect spot. This is just a perfect way to end the day.
When the sun sets already, we got back in our van and drove our way to the hotel where we will be staying for the night. But before we checked-in, we ate first our dinner in a carinderia. We are already a fan of carinderia here, haha.
Yay! So much fun for today. But you knew it, we saved the best for last! Please check out our last day in Ilocos here.