Philippines Roadtrip

Ilocos Norte Road Trip – Laoag to Pagudpud

Road trip to ilocos norte

This is the second part of our Holy Week road trip. (Read the first part here, Ilocos Bound: Road Trip To Vigan And Laoag)

We started our day with a lovely buffet breakfast in our hotel in Laoag and continued our journey further up North then North East for 238 kilometers.

Road trip around Ilocos Norte

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

Our plan is to explore most of the tourist spots in Ilocos Norte. We started at Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in the town of Burgos which was established during the Spanish Colonial period in the Philippines. Since it’s a holiday, driving up with your car is almost impossible but we me managed to park after few minutes of waiting.

We thought that the lighthouse was just few steps from the parking lot but we still needed to walk uphill for over 100 meters just to reach the lighthouse. If you are traveling with an elderly, PWD or weak-hearted then you may opt to take a tricycle going to the lighthouse which is readily available from the parking lot. The view of the West Philippine Sea is absolutely stunning from the lighthouse. We entered the courtyard but did not go inside the lighthouse as it was really packed so we just took some photos  outside.

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Ilocos Norte

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Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Next stopover was the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation which is also located in Burgos. Kapurpurawan is an Ilocano word which means White according to my mother who is an Ilocana. The local government staff collected Php 20 per person as Environmental Fee and Entrance Fee (Free for Children and Seniors). The entire area is surrounded by several windmills which look awesome in the photis. To go around the Rock Formation Park, you can either ride a horse or walk. We chose the later so we can freely take photos around. It was windy on that day and we can’t feel much the scorching heat of the sun. We really enjoyed this place and I can say that it’s one of the best that we’ve been in this trip.

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Bangui Wind Farm

Our next stop really amazed us more than the Rock Formation. It’s the Bangui Wind Farm located further up north from Burgos. To reach there, you need to cross some rough roads.  The Windmills are perfectly placed in the beach of Bangui Bay facing the West Philippine Sea. Swimming in the beach is not advisable unless you want to be eaten by huge waves rushing onto the shoreline. There are no establishments around the vicinity aside from a small shop selling souvenirs.

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Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud

From Bangui, we headed north to Pagudpud where we planned to spend the rest of our day before we traverse the mountainous range to Cagayan Valley Region. From the Windmill to the famous Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud, we traveled 33 kms for an hour. The beach was crowded on that day and we were lucky enough to get a cottage for Php 300 where we had our lunch as well. I wanted to stay in Hannah’s but all the cottages were occupied.

We didn’t really enjoy the beach due to sudden changed of weather with a bit of rain. Instead, we just walked around the beach and played in the sand. I told myself that I will be back here someday but not during holidays to avoid the crowd.

Ilocos Norte Road Trip - Laoag to Pagudpud

Ilocos Norte Road Trip - Laoag to Pagudpud

Ilocos Norte Road Trip - Laoag to Pagudpud

 

 

 

Patapat Viaduct

We left Pagudpud at around 3:30pm to vie us some time to reach Lal-lo, Cagayan with daylight. Crossing to the another Region, we passed through the Patapat Viaduct which is also a popular highlight in Ilocos. It was still raining when we reached there so we were not able to take many photos. This bridge is really unique as it is situated over the sea and built beside the Cordillera Mountain Range.

Crossing Ilocos Norte and Cagayan Border

The journey continued eastward to Cagayan for another 148 kilometers crossing the towns of Santa Praxedes, Claveria, Pamplona, Abulug and Allacapan. Driving across these towns was easy except the zigzag road in Santa Praxedes which is similar to Kennon Road in Baguio and not advisable for night time driving.

We reached the Magapit Bridge with almost no sunlight left so we decided not to stop there anymore as planned and just come back the following day to take photos in the bridge. Finally, we reached to my grandparent’s house in Lal-lo, Cagayan after almost 3 hours of driving and this will be our home for the next 36 hours while we explore the rest of the towns in Cagayan.

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Continue reading the third part of our Holy Week road trip (Cagayan Road Trip – Santa Ana and Tuguegarao)

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    mappingmegan
    October 14, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    I’m in the Philippines now! I cant wait to spend time exploring the country after I’ve completed the TBEX conference in Manila, will have to add Ilocos Norte and your recommended activities to the list 🙂

    • Reply
      Wandering JM
      October 18, 2016 at 9:56 AM

      Yes you must visit the Northern Provinces of the Philippines. You will surely love it. Have fun!

  • Reply
    Ami Bhat
    October 13, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    The beaches look amazing. And the lighthouse as well as that rock formation seem really interesting. Would definitely be looking back for this if I get to Philippines

  • Reply
    Veronica
    October 12, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    You just reminded me how much I missed traveling the Philippines! There’s still so much to doscover. The lighthouse looks very romantic.

    • Reply
      Wandering JM
      October 18, 2016 at 9:57 AM

      Thanks 🙂

  • Reply
    Anne
    October 12, 2016 at 2:36 AM

    The coastline with clouds look stunning. So looking forward to my Philippines trip

  • Reply
    Megan Indoe
    October 11, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    We are actually heading to the Philippines tonight! We still don’t have the last part of our trip organized and it’s TBD so perhaps we will make this a stop! It looks like a wonderful place for photography and definitely not touristy!

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