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