Have you been lost in the paradise of Ilocos region with incomparable beauty and far from the bustling cities?Ilocos Region is divided into two provinces: Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. From Manila, you need to ride a bus or plane going to the north.
Several bus companies such as Florida Bus, Partas line, and Fariñas Bus offer morning and night bus trips. Vigan City, the capital of Ilocos Sur, is 9-hours from Manila via bus.
Bus fare ranges from 600 Php to 800 Php ($11.86 to $18.52) dependeng on the amenities and class of the bus.
The only airport in Ilocos Region is the Laoag International Airport which is situated at Laoag City, the capital of Ilocos Norte and 2 hours travel from Vigan City.
For travelers, they may kickstart their tour in Vigan which is known for its Spanish-era and Colonial houses.
We’ve only just VIGAN!
The “kalye” or street has been occupied by many heritages houses that are still erected up until now.
Most of the houses are residential anymore and become souvenir stores and hotel or inn. The best thing to do here is stroll and buy souvenirs like native hats, wind chimes, wooven clothes, etc.
Karitela or horse carriages dominated the roads during Spanish Era in the Philippines. These non-electric transport service became the primary mode of transportation and has a critical role in country’s trading during 18th century. Facing its extinction, karitelas have been slowly disappearing due to the rise of hi-tech and modern vehicles. Thus, one can say that riding a karitela nowadays can be considered as a true privilege.
Ilocos Norte is the home of first wind turbines in the Philippines. These man-made structures use the energy of wind and convert it into rotational energy through the blades. Photo was taken in a rainy day trip along the town of Bangui last July 2017.
“Ilocos Norte is known as the renewable energy capital of Southeast Asia. With 100 turbines to date and counting, the first and largest wind farms in the region can be found here. Solar and hydro plants are also finding their way to the province. Green is definitely “in” in Ilocos Norte.”
You’ll get to visit one of the picturesque rock formations in Pagudpud, the enigmatic Patapat viaduct and majestic hills.