As I have mentioned in my previous post, I divided this my Ilocos Norte post into two because trying to put each one of my favorite photos in a single post may result to a veeeery long article. You may click this link to go my first post about Ilocos Norte. Anyway, here’s the second part of my Ilocos Norte trip.
Right after our short break at the Dragonfruit Farm, we drove down to another one of Ilocos Norte’s famous landmarks–Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as Burgos Lighthouse, is a cultural heritage structure in Burgos. It was established during the Spanish Colonoal period.
Never mind the spooky stories about the lighthouse. You may have seen Misteryo’s episode featuring Cape Bojeador. Just try not to think about it while you’re inside. The site is truly one of Ilocos Norte’s gems. Although the lighthouse does have the eerie vibe. Kuya Purgo, our tour coordinator, shared a story about how one tourist went back to Manila with a plus one so beware. Hahaha chos! Pero seryoso, guys. Totoo nga.
The lighthouse is set high on Vigia de Nagpartian Hill overlooking the scenic Cape Bojeador where early galleons used to sail by.
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
Now, this may be the most fascinating thing I have seen in my life. As you may know, nature built Kapurpurawan Rock Formation on its own. It is product of strong winds and sedimentation. The white rock was stunning even at a distance!
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is located in the rocky coastline of Burgos. It is also surrounded by wind mills owned by the Lopez family (that’s according to our tour coordinator). The crashing waves and the windmills surrounding the main attraction make the view even more beautiful!
There was a pre-nuptial shoot happening when we visited, by the way. Hahaha! But that didn’t stop me from having my photos taken.
There is a short trail going to the rock formation so you have to walk for a few minutes. I do not know if it’s always that hot and humid at the site but I believe it was extra hot and humid when we visited. Do not forget to hydrate after the trek.
Bangui Wind Farm
Our next stop in Burgos was the Bangui Wind Farm. Located at the north-west tip of Luzon, the windmills face the sea from where the wind blows towards the land.
It was truly a sight to behold. Now excuse me while I take as many photos as I can.
This may be the most photographed bridge in Ilocos Norte. Patapat Bridge is a concrete coastal bridge that connects the Maharlika Highway from Ilocos Region to Cagayan Valley.
We dropped by Paraiso Ni Anton, too. It is known for its healing water that comes directly from the mountain (or hill? I’m not sure).
Bantay Abot Cave
I do not know much about this site so I read some blogs about Bantay Abot Cave. So here’s what I gathered: Bantay Abot Cave is not really a cave but a hill that was wrecked by an earthquake in the 80’s leaving a hole in the middle.
Bantay Abot Cave is surrounded by waters with waves too strong, it could sweep you away towards the South China Sea. No sh*t.
Just a few meters away from Bantay Abot Cave, Timmangtang Rock is a bell-shaped rock located along the seacoast of Balaoi, Pagudpud.
Now for my favorite part of the trip. Hello, Pagudpud! Hello, Blue Lagoon! The cove is called Maira-ira Beach. It lies within the northern tip of Pagudpud. It is more popularly known as Blue Lagoon and it is one of the most sought-after beaches in the country.
I may or may not took a little too much photos. (Okay, Maybe I did take a lot of photos.)
No matter how many times the rough and big waves tried to bring me down, I do not care! I fell in love with Blue Lagoon instantly!
Now, I have to apologize for the influx of my photos in this post. You can scroll through this uninteresting part and jump to the next one. Thank you.
Some self-loving before I brave the waters of Blue Lagoon.
From Blue Lagoon, we can see the Dos Hermanos Islands. The Dos Hermanos Islands are two rock formations located off the northern coast of Maira-ira Point.
Dos Hermanos Island from afar. Dos Hermanos means two brothers.
Thank you, Pagudpud!
Before the sun set, we made our way back to our hotel.
Juan Luna Shrine
The last place we visited before leaving was Juan Luna Shrine. Others call it Museo Nina Juan at Antonio Luna. It is a two-storey structure made of clay bricks and Molave wood. It is where Juan Luna was born.
The house contains replicas of his masterpieces and some personal memorabilia, as well as antique household items.
That concludes our adventure in the province of Ilocos Norte. Ilocos Norte is one of the provinces that will hold a special place in my heart. I learned a lot of interesting facts and stories about its most important historical sites and I can never forget how many times its natural attractions left me dumbfounded. A trip to Ilocos Norte is like getting yourself a food that you have never tasted before but ends up being your comfort food. That’s how it felt like. I went to a place I am completely unfamiliar with, but fell in love with it anyway.