Ilocos Day 2 – Travel Guide and Journal

Good morning, Vigan!

We didn’t really sleep that well because we had to wake up at 2 A.M. for our departure to Pagudpud. Vigan to Pagudpud takes about 3-4 hours so we had plenty of time to sleep on the road.

Our first itinerary was the Patapat Bridge; there you can see a wonderful view of the sunrise at the bridge itself.

After taking pictures it was time for the thing we’ve all been waiting for…

PAGUDPUD BEACH!!!

Pagudpud Arc

Tip #1: You don’t need lodging at the hotel (If you’re only there for a day-trip)

It was so beautiful the time we came since the sun was rising up.

There were cottages for rent just in front of Hannah’s hotel; that’s where we stayed.

Cottages in front of Hannah's Hotel

The only thing I can say about Pagudpud is…

Pagudpud beach is the Boracay of the north.

The moment your feet touch the sand, you’ll feel the summer vibe. The sound of the waves made us want to jump right away and enjoy the beach.

Awesome beach feel at Pagudpud

The waves were awesome, the sun was kissing our skin, and the summer breeze was intoxicating.

There was a volleyball field by the beach, good thing we had a volleyball ball (hahahaha). The wind was so strong though so we couldn’t play because the ball kept moving out of our way, so we decided to play dodge ball instead just like when we were all kids.

After playing dodge ball, burying our friend in sand, swimming by the beach, and running around like rabid animals; it was time to eat.

Tip #2: If you’re going to sneak in to the hotel, do it discreetly

After eating, we wanted to wash up but we didn’t have any lodgings at Hannah’s. So we ninja-moved the guards there and went up anyway. There were shower rooms by the pools there, just be discreet about it.

Hannah's Hotel

After washing up it was time for our next destination, Bangui Windmills.

Tip #3: Wear shades as the little rocks brought on by the strong wind might hit your eye

There you can see, obviously, humongous windmills that generate electricity for a part of Ilocos. There’s also a beach beside the windmills but the waves are too strong to swim in, but if you’re brave you can swim (at your own risk). The wind there is so strong that little rocks come at you at full speed and they hurt you. They hurt you bad.

After looking at the windmills, we bought souvenirs and skedaddled off to Kapurpurawan (Rock formation).

Tip #4: Don’t forget to put on sunblock

The trip there was brutal because of the sun. Remember to bring cover-ups or put on sunblock. It’s amazing that nature did all of the rock formations there. There were tons of rock formations where you can climb up but the trail’s cut off by thorns put by the management.

Of course you can see the beach nearby, but it’s very dangerous to swim because of the rocks around.Kapurpurawan

Tip #5: If you’re going to climb, I suggest you remove your slippers at it might be slippery.

We toured around the place and climbed every rock we could (even with the “no climbing” sign…whoa…badass).

After climbing and hiking the huge place, it was time to go to another most-awaited destination… Sand Dunes, baby!!!

When we got there, we found out that for 6 people you have to pay 2000 pesos for the drive and the sand-boarding, which hurts our pockets but it’s worth it.

Tip #6: Hold on tight the 4×4 truck

The drive there was excruciatingly painful when you don’t hold on still the truck. At first I was holding my mono-pod and video-taping our ride, so everytime the truck went up and down and up and down, my back hurt like hell.

The drive was like a ride in an amusement park.

During the drives, you’ll stop at certain signage and take a picture. Don’t worry about the driver taking a bad picture, they take pictures well.

After the picture taking, we finally arrived at the sand-boarding part.

Tip #7: The sand is so hot that it can cause burns

Sand-boarding is pretty much like skateboarding so it was easier for me. You just have to balance yourself and go downhill. The board is wiped with oil so that it could go downhill the sand slope. Going down is easy, going up is hard since the hot sand touches your skin.

It was painfully awesome.

After all the sand-boarding fun, it was time to go back in the hell truck and go up and down again.

On the way back, the ride was still the same…up and down and up and down and forever goes the loop! Then you stop at certain spots for picture taking which is excruciatingly painful because of the sun.

Tip #8: Bring water or beverages

After the drive, we were so dehydrated I wished I brought a water. Don’t worry, there’s a store near the Sand Dunes where you can rest, eat, and drink heavenly cold water.

After that, it was time to go to Marcos Mansion.

Here you can see the huge house of the Marcos’. You can see that they really are well off. Well… he is Ferdinand Marcos so it’s really nuff’ said.

The house was full of history about Marcos’ family, their old things like: violin, pictures, and books, their huge beds, grand dining tables, and a huge garden with a beautiful view.

It’s a bummer we didn’t get to see Marcos himself mummified though. Rumor is that the mummified Marcos isn’t really him but a wax instead. Hmmm?

Fun fact: In the bloodline of Marcos there’s a Lizardo. Awesome!

After that we went to Paoay church which is an awesome place to go pray. The architecture was grand and beautiful. This church was used as an observation post by the Katipuneros during the revolution.

After that… it was finally time to go home and rest.

*Snores*


Itinerary for our second day:

Itinerary Day 2

End of Day 2

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