Another good morning, Ilocos!
We woke up at 7 AM to continue our tour of Ilocos.
Now we were on our way to Pinsal Falls… We got there at around 8 AM and, of course, the sun is there to greet us. You have to hike to get to the falls which takes about 10 to 15 minutes tops. We went there summer season so the falls we’re pretty much dried up. I didn’t know that could happen to falls, but somehow it did. There was water falling but not as much though, still it was a falls so who cares? We rented out a nipa hut for 10 pesos each and settled our things there. Before jumping in the fresh water, we toured the place a bit. There were rock formations where you could climb up and see where the water runs from.
Tip #1: Again, if you’re going to climb rocks, remove your slippers.
We went up a steep rock on the way to the top of the falls. There you could see mini-pools of fresh water where you could swim at. The hike was pretty exhausting but don’t worry there are rest stops ahead. We wanted to go further but with the sun ablaze and our exhaustion, we decided to stop and go back.
Don’t worry about missing anything, from up there you’ll see pretty much the same thing: rocks, mini-pools, and more rocks.
Tip #2: If you climbed up and you’re afraid to go down the same way, there’s a safer route going down.
Going back was not that hard since there was a trail going down with stairs. You can see the stairs at the left side going down. After we went down, since we were all tired from the heat, it’s time to take a dip in the water.
Tip #3: If you don’t know how to swim, rent a raft.
The falls’ depth was like 20 feet or more, so we rented a raft with a peddler which only costs 20 pesos. The water was so cool, literally cool, so we felt rejuvenated. The raft we rented out had no time limit so we can wade in the falls as much as we wanted to.
You can go beneath the falls which feels like a massage of raining bullets and chill out.
Tip #4: Go cliff-diving.
Tip #5: Bring a blanket or something that can cover you up.
After we’ve had enough of the water, we went back to the hut and changed. For girls, changing was hard, so they had to go to a secluded far-away place just to get dressed. After that refreshing experience and getting dressed, it was time to go to Banoang Bridge.
I don’t really get why there’s two bridges there, but the one we went to was quite awesome.
Banoang Bridge looked simple yet elegant.
Here is where you go zip-lining, but sadly, we were there at 12 PM, so it was lunch break. So we just took pictures and went off to rest for a bit, eat, and tour Calle Crisologo around later.
After resting and eating, we went out to where tourists flock mostly in Vigan… Calle Crisologo. Calle Crisologo was packed with tourists like us, we went and got ice cream and bought souvenirs to bring home to our loving families.
Touring there reminds me of Mapua since the place was like Intramuros.
After buying souvenirs and taking a lot of pictures, we chilled by the plaza. And went the sky went dark, our friend decided we should chill out at a coffee place before leaving Ilocos.
Tip #6: If you love coffee, go and try Coffeebreak Vigan.
We asked around and found this amazing coffee shop called Coffeebreak Vigan along Calle Crisologo. Not only was the coffee amazing, but also the ambiance. There was a 2nd floor where you can literally chill, because it feels like home.
Also there was a freedom wall where you can write anything since it’s the freedom wall (duh?). The crew was friendly too. After chilling out, we went back to the apartment, ate dinner and headed home.