For the first part of our trip, kindly check out this link: Pagudpud All Day.
Day 2 - January 21, 2014
We began day 2 of our Ilocos Trip with a morning hayahay walk at Saud beach. It was our last chance to savor the white sand beach of Pagudpud since we're scheduled to leave the place that morning. Buti na lang, ok na ok ang weather nung umagang yun.
|Good morning Pagudpud!|
|calm ans serene. it's easy to fall in love with this kind of beach.|
|Untangling the fishnet.|
|Washing the fishnet|
|I wonder how many kilograms of fish do these people catch each day.|
|Look at today's catch, a bunch of yellow with blue stripes fish. Ano kaya lasa neto?|
|Others are still not done fishing that morning.|
|Destination 2 in our Ilocos trip: Burgos Town.|
An unpopular, underrated destination somewhere deep in the forests of Burgos is this Tanap-Avis Falls located in Brgy. Tanap. We never heard of it nor seen it in any sources, dun lang sa tourism office. So we can consider our visit plainly a gamble. Tricycle ride plus guide to the falls costs only P300 by the way.
About 30 mins on the road, and another 30 mins of trek led us to a series of dramatic cascades and enchanting pools. The experience was astoundingly beautiful and so remarkable that it deserves a separate post in my blog. Please do check it here: Tanap-Avis Falls.
|the way to the main falls is pretty much scenic and not so challenging|
|the water is refreshingly cold at napaka linis din.|
|Look at the mother falls. I was speechless when I first saw this.|
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
We again hired another tricycle to bring us to two of the most frequented spots in Ilocos Norte—the iconic Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and the old Cape Bojador Lighthouse. Getting to these places weren't a challenge at all. All you need to do is hail a trike from the Toda beside the municipio and arrange for trips to these locations. Rate is fixed at P300.
First stop was the rock formation. Mindless of the midday sun, we walked towards the rock visible from afar. There's an easy-to-follow path leading to it so we did not bother getting a guide nor hire a horse service. Yep, you may opt to horseback ride to the rock.
|Abot tanaw na, konti na lang|
A product of constant weathering, this interesting rock formation has drawn many visitors in the past years. It is one of its kind in the country kaya talagang dinadayo siya. Kung baga e, hindi kumpleto ang Ilocos experience kung wala nito.
|We would've gone closer but as you can see, there was a blue rope prohibiting anyone from getting near the rock formation.|
|Hanggang tanaw na lang kami, hindi ko man lang nahawakan yung bato.|
Not far from Kapurpurawan Rock is our next destination, an old stuff which dates back from the Spanish Colonial era, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. It is among the 20 plus light stations across the archipelago built by the Spaniards in the late 1800's to help in booming maritime trade and sea faring. Only a few survived to this day since many of these lighthouses are either now in ruins or a new modern lighthouse has been built in its place.
|It is located up a hill, facing the West Philippines Sea. Kitang kita siya if driving along the coastal road.|
I have also created a separate post about this lighthouse for my Farola Blog Series. Please check out this link: Faro de Cabo Bojeador.
Cape Bojeador lighthouse was partly destroyed overtime due to neglect and natural occurrences (typhoon and earthquake). But as you can see, it stood firmly to survive up to this date. In 2003, the dilapidated structure was restored and opened as a tourist attraction, aside from its maritime function.
I've seen several Spanish era lighthouses and I must say, the lighthouse of Burgos is one of the best preserved structures.
|overlooking the West Philippines Sea|
|The light tower and the keeper's house|
|I always wanted to go up the tower of every lighthouse I visit but it's not possible here since it's locked.|
At 2:20 PM, we still haven't had our lunch. Gutom na ako, but we decided to go to Bangui for our last stop, the Windmills, para lang matapos na. So, from the town plaza of Burgos, we hailed a bus back to Bangui, then got off on a street that leads to the windmills. There's a toda (paradahan ng tricycle) nearby that awaits for tourists like us. They offer two-way trip for P200.
|the windmills of Bangui. My second time to see those fans, yet still, na-amaze pa din ako.|
|They wouldn't erect these here if it is not windy. Mahangin sa lugar at maaaring matangay ang mga payatot tulad namin.|
|the famous Bangui Windmills|
After the super late lunch na malapit nang maging super early dinner, we headed back to the highway to catch a bus bound for Laoag (bus ride Bangui to Laoag costs P50/head).
End of Day 2.
Watch out for my next post—Old stuff of Laoag, Paoay and Batac