Going to Vigan? Then don’t forget to ready your camera for the majestic view at Banaoang Bridge. The best thing about this place… it’s free (no need for another tour) as it comes with your vehicle travel from Manila to Vigan.

Old Banaoang Bridge

You’ll pass this bridge on your way to Vigan, never forget to take an hour and stop. I promise – it’s a picturesque panorama view! After long drive from Manila, finally you can see something stunning. On the nearby old bridge, you can also try the zip line for P300 one way.


Calle Crisologo – also known as Vigan Heritage Village.
Do you want to know how it feels staying in a Spanish-style houses? Do you want to experience being transported back to  Spanish colonial era? A calesa ride ( rented at Php 100 per hour) or even a walk through the  mestizo district, known as Calle Crisologo,  is a must  in your itinerary. You can also stay in a Spanish-style houses converted into hotels.  (Check Vigan hotels here)

calle crisologo

calle crisologo from above


The Cordillera Inn, where we stayed, is at the heart of Calle Crisologo

How to get to Vigan

Vigan City is approximately 408 kilometers from Manila. Although there’s a small landing field in Vigan, it is primarily utilized by chartered flights like Skyjet.  However,  another way to get to Vigan City is through a bus. The trip might  take  eight to ten hours of your time but there are sleeper bus, if you prefer a night journey. I would suggest to take the night trip and sleep in the bus and reach the city early in the morning.

Fariñas Manila Passing by Vigan City
Regular Aircon 600php
First class with CR 700php
First class with CR and Wifi 750php
Super Deluxe Spacious Seats CR and Wifi 850php
(02) 731-4507 – Manila  
Maria de Leon Passing by Vigan City
(0916) 717-2545 / (0909) 344-9661 – Manila
GV Florida Passing by Vigan City
(02) 781-5849 – Manila
Partas Direct To Vigan City
First Class (2×2 seats) No CR equipped 665php
Deluxe (1×2 seats) No CR equipped, Wifi ready 805php
(02) 743-3242  – Manila


Baluarte is a resort complex owned by ex- Gov. Chavit Singson, a well-loved son of Ilocos Sur.  At the entrance you will be greeted with huge tigers.


The whole area stretches from the rolling plain where animals from other countries as well as the Philippines roam around towards the area where you can see  former governor’s multi-storey house.


former governor’s multi-storey house

There’s no entrance fee in this zoo (to top it all… the entire place has a free Wi-Fi) and everyone can visit, interact and get a closer encounter with the animals. We also called it a mini Jurassic Park of the Philippines – why? check our photos!

Baluarte dino

Baluarte animals

Baluarte banner


Phone Number (077) 722-7186
Open Hours: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm (daily)

How to get to Baluarte

Baluarte is just 10 – 15 minutes drive to and from Vigan City (tricycles are offering Vigan tour – they are much cheaper than calesas and vans ). The zoo is located in Brgy. Salindeg, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.

bell tower

Bell tower in Bantay should be your next stop. The Bell tower is near St. Augustine Parish – one of the oldest church in the Philippines (founded 1593).  This place seemed to be more organized – the bell tower has a small entrance fee to help  keep the place well maintain.

You will also be greeted by a tour guide who will tell you the history of the place and he will even happily take your photos.  History told us that this place was bombed many times but none of the bombs exploded.


Getting to Bell tower is easy – find a tricycle that offers a tour around Vigan.

Paburnayan Pottery and Jar Making is not just a place where you can buy one but it is also where you can create your own piece.
Paburnayan Pottery guy

You can first watch the pre-historic methods of creating it and then they will let you do it yourself. Pagburnayan is located in Brgy. Pagburnayan Vigan, Ilocos Sur.  How to get to Paburnayan? Again, tricycles… cheaper and they are all over the city.
The hidden garden of Vigan is not just a tourist spot, it is also where you can taste the delightful dishes of Ilocos. This scenic restaurant is owned by Francis Flores a landscape architect, who designs the restaurant/garden appeal and also a self proclaim health ambassador after he suffered from a heart attack.

hidden garden entrance

hidden garden restaurant


How to get to the hidden garden? Get a calesa tour for 3hrs from calle crisologo or if you want a cheaper form of transportation –  tricycles will do.


We also had a short visit to Padre Burgos House. This place is also a museum, the ancestral house and birthplace of Fr. Jose Burgos. Referred to as Padre Burgos House, it is one of many notable historic structures of Vigan, the capital of the province of Ilocos Sur. It is a simple two-story structure situated near the Provincial Capitol and just a few steps away from St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral.
Built in 1788, it houses huge collection of Ilocano artifacts, such as 14 paintings by the locally famous painter Don Esteban Villanueva showing the 1807 Basi Revolt,  Itneg jewellery,  pottery, musical instruments, old items and photos of Easter processions.

Opens Mondays-Fridays / 9:00 am – 4:00 pm;
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays by appointment

Contact Information:
ASBMD, National Museum Central Office; 527-4192

email: nm_asbmd@yahoo.com


Padre Burgos House II Padre Burgos House III Padre Burgos House window Padre Burgos House

More Ilocos Sur Tourist Spots

Vigan adventure is not complete without having a short trip to a museum.  Syquia Mansion is another museum to visit – the original Malacañang of the North.
Syquia Mansion master bedroom

Syquia Mansion fountain


Syquia Mansion round table

Every night at the Plaza Salcedo, the fountain lights up with music and dancing water. A couple of meters from the popular plaza is the St Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as Vigan Cathedral .  On October 18, 1970, a  congressman of Ilocos Sur  was gun down inside Vigan Cathedral. How to get to Plaza Salcedo and Vigan Cathedral? Easy…it is just a few steps from the famous Calle Crisologo.
Plaza Salcedo
Plaza Salcedo II

Vigan Cathedral across Plaza Salcedo


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