ILOCOS DIARIES: BALUARTE

If most of the places in our kalesa trip shown a journey from the past then we headed to more futuristic and another must-visit site in Vigan — Baluarte. From a former private rest house owned by Mr. Chavit Singson this 80 hectares land which is home to many ordinary animals and endanger species are now open for public viewing.

Baluarte ni Chavit

Baluarte ni Chavit

The sun is preparing to set when we reach the fortress but many visitors are still coming in to have a close encounter with animals. The eye-catching colorful parrot welcomed our arrival. Since it was situated near the entrance guests especially kids are flocking on this area just to have picture with parrot.

spacious area for animal-lover

spacious area for animal-lover

Eye-catching Parrot

Eye-catching Parrot

Baluarte is considered as Zoo of the North. We may see animals in every places we went but only in the Zoo we can able to see them all together. Baluarte houses lots of animals living from different territory, with variety of sizes and exhibits a unique character that is well-admire by every animal-lovers. We saw ponies, deer, ostrich and other terrestrial animals moved freely in the ground. Even lions, tigers, monkeys, bird etc. has reserve area for them. We saw how well-trained the animals here because some of the visitors are allowed to feed and touch even the wildest animals like Phyton. I’m scared with snakes so even I know its hindi nangangagat I didn’t mind taking any picture with Albino phyton. Pasensya po!

Some of the animals in the Zoo.

Some of the animals in the Zoo.

One of my favorite place in Baluarte is the Butterfly Farm where I ringed with the dazzling flower and colorful butterflies. Though people are walking inside the garden those butterflies are flying undisturbed and busy feeding on a flowering shrubs. With their friendly nature, we got a perfect timing to capture them closely.

Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden

Free like a Butterfly....

Free like a Butterfly….

Before Baluarte become a Zoo it serves as a rest house to Mr. Singson. Though public has a free access to see everything inside his fortress the same rest house remain on top of the Hill. The whole place is so huge but we didn’t go further to see the other side because we need to reach Laoag at the earliest time.

Up to the Hill....

Up to the Hill….

Our baby dear like horses. Actually kids can have a free ride to cute little pony but felt sorry for him because he couldn’t make it. We arrive late. Time is up for all ponies. They need some rest. To give our baby dear a little courtesy his dad put him on top of baby dinosaur effigy and allow him to run all over the place. While father and son are busy playing in the ground, we did a photo op with life-size dino.

Baby Dear enjoying his Zoo escapade

Baby Dear enjoying his Zoo escapade

Whoaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!

Whoaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!

Thank you Baluarte for allowing us to have a close encounter with animals. Seeing them in 1 time all in 1 place is already a memorable experience for all of us.

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