Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Baluarte Zoo -Vigan, Ilocos Sur

I've finally got to see a real camel without traveling too far...

Yes, there's a camel  living in  our tropical country and it can be found  in Vigan's Baluarte...

I captured this photo after feeding it with a grass.

Deers loitering around the sanctuary

Lurk, I'm up-close with the tiger, ROAR!

"Baluarte is 80 hectares of gently rolling terrains, hills and mountain sides, the structures of facilities and amenities, its phases of construction is in its best possible realistic and natural habitat for good and sound animal care.

Located along the western seaboard of Northern Luzon 408 kilometers north of Manila, bounded in the South by South China Sea, Baluarte has its breathtaking view of Vigan City. Baluarte is open to the public and admission is FREE. It is actually Governor Chavit's gift to the people of Vigan where residents are accorded free use of spaces for their livelihood programs." - from:

That's All!

Baluarte Zoo

10 minute drive from Vigan City.
Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines 

How to go to Baluarte

By Land - 9 hour overland trip via Philippine Rabbit Bus line, Dominion Bus Corporation, Partas Transportation Company.

By Air - Fly to Ilocandia instead. Laoag International Airport has three[3] times a week 70 min. flight via Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. Public transport is 80 km. trip to Vigan and 10 minute drive to Baluarte. We recommend the comfortable air-conditioned Partas buses with only three seats across and have better reclining positions.


princess_dyanie said...

sumakay ka sa pony nila? kaaliw yun! ang liit na horse pero ang bilis tumakbo haha!

kg said...

i've been here before. it's a small place, lalo na if you've been to other larger zoos. and of course, the animals are fewer. but it's still worth visiting and is a must see when you're in the vigan area. :)

Calv said...

wala pang camel nung pumunta kami. pati yung tiger pano ka nakalapit? nasa cage sila nung punta namin eh.
siguro interesting lang na nakita ko are the ponies with the large dong. hahaha.

witsandnuts said...

I didn't know there's a camel there. But he was a little skinny. Haha. Medyo scary ang tiger. =)

Dennis Villegas said...

Ganda! Ngayun ko lang nalaman na may camel na pala dito at dyan matatagpuan.
The tiger looks awesome. Mukhang maamo a. Domesticated siguro ano?

ALiNe said...

@Dyanie- di ako sumakay.. ptumili ako kasi paglingon ko nasa likod ko yung pony...hahah!

@KG- agree pag nasa vigan area ka, worth visiting na din, free pa entrance... hehe!

@Calvin- ah talaga wala pang camel nun? hmmm may improvement na :) yung camel kasama lang nung mga deer na nagloloiter kaya pwede i feed :D Yung tiger naman, pwede talaga lumapit pero papaalam ka dun sa bantay...

BlogusVox said...

My guess was right. You're in Chavit's country. But I won't go near that tiger even if they assure me its tame.

Anonymous said...

i've been to vigan, in fact to most of ilocos but never been to baluarte! there are so much reasons to pay the province another visit..your photo with the tiger looks amazing!

Anonymous said...

gp said../
animals are cool.the zoo inside is amazing but beware guys in leaving your car outside the zoo coz there're people manipulating and stealing car accessories. may namimitik ng bumper dyan.our 2 cars were stolen car parts in just 2 hours while visiting the zoo.muntik n kming madisgrasya on our way home (dec. 30 2009)kse pati gulong tinanggalan ng turnilyo.di b cla na konsiyensya? there are kids in that van.needs security there.

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