Have you ever want to see a glimpse of spaniards influence extra-ordinary architecture in the street of Philippines?  or just want a flashback from the spanish time?  Well, Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Ilocos sur is the best place to be.

Calle Crisologo

3days DiY Ilocos Solo Backpacking

How to get there: By Land

There are bus lines like Florida and Partas Bus that travel from Cubao/Quezon City to Ilocos sur and Ilocos norte. Bus fare from Cubao/QC to ilocos ranges from 600 to 1000 pesos (12usd – 20usd). Travel time is roughly 9-11 hours.

By Air

Airlines like Philippine Airline and Cebu Pacific Air fly between Manila to Laoag or Vigan (recenlty reopened). The travel time is about 1hour. The fare ranges to 2,000 – 4000 pesos (40-80usd).

Calle Crisologo

Getting Around Ilocos Sur

Day 1: Wander in Vigan

11pm – ETD Manila

7am – ETA Vigan

Morning: You can go straight to  Calle Crisologo and eat breakfast. There’s a lot of good place to eat there and Cafe Leona is one of those.

Recently Vigan in Ilocos Sur has been named as one of the New7Wonders Cities, organizers announced Sunday night in Dubai.

You can ride to Calesa(horse gig) for 150 pesos(3usd) per hour and they will tour you around vigan. The “calesa” is the major mode of transportation during the Spanish time. It is awesome to still see this in modern time.

Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo

At day, tourist can also enjoy buying Vigan’s products which are lined up in the ground floors of some of the houses. Woven products, vinegar, chichacorn, hats and other wood crafts can be bought here.

After you wander in Calle Crisologo, there’s a lot of tricycle there that you can hire to take you to some tourist spot around the area. Total fare will range to 300 – 500 pesos (7-11usd)

Activities:  Vigan Museum, Bantayan Bell Tower, Baluarte, Pottery Making, Hidden Garden.

Bantayan Watch Tower

Bantayan Bell Tower. You can go up there and see the beautiful area of Vigan.

 

Baluarte

Baluarte

Baluarte (Singsong’s Zoo) Don’t miss the animal show in the afternoon, I think its around 1:30pm.

 

Hidden Garden

Hidden Garden

Hidden Garden is really intended for Plantsman, people who loves plant. Here, one can find all sorts of ornamental plants for one’s landscaping needs and yes, they are for sale.

Lilo Lilang

Lilo Lilang

Im hungry  asfck and my favorite place here at Hidden Garden is their restaurant.  The Lilong and Lilang Restaurant, it sits at one of the corners of the garden. The open-aired cafe looks really cozy with its native-inspired design. One of the best Bagnet Sisig I’ve ever taste.

 

Pottery

Pottery

Next stop, Pottery. Here you can literally experience how to create a Pot. First, they will teach you how to properly mold the clay and then you will create the pot all by your self.

 

After the tour, I search for cheap accommodation for the night, there’s a lot of hotels and inns inside the vigan area but I found cheap room at Henedy Inn located outside the Vigan Arc. They have room sharing cost range from 350 to 400 pesos (7-8usd) and their Standard rooms start from 700 to 1,200 pesos (14-24usd).

After I rest for few hours, I go back to Vigan to watch the 8pm Dancing Fountain Show at Salcedo Plaza (walking distance from Henedy Inn). Throughout the fountain show, lasers and lights synched together to current popular music anthems illuminate the fountains all through the plaza. There is also an open fountain found on one end of Plaza Salcedo.

Dancing Fountain

Dancing Fountain

 

Its Dinner time!  I go back to Calle Crisologo to eat. Every night the restaurant there brings the tables and chairs outsite the calle. They close the road to any vehicle except the kalesa.

Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo

Don’t miss a chance to food trip here at night. The stillness and the matching charm of the lamps lit in the street makes the place more admirable. Definitely, a lovely evening.

Anyone won’t regret visiting this street with scenes of old times, the Spanish era. Since this place is closed to traffic, a romantic walk or a ride in calesa will complete your day.

 

Estimated Time Activity
11pm ETD Cubao/Quezon City
8am ETA to Vigan
Morning - Afternoon Calle Crisologo, Vigan Museum, Bantayan Bell Tower, Baluarte, Pottery Making, Hidden Garden
5pm Check-in / Rest
8pm Going to Salcedo Plaza (Watch Dancing Fountain)
9pm Late Dinner at Calle Crisologo
10pm Rest

Estimated total expense for the day:

  • Bus transpo = 600 pesos (12usd)
  • Breakfast = 100 pesos (2usd)
  • Tricycle Tour = 400 pesos (10usd)
  • Lunch = 200 pesos (4usd)
  • Dinner = 100 pesos (6usd)
  • Accommodation = 700 pesos (14usd)

Estimated total = 2,100 pesos (45usd). *Note: This expenses can be reduce to half if you have travel buddy or two with you because you can share food, transportation or accommodation expenses.

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