Ilocos 2014 [Part 2]

It took us two hours of travel from Laoag to reach Pagudpud town proper. Bus fare is P70 each. I lost count of the number of towns we passed by. My friends and I got excited the first time we laid eyes on the wind mills which is one of source of energy in the province.

As expected, there’s a tricycle terminal at the drop-off point. We hailed one and asked the driver to take us to Casa Consuelo which was our home for the next two days. He charged us P300. At first, I thought it was a bit too pricey. But in the middle of the trip, I realized it was just enough for almost an hour drive in the zigzag road to our destination. Casa Consuelo is situated at the end of the Blue Lagoon, near Dos Hermanos. We passed by Hannah’s resort which is one of the more famous destinations of tourists.

As soon as I alight the tricycle, we were welcomed by one of the resort’s owner. The reviews I’ve read before finally booking a room at Casa Consuelo are true. I was really amazed at how personal our visit had been (mind you, we arrived just a few minutes and yet I already feel at home).

DSC_0155We booked a room good for three at a price of P3, 600 per night. It comes with three single beds, cable TV, air conditioner, daily supply of water and toiletries and a complimentary breakfast. Our room has a veranda outside which is in front of the dining area.

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DSC_0156A few steps more, you’ll see the beach. One of the best features of this place is the private beach experience and the accompanied serenity it brings about. The wind was blowing rather strong that afternoon when I roamed around the place.

DSC_0162DSC_0179DSC_0163DSC_0166The waves aren’t as strong as the others I’ve visited. Sand isn’t as fine either. But the quiet experience, the privacy and the personal service surely made up for these natural imperfections.

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Our stay in Casa Consuelo was almost perfect. Only thing I can complain about is the food service. Even though we made a pre-order of our food, it’s not always ready by the time we sat in the dining area.

Day 2 – Pagudpud, Bangui, Burgos

After a hefty dinner, we retreated to our room and slept. Our bodies were aching when we woke up the next day. I wanted to see the sunrise but I was too engrossed at sleeping I didn’t want to leave my bed.

At around 8AM, we’re already on our way to Bangui. We contracted the tricycle driver who brought us to Casa Consuelo to tour us around Pagudpud and nearby towns for P800 (including a trip back to Pagudpud town proper the next day). It took us an hour to reach the famous windmills of Bangui.

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Never imagined them to be those massive! The sand was burning our feet. There are large waves which are happily enjoyed by kids swimming.

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At around 10AM, we hopped on another town, Burgos to see the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. We stopped at a terminal to be picked up by another tricycle from Burgos. We paid P300 (thank God, it’s a bigger vehicle!)

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The heat was unbearable! But the rock formations are unbelievable! It has this chalk-like texture, a powdery surface.

DSC_0269DSC_0296DSC_0294DSC_0299After the almost unbearable heat at the majestic rock formations, we headed to another place-to-visit in Burgos, the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.

DSC_0300DSC_0318DSC_0328DSC_0352Sadly, the lighthouse was under renovation so we weren’t able to go up. We just stayed at a narrow corridor overlooking the blue lagoon.

DSC_0349DSC_0359DSC_0331On our way back to Pagudpud, we stopped by a site where you can see the town of Bangui from atop. We didn’t spend much time there, just took a few pictures and hopped back to the tricycle.

DSC_0361DSC_0363After almost an hour, we’re back in our private resort. We just spent the remaining daylights in the beach.

Dos Hermanos

Dos Hermanos

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Next stop: Vigan!

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