Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pagudpud: Old & New (The Northbound Tour

kabigan falls

20 August 2011. Ilocos Norte.

Our second day in Pagudpud was spent exploring the attractions to the north of the town. Blue Lagoon is included in this tour; but since we were housed right in the middle of this attraction, Kuya Reynante merely brought us to the far end of the lagoon to view the Timmangtang Rocks up close. Unfortunately, the tide was high that day so we could not climb the rocks. Anyway, for another Php600.00, Kuya Reynante brought us to the following attractions:

Patapat Viaduct

patapat viaduct

The Patapat Viaduct is a concrete coastal bridge that stretches at 1.3 kilometers. It connects the Maharlika Highway from Laoag, Ilocos Norte to the Cagayan Valley Region. It is said  to be the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines.

Agua Paradiso

agua paradiso

Also known as Agua Grande, Agua Paradiso is located about 1 kilometer from the viaduct. The cliff is converted into a coconut tree-filled resort, and surrounded by small pools. There’s an entrance fee of Php25.00/person. Jas and I enjoyed the refreshing waters cascading against the boulders.

one of the pools @ agua paradiso

Kabigan Falls

The next attraction is a 30 minute walk away from the road. There’s an entrance fee of Php10.00/person; there’s a guide for a minimum fee of Php100.00. Before reaching this Pagudpud wonder, we trekked through rice fields under the heat of the sun. A few minutes later, we heard the calming sound of rushing water, and we felt the cool breeze as we were provided shelter by the canopy of trees. There are locals who sell refreshments along the way – coconut juice, mostly. A few more minutes and we caught sight of Kabigan Falls. Towering over 80 feet, its waters fall unto a small basin that’s perfect for trekkers to take a cool dip. Jas did; I merely savored the quiet of the place.

Images to and of the Falls:

 kabigan falls

@ kabigan falls

kabigan falls

kabigan falls

the rice fieds @ kabigan falls

locals selling refreshments @ kabigan falls

We went back to Blue Lagoon because the rest of the attractions were either near or at the lagoon.

Bantay-Abot Cave and Timmangtang Rock

timmangtang rock

bantay-abot cave

Timmangtang Rock stands just across Bantay-Abot Cave, which is not a cave but more of a mountain with a hole. I read somewhere that these rocks are lovers, the female being the cave due to its hole. Stairs lead to the cave, and we were rewarded with a beautiful sight of the sea.

the view from bantay-abot cave

bantay-abot cave

a view from bantay-abot cave

Finally, Kuya Reynante brought us to the far end of Blue Lagoon to view yet another rock formation. Unfortunately, we could not explore the rocks as it was high tide. We admired the rocks from a distance, and marveled at the beauty of the white sand contrasting the blue waters.

@ blue lagoon

@ blue lagoon