“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi
The Baluarte or fortress is one of the must-see attractions for people visiting the Heritage City of Vigan. The place is primarily known for its mini zoo which houses animals from other countries and those that are endemic to the Philippines.
These animals are part of a private collection and constantly being improved by politician owner Mr. Chavit Singson. It is also a resort complex that features gently sloping plain towards the hills, from which animals either freely roam while some others have a cage of their own.
This beautifully landscaped fortress is open every day to the public for FREE. It is a given fact that not so many things are free in the Philippines, more so for an educational place like Baluarte.
Some of the animals in Baluarte include: tigers, monkeys, camels, deer, small horses, birds like ostriches, parrots, peacocks, eagles; reptiles like pythons and other snakes, also iguanas; a butterfly garden; and many more. Live Animal Shows and a Petting Zoo are also must-see. These are great ways to learn more about animals and how they are taken cared of.
If you and your family and friends intend to have picnic, there are designated areas for you to do such activity (also for free). Just make sure to be responsible in properly throwing your garbage. A small canteen is also available where you can purchase food.
How To Get To Vigan City
From Manila, ride a bus bound for Laoag or Vigan: Dominion Bus Lines and Partas Terminal are located in Cubao. Travel time is around 8 hours. By air, there are flight going to Laoag City. From Laoag, take a bus ride to Vigan that is about an hour to two hours away.
Address: Brgy. Salindeg, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Contact Number: (077) 722-7186
Entrance Fee: Free
Open Hours: Everyday 7:00am – 6:00pm
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