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5 Best Outdoor Activities For Your Next Ilocos Trip

Seeing Ilocos’ amazing destinations is worth the travel time!

By: Yoorekka Team | September 29, 2020

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You’ll be amazed at the exciting things waiting for you in Ilocos Norte!

Image: @tinayavila

The northern region is filled with so many amazing destinations to go to that are suited for all kinds of trips. Whether you want to chill down by the beach side, try an exciting sport, or see a historical landmark, you need not to go any further than Ilocos Norte for the best outdoor activities.

This charming province in the north houses an endless list of places filled with various activities that you can do. In case you’re at home planning your next post-quarantine trip, there’s no better place to visit than Ilocos! Wondering what to do when you get there? Worry no more, for this list contains only the best outdoor activities that you can do to make your Ilocos trip worthwhile. Read on and find out what they are!


1. Go sandboarding in Paoay Sand Dunes.

Location: Paoay, Ilocos Norte


Ilocos

Ride down Paoay’s lovely sand dunes!

Image: @heyaudreeeey

Get adrenaline rushing in your veins by trying out sandboarding at the Paoay Sand Dunes! Sandboarding is almost like surfing, minus the waters and the waves. There are two areas for sandboarding: one area has a starting point of 10 feet and is recommended for beginners, while the second area has a starting point of 20 feet. Sandboarding takes a lot of balance; don’t be discouraged when you stumble because you can always try again!



2. Visit the Sinking Bell Tower.

Location: A. Bonifacio, Bgy. 14, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte


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The Sinking Bell Tower’s name is literal: it sinks to the ground at about one inch per year.

Images: @nadbronce

One of the many historical attractions that is seated in the heart of Laoag is the famous Sinking Bell Tower. The tower is said to be literally sinking for it was erected on soft, sandy foundations. Built in 1612 by the Augustinians, the 150-foot bell tower has stood the test of time and is said to hold stories of war, mystery, and survival. What makes the bell tower more fascinating is that it has already survived a massive typhoon, fire, and even earthquakes, yet it remains strong and steady. Don’t miss the chance to visit before it completely sinks!


3. Take a day trip to Blue Lagoon.

Location: Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte


historical landmark

Get a dose of Mr. Sun at the Blue Lagoon Beach.

Image: @asmtravel

Soak up the sun and catch the waves at the Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud! Also known as Maira-ira Beach, Blue Lagoon boasts crystal clear turquoise waters and soft, warm sand. You can enjoy both land and water activities at the beach, including an exciting zipline ride and a banana boat ride with your family or barkada. If you feel like relaxing, you can always just bum out on the sand while listening to the peaceful ocean waves.


4. Hike at the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Location: Burgos, Ilocos Norte


Ilocos Norte

Be rewarded with one of Mother Nature’s creations and go hiking at this rock formation.

Image: @martin.santos.353

The Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is one of Ilocos’ most breathtaking natural attractions. Because of a natural process called sedimentation, a rock formation made of ivory limestone was formed. The rock formation earned its name from the Ilocano word “puraw” which means “white”. Its creamy white rock sculptures and limestone formations make the coast of Burgos an astonishing location to go hiking or trekking.



5. Cross the Country’s 4th Longest Bridge at the Patapat Viaduct

Location: Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte


post-quarantine trip

Did you know that Ilocos Norte houses the country’s 4th longest bridge?

Image: @theboywhowantedtofly

Considered as one of the most photographed destinations in the region, the Patapat Viaduct stretches to a total of 1.3 kilometers and is elevated at 30 meters above sea level. The viaduct has long been considered one of the favorite roads of drivers and motorists to drive on because traversing it means getting a spectacular, unobstructed view of the sea, skies, and lush mountains. It has also helped solve lots of landslide problems that cause major vehicular accidents in the province.


For more travel guides in the new normal, check out Yoorekka.


If you haven’t made up your mind on what to do when you step foot in Ilocos after the quarantine, then let this list be your guide!


Hey Yoorekkans! One last reminder: Even as we feature local tourist destinations to support local tourism, we don’t encourage you to go check them out immediately. Our goal is to share the most wonderful spots in every city to inspire your future travel adventures. For now, keep safe!

best outdoor activities

You’ll be amazed at the exciting things waiting for you in Ilocos Norte!

Image: @tinayavila

The northern region is filled with so many amazing destinations to go to that are suited for all kinds of trips. Whether you want to chill down by the beach side, try an exciting sport, or see a historical landmark, you need not to go any further than Ilocos Norte for the best outdoor activities.

This charming province in the north houses an endless list of places filled with various activities that you can do. In case you’re at home planning your next post-quarantine trip, there’s no better place to visit than Ilocos! Wondering what to do when you get there? Worry no more, for this list contains only the best outdoor activities that you can do to make your Ilocos trip worthwhile. Read on and find out what they are!


1. Go sandboarding in Paoay Sand Dunes.

Location: Paoay, Ilocos Norte


Ilocos

Ride down Paoay’s lovely sand dunes!

Image: @heyaudreeeey

Get adrenaline rushing in your veins by trying out sandboarding at the Paoay Sand Dunes! Sandboarding is almost like surfing, minus the waters and the waves. There are two areas for sandboarding: one area has a starting point of 10 feet and is recommended for beginners, while the second area has a starting point of 20 feet. Sandboarding takes a lot of balance; don’t be discouraged when you stumble because you can always try again!



2. Visit the Sinking Bell Tower.

Location: A. Bonifacio, Bgy. 14, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte


amazing destinations

The Sinking Bell Tower’s name is literal: it sinks to the ground at about one inch per year.

Images: @nadbronce

One of the many historical attractions that is seated in the heart of Laoag is the famous Sinking Bell Tower. The tower is said to be literally sinking for it was erected on soft, sandy foundations. Built in 1612 by the Augustinians, the 150-foot bell tower has stood the test of time and is said to hold stories of war, mystery, and survival. What makes the bell tower more fascinating is that it has already survived a massive typhoon, fire, and even earthquakes, yet it remains strong and steady. Don’t miss the chance to visit before it completely sinks!


3. Take a day trip to Blue Lagoon.

Location: Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte


historical landmark

Get a dose of Mr. Sun at the Blue Lagoon Beach.

Image: @asmtravel

Soak up the sun and catch the waves at the Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud! Also known as Maira-ira Beach, Blue Lagoon boasts crystal clear turquoise waters and soft, warm sand. You can enjoy both land and water activities at the beach, including an exciting zipline ride and a banana boat ride with your family or barkada. If you feel like relaxing, you can always just bum out on the sand while listening to the peaceful ocean waves.


4. Hike at the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Location: Burgos, Ilocos Norte


Ilocos Norte

Be rewarded with one of Mother Nature’s creations and go hiking at this rock formation.

Image: @martin.santos.353

The Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is one of Ilocos’ most breathtaking natural attractions. Because of a natural process called sedimentation, a rock formation made of ivory limestone was formed. The rock formation earned its name from the Ilocano word “puraw” which means “white”. Its creamy white rock sculptures and limestone formations make the coast of Burgos an astonishing location to go hiking or trekking.



5. Cross the Country’s 4th Longest Bridge at the Patapat Viaduct

Location: Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte


post-quarantine trip

Did you know that Ilocos Norte houses the country’s 4th longest bridge?

Image: @theboywhowantedtofly

Considered as one of the most photographed destinations in the region, the Patapat Viaduct stretches to a total of 1.3 kilometers and is elevated at 30 meters above sea level. The viaduct has long been considered one of the favorite roads of drivers and motorists to drive on because traversing it means getting a spectacular, unobstructed view of the sea, skies, and lush mountains. It has also helped solve lots of landslide problems that cause major vehicular accidents in the province.


For more travel guides in the new normal, check out Yoorekka.


If you haven’t made up your mind on what to do when you step foot in Ilocos after the quarantine, then let this list be your guide!


Hey Yoorekkans! One last reminder: Even as we feature local tourist destinations to support local tourism, we don’t encourage you to go check them out immediately. Our goal is to share the most wonderful spots in every city to inspire your future travel adventures. For now, keep safe!

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Yoorekka’s team is composed of talented writers from all over the Philippines with varied interests, from creative writing to environmental advocacy. There is one thing that they share, though: they’re all passionate about producing articles that are not only interesting to read but also useful for anyone reading!

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