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Check Out These 5 Popular Spots in Ilocos Sur That Have Reopened

These spots prove that Ilocos Sur sure is the best destination!

By: Antonette Louise Guiao | January 01, 2021
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Tourist Spots in Ilocos Sur

Get a glimpse of the country’s past by taking a fun trip to the north!

The province of Ilocos has finally reopened once more last November 15 to kick-start tourism. Before getting to the tourist spots in Ilocos Sur, however, visitors must follow a few safety measures implemented by the Department of Tourism and the local government. These include a presentation of a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours before travel and a mandatory taking of an antigen test upon arriving at the border.

Following all these safety requirements may be a bit of a hassle, but the charm and beauty of the reopened tourist spots in the province will surely be worth it. After all, Ilocos Sur is home to numerous heritage sites that fit any type of traveler; from solo wanderers to adventurous eaters, the province truly has it all. If you’re wondering which tourist spots in Ilocos Sur are once again open to the public, read below!

1. Vigan Heritage Village

Location: Crisologo, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur


The Vigan Heritage Village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Images: @mary.grace9231

Immerse yourself in the country’s rich cultural heritage and history at one of the most popular spots in Ilocos, the famous Vigan Heritage Village. Strolling along the cobblestone pathways surrounded by Spanish colonial houses and buildings can make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time. During your visit, don’t miss the chance to try an old-school mode of transportation called “kalesa”, a two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage that can take you on a little tour around the heritage townscape.

2. Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountain

Location: Vigan City, Ilocos Sur


Dance to the beat of the music with the water and lights at Plaza Salcedo!

Image: @jayjaymon128

Ilocos Sur thrives with beauty no matter what time of the day. The province does not run out of attractions that you can visit even after the sun goes down. One of these is the Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountain. Every night at 7:00 P.M., the dancing fountain beams with life as the water and lights dance synchronously to lively background music. What’s more amazing is that the show is for free! There is also an area to the left of the fountain where you can play or capture stunning pictures.

3. Pinsal Falls

Location: Pinsal Falls Road, Brgy. Baballasioan, Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur

Popular Spots in Ilocos

Myths and legends say that Pinsal Falls is the footprint of the Ilokano giant named Angalo.

Image: @capitaine.pilon

One of the many rare jewels of Ilocos Sur is the majestic Pinsal Falls. Also known as The Twin Falls of the province, the cascading waterfalls has a height of 85 feet. One must trek to get to the falls, but there’s no need to worry about walking along a rough path for the trail has carved steps to make trekking easier. Its cold, crystal clear waters make it a perfect spot for swimming, diving, and just relaxing.

4. Santa Maria Church

Location: 4 Santa Maria - Burgos Rd, Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur

Vigan Heritage Village

Filipinos are devoted to religion, and the Santa Maria Church is proof.

Images: L, @morenafebasto; R, @anika.iledan

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ilocos Sur is the Santa Maria Church. Considered as one of the most beautiful baroque churches in the province, it is also formally known as The Church of Our Lady of Assumption. Since it's nestled on top of a hill, you have to climb up a few flights of stairs to enjoy the mesmerizing view of the church’s clay brick and mortar architecture. One iconic feature about the church is its belfry, which has a unique structure and charm.

5. Caniaw Heritage and Forest Park

Location: Brgy. Taleb, Bantay, Ilocos Sur

attractions in Ilocos

Calling all nature and adventure lovers, this place is for you!

Images: @dianneivyy

If you’re looking for a place to boost your adrenaline while enjoying the company of Mother Nature, then Caniaw Heritage and Forest Park is the place to go! The eco-tourism spot has lots of recreational activities for you to try, including ziplining, aerial walking, mountain tubing, camping, and biking. You can also enjoy sumptuous snacks and beverages at the Food Court while being surrounded by Ilocos Sur’s lush forests and mountains.

Go to Yoorekka to see more attractions in Ilocos and reopened spots in the Philippines that you can visit!

Despite the pandemic, you can appreciate the country’s rich and glorious past by visiting these lovely places in Ilocos Sur! Just remember to follow the province’s safety measures before, during, and after your visit, and you’ll have the best cultural trip in no time. Stay safe!

Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. Have a great trip!
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About Antonette Louise Guiao
Antonette is a writer, a night owl, an extrovert, and a BTS ARMY. Her spare time is consumed by drawing digital vector art, sleeping, binge-watching Netflix series, and learning how to cook. An adventurer by heart, she aspires to travel the world with her family, try extreme outdoor activities, and taste all sorts of food in different countries.
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