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Ilocos tour

Ilocos

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Today when we think of Ilocos region, we think of windmills dotting a quiet shoreline and tranquil surf spots. We imagine baroque churches and old historical towns with calesas crossing its cobblestone-streets. We remember national heroes and former presidents of the country. We look forward to buying abel iloko or chichacorn. We guarantee that if you join a TRIPinas Ilocos tour, not only will you get to realize all of those above, we will also make sure that you get a better appreciation on the Ilocano people.



ILOCOS TOUR PACKAGES 2018-2019

We're excited to present two of our incredible packages that are guaranteed to be family- and barkada- approved. Our 2D/1N Vigan trip has an added bonus of a beach side trip to La Union and our 3D/2N complete Ilocos tour takes you both to Ilcoos Norte and Ilocos Sur so you can see not only the cultural side of Ilocandia but also its laid-back coastal towns, too.

travel packages to ilocos
3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS

ILOCOS NORTE + SUR

PHP 2,699/person for a group of 13 pax
When : October to mid-June
Hilights : Sunbathing at white sand beaches, hiking to the waterfalls and screaming your lungs out as you ride a 4x4 vehicle at the sand dunes
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vigan tour
2 DAYS 1 NIGHT

VIGAN & LA UNION

PHP 1,990/person for a group of 11 pax
When : October to mid-June
Hilights : Leisure walk at the historical Calle Crisologo, stuffing self with scrumptious empanadas and riding the waves of La Union.
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ILOCOS NORTE AND SUR 3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS

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This 3 days/2 nights takes you to the white sand beach of Pagudpud, the imposing 20-windmill farm of Bangui, the creamy white rock formations of Kapurpurawan, the winding viaduct of Patapat and the towering lighthouse of Cape Bojeador. After visiting the north, the group will be brought to the southern part of the region for a historical and gastronomical extravaganza. Take a trip down memory lane as you stroll the cobblestone alleys of Vigan City, visit the old Baroque churches, Malacanang of the north. Don’t forget to sample their famous bagnet and empanada. Before going home, make sure you have some inabel Iloco for pasalubong.

INCLUSIONS

  • ✔ air-con van transfer Manila – Pagudpud – Vigan – Manila
  • ✔ two hotel nights at Saud beach, Pagudpud
  • ✔ entrance fees of all the sites visited
  • ✔ Vigan city tour
  • ✔ Ilocos norte tour (Paoay church, Pagudpud beaches, Bangui windmills, Kapurpurawan rocks,..)

ITINERARY

Day 0
2200 Departure from Manila

Day 1
0730 Paoay church, Malacanang of the North, san dunes 4x4 ride
1400 Kapurpurawan Rock, Cape Bojeador’s Lighthouse, Bangui Windmills
1700 Check-in at beach resort
1830 Dinner

Day 2
0600 Breakfast
0800 Patapat viaduct
0830 Trek to the Kabigan Falls
1330 Bantay Abot cave, Maira-ira (Blue Lagoon)
1700 Return to beach resort
1900 Dinner

Day 3
0500 Departure from Pagudpud
0630 Breakfast in Laoag and visit of the belltower
1030 Vigan city tour
1430 Departure from Vigan
2300 Arrival in Manila



VIGAN AND LA UNION 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT

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TRIPinas will take you back in time with a guided historical tour of Vigan City, one of the country’s World Heritage Site. We’ll sample the popular and uniquely Bigueño dishes like bagnet, empanada and longanisa, have a go with pottery, visit churches and museums, and buy loads of inabel iloco. You need a little adrenaline before returning to Manila? Fret not as we’ll drop by San Juan, La Union to catch some waves. It’ll be an overnight tour of history, gastronomy and adventures of epic proportions.

INCLUSIONS

  • ✔ air-con van transfer Manila – Vigan, Ilocos Sur – San juan, La Union – Manila
  • ✔ one hotel night in Vigan
  • ✔ Vigan heritage town tour
  • ✔ entrance fees of all the sites visited
  • ✔ service of a guide
  • ✔ side trip to the beach in San Juan, La Union

ITINERARY

Day 0
2200 – Departure from Manila

Day 1 0600 – Arrival in Vigan
0800 – Start of city tour (hop on, hop-off)
+ Food and Souvenir hunting
1830 – Dinner

Day 2
0830 Departure from Vigan 0930 Quirino bridge and Sta. Maria church
1200 Side trip to the beach of  San Juan, La Union (free time; swimming, surf lessons on clients’ account)
1500 Departure from La Union
2000 Arrival in Manila




packages to ilocos

Background information

The Ilocos Region, also known as Region I, is situated between the West Philippine Sea, CAR, the Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon. It was originally composed of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union. Pangasinan, which used to be part of Central Luzon, was only included as part of Region I on 1972 during the time of the late President Marcos. The primary language is Ilokano, followed by Pangasinan then Tagalog. There's this stereotype that Ilocanos (i.e. the people in this region) are much more careful about spending money, hard-working and close-knit compared to their brothers in Luzon. They're also noted to be extremely loyal and brave, and are able to withstand hardships for longer periods of time. Perhaps there is some to truth these claims if you put it in a context that considers their land's geography. If one factors the limited area for agriculture in Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and La Union, one will see that food production is a real issue. So they are, in a way, forced save as much as they can and find other sources of income to make ends meet. They found these options in spinning and dyeing yarns, weaving blankets, etc., and making clay pots.

Travel inspiration

Read our thoughts on how people are the reason why a destination is worth of interest.
"Though I cannot fault people from associating the windmills, white beaches, Baroque churches and cobblestones of historic past to Ilocandia, Ilocos to me will always be about its hardworking people who know how to appreciate the simple joys of life. I am drawn by their dark skin not because it is also my coloring but because I know that their color is a product of diligent work - endless hours of toil under the scorching sun, baking their skin to plant tobacco. I am intrigued by the lines on their hands, a product of complicated hand weaving to make the world-famous inabel that most people in the city adorn their dining tables with. It is fascinating how they are able to make very simple yet tasty dishes most people have dismissed as peasant food in the past yet a quick survey in the menu of most Manila Pinoy restaurants would indicate that these dishes now command a good cost on the table. I guess I like that their life is a lesson lived and shared to all those who cared to learn --- that even though you cannot change the cards that you are dealt with, if you ever so patiently learn how to play the hand you'll end up with something worth admiring."