In the town of Burgos, Ilocos Norte is the landmark for the north-westernmost tip of the Luzon Island.
To get to the lighthouse, there are two options – tricycle or walk. Since it is just the early morning, the sun cruel yet. So, we had to walk the incline to the building. It isn’t a long walk so taking a tricycle will just be a waste of money.
Like most tourist places in the Ilocos Region, you won’t have to pay to enter. You can just enjoy the grandeur and workmanship of the people involved in the building of said lighthouse.
It was built during the Spanish era to guide incoming galleons from the rocky coast of the town. And, to this date, it still remains a working lighthouse for international ships carrying goods for trade.
Ilocos Norte is not just a place of history. There’s a lot more to it than it seems. I, as a Filipino, am also quite surprised to realize that there’s a place like this in my own country.
Sand dunes. I relate sand dunes to the hot and dry places of the Earth such as Saharan Africa or the Gobi Dessert in Mongolia. As soon as I heard something like this exists, I was intrigued.
We went there on the tail-end of our first day in the Ilocos Provinces mainly because the sun was so hot during the afternoon. I agree. For PHP 2500 per 4×4 vehicle which can accommodate 5 people, you can have an adventure of a lifetime.
And, when the driver asked us to rest, we were greeted by a beautiful sight – a Philippine sunset.
Included in the 1 hour ride is sand boarding. It is my first time to try it and I enjoyed. I would have wanted to try standing but that station was full of people.
It’s one of my favorite parts of the itinerary and would love to do it again!