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This place houses wild animals you rarely see in the Philippines

I've been to Baluarte once when I joined a team building trip to Ilocos Norte in 2012. Our team visited the zoo during our quick side trip to Vigan on our way back to Manila. 

Baluarte Vigan – Fortress of Vigan

The Baluarte or fortress is a must-see attraction for first time visitors, and even for those who have visited Vigan before.

Baluarte

The reasons for its being on the list of places to visit are two:

First is that it has a mini zoo with animals from other countries and others endemic to the Philippines. It is a private collection and is therefore continuously being improved.

The second reason is that it is owned by Mr. Chavit Singson, a well-loved son of Vigan and well-known to most Filipinos and foreigners who follow the Philippine political scene.

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The resort complex lies in hectares of land that stretches from the rolling plain towards the hills, where the former governor’s multi-storey house sits with a grand view of Vigan and the South China Sea.

Within its private area is a landscaped garden complete with its own nature pools. However, the area open to the public has plenty more engaging attractions that visitors can busy themselves with aside from the mini zoo.

Balaurte, Vigan City

There is a butterfly farm, a track for horse riding and a skeet shooting range. Visitors can start with visiting the rows of cages where they can see lions, Bengal tigers, peacocks, civet cats, iguanas, pythons and other reptiles and birds.

In this part of the Baluarte, people will also be able to see the Philippine cloud rat, a nocturnal animal endemic to the Philippine Cordillera region. This very large rodent is an herbivore and hunted by large birds and local people.
From the caged animals, visitors can move on to the fenced areas where they can visit and feed the monkeys, swans, flamingos, ostriches, albino and spotted deer and the one-hump camel.

Children are allowed to sit on top of the bigger animals, but if they really want to ride, they can go to the tracks where they can ride the miniature horses.

For a closer encounter with the animals, visitors may choose to visit and feed the parrots and hornbills that are placed in a more open area where visitors can openly approach them with bananas and seeds. There are also scheduled show and tell times when audiences are introduced to the animals.

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An added attraction is the butterfly garden where one can observe thousands of butterflies, some endemic to the Philippines, or have a more serene interaction with an animal species.

Visitors from all parts of the Philippines and other countries flock to Baluarte everyday, for these well-cared for animal attractions, and for a chance to meet with the owner of this magnificent property.

Governor Singson does not only generously share his private collection of animals with everyone; he also gives in to requests of tourists for pictures to be taken with him


THINGS TO DO IN BALUARTE

Here are some of the things you can do and enjoy inside Baluarte:
  • Appreciate the view
  • Interact with the animals
  • Selfies with the animals
  • Feeding them
  • Talk with the parrot

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ENTRANCE FEE

There is no entrance fee to wander at this amazing animal sanctuary. You can even have a family picnic on the green landscape or dine at Baluarte’s in-house cafeteria.

For those who want to tour around the zoo, a guided tour via electronic cab worth Php 50 is available.


HOW TO GET TO BALUARTE

Via Public Commuting: From Calle Crisologo OR Public Market, you can hire a tricycle to bring you straight to Baluarte.

Via Private Vehicle: From Calle Crisologo, head south and turn left at Rivero Street, then make a right turn onto Quirino Avenue. Drive straight until you reach the arc of Barangay Salindec at your right. Enter Barangay Salindec and turn right. You’ll see a small welcome sign to Baluarte Zoo.

Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo

Address: Quirino Boulevard, Tamag, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Business hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact information: (077) 722-7186
Admission: Free, but there is a Php 50 fee for the e-cab tour around the zoo.

WHERE TO STAY IN VIGAN

Here's a list of hotels and resorts to book for a stay in Vigan City:


ALSO IN ILOCOS


WHAT TO BRING IN VIGAN

Here are some things you might consider bringing with you for your day tour / adventure:

WHERE TO GO IN ILOCOS?

Batac   Burgos   Laoag   Pagudpud   Paoay   Vigan

OTHER ZOOS AND THEME PARK TO VISIT

Here's a list of zoos, theme farms and parks you and your kids can enjoy in the Philippines:

IMPORTANT NOTE: The rates, contact details and other information indicated in this post are accurate from the time of writing but may change without IMFWJ's notice. Should you know the updated information, please let us know by leaving a message in the comment box below.

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VIGAN CITY: What to see at Baluarte Zoo (Entrance Fee + Things To Do)

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This place houses wild animals you rarely see in the Philippines

I've been to Baluarte once when I joined a team building trip to Ilocos Norte in 2012. Our team visited the zoo during our quick side trip to Vigan on our way back to Manila. 

Baluarte Vigan – Fortress of Vigan

The Baluarte or fortress is a must-see attraction for first time visitors, and even for those who have visited Vigan before.

Baluarte

The reasons for its being on the list of places to visit are two:

First is that it has a mini zoo with animals from other countries and others endemic to the Philippines. It is a private collection and is therefore continuously being improved.

The second reason is that it is owned by Mr. Chavit Singson, a well-loved son of Vigan and well-known to most Filipinos and foreigners who follow the Philippine political scene.

Loading...
The resort complex lies in hectares of land that stretches from the rolling plain towards the hills, where the former governor’s multi-storey house sits with a grand view of Vigan and the South China Sea.

Within its private area is a landscaped garden complete with its own nature pools. However, the area open to the public has plenty more engaging attractions that visitors can busy themselves with aside from the mini zoo.

Balaurte, Vigan City

There is a butterfly farm, a track for horse riding and a skeet shooting range. Visitors can start with visiting the rows of cages where they can see lions, Bengal tigers, peacocks, civet cats, iguanas, pythons and other reptiles and birds.

In this part of the Baluarte, people will also be able to see the Philippine cloud rat, a nocturnal animal endemic to the Philippine Cordillera region. This very large rodent is an herbivore and hunted by large birds and local people.
From the caged animals, visitors can move on to the fenced areas where they can visit and feed the monkeys, swans, flamingos, ostriches, albino and spotted deer and the one-hump camel.

Children are allowed to sit on top of the bigger animals, but if they really want to ride, they can go to the tracks where they can ride the miniature horses.

For a closer encounter with the animals, visitors may choose to visit and feed the parrots and hornbills that are placed in a more open area where visitors can openly approach them with bananas and seeds. There are also scheduled show and tell times when audiences are introduced to the animals.

Cheapest Flights and Airline Tickets Online Booking

An added attraction is the butterfly garden where one can observe thousands of butterflies, some endemic to the Philippines, or have a more serene interaction with an animal species.

Visitors from all parts of the Philippines and other countries flock to Baluarte everyday, for these well-cared for animal attractions, and for a chance to meet with the owner of this magnificent property.

Governor Singson does not only generously share his private collection of animals with everyone; he also gives in to requests of tourists for pictures to be taken with him


THINGS TO DO IN BALUARTE

Here are some of the things you can do and enjoy inside Baluarte:
  • Appreciate the view
  • Interact with the animals
  • Selfies with the animals
  • Feeding them
  • Talk with the parrot

Klook.com

ENTRANCE FEE

There is no entrance fee to wander at this amazing animal sanctuary. You can even have a family picnic on the green landscape or dine at Baluarte’s in-house cafeteria.

For those who want to tour around the zoo, a guided tour via electronic cab worth Php 50 is available.


HOW TO GET TO BALUARTE

Via Public Commuting: From Calle Crisologo OR Public Market, you can hire a tricycle to bring you straight to Baluarte.

Via Private Vehicle: From Calle Crisologo, head south and turn left at Rivero Street, then make a right turn onto Quirino Avenue. Drive straight until you reach the arc of Barangay Salindec at your right. Enter Barangay Salindec and turn right. You’ll see a small welcome sign to Baluarte Zoo.

Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo

Address: Quirino Boulevard, Tamag, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Business hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact information: (077) 722-7186
Admission: Free, but there is a Php 50 fee for the e-cab tour around the zoo.

WHERE TO STAY IN VIGAN

Here's a list of hotels and resorts to book for a stay in Vigan City:


ALSO IN ILOCOS


WHAT TO BRING IN VIGAN

Here are some things you might consider bringing with you for your day tour / adventure:

WHERE TO GO IN ILOCOS?

Batac   Burgos   Laoag   Pagudpud   Paoay   Vigan

OTHER ZOOS AND THEME PARK TO VISIT

Here's a list of zoos, theme farms and parks you and your kids can enjoy in the Philippines:

IMPORTANT NOTE: The rates, contact details and other information indicated in this post are accurate from the time of writing but may change without IMFWJ's notice. Should you know the updated information, please let us know by leaving a message in the comment box below.

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