Wrapping up our Byaheng Ilocos Sur, our last destination was Governor Chavit Singson’s Baluarte – an interactive wildlife sanctuary and facility, with the breathtaking view of its dominating scenic boulders amidst trees and greens in the heart of Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

Baluarte is a ten minute drive from Vigan City. It is owned by Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson and sometimes called Chavit’s Fortess.  Unlike other zoos, Baluarte is a wildlife sanctuary dedicated to facilitating education, conservation and protection of endangered species and wildlife. Visitors of Baluarte are guaranteed to rediscover life amongst the animals in unique and entertaining ways through first-hand experience. In fact, one can come and play with the animals inside Baluarte. It is so interactive that visitors can feed them, pet them, whistle with them and even roar with them.

There are so many things one can do there interacting with the animals. In my part, I had fun riding a small horse-drawn carriage called “tiburin”. I also enjoyed whistling and playing with the parrots. I visited the butterfly garden and petted some exotic iguanas. It was incredibly awesome. I also had the chance riding a camel. It was actually my first time to see a camel and riding on it was a rare experience. There were plenty of snakes and pythons there too but I can’t just go nearer. I’ll die if I do. I have huge fear for snakes.

The most unforgettable experience I had at Baluarte is my close encounter with the tiger. It was a new experience for me. At one point I’d like to cuddle the tiger as if it was a huge stuff toy but the moment it moved, I felt apprehensive. I had a perfect photo with the tiger though.

There are more to see and more to do in Baluarte. Indeed, it is more than just a zoo. Going there will surely be an extraordinary adventure especially for families. For us, visiting Governor Chavit Singson’s Baluarte was a perfect treat to end our Ilocandia Tour. The best thing about it – IT IS ABSOLUTELY FREE! Yes, you read it right – admission to Baluarte is FREE!

TRAVEL SERIES: Byaheng Ilocos Sur, Lakbay Ilocos Norte

  1. PAGUDPUD: The Charming Tropical Paradise of the North
  2. The Humongous Windmills of Bangui
  3. KAPURPURAWAN ROCKS: The Prized Gem of Burgos, Ilocos Norte
  4. Sunset at the Sand Dunes of Ilocos Norte
  5. Visiting Malacañang of the North
  6. Beholding the Grandeur of Paoay Church
  7. The Heritage City of Vigan
  8. The Picturesque bantay Church and Bell Tower
  9. Baluarte Ni Chavit Singson


  1. finally..

    nahuksan din.

    kakatakot ung snake kuya super laki!.,

    how many years naba un?.
    huhuhu were the same takot din ako sa snake!
    i do agree u had a perfect photo with the tiger!.
    i like it.

    and that one, when ur riding in a camel,.hehehe

    wish i could ride in a camel too someday!..

    1. Hi Grace. 🙂 I had a biggest fear for snakes. I can never get close to it until now. 🙂 Got a bad expereince kasi with snake during college days that until now I haven’t overcome yet. 🙂 kaya hanggang tingin na lang ako. Hahahaha. 🙂 Salamat Langga. 🙂

  2. i hate seeing tigers all tied up (as much as i hate seeing birds in a cage).. these animals should have SOME freedom of movement (having been already taken out of their natural environment)… otherwise, the zoo looks very clean and well maintained.

  3. hi,
    i’ve been there in baluarte some years back. i have conducted a seminar in vigan city thru the invitation of then mayor eva marie medina. i like the place and would like to see vigan more. i did not expect that vigan was such a lovely place. i could have extended my stay after the seminar but have some schedules back in manila. nice photos of you with the animals in the zoo. i could have done that, but we were in a hurry then going back to manila.

  4. Hello po, may mga binayaran po ba kayo jan sa place? nung pumunta kayo? I mean. rides? Kainan? accomodations? Meron po ba? If meron po, please pakisabi po how much? I just need it for our midterm project to be passed this wednesday August 22’2012. Please reply po. Thankyou po and Godbless!

  5. I’ve been here last week, it’s a great experience together with my family. I was amazed about the tigers, they are pretty cool and big same as the other varieties of animals seen there are gorgeous and eye-catching.

  6. I really hope the management of baluarte, as well as the tourists come to realize that they should be more sensitive to the dwarf horses. Today, I witnessed a sight of exhausted and wounded dwarf houses being whipped so as to carry a load of 3 adults at a quicker pace. Animals are not machines and people should be more aware of this.

        1. Love set a group tour in Vigan Baluarte .I’m interested to see the seven wonders which sound interesting.Like to know if there’s travel guide available?please send it to my e mail

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