Wild animals and mankind have a hard time existing together. Creating the division between each class is the fear of one another. And because human is the intelligent kind, we ruled the animals and put them in the cage. I recently discovered a place – a territory, one might say, where man and the wild mingle – Baluarte in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.
It’s Gov. Chavit Singson‘s territory. Baluarte is a sprawling property with structures of facilities and amenities surrounded by gently rolling terrains, hills and mountain side. Originally used as a rest house, it is now a zoo where visitors can see a variety of animals.
White deers, ostriches, ducks and mini-horses roam around the area. There’s also a horse-driven carriage where one can take a ride. Guests can also enter a butterfly farm where these beautiful insects jump from one blooming flowers to another.
One awesome experience that I had was the Baluarte Show. It’s an animal live show where visitors can have an up close and personal interaction with the animals such as snakes, eagle and bearcat. We also had a photo opportunity with a tiger.
The good thing about all these experiences is that you don’t have to pay anything. Aside from entering Baluarte at no cost, everything can be enjoyed free including the live animal show which other parks with the same kind of attraction charges for. Everyone can also bring their food and drinks and gather around any of the picnic areas to bond and recharge for the next activities.
One of the activities visitors will surely like is shopping for souvenir items and food. Buy yourself and your family and friends shirts, fans, ref magnets, etc. There are numerous retails stalls all over Baluarte and there’s plenty of items to buy.