Ilocos is one of the best tourist destinations in the Philippines. It has calming beaches and placid greens. Moreover, it is home to well-preserved historic sites, such as the Spanish colonial city of Vigan. Ilocos is the gem of Region I.
To fully enjoy the view and get the true Ilocos experience, you have to travel prepared. Fortunately, this article offers you the basics of an Ilocos travel to help you get the most of it.
Ilocos can be visited anytime of the year. However, rains may dampen the region during –ber months, so you may consider going there during dry seasons. They hold their most important celebrations, such as the Empanada Festival in Batac in June, and the Pamunlinawan Festival in Laoag Cit in February.
During the cold months (September to January), the waves are rougher and bigger. This is an advantage for those who are professional surfers.
Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur offers beautiful and exciting destinations to visitors. Some of the Ilocos Norte tourist spots are the famous Bangui Ilocos Windmills, Malacañang of the North, and Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. Meanwhile, you will find yourself enjoying in the south (Ilocos Sur) when you visit their Vitalis Villas (Ilocos version of Santorini) and Baluarte in Vigan.
Nowadays, access to the best places in Ilocos is easy since there are tours available for the destination. There are a lot of choices of tour packages which can even be DIY.
Ilocos is one of the hottest places in the country so staying comfy through your clothes is a must. You must dress lightly and comfortably. Cotton material clothing are preferred. You can also wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun. Also, wear a footwear that can cover your feet such as a well-soled sneakers or slippers to walk on uneven cobblestone paths.
In your Ilocos tour, do not forget to bring your important documents such as identification cards, printed travel tickets, hotel reservation tickets, an Ilocos map, and your cash and credit cards. It is such a hassle to forget things from this list.
In your vanity kit, make sure to also consider the humid weather. You should secure sunscreen to get enough sun protection. Bring a mosquito repellant for your night-stay as well. Since weather is dry, securing a moisturizer is also a must. If possible, bring a light foldable umbrella, too, or a light jacket/cardigan.
Stay clean and protected in your travels by bringing alcohol, wet wipes, tissue paper, liquid soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and other important toiletries. Though some accommodations have them, it is best to bring your own.
To hydrate, bring enough water with you. There are stores available but it is better to be prepared. Bring extra batteries or a fully charged powerbank in your Ilocos tour. Ultimately, bring first aid kit for emergency purposes.
An Ilocos tour ranges from Php2000-Php4000 per pax. For a 3 days/2 nights tour, the best deals you can get may cost as low as Php 2,250 per head such as what is offered in Q10 Travel & Tours.
Booking tours for your Ilocos travel is such a life-saver because everything is organized from itinerary to accommodation. You worry less about the trip, and enjoy more on the sceneries and experience.
Making your Ilocos tour a memorable one starts with proper planning and preparing the right resources. Overall, Ilocos is an ideal place for a future Philippine destination as it represents the vast beauty of the country through its people and places.