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Information about Baluarte Ilocos

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Baluarte, Salcedo, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
Opening hours
08:00 - 22:00
High season


The Baluarte is one of the must-visit places in Vigan. It is owned by Ilocos’ former governor and prominent political figure, Luis ‘Chavit’ Singson. The 80 or more hectare recreational tourist attraction gained popularity for having a mini zoo, safari gallery, chapel, and resort that can easily suit what a tourist needs.

Guests can also find Chavit’s private retreat inside Baluarte, a huge gold-coated mansion around the corner that has an excellent view of Vigan and the West Philippine Sea.

Some activities that visitors can enjoy are Water Walking Ball, Track Horse Riding and a Skeet Shooting Range where they can enjoy their stay and maximize the experiences they had from visiting Baluarte. Taking photos is one of a must as the places that are worth remembering.


How to get there

It is easy to get to Baluarte whether you’re joining a guided tour, riding a jeepney, or walking from Calle Crisologo. First, head south from Calle Crisologo and turn left at Rivero Lane, then turn right at Quirino Road. Go straight ahead until you arrive at the right arc of Barangay Salindec. Turn right at Barangay Salindec. You can see a small greeting sign at the Baluarte Zoo.


Best time to visit

Baluarte welcomes its visitors daily and is open from 8 AM to 10 PM. 

Frequently asked questions

Is there an entrance fee to Baluarte?

There is no admission fee, but the park offers a special tour every Fridays to Sundays with a fee.

Is Baluarte child-friendly?

Yes, it is child-friendly place since Baluarte can be a perfect place to introduce to the children some of the wild animals and how people can save them from extinction.

What can you see and do inside Baluarte?

Mini Zoo is one of Baluarte’s popular tourist attractions. The mini zoo houses hundreds of animals of different species. Visitors can see the live mammals such as spotted deers, white lions, Bengal tigers, zebras, ostriches, and camels to name a few. Aside from these, the zoo also has a section for their reptiles and other exotic animals and offers interaction with the animals for a fee where guests can touch or hold the reptiles.

What are some other things to do aside from checking out the animals?

Other than Mini Zoo, guests can check out Chavit’s Safari Gallery. The gallery is home to animals ranging from bears, deers, bison, buffalo, elephant, and many more that Chavit has featured on his hunting adventure.

Are there restaurants/local shops in Baluarte?

Yes, Baluarte has a restaurant where guests can eat and a souvenir shop where guests can avail unique pieces from their visit.

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