Travel Diary: Ilocos Norte, Philippines

If you’re a tourist in the Philippines, Filipino or foreigner, you might want to consider visiting Ilocos Norte. I can give my fair share of things and activities that can be done in Ilocos Norte because I’ve been touring there for five times already.

First of all, if you are planning to visit Ilocos Norte make sure you have your own vehicle because each tourist destinations are quiet far from each other. If in case you don’t have a vehicle you can rent one or book an Ilocos Tour via a travel agency of your choice. Usually, Ilocos tour can cost you around 7000 pesos-8000 pesos per person (depends upon what is the inclusion of the tour package).

Even though the temperature in the downland Ilocos Norte is extremely high, everyone can still enjoy touring around because of its breathtaking great stretch of Pagudpud beach, desert sand dunes of La Paz, historical landmarks like Malacanan of the North, and recreational places like Baluarte ni Chavit Singson, to name a few.

Speaking of sand dunes, the Tourism Board of Ilocos Norte really did a great job in maximing their desert area. In their effort to give a tourist like you a one-of-a-kind experience in Ilocos Norte, they offered 4×4 Extreme Ride and Sand Boarding.


In 4×4 Extreme Jeepney Ride, 4-6 person can squeeze in the back of the jeepney. I think the cost of the ride is around 600 pesos per person. The ride takes more or less  30 to 40 minutes.  There are levels of rush in 4×4 Extreme Jeepney Ride: low, medium and high. Of course, if I were you, I will choose the high level to worth the prize of the ride. So here’s how it works: while standing at the back and hands on the handles, your jeepney will rush to the high and low parts of the desert that will give you adrenaline rush and rapid heart pumps. Be ready and make sure your holding tight because your jeepney will pass thru the slants and horizontal parts of the desert in its fastest run. And the more you scream the more extreme the ride will be. There’s also a part in the trip where you will be taken to the beach part of the desert to relax, lovely! I tell you, I got bruises after the ride but it’s worth all the fun, rush and screams.


I am not really sure how much is the cost of Sand Boarding but you can ready 200pesos to 300pesos for it. In Sand Boarding, you will be given a sand board, like surfing board and skating board, to ride on. From the highest peak of the desert mountain, an instructor will push you down the slope.  You can stand up while you’re flowing down but it is not advisable if you are a beginner. Balancing is the key to this activitiy, losing your balance will cause you stumbling in the sand which is another great experience if you will not take it seriously -“FUN OVER THE SAND”.

These activities are something every tourists should sought after in Ilocos Norte. It’s time to experience “Middle East” in the Philippines!

Anyway, here is my 4×4 Extreme Jeepeny Ride experience. You judge how extreme the ride is.


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