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Baluarte, Vigan

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Zoo / Aquarium
Privately owned by the former Filipino politician Chavit Singson, Baluarte houses a small zoo, butterfly farm, chapel, and shooting range. Feed monkeys, camels, deer, and peacocks in the open enclosure, then head to the big cat enclosures to catch a glimpse of majestic lions and Bengal tigers. You don't have to pay for entrance, with all profits from the animal feed purchased going to support the zoo. Wander through the well-kept grounds of gardens and pools, stopping at the quaint pink chapel to escape the heat. Singson’s own residence sits within the estate, looking out toward the city of Vigan. You can make use of picnic areas and a canteen serving light refreshments within the estate. To visit Baluarte on your trip to Vigan, use our Vigan holiday planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Ang laki ng lugar, daming nagti2nda ng pasalubong hehe I really enjoy seeing place like this. Kulang lang sa animals pero sulit coz its free no need to pay for the Entering the Zoo. Love! Love! Vigan!...  more »
  • The place is owned by Gov Chavit Singson and he is gracious enough to open it to the public for free. Aside from the baluarte sign, few dinosaur replicas and few animals, there is not much more to see...  more »
  • Not really the type of place that I want to go to when trying to observe some animals. i'd rather go to the zoo but since there are no zoos (i think) within that area, this may be a good substitute. W...  more »
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  • Good place for kids with some good shows and cool dinosaurs BUT. There was a disturbing a ray of exotic and endangered animal carcasses on display like lion, rhino, hippos, zebra, polar bear all killed by the owner. It would be great to see a more of a focus on wildlife preservation not desecration.
  • Best place for family, friends, kids and kids at heart. Animals of the jungle are seen here and been taken care of, unlike in manila zoo. Plus there also a fun and enjoy animal show. So far the best Zoo in the whole Philippines.
  • Its a nice free zoo, and accessible via trike ride from Vigan Central. Another noticeable site is Chavit's modern residence aloft and overlooking the area.
  • It's a good educational place to identify animals. The fact that it's free to the public is great but just don't expect A1 facilities.
  • This place can be explored for FREE! (By foot) Different animals can be seen here, like tiger, zebra, camel, ostrich and many others. If you're a thrill taker, you can also touch the tiger with a fee of course, or participate with the FREE animal show.