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Baluarte, Vigan

2.6
#3 of 22 in Zoos & Aquariums in Philippines
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
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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  • Since I am a fan of nature... green grasses, trees and the beautiful clouds in the sky.. I must say Baluarte ni Chavit suited my taste. I really appreciate the place, aside from free entrance it has a...  more »
  • Child friendly, they get to see lots of animals (more dead than alive), gallery of the dead ones and playground / prison cells of live ones, surely kids will enjoy, but for adults..maybe so so. Pros: ...  more »
  • though there was no entrance fee, you can opt to take the shuttle to reach the top of the zoo. while riding the shuttle, there is no guide to talk about the animals you see -- zebra, ostrich, deers. l...  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.

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Where to stay in Vigan

With the main places to see in Vigan located on Crisologo Street, you'll find the primary accommodations in town close by. The pedestrianized street houses few accommodations itself, but the connecting roads offer some luxury and mid-range hotels set in atmospheric colonial-era buildings. The further you get from the cobbles of Crisologo, the more modern the accommodations, with newly built hotels in both the north and south of town, and some particularly budget-friendly options located along Liberation Boulevard as it crosses the river to the east.
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