Baluarte, Vigan

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. Put Baluarte into our Vigan online tour itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Vigan.
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  • It's alright, quite overrated honestly but it was fine. The shuttle ride was costly and it wasn't really worth it all. Anyone could have just walked since a lot of the space are not featured or being ...  more »
  • Well, It’s a property owned by Gov. Singson. Baluarte occupies 20 out of 120 or 130 hectares. We were a big group so we decided to take the private shuttle tour with a guide, which cost Php1000. It ha...  more »
  • Baluarte is a great place to visit, especially if you have small children. There is a small but interesting selection of animals, and you can get as close as you want to the fence (close enough to tou...  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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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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