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Baluarte, Vigan

(2.6/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Travelling from the city centre with bus. Approx. 20 minutes to the Zoo area. You can walk inside the Zoo or visit scenic ride to the animals. Admission is free. In the Group I bought a keychain with a Zoo rescue. Very impressive.
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  • We went here last Sunday, with senior citizens, adults and young kids. Everyone enjoyed. Entrance is free, but the shuttle ride cost 50/person (regardless of age) and 40/senior citizen. There is a new...  more »
  • Had a chance to hold a parrot, yellow snake and a photo taken with the tiger. its just that their bathrooms were all not maintained.  more »
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  • When we went there the lions were in small cages. 😭 Why couldn't they have a separate area where they could roam and which were safe for visitors to see? I couldn't stand seeing them look so sad. I'd give one star if not for the llamas and other animals that seemed to have better conditions.
  • It seems that this place is always under renovation. I guess that must always be the case, either under maintenance or always in the state of improvement. :) there are many animals to see here. They seemed a little sad but the ostriches are free to roam. I liked the butterfly farm and it was unforgettable because a butterfly landed on my hand while I was taking pictures. There are shops here where you can buy delicacies and handicrafts as always. I bought a woven bag. Please dont haggle too much with locals because unlike Manila, job opportunities here are likely not as good :) this is their source of bread and butter
  • Free for all! Good job for Sir Chavit Singson for allowing people to visit his Baluarte. I really appreciate the place aside from its free , there are animals that you don't often see in other zoo. You can also take a photo with the very friendly Tiger. My only suggestion is to add more animals and because some cage are empty. Overall, I enjoy the place.
  • The admission is free! The different exhibits offer services (photo ops, close encounters etc.) for a low price (I saw one for Php25!). The zoo however, needs updated signage as I got lost a few times. I also doubt if some of the exhibited animals are happy given that I saw a lion in a very tiny cage looking morose.
  • This is a zoo, nice place. Many animals with animal show.