Our last day in Ilocos was insane! The first day of our three-day trip was spent in Vigan, while the second was a beach day in Pagudpud. Saving the best for last, we reserved the third day for our 4×4 ride and sand boarding adventure in La Paz Sand Dunes in Laoag.
We headed off to the sand dunes at around 7am, albeit a bit frustrated that it has started to rain. We were worried that we might not be able to do sand boarding because the sand will definitely harden. But when we got to the sand dunes, the sun was shining brightly and the sand was oh-so-perfect for sand boarding. Too bad I failed to grab our GoPro Hero 3 camera before leaving home to document the 4×4 ride.
Anyhoo, here are some photos from our La Paz San Dunes 4×4 and sand boarding experience:
After getting ourselves dirty, shouting at the top of our lungs in that exciting 4×4 ride and sand boarding activity, we headed off to Gertes Hotel to take a bath, get our stuff, and check out. However, the Laoag tour has just started. We also went to the tourist stops around the town before going back to reality. I mean before going back to Manila.
Ilocos is known for gastronomic delights, and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to taste some of their local dishes. Thank God for my high tolerance for pain, I was able to taste these Ilocano dishes at La Preciosa despite my increasingly painful teeth (it was my third day with braces). Cindy and I just can’t help but smile while ordering because of how they called their tortang talong.
At around 4:30pm, we were dropped off by our tour guide Jao at the bus station, so we can catch the 5:00pm bus bound to Manila. It was sad to leave after three days of enjoying the sights and sounds of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. I wish I can stay longer but hey, I can always come back. And that is a promise, because I think I just fell in love with Ilocos and its museums, churches, beaches, sand dunes, and of course, the food.
See Ilocos for yourself by booking a three-day tour package with your family and friends. You can check out Ilocos Adventure Tours page on Facebook for more information.