Chavit Singson's Baluarte Zoo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur

When visiting Vigan, they say it is a must to visit Baluarte zoo and I have to agree.  Despite it being free, it unique since some of the domesticated animals are only semi-caged.  The fence are actually open.  Kids can also ride small horses and carts pulled by ponies.

  • Semi-fenced

  • Indoor Section

  • Butterfly Garden 

  •  Bengal Tiger

                        While people were laughing and taking pictures, the tiger almost scratched a kid.  He also jump in rage so we were told to leave this area.

  •  Uphill Outdoor Fenced

  •  Fenced alone at the side

  •  Birds by the entrance/exit 

  • Remarks
                  Definitely worth the trip despite the intense heat.  It's free and fun too.  It's a perfect place to bring along kids.

  • Tips
  1. Bring bottled water
  2. Wear sunglasses, cap or use umbrella during sunny hours
  3. Don't miss the highlight: Bengal Tigers on the uphill part and butterfly sanctuary