La Union: Surfing + Pugo Adventure Camp

With nothing to do one weekend last August, I saw a post in CS FB page from Plan B Adventure Madness about their Baguio-La Union Road Trip and decided to join. It was only the day before when we asked for details and confirmed just few hours before the trip. Lucky enough we were able to secure 2 slots.

After the success of our Baguio Day Trip and Chasing Waterfalls Trip here in La Union, we celebrated it with a bang! We had drinks, we ate, we sang, we played cards and we had never ending socials. More time for us to get to know each other. I can’t even remember what time we slept. 🙂

They don't look excited at all

They don’t look excited at all

The next morning, everyone was excited to finally surf. Yes! My first time to surf! I went to Baler few weeks before this event but failed to surf and this time I made sure to do it. 🙂 So after breakfast, we packed all our bags then went to the beach.

I think I did okay as a first timer. Haha!

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After surfing, we went to Thunderbird Resorts La Union  for a quick glimpse and photo opportunity. Before getting in, your driver must leave an ID. They have residences, casino and different amenities one can enjoy.

Thunderbird Resorts

Thunderbirds Resort

Thunderbird Resorts

Plan B Adventure at Thunderbird Resorts

Thunderbird Resorts

Thunderbird Resorts

Okay it  was time for us to leave and head straight to Pugo Adventure Camp. It took us less than 2 hours to reach the camp using Google Maps and the direction given was pretty accurate. This place is perfect for family, friends and team building activies. They offer different outdoor activities such as Zip Line, Rappelling, Wall Climbing, Paint Ball, ATV, Water Tubing and Target Shooting.  They also have swimming pools for kids and adults. They also a mini zoo inside and cottages to accommodate small and big groups. Enjoy the pics!

PUGAD Pugo Adventure Camp Map

Registration Area

Cottages Along the River

Starting Point of the Highest Zipline

Wall Climbing Facility

View from the Top

Socials at the Pool

Too little time with so much things to do. I will definitely go back here with friends. It was 5PM when we checked out and packed all our things. This is one of the coolest road trip we had with random people. Everyone managed to get along with each other very well.

Time to Go

This was part of my Baguio-La Union Trip last August 24-26, 2013.

La Union: Chasing Waterfalls

With nothing to do one weekend last August, I saw a post in CS FB page from Plan B Adventure Madness about their Baguio-La Union Road Trip and decided to join. It was only the day before when we asked for details and confirmed just few hours before the trip. Lucky enough we were able to secure 2 slots.

After the success of our Baguio Day Trip, we went straight to a small town somewhere in La Union which took us around 3 hours where we spent the night sleeping in our tents. Another opportunity for a social gathering before calling it a day.

The next morning, almost everyone managed to wake up early except for one. I think he was too drunk. Haha.

After a light breakfast, we went to Luna Ruins on the beach of Barangay Victoria. The old Spanish watch tower is locally named as Baluarte. It was intended to guard the shores of the town primarily from muslim and pirate attacks during the Spanish period. Right now it stands in ruin due to stone quarrying at the beach and efforts by the locals have been put in place by adding cement block support to avoid further destruction of the watchtower.

Our next stop was Occalong Falls in Brgy Cabalitucan Luna La Union. Once you reach downtown Luna take a tricycle ride going to barangay Occalong until the nearest area to the falls then walk some few meters to the falls. I am not quite sure but I think there is a minimal fee here. You can also have picnic here as tables and chairs are readily available. It’s best to go here during rainy season and the water is very refreshing. At the top it works like a mini jacuzzi just be careful as it gets slippery at times.

After a refreshing swim, we had lunch and quick siesta. We then went straight to another falls in San Gabriel La Union known as Tangadan Falls. Going here is a bit of a challenge due to the steep road and perilous curves but its all worth it. Upon reaching Brgy Amontoc we thought we’re almost there. The view of the mountains from here is magnificent. We decided to walk somewhere around Sitio Kilat because the roads were very slippery. It appears that the road gets rarely passed by. It took us an hour or so. You’ll also see mini falls along the way. It’s a very steep road so one must take extra precautions. Once you reach the end of the road, just follow the trail to get to the falls. Couple of houses are around so better ask if not sure or if you don’t have a guide. You are drawing near once you get to the cemented path and stairs leading to the falls. It was tiring but worth the effort. Amazing!!! The water flow was overpowering. It was a great sight.

After spending few minutes in the area, we decided to head back before nightfall. We didn’t have any flashlight so walked double time. We also saw a rare sight of the sunset on our way back. Wow! We reached the sitio proper at around 7pm I think and arrived back in our campsite at around 8pm.

Sunset at Brgy Amontoc

Sunset at Brgy Amontoc

See the next leg of our trip here by clicking this LINK.

This was part of my Baguio-La Union Trip last August 24-26, 2013.

Baguio Day Trip

With nothing to do one weekend last August, I saw a post in CS FB page from Plan B Adventure Madness about their Baguio-La Union Road Trip and decided to join. It was only the day before when we asked for details and confirmed just few hours before the trip. Lucky enough we were able to secure 2 slots.

Road to Baguio

Road to Baguio

I know most of you have been to Baguio maybe for a couple of days but a day trip?! Yes it is possible. Below are the places you can visit here in a day provided you have your own transportation. Asking around is pretty easy so don’t worry if you’re not good in directions. All you need is an amazing bunch of people and you’re ready to go. Oh don’t forget your jacket or hoodie just in case.

1. MINES VIEW PARK
This park is one of the most visited and popular park in the city. The breathtaking view of the mountains can be seen at its view deck. At the entrance, a variety of stalls sells native handicraft, jewelry, clothings, sweaters, blankets, souvenirs and food items. You can also have your picture taken with the famous St Bernard dog or simply wear the tribe costume for a small fee. You can also ride a horse and strike a pose. Just recently, 7-11 opened a branch near the food stalls.

2. BREAKFAST AT OUTLOOK DRIVE
Not your usual breakfast hub located at Brgy Outlook Drive Barangay Hall. This place offers yummy Bulalo and Charcoal Grilled Milk Fish early in the morning. Local patrons flock this place for a nice treat to start off their day. Serving is quiet hefty perfect for those with big appetite.

3. GOOD SHEPHERD
Its close proximity to Mines View Park makes this place an ideal place for a quick stop if you want to buy their products. They are popular for their fruit preservatives, ube, coco and strawberry jams, peanut brittle, and cashew nuts. They also sell organic products like coffee and ginger tea. Colorful flowers and assorted trees can also be within the compound. You can even smell the pine trees in the area.

4. THE MANSION
The Mansion is located along Leonard Wood Road and right across from Wright Park.With its elaborately designed main gate and beautiful garden, it is favourite of many for sightseeing as well as picture taking. Not to mention the jump shots.

5. WRIGHT PARK
This park features the Pool Of Pines which can be seen in front of the main gate of the Mansion. Tall pine frees can be seen around the area. At times, locate artists here sell their work of art. On the other side of the park, one can ride a pony. You can also have your picture taken wearing the local Igorot Dress or simply have your picture with the local Igorots at a certain fee (ask first before striking a pose)

6. PHILIPPINE MILITARY ACADEMY
This site was developed as a training facility for military. You’ll be asked for an identification card before you can enter the facility. At times, you’ll see cadets running around. A monument was also built in the area near where old canyons and tanks were displayed.

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7. BAGUIO CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL
This church located on top a hill is one of the most visited landmarks of Baguio. One can walk going here from Session Road. This is considered to be the biggest catholic church in Baguio.

Baguio Cathedral

Baguio Catholic Cathedral

8. SESSION ROAD
Session Road is one of the busiest street in Baguio where you’ll find all sorts of establishments like restaurants. banks, department stores, cafes, hotels, bakeries, bars, small boutiques and bazaars. People here seem to have good discipline as well and crosses the road only when the light is green.

Session Road

Session Road

9. TAM-AWAN VILLAGE
To find the village, take Bokawkan Road then turn left at Ferguzon Road then right to Tacay Road which is uphill. Upon reach the top take a right turn and then you’ll reach Tam-Awan. The village showcases some great artworks and how the local tribe lived before. Walking tour can be requested for group tours. They also have coffee shop where you can spend some time. They also have souvenir shop selling locate products and native handicrafts. You can also but the local wine here. One can also stay here overnight and commune with nature. Entrance fee here ranges from 20-50 pesos.

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If you have one more day to spare in the city, you can visit any of the below places of interest

  • Burnham Park
  • Lourdes Grotto
  • Camp John Hay
  • Lion’s Head
  • Bell Church
  • Botanical Garden
  • Teacher’s Camp
  • Rizal Park

This was part of my Baguio-La Union Trip last August 24-26, 2013. You can check the continuation of the trip by clicking HERE

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