Thanks to Governor Chavit Singson, Baluarte is now one of the must-see attractions in Vigan. Baluarte is owned by Governor Singson, a hectares of land where the Governor’s multi-storey house sits. The mini zoo which is open to the public is a private collection of the Governor from all over the world and others indigenous to the Philippines which he generously shares to the public for free. Yes it is incredible to point out that admission to Baluarte is FREE.
Let me share some of my photos:
The mini zoo unlike others of its kind, offers a close encounter with the animals, the kids and young at heart will enjoy watching these animals just walking around the park and interacting with the visitors. But please teach your kids how to respect the animals.
Below picture on the left is a llama, a South American camelid. On the right is my shot of the kids enjoying "tiburin", a small horse-drawn carriage.
Here is my niece enjoying her close encounter with a colorful parrot. she wants to take it home afterwards..
And here are the kids.. all smiles! The problem with bringing kids to your travels is that they are not easy to please, they don't enjoy historical walks. So after shopping for "burnay" (locally known as tapayan or banga) and the kids are already sulking, bring them here and for sure it would be your time to sulk since they won't let you leave early!