We wanted to have something for the kids to enjoy while in Vigan (aside from the calesa ride) so we decided to spend our morning there and see what's special about the place since entrance fee is absolutely free.
I was expecting to see a small, typical zoo where animals are kept behind fences but was quite surprised that it's actually a huge property complete appropriate to receive tourist.
As Chavit is known for his tigers, I was expecting to see lots of tiger. I was slightly disappointed because I didn't see massive ones, those that would make me say "wow!' but then we didn't pay any entrance fees so I played it on "what you see is what you get" basis. Anyway, there are 4 tigers by the entrance and more at the hilly part of Baluarte (long and uphill walk, I warn you).
Think we're at Dinosaur Land? No, we're just right here in Vigan. I think these life-size replica of dinosaurs are the most photographed attraction inside Baluarte.
Kids and adult alike have fun taking their photos with them.
They run free animal shows on weekends and holidays when there are a number of visitors. It's quite entertaining even if they use the usual drill.
Apparently Baluarte is also better known as Chavit's Fortress and it's not hard to see why. We saw a huge structure being completed at the far end of Baluarte; it's quite imposing and hard to miss because of the gold tinted glasses used.
We love how animals roam freely like this "friendly" ostrich...
Our kids wanted to ride the small horses but there were too many people waiting in line and it's scorching hot.
Basically all the attractions are free, including entrance to the butterfly garden. The only attraction with a fee is the close encounter with one of the tigers and you get to take a photo.