a few more to go then I will make a summary of it.
bare with me...........
After strolling in the beautiful beach front of Blue Lagoon, we checked out from Agua Seda, our accommodation in Blue Lagoon and went on with our 2nd day of the tour of Pagudpud, this time on the Northern part. Mang Arnel, our guide was already waiting for us at around 11am when we finished fixing our things. The tour would include places like Patapat viaduct and Kabigan Falls which I was excited to see.
We stayed only for a few minutes to take photos and went to the other side to see how powerful the waves are. We then went back and the tricyle rolled for a few meters more. When Mang Arnel made a stop, I was thinking as to what to see there.
After resting for a few minutes, the tricycle rolled again. After a few kilometers, a familiar view came into sight. The PATAPAT VIADUCT.
I thought this viaduct is located somewhere between Ilocos Sur and Norte. I imagined the terrain between 2 provinces as characterized similar ot nthat of Zambales where towns are confined near the shoreline and are limited by the hills so I thought there's not enough space and in some cases roads are better reinforced with viaducts.
But Patapat Viaduct is located far North in the municipality of Pagudpud, 2 hours from Laoag City. It is elevated 31 meters above sea and is 1.3 kilometers long connecting Maharlika Highway from Laoag to the Cagayan Valley.
Our guide mang Arnel pointed to us the old road above the viaduct and said that there used to be heavy traffic in the place that's why the provincial government thought of creating Patapat to solve the problem. This is a genius engineering project, not just because of it's economic significance but it's impact on tourism as well. Patapat Viaduct has now become one of the many landmarks of Ilocos Norte. One's visit will not be complete until you see it.
What's good about the viaduct is that it gracefully blends into the surrounding terrain. This is one proof that human construction could be beautifully incorporated into nature without degrading it.
We also visited Agua Grande which is just beyond the viaduct. It's a picnic area on the backdrop of a stream flowing from the hills to the open sea. But they collect 20 pesos per head entrance fee so we didn't enter anymore. It's a good picnic site but we were not there for the purpose. We then went on with the last part of the tour which is KABIGAN Falls.
Watch out for it in my next post.:D