Bantay Photo: Wendell L.

Bantay

Bantay, Ilocos Sur, is not only dotted with colonial Philippine history, it is also home to several species of wildlife. The municipality with a little over 34,000 inhabitants, made sure to preserve the mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects that reside in their domain. Their reserved forests and farms are home to all of these plus some plants, as well.

Truly, Bantay takes good care of its wildlife. For those who are sporty but want to step out of the court or the gym, Bantay offers natural attractions that play host to all sorts of physical activities. The Carballo Mountains is a mountain range that offers a scenic view of the Cagayan Valley and it even overlooks part of the Babuyan Islands. There are several hiking destinations along this area, so you can exercise your legs here, for sure! Aside from that, Carballo Mountains has natural springs — you can take a dip and just relax while you look at the beautiful skies overhead and breathe in the fresh provincial air.

And if you’re lucky enough, while on a hike and exploring the forests, you might encounter some wild pigs or monkeys that naturally inhabit the mountain range. Aside from the Carballo, Bantay is also home to the Abra River, the only other natural tourist attraction in the municipality. The Quirino Bridge that was build over the river is also one of the sites to see in Bantay.

Victoria Park is also home to a lovely botanical garden where nature-lovers can walk around in and appreciate the pretty plants. The park also houses the Caniao Falls which serves as an irrigation source for both Bantay and Vigan.

Other than that, one place to visit in Bantay is also the famous Saint Augustine Parish Church. The church’s architecture is neo-gothic with a mix of pseudo-romanesque detailing and structuring. It’s one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, having been built in 1590. And like other churches from the Spanish colonial era, there is a bell tower near the church. It is picturesque (another great location for trick shots!), with the backdrop of mountains and blue skies. It also served as a watchtower during World Wars I and II.

Bantay, Ilocos Sur is the perfect mix of nature and history, what more can you ask for if you’re looking for a little relaxing sightseeing?

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  1. Hotel Luna
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Top Rated Places in Bantay Browse All

  1. Vigan Heritage Village
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  3. Irene's Vigan Empanada
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  6. Cafe Uno
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