PICTURE PERFECT BRIDGE: PATAPAT VIADUCT IN ILOCOS NORTE

PATAPAT VIADUCT

PICTURE PERFECT BRIDGE: PATAPAT VIADUCT IN ILOCOS NORTE

Previously, in this Ilocos Trip Serries, I was sharing my experience at Kabigan Falls,read here.

Getting back and forth  Kabigan Falls was quite exhausting. After KabiganFalls,  I realized that I was bathing with sweet and I have to take off my shirt for fear of getting sick—oh the beauty of having a van.I never regretted that we got a van though it was quite expensive because only two of us will be dividing the rent..I realized, next time  I should be wearing a jersey for any of my future adventure trips.

After a few minutes drive from Kabigan Falls, we arrived at our next destination, the Patapat Viaduct (Bridge). I’d been dreaming to see this place personally as I was seeing beautiful photographs of the bridge across social media. Well, I was not disappointed. No wonder, I was seeing even pre-nuptials photos taken in this place.

PATAPAT VIADUCT

This picture perfect bridge was constructed under the Marcos Administration and was opened to traffic in October 1986.  It is 1.128 km long comprising of 76 spans and rises 31 meters above sea level. The two-lane winding bridge hugs the slopes of the mountains as it connects Ilocos and Cagayan hence the name. Patapat means “belt” in Ilokano. It is said to be the fourth longest bridge (in general) in the Philippines.

We get off the van and have ourselves photograph. Well,  I suppose this must  really be a part of any tour guide’s  itinerary for a “Pagudpod” trip.

How to Get there:
The Patapat viaduct is about 16+ kilometers from Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte (approximately an hour away). This is farther north from Blue Lagoon. From Pagudpud, simply head northeast towards Cagayan. This will take you through winding mountain roads that have greens growing luxuriantly on both sides and occasional views of the sea until you reach the patapat viaduct.

PATAPAT VIADUCT

 

 

 

 

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10 Comments:

  1. I’ve never been to Vigan. Hope we can visit soon.

  2. I’ve been to Vigan 8-10 years ago and I want to go back. Maybe when my baby is a bit older.

  3. It looks like a wonderful place. It is also very interesting to learn about this bridge in Ilocos called Patapat Viaduct.

  4. wow! A very nice tour at Ilocos and I saw all the parts of your trip. It’s very detailed. This will help a lot of tourist.

  5. Amazing & interesting place Jojo, I should think about visiting it someday.

  6. This will be a great place to have a road trip. Would want to go to this place.

  7. Oh, your photo reminds me our visit to Ilocos last year. It’s a very nice place to take photos with family and friends (but less cars and trucks).

  8. I haven’t been to Vigan but I’ve seen that bridge in movies. Wee, will be sure to visit that place. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  9. I think I have a photo in this bridge too. I hope to visit Vigan again soon.

  10. Pingback: 12 MUST SEE PLACES IN  ILOCOS NORTE - Top On My List

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