Sunday, September 18, 2011

La Paz Sand Dunes, Ilocos Norte

I don't think we'll survive in the desert. 

This realization came about when we went to La Paz Sand Dunes which is a protected sandy coastal desert near Laoag City in Ilocos Norte. 

Locally known as Bantay Bimmaboy, it is a favorite spot for shooting films.  The panoramic view was gorgeous with the compliments of the bluest sky and great cloud formations. The dunes are said to be 10 - 30meters. Activities like trekking, sand boarding and a 4-wheel vehicle or an all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) ride would be fun here. The place is a 15 minute ride from the city and can be accessible by jeepneys, tricycles or hired vans. 

We stayed there for maybe 10 - 15minutes. The sun was all smile and was scorching hot. We didn't see other people or a vision of any of the activities I mentioned. I guess we weren't the only ones who were in a hurry to leave. A few picture taking and of course, just so to have an activity done there.....we did jump shots......and more jump shots. Then rushed back inside our hired van to get the heavenly air and away from the burning hell. I think we were there close to noon which is a time I do not recommend.

Now you know why we won't survive in the desert on a summer and this is just in the Philippines which has a tropical weather. I can just imagine being in Sahara Desert or somewhere in the Middle East. Though if we had arrived earlier, you might probably see us lying down on the dunes and would have more creative shots with the dramatic view.   

*photos 3 & 4 by Chando



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