I ended my previous post with a stitched photo of the tip of the Heroes Hill National Park. It was huge, right? These mountains are formed by the constant movement of the Earth’s lithosphere popularly known as the Plate Tectonics Theory. Sometimes, this happens around a river. That’s when the battle between earth and water starts.
As the mountain slowly begin to rise, the river continues to flow over it. Over time, millions of years actually, a winner is determined. This was the case with Abra River versus the mountain ranges that borders Abra and Ilocos Sur. It’s obvious who won, isn’t it?
The mighty Abra River that starts in Benguet has built enough power after flowing over 170 kms in the Cordillera mountains to constantly erode the rising mountain. When something like this happens, a water gap is formed. In this case, it is called the Vigan Gap. It is also known as Banaoang Gap and is about 9 kms long cutting through 3 tall mountain ridges.
The view deck offers a dramatic view of the Abra River highlighted by the old and new Quirino Bridge. According to the Tourism Office of Vigan, the view deck is also known as the “Gabriela-Diego Silang Memorial Park”. I clarified that I am not referring to the Gabriela Silang Park located in the Old Pideg Pass just right after the turn off Heroes Hill. The Tourism Officer explained that it is in this view deck or watchtower where Diego Silang proposed his marriage to Gabriela. The emotional statue of Diego hugging Gabriela from the back facing the river is just totally opposite to the fierce and angry Gabriela on a horse and wielding a sword in the park near Abra Tunnel.
As I made my way to the bridge, I saw a sign pointing to an adventure zone. It is a 2-way zipline located between the bridges. I tried going up the 5-storey platform but only managed to reach the 2nd level because I chickened out. LOL! The zipline is probably almost a half-kilometer long and you should be able to endure dangling for a while above the river on your return trip because you’ll stop short of the landing. Some will come to attach a line to you so you can be pulled back to shore.
The Old Quirino Bridge is still strong and steady but it is not passable during heavy rains when it gets submerged. It even collapsed once so a newer, taller, modern Quirino Bridge has to be built. It was inaugurated December 30, 2010.
It’s already 1:30 PM and I headed to Vigan City, the capital of Ilocos Sur. I learned from my research prior to the trip that Vigan Hotel is one of cheapest hotels in this Wolrd Heritage Site so I was delighted that it’s the first thing I saw when I entered the city proper. The single P395 fan room is not available so I booked for the double P495 room instead. I didn’t expect much, and I’m prepared for a little “discomfort”. When you’ve ridden a motorcycle for 12 hours over 400 kms, you really won’t think about comfort that much.
I took a bath and prepared for my Vigan Tour. You’ll need at least 2 days in Vigan to see the major tourist spots; I have 7 hours. Lucky for me, I have already been here with Laguna Moto Club in 2010 so I can skip some of the tourist spots.. Actually, I’ve skipped a lot. My Vigan Tour coming up next.