Patapat Viaduct (Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)

April 12, 2012
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The Patapat Viaduct is a 1.3 km concrete winding bridge at the foot of the North Cordillera Mountain range and it connects the Ilocos Region to Cagayan Valley. Standing 31 meters above sea level, it affords a breathtaking view of Pasaleng Bay. It is often called the French Riviera of the Northern Philippines and many TV commercials have been shot here (including one for gasoline, if I remember correctly).

Somehow, the image I conjured in my mind is me in a red convertible, with my long hair flying in the breeze as I drive on this bridge :P

The long and winding bridge

Before the viaduct was constructed, motorists had to use a one-way road higher up the mountain. Because it was very narrow, traffic jams were the norm and accidents were quite common.

It was constructed during the Marcos administration and unveiled to the public on October 1986.

Wag tularan — ito ay gawain ng mga propesyonal lamang :P

Photo credits: Pictures without my watermark belong to Rein Balangatan ^_^

This is part of the Pagudpud Northbound Tour which includes the following:

  • Kabigan Waterfalls
  • Patapat Viaduct
  • Agua Grande
  • Paraiso ni Anton
  • Timmangtang Rock
  • Bantay Abot Cave
  • Dos Hermanos Islands
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Burol ni Coco Martin — totally optional, haha!

The tour costs P600 (for a maximum of 3 people). To book a tour with our friendly driver, Manong Vincent (tricycle #166), call or text 0921-983-6637 or 0926-273-5210.

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