In my quest to explore places, I embarked on a journey to the Ruins of Tulum to understand the reasons what made it one of the most-visited sites in Mexico.
These defenses are made of solid stone walls that had kept the city safe from invaders since the mid-1500s. Today, these forts are a part of the San Juan National Historic Site and recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Seeing these defensive walls and especially the guerites (in Spanish, garita), sentry boxes or watchtowers made me reminisce of something familiar from back home, it reminded me of our very own Intramuros, “Walled City” in Manila, Philippines.
I stayed in Batanes for four days and three nights and our tour guide said that it was the ideal length of stay in the province to be able to get around the islands of Batan and Sabtang. If you are extra adventurous and want to sojourn in Itbayat, a week-long stay would suffice to have ample time in case you get stranded due to inclement weather. First on my list was the island of Batan, it is where the capital of Basco is found. Batan is divided into two regions, North and South. On my first day, I rented a bike for PHP60/hour to explore North Batan on my own. I took off and sought for the famed landmarks in the region.