Sunday, August 10, 2014

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation of Burgos, Ilocos Norte

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Located in the municipality of Burgos, Ilocos Norte lies the rock formation called Kapurpurawan Rock Formation (simply, Kapurpurawan). Kapurpurwan is one of the best and a must-see tourist destination when visiting the province of Ilocos specifically, Ilocos Norte. It is situated in the coastal part of Burgos and were said to be formed by the combined forces of the ocean waves and the wind.

How did I get here?
The hotel we stayed-in offers a complete Ilocandia tour (Ilocos Norte and Sur). As for our group of 5, we paid 2,990 pesos/pax (price varies depends on the head count) which includes a private aircon van transportation to Laoag-Vigan-Pagudpud, a hotel accommodation for 2 days and 2 nights, a daily set of breakfast, entrance fees, toll fees, driver's meal, and as well as airport transfers. Airfare is not included. Oops, before I forgot, the name of the hotel is UKL Ever Hotel and it is located in Laoag City. It is also 15 minutes away from the airport.

The actual site of Kapurpurawan can't be reach by vehicles. People are require to walk from the jump off point in order to see it. It will take less than 15 of minutes walk...well still depends on your pacing. Or if you have some spare bucks, you may rent a horse to take you there. Horse ride is 100 pesos (two-way).

Off we go!

Kapurpurawan comes from an Ilocano word "puraw" which means white and there's no doubt why it is so called like it due to its evidently creamy white rock formations. I was able to see it half way from the jump off point because of its stunning white form. Locals say that the best time to go here are during summer season. Though it will be extremely hot because it is in an open area, the rock formation will be in its whitest form due to the direct rays from the sun plus it will be super dry.

I prefer to walk than rent a horse :)
Reminders along the way
And another one...
Extending the windmills construction reaches this area. They called it Phase 3

I was overly amazed as I reached Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. I must agree that this spot is a must visit destination in Ilocos or should I say in the Philippines. The elements of the white, tall and striking rock formations and the ocean view makes Kapurpurawan enticing to the eyes of its visitors. I/we actually didn't mind staying long under the sun. We posed and took photos everywhere as the whole place is picture-perfect.

Presenting the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
Idle time at Kapurpurawan
How can you resist a groupfie?
Selfie... can't blame me for having one. Haha
Tamayo's Tower... Really don't know what it is
Chalk-like texture rock formation

I noticed that visitors come and go from time to time which I think a positive sign that the governance of tourism of this place is implemented correctly and on track. I just hope that despite the increasing numbers of tourists visiting Kapurpurawan, the local government will still be able to support and maintain the cleanliness and the whole look of the area and so future generations can witness it as well.


  1. I friend of mine was there few weeks ago. Told me the place is a must-see. Hope I would be able to visit there one day. :) Your photos are stunning :)

    Honey G.

    1. book now your way to Laoag and explore ilocos (sur and norte)! :)

      Thank you for visiting my blog!

  2. Your shared information is really amazing. I got a lot of new ideas and information about this place after reading your blog. I also visited this amazing place about a month ago after my Boston NY bus tour with my friends. This wonderful rock formation is located on the rocky coast of Burgos, Ilocos Norte. It is very famous all over the world due to its creamy white and streamlined limestone formations. We had a lot of fun there during our trip.

  3. your photos are stunning and is inviting me to visit the place. i wish i could visit the place soon!

  4. This post made me remember the movie Suddenly It's Magic starred by Erich Gonzales and Mario Maurer which is halfly shoot in Ilocos Norte province.

    1. haven't seen that movie yet... try ko nga iDL hehe


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