Ilocos Series: Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

December 01, 2015

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is another notable tourist attraction that can be found in the town of Burgos, Ilocos Norte.  Its name was derived from the Ilocano word "puraw" which means "white" --an adjective that perfectly describes the bright color of this amazing limestone formation.

It is said that this natural wonder was sculpted thousands of years ago by the forces of the ocean and the wind along the rocky coast of Bangui Bay through a process scientifically known as "sedimentation."  

We arrived at this place at around 10:30am, after about 20 minutes drive from the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.  This famous geologic formation can be seen up close only by trailing about 2 kilometers of rocky path from the drop off point, which is the parking area.  Thus, this popular tourist attraction is considered not accessible for the elderly and persons with disabilities.

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The long trek going to the the famous creamy white limestone formation -- definitely not advisable for pregnant, elderly, and persons with disabilities

There are two ways by which you can reach the creamy white limestone formation:  (1) either you walk or (2) rent a horse for PHP 100.  If you are after the exciting experience of trekking and saving a few bucks, then be prepared to endure the long walk under the scorching heat of the sun.

Ideally, the best time to go would be early in the morning, around 7-8am, when the sun's heat is still tolerable. That way, you'll be able to enjoy the trek while getting your daily dose I vitamin D!  Also, make sure to gear yourself up with the most comfortable shoes, lots of sunscreen, a hat or any protective barrier from the sun, and a bottle of drinking water.  Trust me, you'll definitely need it!

It was a great challenge to take the long walk towards the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, especially with a 23-month-old toddler who wanted to be carried ALL THE TIME.  Good thing my brother willingly volunteered to take my son, Rafa, on his shoulders -- it saved me and my husband a lot of energy and also gave us the opportunity to take a couple of decent shots together.   

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My brother is taking a quick rest by the metal sculpture of the eponymous hero of the Ilocano epic poem, "Biag ni Lam-ang"

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Me and my husband are feeling like PBB teens on our way to the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation.  On the background is the beautiful shore of Bangui Bay, which is also considered as a tourist spot, but not practical for swimming because of its deepness and strong current.

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On the far left side of the photo is the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation of Burgos, Ilocos Norte

Apart from the limestone formation itself, the Bangui Bay or more ordinarily known by the locals as the Kapurpurawan beach, and the gigantic Burgos Wind Mills, are also a sight to behold that would make your visit to this place definitely worth it!

***We paid Php 100 for a group of nine adults and a toddler before we could reach the tourist attraction's drop-off point.


You have read Part 6 of 16 of my travel blog posts about our family's trip to Ilocandia.  Should you wish to view the rest of the blog posts under this series, feel free to click any of the links below:

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