Travel Spotlight: Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Ilocos Norte

Traveling up north to the province of Ilocos Norte offers more than just taking a quick photo op at the archaic Paoay Church, which by the way is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or walking around Malacañang of the North.

Tucked somewhere further north in the town of Burgos are these creamy white rock formations called Kapurpurawan.

In the local dialect, “kapurpurawan” means white, which is very apt due to the color of the rock formations.

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There is a small “environment fee” that you have to pay before entering Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. If I remember correctly, it’s P15 per person. However, going around the rock formations area is free. You just need to sign up at the entrance.

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There is a viewing deck where you can take a photo with the rock formations as your background.

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It is highly recommended to visit this place very early in the morning. We went there around 10 AM and the sun was already furiously beaming. Make sure that you bring bottled water if you plan to stay longer while taking pictures in this place. You can also bring an umbrella or rent one from the stores nearby.

Surrounding the vast area of the rock formations is the West Philippine Sea. It’s nice though that since the place was facing the sea, the gentle breeze cools you off a bit.

We went around to see the beautiful rock formations. Sadly, some part of Kapurpurawan are already off limits. We still managed to take good photos though.

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At Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, you can also have a glimpse of the windmills. A better view would be to go to the Bangui Windmills. There, you will see the windmills lined up neatly along the beach.

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If you get tired roaming around Kapurpurawan, you can opt to ride a horse. You can hire one that will help you traverse the rock formations.

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If ever you plan to go to Ilocos Norte, make sure that Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is on your list.

Have you visited this majestic place?

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