I’d like to think that nature is an artist. It’s a breathing and moving creator, carving masterpieces in small movements and long intervals. From the gorgeous wonderland beneath the waters to the beautiful formations inland, I guess no one can contest when I say that nature is definitely the greatest artist that we could ever come across. During my trip to the small town of Burgos in Ilocos Norte, I was able to come across one of nature’s best, the stunning and pearly white rock formation of Kapurpurawan.
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, or simply “Kapurpurawan”, are huge limestones sculpted by the strong winds and the waves of the sea. Coming from the Ilocano work “puraw” which means ‘white’, the rock formation really lives up to the name that it was given. It’s unbelievably white color and smooth lines makes it a sight to behold, attracting tourists and curious souls alike.
What made the rock formation so great, aside from its charming characteristics, is its near perfect location. Tucked in between the sea and the small hills that houses Burgos Windmills, it surely is a sightseeing haven. You can take amazing photos from any point in the area, and in a world where everyone is so obsessed on taking nice Instagram shots, I bet that certainly says something.
Trek to the rock formation
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is one of those destinations that we had the liberty to visit during our first day in Ilocos. We were quite tired from our long travel from Manila, so we had to gather all the energy to make our way around its white beauty. From the parking lot / jump off point, guests are asked to walk for around 15 minutes before reaching the rock. The main formation has been prohibited from tourists because of vandalism and its fragile state. It’s texture is something to that of a chalk, and it feels like it’s melting whenever you touch it. Although the main formation is closed from tourists, there are still spots where people are free to climb and take photos. If you plan to take nice selfies, prepare yourself to battle tons of tourists trying to pry each other away just for a quick nice snap.
We went to the formation at noon, and I highly suggest that you do not follow suit. Since you’ll be asked to walk for almost 15-20 minutes (depending on your pace), the heat of the sun can actually be too much to bear. It’s scorching hot, and I advise you to bring scarves, umbrellas, or shades prior to trekking.
If you’re not a fan of walking, you can also rent horses for PHP 50.00 one way, making it much easier for you to roam around. But since we’re a bit broke, and walking seems to be a better idea, Mark and I, together with the rest of our group, walked to the area.
There was a sculpture of Lam-ang near the formation, which is also a nice place to take photos of. We did took some tourist-y shots, but it’s a little embarrasing to share. Ha ha ha. We also took touristy group shots on the other side of the formation, which is quite fun. I’m not used to sharing so much photos of myself on the blog, but I realized that I didn’t took much pictures from the trip (I love taking stills, but this was an exception — long story that I’d love to share next time) and that the only ones that I have are the touristy pictures taken by a random kuya who stays and guides the people in the formation.
With our tourmates at the back of the rock 🙂
Mark posing in the rock (and yes, it took us a while to take this photo because tourists)
Joining the bandwagon
Was the place worth visiting, considering that all you could do is walk under the sun, take photographs, and just marvel on white rocks? For me, it’s a big YES, but if sight seeing is not really your cup of tea, then you might want to think about it again. Kapurpurawan is a sight to behold, though, with its one of a kind structure and its amazing scenery, and it’s surely something worth checking out.
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is located at Burgos, just a couple of minutes away from the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse and the Bangui Windmills. For backpackers, you can rent a tricycle to tour you around for around PHP 600.