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Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos, Ilocos Norte

It was the last day of our Ilocos Norte trip.

That morning we were heading to Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos , Ilocos Norte. Our guide, Alchie, told us that Kapurpurawan comes from the Ilocano word “puraw” which means “white.” This rock formation he added is a popular destination in the province because of its unbelievable color and form.

While inside the van, we managed to joke around. Calling one of our friends, Mavie, as kapurpurawan, obviously because she has the fairest complexion.

Then another one said, well, let’s see how white Kapurpurawan is.

Once we arrived there, the first thing I noticed was the number of vehicles parked. Man, this place is really a famous tourist spot. Looking at the vast blue ocean, we were able to get a glimpse of the rock formation everybody was talking about.

We all just followed the trail, passing through some shops and stores.

It was about two kilometer walk towards the rocky terrain. The distance was bearable, the only thing you have to prepare for is the scorching heat. The rays of the sun was aggravated by the summer wind coming from the West Philippine Sea. If you plan to visit, please do not forget to bring your sun glasses. Umbrella will be an inconvenience, because of strong wind.

If you can’t handle the distance, terrain and heat, you can do the horse back riding for as low as 100 pesos.

When we were half way through, one of the gang, suggested for a photo op, which we all obliged.

Taking some photos was a good idea – for us not to focus too much on the unforgiving heat.

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After a few more minutes, finally, we were able to witness the stunning Kapurpurawan!

Climbing the rock itself – the huge rock that resembles a submarine or others say it looks like a sleeping dragon. What an amazing imagination right? LOL

Well, the local government is now prohibiting everyone to climb it for rehabilitation purposes and also to avoid vandalism.

But everyone is free to explore the other side of the formation, which are definitely awesome to look at. It’s just amazing how limestones were able to form these rocks then further sculpted by nature.

We just couldn’t help but to take more photos.

Kapurpurawan Burgos Ilocos Norte

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And going back to the question…

About how white kapurpurawan is?

Well, it’s creamy white!

And It’s the whitest rock formation I’ve ever seen in my life.

I was so happy and amazed I took a selfie of it, not minding how haggard I look. LOL

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Witnessing the White Rock Formation of Kapurpurawan will make you realize the power of nature in creating stunning masterpieces over time.

Kapurpurawan is truly a white jewel… a treasure of Burgos, Ilocos Norte.


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