Kapurpurawan Rock Formations in Ilocos

I went to Ilocos Norte with a little idea on what awaits us. I was only excited about the wind mills in Bangui during our trip that afternoon. Little did I know that something astonishing awaits us. After driving a couple of hours from our hotel in Currimao, our tour guide brought us to the town of Burgos in Ilocos Norte. According to her, one of the famous attractions in the area is the Kapurpurawan rock formations.

After taking a short hike down the cliff where we parked our vehicle, a scenic view of rocks, hills, pools of sea water and small patches of vegetation greeted us. Aside from the scene in general, what is more remarkable are the details of the area. On top of the rugged coast of Kapurpurawan are patches of bonsai mangroves. A sign saying that taking of mangroves and other form of vegetations from the area is prohibited under the Philippine law indicates that the pristine beauty of the place is being threatened by tourists and outsiders.

The word kapurpurawan means kaputian or whiteness in Ilokano. The place was named as such due to the different majestic white lime stone formations in the area.

The formation of these structures of lime stones is due to sedimentation and weathering. The strong winds coming from the sea contributes a big part in the deposition of minerals and the mechanical and chemical weathering of this rock formation.

The sight of these natural rock formations was really amazing. The place is very ideal for landscape photographers like me. Making a stop over at Burgos, Ilocos Norte for the Kapurpurawan on your way to Bangui or Pagudpud is highly recommended.

25 thoughts on “Kapurpurawan Rock Formations in Ilocos”

    1. woooot! That’s cool. gusto ko ring bumalik sa ilocos and do nothing but take photos. hahahaha.

    1. hi jayson, I’ll try to ask our followers. Do you plan to stay on Pagudpud for the whole 6 days or do you plan to explore Ilocos?

  1. HI! My family’s doing ilocos tour for 3d2n. This will be on the first leg of our trip. How’s kapurpurawan in terms of elevation and distance from the road? Is it advisable for older travelers?

  2. we went to Ilocos last December and i did not know that there is such a place like this in Ilocos. Thank God we my husband is from there and we will go back to Ilocos this March with my husband this time and i will surely visit this. Ilocos is such a beautiful place and full of wonders

  3. Such a wonderful and extraordinary place here in the phils!! it seemed as if those photos were taken from abroad!! wow… 🙂 Amazing!!

  4. Thanx 4 d ph0t0s. Lalo aqng n.excite s tour namin ng ciz q jan sa Iloc0z.
    Nwei, alam m0 po kung san jan or paan0 mg.tour jan riding n a h0rse? Thanx p0h.
    Dat was featured n Jessica Soho but whn i searchd it n d web, n0 resultz f0und. Sigh…
    Hope 4 u cn help me. Thanx. Godbless. 🙂

  5. hello everyone! thanks for the wonderful comments regarding our place. Ilocos is truly full of surprises. If you need a tour guide to show you around, feel free to contact me and i’ll be happy to help you fall inlove with Ilocos…..

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