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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.