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.

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Author:Winston Almendras

Winston Almendras is a mid twenties professional who occasionally takes a break from his work and travel the Philippines and the neighboring countries in Southeast Asia. His goal is to travel Europe and West Asia. Read more about his personal adventures at Batang Yagit

25 Responses to “Kapurpurawan Rock Formations in Ilocos”

  1. May 11, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    Awesome photos! Would love to visit Ilocos soon! (:

    • Winston Almendras
      May 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

      Thanks. :) Ilocos is such a great place.

  2. May 11, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    I’m planning to visit Pagudpod this month. I will include this in my itinerary in case the trip pushes through.

    • Winston Almendras
      May 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

      yeah. you definitely can. Burgos is just a couple of towns away from Pagudpud. :)

  3. May 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    parang another dimension lang diba? tapos madali pang ma-access. di tulad ng ibang lugar pahirapan. :D

    • Winston Almendras
      May 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

      oo nga. pero ang ganda talaga. hahahaha.

  4. May 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    OMG, awesome images! It made me even more keen on visiting Ilocos. I’m such a big fan of landscape photography. :)

    • Winston Almendras
      May 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

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

  5. May 11, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    Nice photos nyok! Makapunta nga sa Ilocos ulit. This time para mag-ikot and not for relatives hehe

    • Winston Almendras
      May 11, 2011 at 11:14 pm #


  6. jayson
    July 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm #


    please help me plan my trip in Pagudpud for 6days and 5nyts….


    • Winston Almendras
      July 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

      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?

  7. sianne
    August 4, 2011 at 2:13 am #

    me ,me! i’m from ilocos

  8. Grace
    November 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    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?

  9. November 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    magandang weather can always amplify the beauty of a place…. i like the first photo, reminds me of Survivor Nicaragua..

    • Winston Almendras
      April 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

      I’m not quite sure how Survivor Nicaragua looks like but thanks for the comment. :)

  10. anne
    February 19, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    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

  11. Lorieeeee
    February 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

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

    • Winston Almendras
      April 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

      Hey Lorieeeeee, thanks for dropping by. :)

  12. April 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    I am sure this rock formation looks more fantastic in real life. I wish I can go there soon.

    • Winston Almendras
      April 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

      Just heard from a friend, the locales have started to disallow entry to the rocks. Sad. :(

  13. Anne Mariel Nuestro
    May 1, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Ilocos Norte is the best destination in the North.

  14. Mary
    May 4, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    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. :)

  15. ilnor
    August 31, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    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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