Sunday, August 4, 2013

Ilocos Norte: The White Rocks of Kapurpurawan

It was our third and last day in the beautiful province of Ilocos Norte. After getting swept by the beautiful view of Bangui Wind Farm, we went back to the national highway and hailed a bus going farther down south to the town of Burgos. As the distance from Bangui to Burgos is only about 11 kilometers, the bus ride took less than 20 minutes.

We disembarked in the town proper and immediately looked for a tricycle which we can take us to our next destinations: Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and Cape Bojeador. Fortunately, there are many tricycles parked across the road, so we hired one for P300.00 (standard rate good for 2 persons).

From Burgos town proper, we traveled about 2 kilometers before reaching the Kapurpurawan access road along the highway. There is an entrance fee of 20 pesos per person but for some reason, we were allowed to enter without paying the fees. From the highway , Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is still about 3 kilometers away, passing along a rough and dusty road.

A makeshift hut is built on Kapurpurawan Rocks Formation main entrance. Light snacks and souvenir items are being sold. Umbrellas are available for use in exchange for a token amount as donation. From the entrance, a small concrete pathway leads all the way to the rock formation which is a few hundred meters away.

Horseback ride to the rock formation is offered for 50 pesos per person but we chose to walk all the way. From the pathway, the famous spaceship-like rock formation can already be seen.

"Kapurpurawan" or "puraw" is an Ilocano term which means "white". The rock formations in this coastal side of Burgos are colored white. Carved by the forces of wind, water and waves of the ocean, these rocks are truly amazing works of nature.

Climbing the front side of the rock formation is prohibited. Instead, a viewing deck is built for tourists to view it from a distance. 

The other side, however, is not a restricted area so we checked it out. It is on this side where the movie "Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at Si Ako" was filmed. Remnants of the movie set are left behind. While these altered the natural scenery, the structures also provided a much-needed shade from the heat of the sun.

The white rocks of Kapurpurawan are truly breathtaking and surreal. Since there are no other tourists around when we arrived, my wife and I had so much fun doing a "photo shoot" with the stunning scenery as our backdrop.

Getting There:

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1. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is located in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. There are plenty of tricycles for hire in the town proper of Burgos. Standard rate in going to Kapurpurawan Rocks and Cape Bojeador is 300 pesos good for 2 persons.

Sketch map from Burgos proper to Kapurpurawan Rocks (image from Google Maps)

2. Entrance fee is 20 pesos per person. At the main drop-off, there is a store selling drinks, light snacks and souvenir. Umbrellas are available to use for a donation fee of no specific amount. 


  1. Aw meron na pala siyang harang. When I went there early ;last year, pwede pa umakyat. Ok na rin siguro para hindi masira

    1. I would have wanted to climb it if only it is not prohibited. Yeah, OK na rin, at least to protect the rock formation.

  2. Wow nice area to walk. I think it can make an adventure experience.

  3. Wow colorful umbrella. I like it very much.

  4. I think this hike could add adventure experiences for your life. I also like to engage with as this trip at my vacation.


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