I would say one of the most beautiful sights to visit today in the whole Ilocos Region that is perfectly crafted by Mother Nature can be found in the town of Burgos, Ilocos Norte. In fact, it becomes one of the most photographed sights in the Ilocandia Region beating other equally famous tourist attractions in the province. I’m talking about the impeccable beauty of Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, the prized treasure of Burgos, Ilocos Norte.
Still on the second day of our Lakbay Ilocos Norte adventure, we moved this time to the town of Burgos, around 30 minutes drive from the Windmills of Bangui. Our point of destination is the now famed Kapurpurawan Rock Formation.
Kapurpurawan Rock is accessible from the highway. Going there, the handsome view of the bonsai forests the abound both sides of the bumpy road alluringly caught our interests. These pygmy foliage in various hues was so attention-grabbing. Spectacular. It was a good sight to start our encounter with Kapurpurawan Rock.
Reaching the jump off area, we waited no second to hike down a cemented path leading to the open field. From here, the welcoming view of the vast South China Sea now known as the West Philippine Sea is superb. From afar, Kapurpurawan Rock can already be seen. Few minutes of hiking passing through coastal rocks, pools of sea water and bonsai mangroves, a scenic view of this unique sight become more alluring. And when we finally get to its base, the splendor of the whole place immediately captivated us. Staring it from where we stood, indeed, it was a magnificent sight to behold.
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation offers a breathtaking view of different rock shapes that can completely amaze tourists that visit the place. It is completely different from the common sharp coral rocks found at hand. The whole formation has smooth curving. It has shapes that look like iconic head, cradle and the resting dragon. But the most amazing thing about Kapurpurawan Rocks is its white creamy color. Kapurpurawan actually comes from an Ilocano root word “puraw” which means white. According the locals, these rock formations become even whiter during the months of April and May. I also noticed that one side of the rock formation is soft and has a chalk-like texture. At one point, my black shirt and my black shoes were covered with cream colored dust as I tried climbing the peak of the Kapurpurawan Rock.
Aside from the rock formation, the whole environs that encircle Kapurpurawan is also a charming sight to see – the breathtaking blue waters of the West Philippine Sea, the ravaging waves splashing on the plain rocky shores, the bonsai mangroves nearby – everything looks gorgeously charming!
Without a doubt, Kapurpurawan Rock is the prized treasure to be discovered when in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. It is not only a tourist destination to see but a prized masterpiece perfectly crafted by Mother Nature.
TRAVEL SERIES: Byaheng Ilocos Sur, Lakbay Ilocos Norte