Rocks of Kapurpurawan

“Ninang, it’s like we’re in a different world!”  my niece exclaimed as the rock formations of Kapurpurawan loomed ahead of us.
It was scorching but we all gaped as the majestic white rock formations danced from afar,  portraying different images—from simple to wild—depending on depth of your imagination.
Over the years, the Kapurpurawan (whose name is derived from the Ilocano word “puraw” which means white) rock formation in Burgos has become one of the most visited tourist attractions in Ilocos Norte.  Even more amazing is the fact that these formations are all works of nature which resulted from the combined forces of the wind, water, and waves from the ocean.
Ride a horse, help a local
Upon arriving at the site base, you will be welcomed by locals offering their horses as transportation to the rock formation.  If you have the stamina, you can just opt to walk but if you want to save your energy and enjoy the view Ilocano-style, you may rent a horse for a minimal rate.
CAPTION:  In Kapurpurawan, Burgos, Ilocos Norte, locals rent out their horses for only Php100 (approx $2) for a ride to and from the rock formations. There are 27 horse owners. But not all tourists choose to ride horses so some locals do not earn anything in a day. So, if one day you go there, rent a horse and help a local.
When you rent a horse, you will also be accompanied by a local guide. The locals know the best spots for photo ops. So don’t hesitate to ask them to take your photos.
It takes around 30 minutes by foot and 20 minutes by horse to reach the rock formations.  And once you do, be prepared to be seized by the image of these magnificent rock formations whose powdery white color is accentuated by the deep blue sea.
And better be sure you have your cameras ready because every spot can be pretty photogenic.
 Before our tour ended, our guide told us that a couple of years ago, a group of tourists vandalized one of the rock formations that’s why the local government decided to cordon that area off.  To date, that area still remains off limits.
So if you do decided to go and visit the Kapurpurawan rock formations, follow the age-old travelling adage:  “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints”, because it would be a shame to destroy this majestic work of nature whose beauty deserves to be seen the whole world.

Written by: Korina Iledan
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