Where To Go In Ilocos Norte: Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Published on October 13, 2012

After the Bangui windmills, our next stop was the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. Joy, my college classmate who had been to Ilocos, told us prior to our trip that we should not miss this. We got a little bit too excited and stayed longer buying souvenir items in Bangui, so we arrived in Kapurpurawan at high noon!

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If you’re going to Kapurpurawan, brace yourself for rough roads! And be prepared to hike down slippery slopes. If I remember it correctly, we reached the actual rock formations after a 20-minute walk. Sadly, the excruciating heat really slowed us down.

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Along the way, I saw some cave-like formations. Even before I could make a fool out of myself, Kuya Lenzer told us right away that those were being used for a new Vic Sotto movie. Akala ko kasi rock formation na ‘yun! Tenge-tenge lang! :p

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Unlike the past days when we literally own Ilocos, Kapurpurawan was cramped during our visit. We had to find the less crowded spots just so we could get some decent shots.

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But then again, having some random strangers behind you is inevitable when you’re traveling on a long weekend.

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As a matter of fact, I had to crop the strangers out of the following photos.

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There was actually a big group behind us who didn’t give in. What irritated us more was the fact that they were not even taking photos. They just insensitively stood there while we were taking pictures. Sabi tuloy ni Kuya Lenzer, “Kanina pa tayo sa Pagudpud nakaka-encounter ng mga WALANGHIYA, ano?!” HAHAHAHA! Panalo ‘to si Kuya! Bratinella ang peg! :p

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We decided not to go any farther because the other side was swarmed by a large group of tourists. Kuya Lenzer also told us that it rained non-stop last night that’s why the tracks were very slippery.

But overall, seeing the works of Mother Nature through the intricate rock formations was a very nice experience. It actually made me believe that there is so much more than poverty and endless political issues that my country has to offer. It’s still MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES! :)

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