Lakbay Norte: Kapurpurawan & the Bangui Windmills

A trip to Ilocos would be incomplete without visiting the famous Kapurpurawan Rock. The tour I joined took us to this unique yet interesting rock formation along with the Bangui Windmills

Kapurpurawan Rock

The bone-white surfaces and rock surfaces is a prominent destination for visitors and locals alike. Its moniker kapurpurawan is the Ilocano word for white, it is truly a fitting name for this one a kind creation of nature.

I wanted to get closer to the rock formation but there was a wire that prevented tourists from getting too close. I think it was a good idea to block direct passage to the formation to preserve it from damage that a multitude of tourists can do.

The waves battered the shoreline and the surrounding rocks to mold and shape the rock to its current state. The rock formation is not the only thing impressive in this well-known tourist destination. The surrounding area has markings and grooves that probably took millions of years to create.

I asked a local guide about the number of tourists visiting Ilocos, he said that the large crowds are the norm, especially during the weekends, and the peak seasons of summer and Christmas.

The formations reminded me so much of Biri in Northern Samar.

Bangui Windmills 

The Bangui Windmills are another destination that most Ilocos visitors go to during their trip from south to north of the region. The windmills face the sea, right in the direction where the wind blows from the sea.

The windmills were a project that took two phases to complete, the total output of the wind farm is 33 MW. The structures form a graceful arc lining the shoreline, making it an ideal area to just enjoy the view as the sun sets over the horizon.

There were several picture worthy sunsets and I took my time taking many photos when the sky turned from red to a faint tinge of orange as the day came to a close.


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