Thursday, June 9, 2011

Part8: Vigan-Laoag-Pagudpud Day2 - Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos, Ilocos Norte

From Laoag, we head our way to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.  Before heading to Saud Beach where we planned to stay, we still have time to check some famous destination in Ilocos Norte.

First Stop:  Burgos Lighthouse / Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

This is the highest lighthouse in the Philippines estimated around 160 meters above sea level. Located in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, it was declared a National Historical Landmark on August 13, 2004 (birth day ko pa!).   Going at the top of the lighthouse is already prohibited, for safety as the construction is becoming weak.  I was able to reach its top way back in 2008 and I must say I was afraid (forgive my fear of heights) because some parts were totally open and the wind is blowing too hard on us (due to the after typhoon effect). 

Fees: Donation only

view from the top

Burgos lighthouse taken last 2008, not restricted to go up here yet

Second Stop:  Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Also in Burgos, Kapurpurawan rock formation is one of the most precious places to see in Pagudpud.  The combination of the wind and huge waves coming from South China Sea later formed a hill of beautiful white limestone rock .  You still need to walk for 15 to 20 minutes but getting here is so worth it.  I can stay here for a day if given a chance.  Our guide told us that it is best viewed during sunset as it creates a golden color when the sun strikes Kapurpurawan. 

Environmental/Conservation Fee: Php20
Tour Guide: Depends on you how much you will give.

It's getting dark, pose pa rin! 

TIP:  For those who's been here before, try to go here right after a typhoon and you'll never regret it.  The waves are much stronger and like me, you'll love it more.

Very huge waves. Astig diba?  Waves can actually reach us. (Taken last 2008)

Third Stop:  Pagudpud Town Proper

It's already 630pm when we got back to Kuya Arnel's van and  it's almost an hour ride going to Pagudpud.  We don't have any food yet so Kuya Arnel suggested we could drop by at Pagudpud town proper to buy something for our dinner.  I called Ate Cathy if she can cook rice for us (Kuya Arnel suggested it too hehe) and thankfully she was very helpful indeed especially in hungry times like this haha. 

There are few sari sari stores available at the town proper and some barbecue stands so we bought some noodles, barbeque, and Pagudpud's local version of Ilocos empanada (ingredients: cabbage, longganiza, and egg). 

Fourth Stop: Cathy's Homestay in Saud Beach

At last, we reached Ate Cathy's homestay, we were tired and hungry from our second day and what we needed is a place where we can eat and rest.

Cathy's homestay is one of few homestay accomodation in Pagudpud.  There are plenty of resorts available but we're on a tight budget the reason why I chose it.  Our room has three queen-sized bedroom, and Ate Cathy lend us extra mattress free of charge.  The room has aircondition too with private cr.  There are tables available outside to eat and you can also borrow utensils from them.  It is located in Saud Beach, near Terra Rikka resort but the front is not swimmable (I'll post picture on my next post), you might need to walk few meters from it.

Cathy's Homestay
Php2000 room for 8
She usually charges Php250/head
Contact Number: 09195716680

Next post will be our last day in Ilocos!

Thank you for reading my post.  Please do not COPY my posts on your sites, and take any of my pictures without my permission. Good vibes! Good karma! :)

This is part 8 of MY ILOCOS SERIES


Thunderbird Casino said...

Wow, this what Ilocos Norte have. Lot of beautiful places there that you can enjoy it.

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

naks! dame ng entry! ako d ko pa nagagawa itey! I love kapurpurawan, cnt wait to go back kase d ko naakyat ang tuktok to see those waves frm above.

adventurousfeet said...


nadaan sa tyaga ang pagsusulat hehe. simulan mo na post mo :)

Tripper10 said...

Thanks po sa pag share...
Grabe parang nakalibot na din ako sa Ilocos Norte...

J and J said...

Ang sarap naman dito. Great Pictures! Nice shots! Awesome website

roman leo reyman said...

Beautiful pictures and informative post! I also liked you Lucky Us post. Sana makapunta na rin ako dito, soon! Hehehe

lakwatsera de primera said...

Grabe, ang tyaga mo CA magsulat, lima na lang tapos na ang Ilocos post mo :)

joei ♥ said...

Nice shots! Got here from Neil/Irish's blog :) Follow each other?

Definitely, Maybe

Ian | GoingRoamingWandering said...

The kapurpurawan rock formation are great for photo sessions... the formation are unique and I agree sunset is the best time to see it.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

Kapurpurawan looks otherworldly! And oh, you got beautiful friends. Hihi.

Chyng said...

the best scene is the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. Im in awe and i feel blessed to see them in our land. Ganda ng Pinas!

Anonymous said...

oo maganda dyan, kaso hindi ko mabuksan ung part 9!

lance said...

oo maganda dyan, kaso hindi ko mabuksan ung part 9! magkano pala ung van na na-rent? thanks

adventurousfeet said...

hi lance, sorry di pa kasi tapos. but i'll finish it, kind of busy lang sa work :(

Yodi Insigne said...

We missed the Kapurpurawan rock during our 2 day visit there... sayang.
Will target it next time.
Awesome blog!

fiona said...

nice blog, nice post, nice photos! dis post made me more excited to go to vigan dis july.. thanks for sharing.

JeffZ said...

Majesti ang shot mo ng Kapurpurawan.. it's golden.. :)

I'm one of the lucky people pala to go up Cape Bojeador.. last January 2011 na nagpunta kami they still allow guests to come up.. That time sobrang lakas ng hangin at naimagine kong tangayin ng hangin ung tuktok mismo.. kasama ako.. haha.. creepy yun.. pero the view on top is just priceless.. :)

Anonymous said...

ask ko lang kong pwede mag stay sa light house? may accommodation din ba dun para kasing maganda mag stay kahit 1 day lang.

adventurousfeet said...

parang wala po...

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