Going Around Pagudpud (South Tour)

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
We opted to do the South Tour on our third day in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. While this tour is often referred to as "Pagudpud South Tour," it technically covers the towns of Bangui and Burgos. This includes the following destinations:

  • Bangui Windmills
  • Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
  • Cape Bojeador

Standard rate for this tricycle tour is Php 600. Our tour guide and tricycle driver was the highly-recommended Kuya Lenzer (+639068185735). A tricycle tour can accommodate a maximum of four (4) persons. Should you require an air-conditioned van, Kuya Lenzer also has one.

Just like the previous day, Kuya Lenzer picked us up at 8:00 am, and since we were staying in Saud area off the southern part of the town of Pagudpud, the distance to our first destination (Bangui Windmills) was relatively shorter.

Bangui Windmills, a row of wind turbines, stretch along the shores of Bangui Bay, facing the open sea. There are no other structures in this area except for some souvenir stalls and a restroom. No trees whatsoever, so please be prepared to bathe in the scorching heat of the sun. You can also go horseback riding here. To date, wind farms in the towns of Burgos and Pagudpud are underway, and Kuya Lenzer said they might start offering ATV tours to Pagudpud wind farm once it is already open. Cool!

Bangui Windmills

Our next stop was the iconic Kapurpurawan Rock Formation off the town of Burgos. From Bangui, we had to travel further up on seaside cliffs until we reach the drop-off point. Here, Kuya Lenzer transferred us to another tricycle. Unlike before, only tricycles from the town of Burgos are allowed to bring guests at Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and the nearby Cape Bojeador. Tricycle fee for the two destinations is Php 300. Should you wish to go to the Dragon Fruit Farm,  I bet there is an additional charge. Entrance fee in Kapurpurawan is Php 15 per person.

On our way to Kapurpurawan
Known for its creamy white and streamlined rocks formed by different oceanic and weather forces through the years, Kapurpurawan is perhaps the most interesting part of our entire Ilocos Norte trip. It is such a delight to see nature's masterpiece right before your eyes. "Puraw" means "white" in the local dialect, thus, the name of the rock formation.

Horseback riding, anyone?
Going to the rock formation entails about 15 minutes of walking onto rocks and grass, under the unforgiving heat of the sun, of course. Make sure to bring water, and if you are too lazy to walk, there are horses that can bring you around for a minimal fee.

Looks like Biri?

Natural pools
There's a giant sphinx-shaped rock formation that slices the vivid blue sky with its immaculate white hues. It used to be a favorite photo op spot, but now, tourists are forbidden to go all the way up as it is feared that it'll be deformed and vandalized.

The sphinx at my back

It is best that you go on a tour of Kapurpurawan on weekdays as it can get crowded on weekends and holidays. You don't want photo-bombers, don't you?

After about an hour of camwhoring in Kapurpurawan, we proceeded to our next destination: the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. Ensconced on the hills of Vigia de Nagparitan, still in  the town of Burgos, the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is one of the remaining colonial lighthouses in the Philippines. Overlooking the vast West Philippine Sea and the scenic Cape Bojeador (the first land sighted by vessels approaching Luzon from the northern ports of China and East Asia), the lighthouse remains functional up to this day. In fact, when we went there, the site was undergoing maintenance.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

View from the foot of the lighthouse
Souvenirs at Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
Our guide asked us if we wanted to check out the Dragon Fruit Farm but we were already exhausted so we said no this time. He then brought us back to the main junction in Burgos where Kuya Lenzer was waiting for us.

The last part of our tour should've been Saud Beach but since we already stayed there for two nights, we opted to go straight to Laoag from Burgos. This also made our travel time shorter as Laoag is only an hour away from Burgos. Fare on a non-airconditioned bus is Php 60.

In front of Saud Beach Resort and Hotel
Near Rey's Place where we stayed
Pagudpud wind farm

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