Tanay has got its hidden gems for the wanderers, one of it is the majestic rock formations of Tinipak river and its cave with a natural pool inside. Barangay Daraitan is just a few hours away from the metro, and if you’re looking for a cheap and fairly close getaway, Tanay town has got it for you!
TINIPAK RIVER: A HIDDEN GEM IN TANAY, RIZAL
WHAT TO EXPECT IN TINIPAK RIVER
Head to Brgy. Daraitan first to pay your tourism fee and they will assign a tour guide for your group. The guide will orient you on the rules and how the trek will be.
Riding a tricycle to the start of the trekking point is also an option, but we chose not to since we want to sort of have a warm-up exercise along the way. We also haven’t eaten our breakfasts yet, so we were eating on the road. Bring some food too if you prefer to walk the trail to Tinipak River.
Reaching the camping ground in a few minute trek, we relaxed for a while. Paying a tourist fee is required for those who are trekking Tinipak river since the area is on the border of Daraitan Tanay, Rizal and Gen. Nakar Quezon province, it’s their barangay rules.
Extra caution is needed in the cave, my friend even slid and fell due to the ground being too slippery. Note that there’s running water so the place is pretty much wet.
Glittering rocks that look like crystals, or in another way looks as if it has ice on it can be seen inside the cave, sadly our cameras can’t take a high-quality picture in dark places. In the end is where we swam to our heart’s content, we even had the place solo for a few minutes. The natural spring pool inside the cave was so cold! It refreshed us from all the buckets of sweat we had on the rocky climb.
We went back a little further and our guide directed us where we could swim and do a little cliff diving — if only I could swim. Talk about relaxing in the water with an open mountain view. There’s a small hole here gushing out fresh cold water, a kid drank there so I did too, it tasted just like normal cold water.
We ended pretty early unexpectedly, our group had a small talk while swimming in the river and decided to visit Daranak Falls after, such a sweet escape from home. But we still haven’t had our proper meal since morning so we just ate our lunch back at the camping ground.
DIY TINIPAK RIVER ADVENTURE: PLANNING YOUR TRIP
Overnight camping: For an additional fee, you can do an overnight camping on Tinipak river
Swim in the River + Cliff jumping: Swim freely with a majestic view of the lush green mountains and unique rock formation of the river. If you’re up for cliff jumping in the river, ask your guide where it is okay to jump.
Or stay the night in the camping grounds of Tinipak river, just bring your own tent.
Via Public Transportation:
From EDSA Starmall: Ride a UV Express van or a jeepney and ask the driver to drop you off at Tanay public market. UV fare is Php70.
From Tanay public market: Ride a tricycle to Brgy. Daraitan, you can be dropped off exactly at the Barangay since there’s a bridge now where the tricycles can ride across. Tricycle fare from Tanay market to Brgy. Daraitan is Php500.
REGISTRATION FEES: (mandatory fees)
Tourism Fee Php300
Tour Guide (mandatory) Php500 (day tour) and Php1,250 (overnight)
Barangay fee for Rizal-Quezon border Php20 / per person
Php70……..UV Express Van from EDSA Starmall to Tanay
Php500……Tricycle from Tanay market to Barangay Daraitan
Php500……Tour guide fee
Php10……..Headlights for spelunking in the cave
Php20……..Barangay fee for Rizal-Quezon border
Php500……Tricycle back from Brgy. Daraitan to Tanay public market
Php70……..UV van back from Tanay market to Starmall/Megamall
TOTAL: Php1,970 (then divide this cost per person on your group)
*Food and other fees are not included here
05:00 Ride UV Express Van from EDSA Starmall to Tanay
06:30 Tricycle ride from Tanay public market to Barangay Daraitan
07:00 Start of the trek to Tinipak River (with little stopovers for picture taking)
09:00 Spelunking in the cave
09:30 Start of the trek to the river area
10:00 Swim and play in the river + a few picture taking
11:00 Back to the camping ground
12:00 Back to Brgy. Daraitan
01:00 Side trip to Daranak Falls
BEFORE THE TRIP
- Sunblock, shades, caps etc. (bring items to protect you from the sun)
- Packed lunch (fast food/take out/homemade)
- Trail food like jelly ace, fruits, nuts
- Water – there are drinks sold in the crater (but it’s expensive)
- Medicine (you might get a headache because of the heat)
- Change of clothes for your shower after the trek
- Slippers – if need be, to change into after the trek
BOTTOM: Leggings, shorts are your best friends. Wet jeans will hinder your movements, you need to be comfortable with your legwork.
FOOTWEAR: Shoes, sandals. if you have water-resistant shoes, better bring it. Make sure your feet won’t hurt when the shoes you wear get wet. Always wear sturdy footwear with a strong grip so you won’t slide!
- If you’re a tough climber, you can do both hiking to Mt. Daraitan then trekking in Tinipak river for a little refresher
- As always, pack lightly when trekking or hiking
- Be careful with the current of the river, some have some very strong ones
- Always ask your tour guide where it is safe to swim
- Visit on a dry season so it’s easier to trek through the rocky trail
- Leave no trace! Littering is a big no-no, respect nature
- You need no permits or advanced notice that you’ll be hiking in Daraitan or Tinipak river
- If you’re bringing your private vehicle, there’s a parking space in Brgy. Daraitan
After trekking Tinipak river you can do a little side trip to Daranak Falls, it’s an hour away. Fare from Brgy. Daraitan to Daranak Falls is Php500, rates are given by Tanay’s tourism office.
THINGS TO KNOW
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Depending on your nationality, you may or may not need to apply for a Philippine Visa. I recommend checking out the website of your country's Philippine embassy to check if a visa is required before entering the Philippines.
Fluent English is widely spoken here in the Philippines so foreigners visiting will not have much problem with the language barrier and et cetera. Filipinos living in Metro Manila mainly speak Tagalog but in the provinces, different dialects are spoken like Bisaya.
In the Philippines, our currency is called Philippine Peso (PHP, ₱)
Trains are usually taken when going long distances within Metro Manila but when going down to provinces, buses are usually ridden. When traveling in short distances, jeepneys or tricycles are usually taken. When going to Tinipak River in Rizal province, riding an FX from Cubao or Ortigas (in StarMall) is the best option.
HAVE YOU BEEN HERE BEFORE TOO?
• Have been here before? What did you like about the place?
• Do try spelunking, it’s worth the bruises
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The name’s Fiorucci (pronounced as Fee-yoh-ru-chi), I’m not Italian but I can eat pasta for a whole week…or a month…or more. Hop on my story as I travel the world ‘one destination at a time’ while juggling with my full-time work, freelancing and building my own business to gain freedom from this monotonous corporate society.