By: iamAldonLopez | January 19, 2019
I would always be thankful to witness a precious God-given nature that would always leave a mark in my heart. I never thought that there’s still well-maintained river, forest and a good heart in the Philippines. People here are well-mannered, they made sure that their guests are in good hand. They provide good service. They’re not even asking for more in return. I’m looking forward to visiting here again along with my other friends; so, they can also witness this beautiful creature. This wondrous place is situated in between boundaries of Barangay Daraitan in Rizal and General Nakar in Quezon Province in the Philippines. Tinipak river is very famous to mountaineers since this is the main attraction after summiting Mt. Daraitan and Mt. Mamara. In fact, this river was being awarded as the cleanest inland body of water in Region IV.“Enjoying the Crystal Clear Water.”
This place surprised not only me but also for the people who have already visited and I’m pretty sure that it’s exceeded our expectations. Superb! And so, without further a due. Let me share you my inexpensive itinerary.“The view of Mt. Daraitan.”
Here is my ITINERARY:
4:30AM – Take a VAN going to Tanay, Rizal from Shaw Boulevard (Starmall – terminal) Fee: 70.00php
7:00 AM – Arriving at Tanay. Take a tricycle going to Brgy. Daraitan. Fee: 500.00php per trip. Best if you are 5persons so you divide the cost into 5. (Look for ‘Manong Delo‘ or you may contact his number (0946) 708 9223. It seems like we were in the educational tour as the driver was very informative.
8:00 AM – Arriving at Brgy. Hall Daraitan.
- Registration Fee: 30.00php
- Crossing the Bridge: 5.00php each
- Headlight rental: 30.00php
- Tour Guide: 500.00php (Choose ‘Kuya Totoy‘ as your Tour Guide as he has been a tour guide since he was a kid. He knows everything in the area)
8:20 AM Breakfast Time. There’s a lot of food eateries to choose around the area. 50.00php per meal.
8:30 AM – Orientation. You will be oriented on what to expect and how far it will be.
8:40 AM – start the trek/hike. 2-km from Brgy. Hall to the campsite of Tinipak river. We passed by a cemetery. We were welcomed by the fascinating view of mountain range plus the impressively maintained river, we had a quick stop to take pictures. By the way, Let me introduce you my plastic friend, Rona. She was with me during the whole trekked through the river, cave and mountain. I think this is how it started our friendship. She used to be my boss who happens to be my real friend. Well, I’m not sure if it’s really real! (hahaha) We are still figuring it out tho.
10:20AM – Campsite. (Rest for a moment before heading to Tinipak River and cross the Bridge going to Tinipak Cave)
NOTE: Fee: 5.00php for crossing the Bridge.
11:00AM – Our very 1st cave experience. Going down through a stiffy cave entrance was quite hard, the hole wasn’t wide enough to accommodate two people at a time. Our source of light was also lacking with only one flashlight on our head made the trail more intricate, we had to walk really close to each other and had to be cautious in every step until we reach the main point of the cave, the underground river. Unfortunately, due to the heavy rain prior to the day we were there, the underground river is not clear.
12:00NN – We decided to enjoy the running crystal water. Swimming time, and ate our canned goods and yogurt before heading to Mt. Mamara, the newly opened trail and mountain.
1:30PM – Able to reach the top of Mt. Mamara. The most exciting and challenging part.
3:00PM – Back to the campsite. We tried the cold water from ‘Bukal‘ (wellspring). It’s like mineral water.
4:00PM – Back to Brgy. Hall. We took a shower. Fee: 15.00php
4:30PM – Ride a Jeepney going to Tanay. Fee: 100.00php
5:40PM – Tanay to Shaw Boulevard. Take a Van. Fee: 70.00php
7:00PM – Arriving at Starmall shaw.
It was one of my awesome experiences EVER!!! Thanks God for your beautiful creation!
Address: Tanay, Rizal, Philippines / Hours: 8:00AM – 5:00PM / Phone: +63 928 268 9723
Date of experience: June 2016
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43 thoughts on “A Great Journey to a God's Perfect Creation (Tinipak River)”
Such a lovely place. Used to live in Rizal but I never had a chance to go there. Thank you for this detailed blog of yours.
Thank you, Alma for your comment! I’m looking forward to seeing your picture on that spectacular views in Tinipak river.
i love this place so much
Thank you 🙏. I will visit there again soon!
I’ve never been there but now I want to go! I enjoyed seeing your itinerary too.
It’s really worth to visit! Thanks for your comment. I would definitely check your travel posts as well.
I love your photos and personal experiences here. I’m also a huge fan of water. It feels almost spiritual.
Thank you for your comment!
I just visited tanay rizal recently, and have never came across this place. It truly looks peaceful and a great place to destress.
Omg, Tanay Rizal has a lot of peaceful and quiet laid back places to visit.
Pumunta kase ako sa pet shelter to donate. Sa susunod! 🙏🏻
I see. Ang bait naman.
Lovely place and being a traveller is my dream. Hope I can visit this place. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for your comment. I am looking forward to seeing your photos with this stunning river and mountains.
Gorgeous trip and place to visit! I will have to add this destination to my bucket list.
Thank you so much for your comment. I’m looking forward to seeing your post with that stunning river and mountains.
God has truly made some amazing wonders. I truly hope I get to see this in person one day.
Thank you for your wonderful comment. I totally agree with you. I’m looking forward to seeing your photos with this stunning river and mountains.
Beautiful. I haven’t been here yet but I ‘d surely add it to my places to visit.
Thank you for your comment. I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures with that stunning river.
there are hidden gems in the Philippines that has yet to be explored…waiting for adventurers..and thanks for letting us know of this gem…..
Indeed. Thanks for your comment.
Tinipak River In the Philippines looks so nice. Would love to visit and walk next to the river.
Yeah. And try to go inside the cave as well. It’s just next to the river tho.
Wow, what an amazing hike. I would be like you and just have the rushing waters of the river just go around me like that one photo. It seems so relaxing!
It was so relaxing and the water is so clean and cold. I want to go back there ASAP. 😂
I got my new travel plan now haha
I have plan to hike in Mt daraitan and tinipak river on April and I’ am so exited for this. Like your photos!
Thank your for your comment. Good luck with your adventure. I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures with that stunning river and mountains.
Tinipak river looks like a place of serene beauty
Wao looks like a Great Place! A well organised and reasonable itinerary Thanks for sharing 👍🏻
Thank you for your wonderful comment.
Wow what an amazing trip! Those views are so gorgeous!
Thank you for your comment!
This definitely looks like a place I should go.. Amazing.
Wow, what a place. Looks like you’ve really made the most of it and created some great memories i bet.
Yes, that’s true. Thanks for your comment.
What impressed me in your photos is how pristine the area is and also the clearness of the water. Beautiful spot.
Thank you so much for your comment.
Very lovely post, love all the beautiful captures shared here, wish am travelling & enjoying this place lightings too. thanks for this great sharing ya 😀
Thanks for sharing a very detailed narrative of the place. Looks like you had a lot of fun!
Very lovely post, love all the beautiful captures shared here, wish am travelling & enjoying this place too. thanks for this great sharing