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.
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.
Here is my ITINERARY:
4:30AM – Take a VAN going to Tanay, Rizal from Shaw Boulevard (Starmall – terminal) Fee: 70.00php
7:00AM – 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.
8:00AM – 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)
8:20AM Breakfast Time. There’s a lot of food eateries to choose around the area. 50.00php per meal.
8:30AM – Orientation. You will be oriented on what to expect and how far it will be.
8:40AM – 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!
Date of experience: June 2016
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