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Friday, August 8, 2014

Tinipak River (Tanay, Rizal/ Gen. Nakar, Quezon)

After the tiring overnight summit trek at Mt. Daraitan, we reached the grassland leading to Tinipak River. I was blown away by the pristine beauty of the place, gushing river, evergreen forest, and the naturally sculptured white-rock formations. For the record, Tinipak river was awarded as the cleanest inland water in Southern Tagalog region of Luzon.

After almost 20 minutes of walking, we arrived at the cottage/ campsite where our other FUNtastic Philippines members set up their tents. Then we had our lunch like as if there's no tomorrow while listening to the natural soundtrack of the river streams.

Then we take a dip into the cold waters of Tinipak River. It was so refreshing! 

There are lots of adventures you can do here. You can try spelunking/ caving at Tungtong Cave. Don't forget to bring your head lamps or flash lights to help you navigate through the cave and to see the wondrous stalactites and stalagmites. But if you forget to bring yours, you can rent at the barangay hall for P50.00. Explore and swim inside the cave. Let your imagination run wild with the rock formations.

(Photo Credits to Emil Benedict Siya, taken during Daraitan FUNmeet part 1)

(Photo Credits to Emil Benedict Siya, taken during Daraitan FUNmeet part 1)

(Photo Credits to Emil Benedict Siya, taken during Daraitan FUNmeet part 1)

However, when the water level is high and when the current is strong, guides will not allow you to do so. Safety First :)

It's 2:30PM and it's time to go. I wish I had more time to explore the place and climb some of the rock boulders. From the cottage, it will be a 30 minute - to an hour trek back to the barangay hall. Since we haven't been to the trail because we've been to the summit the previous day, we take this opportunity for photo-ops at the white-rock formations. 

(Along the trail there was a small cemetery on the left side of the trail)

When we're at the cemented road leading to the barangay hall, we passed by at Dudayell's Carenderia where we had the best Lomi for just P25.00. 

(This kids are always ready for picture taking. SMILE :D )

Tinipak River is definitely a paradise in the midst of high mountains and a perfect place to experience Mother Nature in its beauty and elegance.

How to get here:

You can ride a jeep from EDSA Shaw Central Terminal to Tanay Public Market for P58.00. Another option is riding a van at the Starmall for P70. Then from Tanay Public Market, you can reach Barangay Daraitan by riding a jeepney or a tricycle. If you choose to ride the jeep, it will cost you P60.00 but there are just two scheduled trips daily; 10:00AM and 1:00PM. On the other hand, it will be an expensive option if you choose to ride a tricycle. The whole tricycle can cost P500 - P1000 for a group maximum of four persons so it will be depending on your haggling skills. More than a thousand pesos is to much so look for another one.

Average travel time from EDSA Shaw Terminal to Barangay Daraitan is 3 hours. It's also recommended to travel in group to minimize the cost for guide and fare (if you choose to travel by tricycle from Tanay Public Market).

Guide fees for the Tinipak Rock formation /River, it will be P500 for dayhike and P750 for overnight. And for those planning to have a dayhike at Mt. Daraitan summit, it will be P800 and P1200 for overnight.

You can check our itinerary at my previous post: Mt. Daraitan Summit (700++MASL) - Tinipak River Traverse

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  1. I am not aware that Tanay Rizal is such a lovely place until now. Beautifully taken pictures.

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