Tinipak River – A Hidden Gem in Tanay, Rizal

Celebrating the gift of life up the mountain was the greatest thing ever. Standing at the summit of Mt Daraitan on my special day was exceptional. I never thought that this day would ever come and I never foresee myself commemorating my birthday with Mother Nature. Yet, here we are.

My hiking buddies and I triumphantly reached the peak of Mt Daraitan in one push. As promised, we rewarded ourselves by doing a side trip to Tinipak River. Tinipak River is not like any other rivers out there. In fact, it is one of the most visited river by nature lovers and considered as one of the finest and cleanest river in the country.

Do you think we will miss the chance to witness and experience the real wonders of nature? No way!

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Here we are at Tinipak River.

As soon as we got a glimpse of the famous Tinipak river, all of us were steamed up. We couldn’t believe that there’s a hidden gem amidst the massive green trees and towering mountains. No wonder why this river received so much attention from travelers like me. We even met several local tourists and professional photographer who just wrapped-up their photo-shoot before we came.

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Awesome rock formations.

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We couldn’t resist the calling of nature and couldn’t help ourselves to take photos here and there. There’s only part of the river where you can swim or simply soak yourself for a nice bath. The ebb and flow of the water was so strong on most part that even an expert swimmer will surely drown. The sound of the raging river was music to our ears that flows towards our inner self and touches our soul. The crystal-clear water that run through the river was hypnotizing and draws every soul to come closer.  

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Isn’t it amazing?

Tinipak River was undoubtedly a genuine, like no other wonder of nature. The astonishing rock formations looked like an abstract painting framed perfectly paralleled to the mountains. A painting that can’t be bought by anyone’s wealth. A priceless creation that only those who seek the greatness of nature will ever experience and see.

We considered ourselves lucky for the fact that we were given the chance to be here. Disconnecting ourselves from the contaminated world and be one with this marvelous creation was beyond compare. A wonderful encounter that we will surely cherish ‘til Doomsday.

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As much as we want to sit, relax and just enjoy the natural wonders of the world, we had to keep moving. All of us must cross the giant lime-stones to explore the cave on the other side of the river. It looks easy from afar but it’s the other way around when we get there. There’s only one small rope which served as an aid while we scramble on the slippery giant rocks.

Spelunking was fun, yet I would say that this day was different. What made it even more thrilling was when the guide and the rest of the guys started talking about people who perish on earth for good after falling down the rock. The river will shallow you alive and we could see that. Imagine of a giant washing machine underneath the huge limestone. One wrong move and its game over.

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Getting to the other side of the river via giant rocks looks easy. No, not at all.
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Heart-pounding and death-defying river crossing via gigantic lime-stones.

We made it to the other side, then we proceeded to the cave. Soon after we set foot inside the cave, I had a strange spine-tingling feeling. It was dark that even our headlamp didn’t suffice. We continue to advance until we reached the mini lagoon inside the cave. The guide told us that we cannot go any further for some unknown reason. Well, he knows better than any of us, so no questions ask. We took a dip in the ice-cold lagoon for few minutes, then considered our cave adventure done.

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Reaching the mini lagoon inside the cave. The water was potable and it’s the sweetest water I’ve ever tasted in my entire life.

Since our cave adventure was over, it’s time to have fun while soaking wet in the river. The fine pebbles underneath the river was splendid for foot massage while the wild water from the cave was excellent for whole-body massage. Again, the water from the cave was potable and you can drink it while savoring your whole-body massage for free.

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Free whole-body massage.
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All smiles. Why not?

If only we had so much time, we would love to stay a little longer. However, we are running out of time and we need to head back to Daraitan proper before it gets dark. We arrived at Brgy. Daraitan at about 6 pm. We quickly washed up and order the best Lomi in town. The best authentic Lomi I’ve ever had.

We settle all our fees, then head towards the Daraitan Road. We took a jeepney going back to Tanay for 100 pesos each and another jeepney going back to Manila.  


TIPS and TRICKS

  • Listen to your guide always. Arrogance will lead you to serious injury or worse.
  • Extra caution is a must when crossing the river via the giant limestones. Keep your profile low and don’t act like you’re an expert.
  • Avoid littering and leave no trace.
  • Take time to appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature.

HOW TO GET THERE?

If you’re planning to stay overnight like we did, then we took the below route.

    • Take a van or jeepney from EDSA-Shaw Crossing to Tanay (approximately 1 and a half hours)
    • From Tanay, ride a jeepney going to Daraitan that leaves at exactly 1pm, then return at 9 in the morning and 12 noon.
    • Ride a raft to cross Agos river (5PHP per head)
    • Lastly, ride a tricycle going to Daraitan Brgy. Hall (20PHP per head)

Alternate route (recommended for day hike)

    • Take a van or jeepney from EDSA-Shaw Crossing to Tanay (approximately 1 and a half hours)
    • From Tanay, ride a jeepney going to Sampaloc (40-50 minutes)
    • Hire a tricycle to Brgy. Daraitan (30 minutes or less)
    • Ride a raft to cross Agos river (5PHP per head)
    • Lastly, ride a tricycle going to Daraitan Brgy.Hall (20PHP per head)

Additional Note:

  • Environmental fee will cost you 20PHP.
  • Guides will be assigned to you by barangay personnel’s and guide cost 500PHP for day hike and 700PHP for overnight.

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