Tinipak River: Daraitan, Tanay's Hidden Paradise

Bedazzled with the magnificent white marbles and boulders of limestone sprinkled around the throne of Tinipak River. Perceive the serene stream, the chirping birds above you and feel the cold breeze while trekking in the woodland alongside of the river. Hold your breath for the amazing view when you reach the highest point which windows the real beauty of this lost world.





Tinipak River is cradled in the hidden paradise of Brgy. Daraitan in Tanay, Rizal. Brgy. Daraitan is a humble traditional community lies in the foot of Sierra Madre Mountain. Today, Daraitan is fast becoming popular as one of the must-visit destinations in Tanay for it offers a wide array of nature tripping activities and one of those is the river system trekking in Tinipak River. 

Me, Paul and Lee


Adventure seekers will definitely love this place for it is accompanied by enigmatic stories behind the formation of the marbles and limestone. On the way to this enchanting Tinipak river is a sporadic muddy, slippery trail and grassland. Deathtifying wall climbing, rappelling and rock climbing are present. Really, this place is packed with adrenaline rush activities.  In soundless flow of the river, one can do river crossing to do spelunking for the mouth of the cave is on the other side. Unfortunately, during our visit, strong current didn't permit us so. Safety first!

The trail.

The highlights of the trek are getting to the spot of the glorious giant sized marbles carved and swimming in the most tranquil part of the river. The water is refreshingly cool, freezing though! 

Moreover, Tinipak River is awarded as the cleanest inland body of water in Region IV. 









How to get to Tinipak River, Daraitan

1. From Starmall FX/van Terminal, Shaw Boulevard, ride a van bound to Tanay, Rizal for 70Php. The van stops at the Tanay Public Market. Travel time is about 1.5 – 2 hours.

2. In Tanay Public Market, hire a tricycle going to Brgy. Daraitan which can accommodate 4 pax. 100Php each. Some driver asks 500Php. Haggle! Travel time is about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Upon reaching the junction to Daraitan, expect a 30-40 minutes major rough road.

In addition, the association of tricycle drivers in Daraitan do not permit tricycles from Tanay to wait for their passengers while having a tour, hence you can't rent them for a round trip. 

3. Reaching the Bgry. Daraitan, you need to ride a boat just to cross a 10 meters wide river for 5Php.

4. On the other side which is the Brgy. Daritan proper, ride a tricycle going to Brgy. Hall to register. Tricycle ride cost 10Php per head and registration fee is 20Php. Here, you will have your tour guide. I would like to thank Kuya Russel, our tour guide for accompanying us. 

5. Going back to Tanay Market, ride a tricycle again for 100Php each. Jeepney is available what until 1:00PM only as far as I remember. So if you didn't catch the Jeepney, ride a tricycle instead. 


Tour Guide Fee as posted at the Brgy. Hall.
Tinipak Rock/River – 500Php
Daraitan Summit (dayhike) – 800Php 
Overnight Fee 
Tinipak – additional 50%
Summit – additional 50%
 

39 comments:

  1. Hi Sir. Thanks for this post. Ask ko lang, pwede kaya magovernight sa taas? Me camp site kaya? :) Thanks! :D

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    1. Opo, may camp site naman po para sa mag oovernight. :)

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  2. ang ganda din ng daraitan lalo na yung napaka challenge na climb hehehe...

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    1. Hi sir, agree, nakaka in love ang ganda ng daraitan! :)

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  3. Mandatory po ba yung guide? Bakit po kaya anlaki ng itinaas sa guide fee?

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    1. Hi, yup mandatory po.. but when i asked our tour guide if pano kung walang pang bayad e ang sabi e pwede naman daw hindi magbayad pero sasamahan pa din kayo ng guide. #safety :D

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    2. hello, ask ko lang hindi kasi ako magaling mag swim... may swimming ba na required para makapunta sa daraitan?

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  4. Hello, hindi kami magaling mavswimming saka first time namin if ever mag rock climbing. Ganu kalalim tubig saka kaya ba ng first timers yung trail?

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    1. Hi, may river crossing po which is chest level.. pero kapag malakas yung current ng river e hindi po nila pinapayagan ung river crossing. Ginagawa po yung river crossing para ma reach yung underground river sa other side.
      Yung trail e kahit first timer e kaya naman, lakasan lang ng loob. Hehe.

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  5. kakayanin ba ng whole day? (river trekking, climbing and caving?) :) thanks!

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    1. river system trekking + caving pwede po ng 1 day, sobra pa.
      then yung climb e 4 hours hike to summit po, so most likely akyat at baba e will make it whole day.

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  6. how much would it cost we decide to get there?i mean we have this rented jeep to use, so what was the next thing to do?

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  7. Hi Kirk, thanks for this very informative blog...Just got few questions.

    1) Is the campsite safe/secured enough for all-female campers? Ano po facilities ng campsite (atleast toilet/shower)?

    2) Are camping gears available for rent at campsite or bring your own camping gear?

    3) Will the tourguide stay wt the campers kapag nag-overnite sa campsite?

    Thanks Kirk. Hope you reply back. I'll be tagging foreign guests that's why I want to know all the things I should (and shouldn't) know and expect esp about SAFETY.
    Thanks again for coming up with this helpful travelblog! Kudos to a job well done!

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    1. Hello sir/ma'am, thanks for dropping by.
      1. I think safe/secured naman po sa site as your tour guide will be with u also. Toilet/shower arr available at the barangay hall/registration area.
      2. You need to bring your own camping gears.

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  8. Thanks for this blog Kirk. We're planning to go there this Sunday kaya lang ang expensive pala ng guide. Haha. Separate pa ba fee ng guide pag nag Tinipak River and Daraitan Summit? Max of 5 per guide lang po ba talaga? Sa Tinipak River guide fee, kasama na po caving?
    Thank u.

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    1. hello, i think 500-800 guide fee is fare enough as other location have same rates.
      Sa tinipak river po e kasama n po yung caving, accessible po yung caving kapag hindi po malakas yung current. :)
      Thanks for dropping by!

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    2. sir any contact number of the guides? kung 500-800 per guide tapos good for 5 persons lang? then per day po yun? so it means po kung overnight po kami 1000-1600? ilang persons po kasya sa summit? thanks!

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    3. Sino po nagsabi na good for 5 pax yung isang guide? :)
      as i mentioned:
      *Tour Guide Fee as posted at the Brgy. Hall.
      Tinipak Rock/River – 500Php
      Daraitan Summit (dayhike) – 800Php
      Overnight Fee
      Tinipak – additional 50%
      Summit – additional 50%

      yun lang po. salamat.

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  9. Hello Kirk. Great blog! :) Just want to confirm something though. The trykes which go to/from Tanay Public Market to Daraitan, are they always available at the terminal? Wala naman silang fixed skeds like the jeeps?

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    1. Yup, always available. Actually, going to Tanay (Tanay Market), pwede na kayong bumaba sa Jollibee pa lang mas madame dung tricycle drivers. Yung Jollibee is before mag Tanay Market. Then pabalik, bago kayo sumakay ng boat going to Daraitan proper, make sure makipag arrange kayo sa tricycle drivers na nakaparada dun na magpapahatid kayo going back to Tanay.

      Yung case namen pauwi, nag side trip pa kame sa Daranak Falls, the trike waited for us there, sya na din yung naghatid samen pa Tanay Market.

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  10. Kung meron sasakyan crosswind hanggang saan pwede abutin yung sasakyan namin?

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  11. pede rin po ba mag swimming sa river? and thanks for the wonderful blogs about tanay... sana lang makaya ko pumunta dito ng prepared... :)

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  12. wow thank you for all the info's.....I survived sagada & Mt. pulag....siguro po kakayanin korin yan.....salamat sayo acebron!!!!excited nakong makarating dyan......baka pwede mo kaming samahan....meron po ba dyang like tour package?

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  13. Hi,

    So informative blog.. Thanks! I just want to ask if may paluto pa ba malapit sa daraitan river?

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  14. Hi,

    Do you the contact number of the guide?
    Yung Guide fee eh para sa ilang guests po ba yon?

    Thank you

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    1. Wala po, sa brgy hall po e andun yung mga tour guide. may organization po sila. naka schedule ang tour guide po kasi dun.

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  15. I just visited Tinipak River, in our case we were able to hire a tricycle for roundtrip, sinamahan pa kami sa entire trip namin, parang tricycle/guide cya but of course may Local guide parin talaga, may mga ibang groups din na may kasamang trike drivers sa trekking nila just like us, so baka pede na yung ganun ngaun :) THANKS sa blog mo, isa to sa mga reference ko when we planned visiting Daraitan. I also have this Tinipak Entry on my blog now hehe

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    1. Wow, nice to hear na may proper arrangement na between tricycle driver's association ng Tanay and Daraitan. Before kasi bawal roundtrip, para siguro kumita din ung trike ng daraitan. Thanks for dropping by! More adventures to you!

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  16. Hi Sir! Thanks for sharing your experience sa Tinipak River. Naging interseted kami ng friends ko na pumunta dyan since malapit lang samin I just want to ask about sa tour guide fee.. is it 500/head? tsaka may tourguide ba sila pag weekends especially on Sundays? Thanks! :)

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  17. hello! pag may sasakyan po saan, hanggang saan lang pwede i-park? thanks

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  18. saan po pwede i-park ang car kung pupunta sa Tinipak river?

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  19. Hello! Great blog :) Planning to go here next week, thanks to this post! I just had a question though, can you just go here without contacting anyone first? Like just walk-in?

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  20. Hi... ask ko lang po if pwede mag dala ng Car.. and kung hanggang saan po pwedeng dalhin yung car from Tanay Market to brgy daraitan

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  21. good evening! great blog, this really makes me want to go to the River :)

    I would just like to ask, if i would be bringing a car, would you advise that i just go straight to the tanay brgy. hall as my first destination?

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  22. Good day.. great blog! ask ko lang po if there is other expenses pa except sa reg fee and tour guide.. ask ko lang din po pwedeng magdala ng car and san pwede i park.. tnx..

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  23. Hi,

    All in all .. for example without the dy hike, only tinipak adventure. Mga nagkano po ang budget?? SALAMAAAAT! :)

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  24. Hi,

    Magkano po budget all in all, without the day hike, only the tinipak adventure? Thanks a lot!

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  25. Hi,

    Panu po kung me dalang kotse me lugar po ba dun pedeng pag paradahan?

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  26. hi, available b ung parking sa brgy. hall? thanks

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