But before you throw your tablet on the wall out of frustration, know that you can still have that summer getaway without the need to fly. Sure, many bloggers have written about beaches around Metro Manila. Google mo lang. Also, kung gipit naman talaga sa oras or budget, there are also a few spots where you can camp para masabi naman na dika #summerbokya.hahahahaha.
Tinipak River in Tanay Rizal is one good example. Hope this travel Guide will be of help.
Location: Tanay Rizal approx travel time from MNL : 3.5 hours (incl. short hike)
Group Size: 2 pax or more ( the more the merrier and cheaper)
-- Ride Fx in front of Starmall in Shaw.
-- 1.5 hours to Tanay town. Fare, 120 pesos.
-- Grab a tricycle in Tanay town to Daraitan. 500 pesos 1-way. 1.5 hours
-- 30 minute hike to and along the liver to your desired camp site.
The ride from Tanay town proper to Daraitan Tanay is quite long because,
The steep climb from town to Sampaloc.
The after Sampaloc, 70% of the road is rough, as in rough.
Faster and a little Cheaper
>>Take the jeep from Tanay Public Market to Sampaloc. Fare- 28 pesos.
( That will make travel a bit faster kasi nga paakyat, hirap ang tricycle, lalo pag puno kayo.)
>>From the main intersection in Sampaloc, walk right to the road which leads to Camp Capinpin. Just ask locals, they know. The same road leading to Real Quezon.
>>A few meters from the intersection is a Shell gasoline station. That’s where Daraitan-based tricycles are parked. 1 tricycle is good for 200 pesos. 1-way. Max capacity 3 pax, as compared when you hire a Sampaloc-based tricycle because they will charge you 300 or 400 pesos.
The one we contacted even wanted to take us only up to the bridge in Daraitan which is around 2 kms to go to the Barangay Hall. The reason is because non-residents of Daraitan get charged for crossing the bridge.
tricycles -25 php
Per Person ( no vehicle) -5 php
Since it was already dark when we came, I asked our tricycle driver to take us straight to the Brgy. Hall. We paid for the bridge toll instead.
Tour Guide Rates + Fees
Environmental Fee –20
Tour Guide Fee for Day Hike --500
Tour Guide Fee for overnight – 1,250
Commercial Photo Shoot
( Weddings, Prenup, Hobbyists w/ models) –100
Take Note: 10 visitors = 1 tour guide
Hike Difficulty -moderate
The hike has two parts.
1. Easy 3-minute walk from Brgy Hall to the bank of the river.
2. A 30-minute hike along the river, sometimes crossing it.
We started hiking 7:00pm so it was already dark and therefore didn't notice the view except for the rocks we were stepping at. Once at the river, the hike could get a bit challenging. One has to be in proper hiking footwear and be mindful of your steps as you have to hike up and down rocks that are pointy at times. I remember two occasions when we had to cross the river but most of the hike, the route was along its rocky banks. There are a lot of tree branches too that one has to be careful at. I remember hitting my legs on a cut branch and I had a small cut. The rocks along the river are white so it is easy to figure out where to step at. Even so, one has to be careful if where you are stepping at is stable or not because some are loose.
I think you will enjoy it more if you arrive during daytime. Here is the view that will greet you if you hike during the day.
It was not until we finished having dinner together that I got to be a bit comfortable with him. He loves telling stories and best of all he doesn't have any vices. Not even drinking or smoking. Guides in Tinipak river are prohibited from drinking so as they can look after the guests all the time. Although that is also one thing I didn't like. I know that swimming in the river especially at night is a bit risky but I felt like a small kid being watch 24/7 and being reminded what to do and not to do. It felt restricted so I was conscious the whole time. I suddenly dreamed of being somewhere else camping and being carefree.
The Camp Site(s)
Overall, we hiked around 2 kilometers of the riverside and noticed many spots along its banks where one can camp. I suggest you go deeper though to the area near the cave. Ask your guide of this and they know. That's the spot where rock formations become more prominent and there are a couple of nice spots to camp. We set up tents next to a temporary wooden bridge set up by locals that connects the two sides of the river to the cave. Here, the flow of water is more rapid but there are sandy sections suitable for camping. There is also an elevated level if you would like to feel safer away from the water.
Take Note: Crossing the temporary bridge to the cave you have to pay 5 pesos per pax.^^
We finally got settled at around 8pm and had a quick dinner. The one we had were cooked food we bought at the public market in Tanay town. Just enough for us and our guide. Our guide said to us that we were his 2nd guests for the day and because of that he was not able to prepare his food. It was a good time to bond though. We had a quick dip by the river afterwards, just quick because the water was a bit cold. Our guide was watchful the whole time reminding us where not to go as the water current going down the stream was a bit strong and the place was dark. There were other campers around but we hardly notice them because of the rocky terrain. The flicker of light coming from their tents was reassuring that at least we were not alone.