THIS RIVER IS HIDDEN IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE PHILIPPINES
In the heart of Tanay, Rizal lies an amazing River, something pretty hard to get to no matter what the blogs tell you. Surrounded by a lush forest, and marble formations, locals have worked hard together to make Tinipak River a place to visit. Coming here was definitely something we had in mind for a long time, but since tourism boomed in this area last year, we decided to wait out the hype and go a different time. Tinipak River is definitely one for the books, words cannot explain how we felt and what we saw, it was all worth it.
The hike starts at a River crossing where you have to pay Php5 to get across the river by a small raft made my the locals. A tricycle then takes you for Php 10 pesos per head to the Barangay where you register your name address and write down if you want to Climb Mt. Daraitan or just got straight to the river. A guide is required at Php500 per group, so going in bigger packs will definitely save you on budget. Our guide told us about Mt. Daraitan and how it can take up to 8 hours to go to both Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River, so choose wisely, or plan ahead. As we reached the starting point of the hike, we were greeted by a glimpse of what the river offers. Marble rocks, lush forests and clear waters surround us as we hike 15 minutes to the river. As we walked along, the sights get more and more beautiful, getting us a little be more excited for the final destination.
Tinipak River was a place that put us in awe, and just like any other destination we visit in the Philippines, they always seem to surprise us. Our mouths literally drop to the floor when we saw this beautiful marble filled place with crystal clear waters. A nearby cave is also located, but to get there, you need headlamps because the cave is pitch black. We also heard the water is ice cold, but perfect for swimming after a long, hot hike but we decided to keep our moments still and relaxed and set up shop at a place near the water. The waters were calm at our time there, but strong enough to set someone adrift, so caution was needed at the time because the weather showed signs of rain.
Photos & Words by:
Thomas and Kimi
Bag: Poler Stuff