Tinipak River

Tanay, Rizal

Tinipak River
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Julienne D.
5.0 Stars
7

My friend is currently on vacation with her French boyfriend here and they wanted to go something that involves adventure, but not too far from Manila because they have other schedules here too. I initially thought of bringing them around Rizal, for its proximity to Manila - and because I haven’t been there too.
We thought of going to Mt. Daraitan then side trip to Tinipak River BUT since none of us are really into hiking, we just opted the latter. I consulted a hiker friend and she said its perfectly fine to just do the river because its beautiful on its own so yeah, Tinipak it is.

We arrived past lunch already, the weather was okay, it wasn’t too hot but it wasn’t raining yet. Since its a weekday, there were only a few people there, just 2 groups aside from us, and we have a different pacing so we never really bumped into each other that much along the trail (meaning no photobombers hehe)

Anyway, I’ve been reading guides prior to it so I would have an idea what to expect BUT it didn’t happen like that. What we did was something I never really expected. I read that the trail is not as difficult as Mt. Daraitan but it was still difficult (at least for us). We went to the Tinipak Cave and the trail going there involved so much energy. It was a long walk, but it was enjoyable because you get to see the beauty of the river along the way. I guess it should be compared to the Mt. Daraitan trek because they’re two different set-ups. Tinipak River, involved long walks, muddy trails, rock climbing and spelunking. If you are not used to getting dirt all over you, and all that adventure stuff then you should prepare yourself for this.

Our guide said that there is a spot in the river where you can swim but during our time, the current is very strong and the water is a little murky due to the rain the past few days. The stones along the river is made of white marble, some are pinkish, too and there are also scattered boulders of limestones. Inside the cave, there are stalactites and stalagmites, and of course the underground river in which we bathe in.The water was super duper cold and clear so for us, the whole trek was worth it. After we finished trekking, we found ourselves a spot to eat lunch at, they have this camping ground where you can rent for a table or a room if you are staying overnight.

Should I recommend it to everyone? Maybe not, especially to those with heart and lung conditions. Maybe you should have a go-signal from your doctor first before you go here. But if you are an average person like me, (maybe not a little average - I have dextroscoliosis and I’m a little claustrophobic and acrophobic), you should be fine. There are dozens of guides over the internet to check for the expenses, routes, and what to bring so just check 'em out! I think everyone should experience this amazing paradise at least once (or how often you like) in their lives. :)

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Pearl R.
5.0 Stars

Tinipak River, a hidden paradise in Tanay, Rizal. I'm so in love with the river. I love the clear blue waters and majestic rock formation. After a long hike in Mt. Daraitan, you must take a dip in this river — very relaxing and refreshing.

Other things to do in Tinipak River:
• Cliff jumping
• Explore the Tinipak Cave
• Swimming
• Camping (you can bring your own tent)
• Picture Taking

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Catherine C.
5.0 Stars

One of the must visit in Tanay Rizal. I couldn't believe that we have this kind of river here in the Philippines. You will discover the beautiful rock formation and Limestone.
This river makes you feel comfortable and refreshed after a long hike in Mt. Mamara.
It's really more fun in the philippines.
Thank you God for creating this wonderful nature!
I love philippines. 10084

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Jerrick S.
3.0 Stars

Okay lang siya, pero kung taga bulacan ka, normal lang na ilog to. Like BAKAS in Angat. :) pero tamang tama siya para sa pagod at hirap mo sa pagakyat sa mt. Daraitan..:)

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Roland O.
4.0 Stars
4

Be amazed with the white rock formations and its crystal clear water.
Tinipak river can be accessed directly after your registration in Brgy Hall or a sidetrip from your mt Daraitan trek. There is also a camping area where you can pitch a tent if you prefer to stay overnight.
Area tend to be crowded sometimes during weekends.

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Ann T.
4.0 Stars

How do you describe a place as beautiful as this? It sounds so poetic but I can't really find the best words to do so. Before going to Tinipak River, I've already searched all photos with related hashtags and geotags on Instagram but there's nothing quite like seeing it in person. It's so stunning you'd wonder if it's photoshopped. LOL. So, let's get down to the nitty gritty.

It's our first time to hike and we're supposed to take Mt. Daraitan but we were told they've already reached the limit of hikers they can accommodate in a day. So we we're offered to hike Mt. Mamara instead. We learned that Mt. Mamara takes only about 3 hours to hike compared to Mt. Daraitan which takes 6 up to 8 hours so we thought of it as green flag since we can be home in Pampanga earlier than expected. We got there half past 9 in the morning and went straight to the barangay hall of Daraitan where people are supposed to register and be assigned a tour guide. The tour guide fee is 500 pesos per trip for a maximum of 10 pax. The environmental fee is 20 pesos per pax. Once you're registered, you would take a tricycle up to the jump off point of the trail.

The moment we got off the tricycle, I was in awe of the beauty of the mountains and the river and the rock formations. I keep on saying "Ang ganda!" while taking photo every few meters. Then the tour guide told me "Hindi pa po yan ang maganda, wala pa po yan kumpara sa pupuntahan natin". And that inspired me to get to our destination. The heat was insane and it was my first time to hike but it wasn't as hard as thought it would be. And when I saw a glimpse of the river my energy and happiness level skyrocketed back to a hundred real quick. Just hearing the river flow and feeling the cold breeze brushing my face, though I'm still a little far from it, refreshed me. When we got there, we took photos, but not as much as we wanted to. There are spots where in there are just too many people. I mean, it's good for Tourism, I get it. I hope they really regulate the number of people, specially campers going here, though. But I'd like to commend the tour guides for consistently reminding hikers to not leave any trash. The place is still clean though a bit crowded.

After being amazed by Tinipak River, we proceeded to the summit of Mt. Mamara where we had lunch together with other hikers. We only had tocino, spam, hotdogs, and bacon for lunch but it's got to be one of the best meals I've had in my life because of the view and that feeling you get when you've just conquered a mountain - literally and figuratively. It also felt great being surrounded by people who shared the same interests.

I pray that this place never loses its beauty, that the people who go here would give it the love and care it rightfully deserves. #LeaveNoTrace.

TIPS on Hiking: Always stay hydrated, bring a plastic bag where you could put all your trash, just enjoy being in the moment, take in the beauty of the nature, and choose faith over fear :)

Will I go back? YES! But let me explore other mountains first! Until then, I'll just keep the memories of the wonders of Mt. Mamara and Tinipak River in my heart. Cheesy travel post alert! Too late for an alert. Oh, well! :)

P.S.: First travel review ever. Yay! Next on my list is Mt. Pico de Loro!

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Judie Ann Princess M.
5.0 Stars

The river so lovely. Really lovely. 128525

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Joshay S.
4.0 Stars

Perfect rock/limestone formations, river trek, caving and crazy friends made this weekend awesome!!10084127748

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ferisb L.
5.0 Stars

The water in Tinipak River is sooo cool and refreshing. Definitely worth the tiring climb to Mount Daraitan.

Some rated the climb to Mt. Daraitan as 4/9 and is in the range of beginners but we felt otherwise lols. It was overcast this early February and the drizzle made the soil damp making it a challenge to traverse the mountain. Plus there were lots of people that Sunday and the Barangay people were managing the volume of people at the summit. This doubled the time we could have finished the climb. But the view of Tinipak river was so breathtaking, it soothed our aching muscles.

This is truly a hidden gem within reach from Manila. Just makes you proud of how majestic our country is if you just look closely.

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Maye D.
5.0 Stars

I still find it hard to believe that something so prisitine exists somewhere near Manila. This was one of the most beautiful sceneries I've seen in my life!

Tinipak River is located in Tanay, Rizal. Once you get to Daraitan, you'll have to ride a boat/raft for Php 5/head to cross the narrow river. From there you'll ride a tricycle (Php 10/head) to Daraitan's barangay hall. You can get a tour guide there (for a fee of course) and choose your destinations.

In all fairness to their barangay staff, they're organized and very accommodating.

My friends and I went down the long trail to Tinipak River from Mt. Daraitan Summit to complete the experience package. 2.5 hours going up the mountain, and about 3 hours going down and walking to the river. It was dead tiring. But if you're not after the mountain climbing experience, you may opt to just trek to Tinipak River coming from the barangay hall.

You'll have to pay an environmental fee of Php 10 and the tour guide will bring you to this safe side of the river where you can swim or take a quick dip. We stayed here for about an hour just appreciating the beauty of the place and the sound of streaming waters. It was almost magical. 128525

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Jon B.
5.0 Stars

I admit that I have this habit of going to the same place over and over and over again. Yeah, for the 4th time I visited Tinipak River with my friends. What I loved about this place is that it's very relaxing and quiet considering the fact that it's closer from Metro Manila. It was weekend when we get here, we were anticipating many visitors/campers. We picked a spot near the river under a big rock to sit down and rest first before swimming. I brought my cooking set to just somehow feel the essence of camping though it was just a day tour.

The river is clean because they have now a caretaker which is happen to be the owner of the sari sari store near the place. The water is very refreshing. The place is unique because of its big rock formations like the one that is in the movie called "Jurassic world". The only challenge here is going down to the river because you need to be extra careful don't you worry kasi may hagdanan naman pababa. Overall, the place is very nice if you really want to relax and see something new aside from the lights in the office.

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Casey D.
5.0 Stars

What a beautiful place!!! Never knew there is a hiddem gem like this in Tanay. The river is so clean. The place is well-maintained and the people are really kind.
It took us almost an hour from Tanay proper to Brgy. Daraitan.
It was really not an easy breezy tricycle ride. The road was not well-paved. Mej bungi-bungi and pagkapatag ng daan. Haha
There was a time when we had to go down the tricycle and walk a little. The scenery going to Tinipak is really breathtaking. We even saw the Pililia windmills from afar.
We asked kuya driver if we will pass by a church and we did. We first say our prayers. My friends told me to make a wish and knock on the door. (Ginawa ko naman. And they told me na I should do it whenever i visit a church for the first time) I wish I wish with all my heart.....
Took us a little more than an hour to reach the "main" river. Yeah we are slow like that. It was also my first time trekkong as i have an asthma. I was just brave this time. We even told our tour guide that we are "team hika" for him not to judge us being slow. Pero ako lang talaga meron. 128514128514128514
It was a looongggg walk. Sometimes you have to climb stairs which according to kuya is "matibay" but im afraid not. Haha
We also did a little rapelling.
Upon reaching our destination, it was a "makalaglag-panga" moment. The river is so picturesque. It also clean that you can even drink the water. We tried drinking some but it was one the one that came from the "bukal". Ohhh it doesnt have any taste and thank God di naman nagloko tiyan namin.
We also went to the cave. It was really dark and slippery there. Upon reaching the end, there was this famous natural pool. That water was really cold. As in iced cold. But, we were brave and took a dip.
We stayed there with another group for like 30mins.
There in the cave friendship was made.
We decided to get back to the river to enjoy its beauty.
We enjoyed it better than staying in the cave. We had some photo-ops and had some bonding time with the new found friends while swimming and left around 4ish pm.
It was really and awesome day. Tired yet thankful of the majestic beauty we had laid our eyes on.
The "team hika" survived Tinipak river. 12858810084

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Demimoore C.
5.0 Stars

No words could describe how beautiful the river is. Clear blue waters and majestic limestones? What more could a tourist ask for! Aside from taking hundreds of photos of the picturesque river, you can also go inside the cave (which I don't recommend at all because there's nothing special about it) if you're a risk taker, I think going inside the cave might excite you, but for normal people like me who don't exercise at all, it's a struggle) Our tour guide also advised us to visit this place during the summer season so that we could enjoy swimming in the shallow waters while being able to take photos near the majestic limestones)

Overall, I'd give 5 stars for this place. There were no abusive locals, the barangay officials were polite and all the tour guides were honest and helpful. (Yes, it's still possible in the Philippines!)128514

FEES :

20 php - Environmental fee
500 php - Tour Guide Day Trek (Different charge for overnight stay)
10 php / Person - tricycle ride from Parking lot to barangay hall
5 php / person - Boat ride

PS : Use rubber shoes for trekking and bring headlamps if you want to enter the cave 🇵🇭

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Jon B.
5.0 Stars

Do you know that there are a lot of things to do when in Tinipak River asides from swimming and caving. Tinipak River is also a perfect venue for those who loves extreme outdoor sports like rappelling. My friend invited me to join his event, at first I was like Nah, I'm not gonna do that! but how can I overcome fears if I don't give a try. It was a 2 day event. On the first day, we climbed Mt. Daraitan and Mt. Irid... the weather was not on our side so we got wet while trekking. We climbed Mt. Irid first then Mt.Daraitan Traverse to tinipak River. We set up our tents near the river. We didn't get a chace to meet each other coz we were all tired... I didn't even join them cooking food for us coz I came from work and haven't taken a nap yet... I just ate the packed lunch I bought from Mcdo in Tanay, Rizal.

We did rappelling on the following day. After eating breakfast, we headed to the venue of the rappelling..just few steps away.It was still raining that day but nothing can't stop us. They were careful in setting up the rappell, they made sure that everything was okay. I was the first one to rappell... honestly speaking, I wanted to backed out when I look down nakakalula sya kasing taas ng building sa Makati. The stones were so slippery..buti nalang dala ko sandal ko kung hindi mahihirapan ako kasi hindi kumakapit ang sapatos idadag mo pa ang putik so talagang madudulas ka. I didn't look down para hindi ako paghinaan ng loob kasi sobra syang taas and it was my first time to rappell. The experienced here was priceless!!! Just Be brave and don't be afraid to take risks. Yun oh!!!!!

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Jon B.
5.0 Stars

TINIPAK river peacefully glides in sinuous motion between the mountain ranges of Sierra Madre in Tanay Rizal. Locating the river entails an hour of trail trekking off from the Barangay Hall of Daraitan.  Only a few of the locals know where the river starts or ends. Our tour guide mentioned that there are waterfalls at some point of the river but it would require a day or two of camping along the way because of its distance. Not many have reached the waterfalls.

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Steffhanie S.
5.0 Stars

Tinipak River has a stunning and heavenly view with all its rock formations surrounded by pristine, clear water.

You'll really feel extra close to nature with all the trees surrounding the river.

There are also camping sites within the area. Also, don't miss out and enter the Tinipak Cave!

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Stacy C.
4.0 Stars

Water is real cold, and there are parts where the current is strong. My body ached so much from the hike i failed to take a picture. If you don't want to hike, you can go straight here, and build a camp site if you want.

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Jaypee D.
5.0 Stars

Tinipak river features raging waters, majestic rock formations, and a cave so beautiful it has its own natural jacuzzi pool inside.

It's like you're in the pre-historic era with all these perfectly sculpted white marble and limestone boulders all over the river.

Tinipak river is awarded as the cleanest inland body of water in Region IV, so imagine how crystal clear the water is.

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Jonas R.
4.0 Stars

Aside from the beautiful white rock formations at the end of the trek in Daraitan or Tinipak River in Rizal, there are little stories you can pick up along the one of the cleanest rivers in Luzon.

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