Travel Guide to Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River

Kicked off February by climbing Mt. Daraitan, exploring Tinipak Cave and then plunging in the crystal clear waters of Tinipak River. I couldn’t have started the month any other way. It felt incredibly surreal to be surrounded by such beauty and what makes it even better is that it’s in my own country. I made a vow to myself that I would explore the Philippines more and revel in its beauty.

I often talked about how I wanted to travel to other countries and go to certain places that I forgot that my country has got some beautiful gems too and this trip just fueled my excitement about it even more.

Thanks to the social media posts that have been making its rounds on my timeline/feed about this place, I took it as a sign to plan a trip there. All the pictures I saw of it left me in awe and it felt like a crime not to see it for myself. But what convinced me even more was the cost of the whole trip.

Spoiler alert: it’s cheap.

And just like that, I was sold.

So on the early morning of February 1st, we set out for Daraitan. It was a 4-hour drive but man, was it worth it.

The trek to Mt. Daraitan’s summit was quite challenging as it was steep but we were able to power through and reached it in 2 hours.

Our guide was super rad for being extra nice and patient with us and trying to entertain us with his stories during the hike.

In the summit, we were greeted with a beautiful view of a river and mountains that seemed to go on forever. We all sat on this rock formation just taking in the scenic view. It felt unreal. Afterwards, we made our descent to Tinipak River and I couldn’t be more excited.

We headed to Tinipak Cave first before plunging in the river but we couldn’t help ourselves to stop and take pictures of our surroundings. It was a sight for sore eyes but the cave was no less beautiful. It was pitch black and cold with only our headlights as the light source but the stalagtites and stalagmites glittered beautifully. Once we got to the end, there was a small lagoon that we could swim in and we hurriedly went in.

We enjoyed the place too much that we ended up leaving Tinipak River at 6pm to head back to the Barangay Hall. We were the last ones in the area and it was getting dark pretty quick. By the end of the day, we were all exhausted but filled with euphoria.

I’ll be back soon, Daraitan.

A Travel Guide to Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River

So for those who want to witness the beauty of Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River, here’s the lowdown:


Brgy. Daraitan in Tanay, Rizal

How to get there

There are 2 options for you to get to the destination: private vehicle or public transpo.

We chose the former because it saves time and felt like it was more convenient since we can go on our own pace. This is how we did it.

Via private vehicle

  1. Headed out to Tanay-Infanta Road via Tanay-Sampaloc Road coming from Tanay Public Market/Tanay Town Center  (Marcos Highway was closed).
  2. Drove along Tanay-Infanta Road and took a left turn to a dirt road with a sign that leads to Brgy. Daraitan.
  3. Follow the road until you reach the river crossing; there is a PHP50 fee for the car to cross the bridge.
  4. Head to the Brgy. Hall.

*Alternatively for 1, Head out to Marcos Highway and follow through the Tanay-Infanta Road.

Via public transportation

    1. Jeep or van, EDSA-Shaw Crossing to Tanay (PHP70-90; 1.5 hours)
    2. Jeep, Tanay to Sampaloc (PHP26, 45 minutes)
    3. Tricycle, Tanay to Brgy. Daraitan (PHP100/person; 30 minutes)
    4. Raft, Daraitan river (PHP10; 1 minute)
    5. Tricycle, Daraitan river to Brgy. hall (10 pesos/person; 5 minutes)
      *Alternatively for 1-2, take jeep from Cogeo to Sampaloc
      *Alternatively for 2-3, if going overnight, take jeep from Tanay to Daraitan that leaves at 1300H and 1500H (and returns from Daraitan to at 0900H and ~1200H)
      Approximately 3-4 hours travel time because of various stops and delays.

(source: pinoymountaineer.com)

Tips and Recommendations


River crossing – PHP50

Registration fee – PHP20

Guide – PHP500/group for dayhike ; PHP1250/group for overnight

Lavatories – PHP5 – 15

Bridge to Tinipak Cave – PHP5

Tricycle to Barangay Hall – PHP15-20/person

Headlights rental for Tinipak Cave – PHP30

Mt. Daraitan & Tinipak River



Mt. Daraitan

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  • Comments ( 32 )

  • so informative!! haha loveeee it

  • Clarissa Alessandra

    I really like your blog! The post is so well structured!
    Thank you for sharing your tips!


  • Dang these mountains are majestic! These photos are giving me major travel bug; never been to Philippines before. Everything I’m in Taiwan my relatives would mention a trip (traveling from asia to asia is so much cheaper than from the States) but I never have enough time!! One day, for sure. Thanks for sharing this place!

    xo, Alice || a l i c e / T Y P E N U

    • Right?! You should definitely visit Philippines one day. So much to see! x

  • Wonderful post!!
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  • Catarina Neves

    Wow, stunning!

  • The water is so clear, and the rocks, so white. Damn beautiful. There’s so much more to see in the Philippines; I wish I had all the time haha.
    Caffeine Rush

    • I know. Major heart eyes for this place. Summer’s just around the corner. 😉

  • Nesrin Bozlak

    OMG, what an amazing places. It’s so beautiful.



  • Wowowo can not get over the beauty of these photos <3

    Enclothed Cognition/Bloglovin

  • Lhia Ayessa Ibardolaza

    Been there too! Daraitan is really beautiful and serene!


  • Wow, I’m impressed by your guide, it’s so detailed! I’ve pinned it because if one day I get to travel anywhere in the world, I’ll want to visit such unique and incredible places. The view really is breathtaking, and that river, it’s just wonderful. Would love to dive in there! I also really like the idea of such active trip, it’s definitely my thing.


    • Thanks Joanna! So glad you find it helpful. Can’t wait for the day you get to visit this wonderful place. x

  • i love how you layout this post <3 it's so informative and the place looks amazing!! So gutted I missed going here when I was in the Philippines 🙁


  • Had no idea this place existed. It’s so near the metro!

  • LOVE this post. I’ve been to China, HK, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia, but I’ve yet to see Cambodia, Philippines and Vietnam, so those are on my list of places to visit. I love the tips, the pictures and the info on how to make it affordable.

  • Saw this post through your sister’s blog. Beautiful shots you got here. Thanks for tips! Really helpful <3

  • Hi what camera do you use? 🙂 love the effort you put into this post!!!!

  • Michi

    Where did you park your car from the barangay hall?

    • Michi


  • Amber Holyoake

    Looks like such a cool hike! Great post too, very informative and the pics are amazing! Did you encounter many creepy crawlies? I’m a bit nervous about being in the jungle there…any leeches?? x

    • Ah so sorry for the late reply! Not much creepy crawlies. Just a few centipedes and no leeches!

  • duhconsul

    Hi, we’re planning on traveling by car based on your guide. Is the dirt road too bumpy for a sedan? Also were you able to safely park your car near the barangay hall?

    • Yes it is. We were also using a sedan when we went. Just drive carefully but it might be better to bring an SUV. And yes, we were!

  • Andrea

    hi may i ask kung mahirap makapunta sa tinipak river? i want kasi na diyan ako magphotoshoot for my debut but need pa ba mag hiking just to get there? thank you so much!