Tucked at the far end side of Tanay Rizal lies a gem called Daraitan, a stunning mountain spot in Rizal that lies beneath the heart of Sierra Madre and boast off pristine rivers, endless rock formations and a trail class of 1-3, standing tall at 738+ MASL.
Daraitan has been a silent sanctuary for several years now, but eventually has grown a large heap of footsteps from hundreds of thrill-seeking hikers.
There’s so many entries talking about how one should experience Mt. Daraitan, and we are here to sum it all up, spare you from long ridges of wordings and let our photos and list talk for the experience that’s waiting for you when you visit Daraitan, in Tanay Rizal.
Here are our five best reasons why you need to step foot to Daraitan this summer.
THE COLD WATERS OF TINIPAK RIVER
The spectacular turquoise water is an inviting sight to behold. You must experience its clear water blanket your tired body from trekking. So clear you can even see the river’s rocky floor.
On the other end, there’s a part where visitors can drink directly from it that promises to ease and quench your thirst with its cold water.
It was an absolute 3 hours or so to trek going to the cave, you have to prep up your body if you plan to enjoy a walk on the Daraitan trail. If you plan, however, to conquer the Mt. Daraitan, that’s a completely different story. For that involve some intense preparation and psyche given that it’ll take you 2-3 long hours of uphill walk on the muddy, rocky trail going up the summit. But we guarantee you that it’s all worth it.
However, you must also consider taking an early roadtrip if you plan to visit the top spot of the mountain for they limit the number of summit visitors to 300 only. So, as you enjoy the Daraitan trail going to Tinipak river and the cave, one cannot deny the fact the lush greens that shadows the way and the glistening wall of limestone rock formation that will welcome you to its surrender.
The dark hollowed cave that threads down a century old rock formation is one of the nature’s attraction in Daraitan. Inside it, you’ll be welcomed with countless glistening stalagmites and stalactites. Be ready to experience a muddy and slippery trail inside but expect to enjoy an icy cold splashing water at the end of it. Imagine the blanket of cold waters embracing you. Bliss! Pure bliss!
THE ROMANTIC ROCK FORMATION
You don’t need a large chunk of budget in order for you to enjoy these pleasantries. Since the location is just a few hours away from Manila, you may opt to commute, like riding a shuttle going straight to Tanay Rizal, adventurous enough? you can ride a jitney and just rent a tricycle going to Daraitan point. Yup! That is possible and drivers wont charge you dearly.
The place also has shanties that offers meal so you may opt to just buy your food there, but you can also bring your packed meal, just keep the place clean after eating.
So just to give you a bulk computation, each must prepare 1000 PHP to 1500 PHP in order for you to enjoy your trip. Not too costly for a once in a lifetime beaut experience.