Whaaaaa! Long weekend is over! Had a four days rest including the weekend due to Seollal. It’s a celebration of the lunar New Year in Korea.
I really seldom travel because of my busy schedule and finances. HAHA So I’m really grateful to have a short break.
I went to Daraitan Tanay Rizal with some of my officemates. It is only 5.4 km from Pasig City via Jeepney and trike because we only commute back and forth. The travel time was only 2 hrs. and 30 minutes. It was really budget-friendly with fantastic site.
We only spent less than Php. 1,000.00 for one day. Including our food, fare, tour guide, and other fees such as Environmental fee, Tinipak fee and Cave fee. That costs less than Php. 50.00 per head. We didn’t overnight there because most of us had to spend time with our families as well. However, the overnight is also cheap. They offer cottages raging from Php. 250 – 1,000 depending on number of head.
Here is the breakdown the budget and what we did. We slept over in Kim’s house on the 27th of January. Then, we cooked Adobo and rice there. Our food allowance costs Php. 600 pesos and were nine people. We travel the next day at 3:00 am. We arrived in Daraitan at 5:30 am.
- TriKe going to Taytay Market –Php. 10.00
- Taytay Market to Tikling (Trike) –Php. 7.00
- Tikling to Tanay Rizal (Jeep) –Php. 110.00
- Tanay Rizal to Daraitan Trike terminal (canoe) –Php. 5.00
(Optional) walking distance… you just have to cross the bridge.
- Trike terminal to Brgy. Hall of Daraitan (trike) –Php. 60.00
Good for 6 persons so Php. 10.00 per head
Fees to Pay:
- Tour guide –Php. 500.00 per 5 persons
- Environmental fee –Php. 50.00/person
- Tinipak Ground fee –Php. 20.00/person
- Cave Fee –Php. 20.00/person (Optional)
What to bring:
- Extra clothes and shoes (T-shirt, short, legging)
- Rubber shoes, hiking shoes (sandals are not advisable according to our tour guide)
- Cooked food and bottled water
- Personal things
- Phone and camera
*don’t bring too much things. Heavy bag will be a burden
We supposed to hike the Mt. Daraitan. The summit has beautiful view on the top. It is 23oo ft. not bad for beginners like us. Sadly, the weather wasn’t good. It was raining and it was really muddy. Though we still tried but some of us gave up. Because you really have to crawl in order to go on the top/ summit. We were dirty, wet, and mucky. It was fun!
The good thing about what they offer there is that, when you give up climbing the mountain. You still have other options to go. Your time, effort and budget will never be wasted.
We headed on the Tinipak Ground. It was also challenging and exciting because we also climb mini-mountain and we walked on the muddy, rocky, and bumpy road. But every step along the way was so amazing because of the implausible spots almost everywhere. We took 2 and a half hours to arrived in the cave because we spent almost 15 mins.of picture and seflies in just one spot HAHA 😛
We also wade in the small stream of water. It was breezy and cold.
Meet our accommodating, energetic, enthusiastic, and kind tour guides.
This is Kuya Randy. He was so patient with us every time we spent 15 minutes of taking pictures in one stone. Hehe He is also our instant photographer. He was lively and awesome.
I wasn’t able to take a picture with Kuya Louie because he was guiding my other officemates. But he was also lively just like kuya Randy. He is also kind and helpful. I was touched when he help me clean my bag and carry some of loads. He was awesome too.
The place, the view, and the people are so amazing. I really enjoyed this adventure. I was reminded the Creativity of our Creator. The wind blow, the drop of the rain, the fog, the mighty trees, the high mountains, the vastness of the lake, and the sound of the stream of water are so refreshing and relaxing.
I will probably go back again targeting the summit. 😛
Thank you God for this adventure. ❤