Discover Brgy. Daraitan: Tanay's Hidden Paradise

If you're in search of a day road trip adventure in Tanay, but would like to skip the expected, then the hidden paradise in Daraitan might be the perfect destination for you. This intimate mountain Barangay of 3,150 people still possesses the character of a traditional Barrio: Carless streets, Donkeys transporting cargoes. Roosters as the Barrio's alarm clock. Wells and springs provide drinking water to the community and organic farmland where most of the fresh produce is sourced. Although, Daraitan has slowly crawled into the 21st century, it finally possessed something very unusual... electricity. What's surprising about this place, aside from its people's hospitality that blend into the hidden beauty of this place is its crystal clear river with colorful stones beneath the surface. Who would ever think that the cleanest body of water in Region IV is nuzzled here, which has attracted many visitors annually.

During dry summer, this river gets insanely crowded and is peppered with cottages, broke up throughout the riverside and in the shallow part of the river which are functioned by the locals. If you happened to arrive here early, you might want to grab one of the cottages in the river, where you can fall asleep to the natural soundtrack of the river streams. If you ever wonder what food to bring here, it is always best to bring raw foods to this place. You can buy most of what you need at the Tanay Public Market which is where the Daraitan terminal is located. A cottage operator will cook your meals, for which they charge a small fee on top of your cottage rent. Each cottage costs about 250 pesos to rent.

In the last few years, Daraitan has been egressed as one of the must-visit destinations in Tanay, Rizal. Daraitan itself is one calm, passive Barrio hidden away in the Sierra Madre Mountain. The spot has some crests to conquer, river system to trek and cave system to explore. The mountains present an adventurous gainsay to one who decides to explore its amplitude. The river is also suitable for water trekking, swimming and river rafting; warm and genuine hospitality diversifies from the welcoming smile of its people. A tour guide is always available to accompany you. On an average day, there are only two rides:
one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

While you're there, don't forget to visit the 350 year old Daraitan Chapel which was built by the Franciscan Missionaries in 1662 and have been restored at its present site. You can leisurely walk around the Barrio to experience its culture and rich past. If you have enough time, you can also ask your tour guide to take you to the heights of Mt. Atburan, which is the perfect spot to go through the brushing up environment of the Sierra Madre Mountain. Worried about catching the last ride that just got away? No need to panic, there are available bed spaces that you can rent for the night.

If you wish to go more cryptic into the natural areas, not far from Barrio is Tinipak "tee-nee-phuk"(Carved Rock), the natural wonder of Barangay Daraitan. Tinipak area brings you the fantastic eyeshots of large white marbles which are garbled along sides of the river, deeper water surface with a legion network of spelunk which your tour guide can accompany your exploration of the caves. Tinipak is not yet fully explored by visitors particularly mountaineers. Still this place is very promising as an adventurous destination, which can offer river trekking, kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling, and spelunking, hiking, climbing and camping. Most lands in this area are privately owned, so be courteous when you are passing through some private lands. Highlights of the trek include the giant sized marbles scattered along the river bank, caves, springs and river crossings.

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hi.. ask ko lang po if magkano if swimming lang po ang punta and sight seeing.. plz give me some details.. thanks posmilies/smiley.gif
bhenok_antipolo , March 10, 2014
sulit po ang pagpunta sa daraitan(tinipak falls)smilies/wink.gif
adventure, specially when we went after bagyong yolanda.
jayson , January 18, 2014
ei!!! ask ko lang po kung magkano ang entrance fee para sa day swiming tnx po
edmon ramos , May 14, 2013
Yes. You can bring a car. But expect some rough road on the way. There is a 'home stay' program within the barangay area. If you need a transient accommodation, please contact the barangay chairman. There are resorts accommodation around about 15-20 minutes drive away from Daraitan.

For students who would like to conduct research in Daraitan, please drop by at the tourism office of Tanay, to guide you and provide the necessary information that you may need, including assistance that is essential for your research.

For further information: please contact Tanay Tourism Office: 4042296 / 0921.5911187.

Thank you.

Welcome to Tanay!
Jeff Pino , May 05, 2013
hi. it's a very interesting post. been reading some posts about this mystifying place. i've a question, can we bring a car gong there?
shie , May 04, 2013
Wala bang tipong transient house na malapit dun where we can have our sleep?
Billy Gil , January 24, 2013
I'm a 3rd year Tourism student at PUP and we will conduct a feasibility study in Brgy Daraitan, we're hoping that we will finish our study for two days. I do not really know what to expect when we visit the place but i'm sure that Brgy Daraitan has a lot to offer. I'm really excited to visit Tanay especially Brgy Daraitan: a hidden paradise! smilies/smiley.gif
rolet15 , August 30, 2012
Hi everyone. You can try the AMBiodiversity Farm, it is located along the road of Sitio Makagatal with separate road direction from Sitio Alas-asin turn left at the junction going to Sitio Mangahan. The place is so serene, truly a bliss. Perfect for family outing, camping, team building and outdoor fun such as river rafting, trekking, climbing, swimming and fishing. For Info pls call Joji at 3432788 or at 09228321498. Thanks. smilies/grin.gif
Arvin , December 05, 2011
smilies/cool.gifi love daraitan so much...

kram , May 14, 2011
salamat TG.
rodzky18 , November 16, 2010

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