A haven in the midst of summer heat – Mt. Daraitan is a mountain where one simply has to go up a set of muddy stairs. The good thing is we get to swim in the cave with grrrr cold water and thus wash our shoes! (sorry to those wearing waterproof shoes 😦
How to get there
- Starmall – Go to Star Mall in Crossing, Ortigas at around 4am.
- Ride a jeepney or an fx (suggest you take an fx) to Tanay. (I don’t remember how much it was exactly. Around PHP50 I guess?)
- At Tanay, we rode a tricycle to go to the river (around PHP300 per ride, there was two of us)
- At the river, take the boat to cross (less than a minute. As of February 2016, there was already a bridge across the river) at Php5 per head
- Once the river was crossed, take a tricycle to go to jump off point (PHP20 per ride?)
- Fare – PHP450 roundtrip (2 pax sharing fixed costs)
- Guide – PHP250 (PHP500/2 pax)
- Lomi and coffee at Tinapak River – PHP35
Rough road on the way to jump off (we were riding a tricycle)
It was muddy. and crowded. and rocky at some points. We did the traverse, and some rocks you have to squeeze through – I call them judgmental rocks because I feel they ban fat people – my thin friend breezed through, and I had to put my arms in front of me to squeeze through the rocks!
I think the biggest risk was the soles of my shoes. I keep on thinking they will fall off – that’s how sticky the path was.
At the summit, there’s a platform to stand at – perfect for a wedding if you can get people to go up a 4 hour hike.
Don’t forget to look for the heart shaped river that you can see at the summit!
Heart shaped river path – sorry I couldn’t take a clear shot. I was too lazy to stand while waiting for the rest of my group.
Do not forget to drop by the cave and the river!
Say hi to our guide – Kuya Pido!
See how amazing the rocks at the river is?
You can actually camp near the river. There are villas (not in picture) you can rent too.