When looking for vacation areas near Metro Manila, most people would probably recommend Tagaytay, Batangas, or Laguna. However, what most do not know is that there is a gem a stone's throw away from the city that is not usually at the top of the vacation spot list.
Tanay, Rizal is a perfect place to escape from the busy hustles in the metro. It offers a unique dimension that may be extra attractive for outdoor junkies and nature lovers. Here’s a quick guide on why Tanay, Rizal should be your next go-to place when you’re stressed.
Kamp Maysawa is a serene place that is perfect for a secluded retreat. It is a simple boho-style cabin in the middle of the forest, definitely a picturesque setting if you want to go out on your own or for an intimate time with family and friends.
Aside from its signature cabin, it also houses amenities like a Jacuzzi, freshwater swimming pool, games, and hammocks. What’s even more exciting with this setup is that it is only accessible via a 4x4 vehicle so prepare yourself for a 30-minute walk to cover the 1.5-kilometer stretch going to Kamp Maysawa.
You don’t have to travel all the way to La Union or fly to Palawan to refresh yourself. One of the top destinations in Tanay is the Daranak Falls, a 46-feet waterfall that will give you a revitalizing experience. The falls are located in the heart of the forest, surrounded by flowering wild plants, big and small trees, ponds, and cascading rivers. It’s definitely a paradise to see.
A popular movie destination, Nagpatong Rock has definitely evolved into an experience, rather than just a famous spot. Nagpatong Rock got its name from the Filipino word, patong, which is a direct translation of ‘to put on top.’ Its architecture is a sight to see with two huge blocks of rocks neatly placed on top of each other. On how the placement of this rock formation was formed is still unknown to many people.
If you also want to get a glimpse of the history of Tanay, make sure to include Calinawan Cave as one of your destinations. It is just a 20 to 30-minute drive from Daranak Falls and is perfect as a follow-through adventure after enjoying the waters.
History says that this cave had a huge role in the past. Because of the complex system consisting of several layers, this became a secret hideout place for Filipinos against the colonizers. You would be needing a couple of hours just to completely cover all layers of the cave.
One of the main attractions of Tanay Rizal is the pilgrimage site of Regina Rica (Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia). This 14-hectare land houses the Queen of the Holy Rosary’s 71-ft statue and a church located in the heart of the hills which you can visit. Aside from the religious activities it is known for, you also have the freedom to drop by the three waterfalls that surround Regina Rica.
End your day at Ricardo’s Vista del Cielo which exudes a combination of ancient and modern in their homey restaurant. They serve Spanish-inspired dishes coupled with a view that can be accessed through the cozy garden huts in their roof deck.
Tanay, Rizal is the perfect destination for adrenaline junkies because of its rich outdoor activities. Because of the nature of experience that you get to face, it is recommended to schedule your trip on non-rainy days, specifically from February to May so you get the most out of your trip.
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Tanay, Rizal is accessible by both private and public transportation. Going there is as if you’re just traversing within Metro Manila with traffic, averaging from one to two hours travel time.
If you have your car or even a rented car, all you have to do is drive through the Marikina-Infanta Highway until you reach Tanay. Make sure to keep Google Maps and Waze by your side as your digital guides.
If you do not have your personal chauffeur, you don’t have to worry since it’s also an easy ride going to the city. Ride a Tanay-bound bus, jeepney, or van from any of the nearest landmarks like Ynares Center if from Antipolo, Sta. Lucia if from Cainta, or Shaw Boulevard if from Mandaluyong. Once you reach Tanay, go down to the Tanay public market and just choose what the next vehicle you’ll ride (jeepneys, vans, or tricycles), depending on your next destination.
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