If you are a certified pinoy mountaineer, you must have been at least once in Tanay. This town is considered to be the adventure capital of the Rizal province in South Luzon island of the Philippines. Tanay is known for its mountains that can be dayhiked. If you want to see the beautiful mountain ranges of Sierra Madre standing up on a great view, you must consider taking some few walks and easy trails to reach the top of some of the mountains that you can hike in Tanay. Some of these mountains are listed below:
Aside from the mountains, there are several spots that are worth visiting in Tanay.
WHERE TO GO:
San Ildefonso de Toledo Parish Church
It is a Catholic church known by many as simply Tanay Church. It was declared as one of the National Cultural Treasure Church by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
Daranak Falls is probably one of Tanay’s pride and one of the most famous tourist spot and flagship destination if you are in the town. It is a natural falls popular during summer for many locals. This is now a protected area and is being taken care of by the local government. You can swim and have picnic with family and friends. The falls is open 7 days a week from 8am to 5pm. Entrance fee is 50php while picnic tables and picnic shed can be rented for 200php and 300php respectively. Beers and other liquors on the other hand are strictly prohibited inside the area.
If you are a big fan of spelunking, you must never miss going to Calinawan cave on your visit to Tanay. It is a 5 level cave with enchanting stalagmites and stalactites inside. You will also encounter object-like structures inside. One thing I noticed during our visit was that, cave guides are knowledgeable on what they do. The first 2 level are almost always open for tourist year round while lower levels 3,4 and 5 are usually open during dry and summer season in the Philippines.
Nagpatong Rock Formation
This is the highlight of our visit in Tanay. Nagpatong Rock Formation is probably the most famous tourist attraction in Tanay as of this writing. After opening this attraction to public in 2017 and after being featured in a local Pinoy movie, it became a hit amongst hiker, mountain climber and those who wish to get a step up photo on top of the Nagpatong Rock for their social grams.
Nagpatong is estimated 560 meters above sea level. Hiking on a sunny weather would normally take less than an hour while 1-2 hrs during rainy season. During rainy days, expect a muddy and slippery trail so, use proper hiking shoes or sandals. If you are an experienced hiker, I would say the trail is easy and moderately hard for non-hikers. The view at the top of Nagpatong Rock is surely worth your sweat and time.
As of today January 27, 2020, entrance fee to Nagpatong Rock is 100php per head and guide fee is 500php. Only a maximum of 5 visitors per 1 tour guide.
WHERE TO EAT:
Just a few minutes away from Tanay Church, Rambulls restaurant is one of the local pride of Tanay when it comes to food. This popular carinderia-style restaurant has a wild western-like ambiance inside as the interior is inspired by cowboys. They serve mostly beef dishes like bulalo, a Filipino-style beef stew made from beef shanks and bone marrows served with veggies in a hot savory soup.
Pico de Pino Dining and Overlooking Site
This spacious restaurants caters visitors of Tanay with its good location. They serve Filipino food which includes pancit canton and fresh lumpiang ubod roll which I was able to try. They are open 6am up until 8 o’clock in the evening. Aside from good food, I just wanna say that they have a well maintained and clean comfort rooms. They have nipa huts and picnic tables under the trees too. Feel free to contact them at 0917 524 5197.
One Day Sample Itinerary in Tanay, Rizal:
-Nagpatong Rock Formation
-Rambulls Restaurant for Lunch
-Pico De Pino Dining & Overlooking Site
Visit Tanay now and make some fun-filled adventure memories with family and friends.
Hanggang sa susunod na byahe ko.