Manila, with her traffic, fast paced lifestyle and pollution, is suffocating. Then let’s add the stress and demands of your job in the equation, as well, will result to an urge to run away. No, not from our responsibilities (I know it’s tempting at times but we have to remember we’re broke) but to just run away for some fresh air and take a break from the adulting chaos.
That’s what happened to my last weekend of November. Paul and I decided that we are too consumed by work that we drove ourselves to Tanay, Rizal for a change of scene. We have always wanted to see the famous Daranak Falls of Tanay since the start of the year. It’s better late than never!
DRIVING TO DARANAK FALLS
We were both from Rizal so we don’t have to endure the traffic eastbound. Daranak Falls is 57 kilometers away from Robinson’s Metroeast (our meetup point) and there’s two major roads – Marcos Highway and Teresa Road – that connect Antipolo to Tanay. We took the zigzag road of Teresa as Waze suggested and we reached Daranak after an hour. The road to the falls is cemented, steep and has some blind curves. Parking (P30) is kinda limited on the side of the end road.
Ride an UV Express in Starmall Shaw Terminal bound to Tanay. Alight at Tanay Public Market Transport Terminal and asked around for the Daranak Falls Tricycle Terminal.
Crazy things we did before chasing waterfalls
We worried about restroom inside (turns out there are but no locks) so we decided to wear our swimsuits under our clothes in the car already, in case you know, we wanted to swim. From the road, there’s a registration booth where you need to pay P50 for the entrance fee and register your names before you can enter the premise. It turns out you can bring food (without corkage) and anything inside except for alcohols and plastics. We didn’t have anything on us so we passed on getting a picnic shed or table.
There’s nothing much to hike since the path is cemented already. We crossed a bridge and saw a big store with sheds around. We still can’t hear the waterfalls from our position so we thought it’s still a little far and we’re already starving. SO WE ATE FIRST. (#sorryNotSorryFoodIsLife) I ordered liempo (P130) and Paul got the hotdog + adobo (P75). The vendor told us that we can sit by the shed even we didn’t rent one as long as we bought from the store. Our food took some time to be served so we roamed around the area first.
At 10am, the place isn’t crowded and the place is clean. There are number of sheds around and there’s only one big group present. There are also dogs around who are friendly and harmless.