Only a few hours away from Manila is the town of Tanay in Rizal, an accessible destination where adventure and exciting activities await such as spelunking in an impressive caving system, trekking to two breathtaking waterfalls and visiting numerous sightseeing spots.
Below are 8 destinations you can go to on your Rizal day tour!
1. Pililla Windmills
Pililla Windmills is situated on the top of the hills overlooking Laguna de Bay and the rolling grasslands of Tanay on the other side. The site coverage of Pililla wind farm is a whopping 4,515 hectares. All in all, there is a total of 27 wind turbine generators. (Read more: Pililla Windmills)
2. Regina RICA Pilgrimage Site
Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia, or more popularly known as Regina RICA, is a 13.7 hectares pilgrimage site run by Dominican sisters in Tanay, Rizal. It is the home to a 71 ft. Mama Mary structure where a trail leading to a chapel can be found.
3. Calinawan Cave
Did you know that the name “Calinawan” was derived from the Tagalog word “nagkalinawan” (in English, made clear)? It was said that the cave is where American and Japanese had an agreement to settle their disputes. (Read more: Calinawan Cave)
4. Daranak Falls
Although crowded, Daranak Falls looked so beautiful with its cool pristine waters. As I walked across Daranak Falls, the path was rocky, uneven and slippery. I recommend tourists to wear aqua shoes to make the experience easier and safer. (Read more: Daranak Falls + Batlag Falls)
5. Batlag Falls
Batlag Falls offers a more peaceful surrounding than Daranak Falls since there is a lesser crowd and no cottages around. Unlike the waters in Daranak Falls, the water in Batlag Falls is not as clear.
6. Our Lady of Rawan Grotto
Just before you go to Calinawan Cave, you may enjoy the view of Rizal by going up the Grotto.
7. Parola Lighthouse
The Parola Lighthouse is located in the lakeshore of Barangay San Isidro. It once served as a guide for fishermen way back before but stopped operations in 2012. Today, it is seen as a tourist attraction where visitors can take a glimpse of the breathtaking sunset view.
8. San Ildefonso De Toledo Parish Church
Built in 1773, Saint Ildefonsus of Toledo Parish Church is also among the five Jubilee churches of the Diocese of Antipolo. Also known as Tanay Church, this structure is already 243 years old and takes pride in its Baroque-style architecture.
Tanay, Rizal Day Tour Operator
Person to look for: Claudine De Leon
Mobile number: 0927 837 4191
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/claud.dynn
Itinerary and Budget
Note: This tour was a guided joined tour. The fee for the arrangement was ₱899 / head.
|July 16, 2016||4:30 AM||Assembly at MRT Ayala Station Jollibee/LRT Buendia|
|5:00 AM||ETD to Tanay, Rizal|
|7:00 AM||ETA Pilillla Windmills/roam around the windmills|
|8:00 AM||ETD from Pilillla Windmills to Regina RICA|
|8:45 AM||ETA Regina RICA|
|9:45 AM||ETD from Regina RICA to Calinawan Cave|
|10:15 AM||ETA Calinawan Cave||₱20/head (entrance fee);₱200/group (tour guide fee); ₱200/group (tricycle fare one-way)|
|12:00 nn||ETD Calinawan Cave to Daranak Falls||₱50/head (entrance to Daranak); ₱300/group (cottage rental); ₱100/head (Batlag Falls entrance); ₱50/head (floater rental – optional)|
|12:30 nn||Lunch/Daranak Falls/Batlag Falls|
|3:30 PM||ETD Daranak Falls to Grotto|
|3:45 PM||ETA Our Lady of Rawan Grotto|
|4:45 PM||ETD from Our Lady of Rawan Grotto to Tanay Church|
|5:00 PM||ETA Tanay Church|
|5:30 PM||ETD from Church to Parola Lighthouse|
|5:45 PM||ETA Parola Light House Viewing|
|6:15 PM||ETD Parola Light House Viewing, back to Makati MRT Ayala Jollibee|
|9:00 PM||ETA Manila|
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