It is a known fact that the Philippines is blessed with beautiful islands, gorgeous beaches and breathtaking landscapes that are perfect if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. But the problems is, many of these locations are either too far from the metro or too expensive to travel to. Luckily, we were able to uncover this almost perfect and hidden gem that is just a few hours away from the city and is fairly inexpensive to travel to. THE PRIVATE CAMP: DARAITAN Brgy. Daraitan, Tanay Rizal Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/31709562?adults=1&guests=1&s=CU-2GEm6 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theprivatecampdaraitan/ Contact: +63 905 925 3591 https://flic.kr/p/2dL7Wgd Located just approximately 2 hours away from the city, The Private camp: Daraitan is not like any other Airbnb space. It is not some comfortable hotel or fancy resort. The Private Camp: Daraitan is an adventure experience that puts you directly in the heart of a small rustic village that is nestled in the mountains and rivers of Daraitan in Tanay, Rizal. THE JOURNEY https://flic.kr/p/2dtfb6B Our journey started on a Friday night in Ortigas when we decided to book their space via Airbnb for only P2,500. We then arrived at the Private camp in Brgy. Daraitan at around 10 pm. The place itself is fairly easy to find with the help of Waze, but towards the end, the road tends to get rougher and harder to navigate. https://flic.kr/p/24fyWj8 When we arrived, we immediately fell in love with the rustic and raw nature feels that the camp offers. It was even more beautiful at night with only the stars and moon as lights. https://flic.kr/p/2dtfm1r We stayed in this elevated “Kubo” style space that has this awesome view of Tinipak river and the Sierra Madre mountain range. https://flic.kr/p/2dL6Q6j The place itself is located directly beside the river and checked in guest can set up their own tent by the bonfire at night. https://flic.kr/p/SHWhQN There is electricity but cell signal is limited to some areas, hence the place is perfect for backpackers, nature lovers and to anyone who simply wants a unique native experience. A NEW DAY https://flic.kr/p/2dtgr5n There is nothing better than waking up to the sound of a rushing river with a matching view of the scenic of Sierra Madre mountain range. https://flic.kr/p/R6FjfV Nothing beats waking up to this view while taking a sip on our hot coffee. https://flic.kr/p/2dL7m4f This is the quaint and cozy “Kubo” style hut that we slept in last night. Surprisingly, there were no mosquitos and the cool breeze helped us have a good night sleep. https://flic.kr/p/2dtf4DZ The place itself is clean and feels very homey, all thanks to our trusted and friendly Airbnb staff Kuya Jury who lives just right across our hut. https://flic.kr/p/SHXfCu There is no actual shower but luckily the clean river is only a few steps away and taking a bath there is always a treat. Kidding aside, there’s a clean bathroom with drums full of water for taking a bath. https://flic.kr/p/R6FDK6 There is also a small Kubo (also managed by Kuya Jury) inside the grounds that sell assorted snacks, food, water, and other necessities. ADVENTURE https://flic.kr/p/R6FXZn Aside from unwinding and nature appreciation, guests can also choose to tackle adventure-filled activities that would surely test your physical fitness and reward you with a spectacular view. https://flic.kr/p/R6FYGp For starters, guests can trek for 1 hour along the Tinipak river to reach a certain part of the river that is suited for swimming and cliff jumping. https://flic.kr/p/R6FXDH The trek along the river is fairly easy even for beginners. The path to the river and the rock formations alone is surely worth the trip. https://flic.kr/p/2eMsAB7 But if you’re in for a more challenging adventure then you can opt to hike up Mt. Daraitan. https://flic.kr/p/R6FZde It’s a 5-hour tiring trek up the peak of the most famous mountain in Tanay. It offers the best-undisputed view of the Tinipak river and the Sierra Madre mountain range. It surely is worth the climb. VERDICT https://flic.kr/p/2dtgAue Overall, The private camp in Daraitan stayed true to its promise of a unique Airbnb staycation like no other. The remoteness of the place made us feel like we were living in a jungle despite being only 2 hours away from Manila. It’s perfect if you want to truly immerse in the rawness of nature and have a slice of the authentic life of our natives, without compromising privacy and security. So if camping or in this case glamping is your thing then you’ll never go wrong with what the Private Camp in Daraitan has to offer. THINGS TO DO – River Swimming/Hiking | Caving – Unwind | Nature Appreciation – Fishing (Bring your gear) – Mt. Daraitan Trekking – Campfire Sessions NOTES – Their humble camp is not a HOTEL so please lower your expectations – They will provide (Banigs/Plastic Mattings, Pillows 2pcs, Blanket 2pcs) – Kuya Jury works hard for your water so please conserve it (they suggest to experience bathing in the river just like the locals) – They will also be providing basic kitchen tools (cooler, pot, plates, pitcher, etc) – Better bring your own FOOD/GROCERY rather than buying it there since their area is a tourist destination the prices are a bit jacked up THINGS TO BRING – Sunblock | Mosquito Repellant – Camping 101 knowledge – Emergency Flashlights – Sleeping Bag/Comforter – Rechargeable Fan – Hiking gears THE PRIVATE CAMP: DARAITAN Brgy. Daraitan, Tanay Rizal Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/31709562?adults=1&guests=1&s=CU-2GEm6 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theprivatecampdaraitan/ Contact: +63 905 925 3591 Live an Awesome Life,
Disclosure: Our stay in The Private Camp Daraitan was courtesy of The Private Camp Daraitan. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.