The daily grind can take its toll on our bodies and minds, and we need to unplug now and then. But what if you only have one day off and don’t want to exhaust yourself by going on one of the most popular day hikes in Laguna?
Then you should go to Kayak Hills in Rizal, Laguna and visit the famous TANAW De Rizal Park. TANAW stands for “Tayak Adventure Nature And Wildlife” It has a very laid-back and secure trail. Aside from that, it exudes a tranquil vibe and offers a stunning perspective of Laguna’s surrounding villages and the infamous Mt. Cristobal.
Tayak Hill is located in Laguna, Philippines, between the towns of San Pablo and Rizal, with views of the Seven Lakes of San Pablo on one side and the majestic Mt. Cristobal on the other. Kayak Adventure Nature and Wildlife is where you’ll find it (TANAW). It is now a tourist spot which is known to locals and hikers. The area is also a biker’s haven.
Furthermore, it is located in the protected landscape of Mt. Banahaw and Mt. Cristobal, so please follow the laws to avoid any inconvenience.
In front of Rizal Elementary School, the route begins. It is a 6-kilometer stretch with a wide, concrete road along which cars and even small trucks can pass. You can either ride a trike all the way up to the TANAW or walk for a more complete experience. It’s worth noting that reaching the summit on a trike will take you at least 30 minutes.
If you want to walk, it will take you 1.5 to 2 hours to accomplish the journey. You won’t get tanned because the trail is shaded. If you’re in a group, walk in single file and don’t take up the full road for everyone’s safety. There are a lot of blind spots here, and if you don’t take measures, automobiles can be a problem.
Guests can either take the bus or hike up to Noah’s Ark. Seniors are strongly advised to take the jeeps up to Noah’s Ark because the road is steep and the curves are dangerous. Guests will turn right into a dirt section halfway to the summit. You’ll be walking on the side of the hill here, which adds to the exhilaration of the journey. We didn’t mind the lack of steps because of the strong wind and gorgeous scenery.
You can immediately proceed to the summit after paying the registration fee, which is approximately 30 – 45 minutes away. Under a canopy of trees, the trail ascends by stone stairs. As you climb higher and higher, you can feel the wind becoming stronger.
The greenery and pine trees will delight visitors. It’s ideal as a backdrop for a photo shoot.
We eventually made our way to the peak, which is home to the famous stone cross. Limit in mind that this is a pilgrimage place, so keep your noise to a bare minimum. A five-minute stairway connects the plains to the summit once more. A marble stone with the names of people and countries adorns the entire area. This is from all of the people who contributed money to help build Noah’s Ark.
We spent a few calm minutes atop the summit, taking in the scenery and snapping a few photos. We had the summit entirely to ourselves. The clouds began to drop, covering much of the view and further lowering the temperature. We resumed our descent on the same trail when we had had our fill of adventure.
We took a detour down the road. Near the registration area, there are a few cafés where you may have a bite to eat, as well as buy toiletries and wash your hands.
Rizal Residents: P20
TANAW De Rizal Park
Location: Brgy. Tala 4003 Rizal, Philippines
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