tour operators offer volcano and mountain climbing
and also provide equipment. Mount Merapi tours
are the most popular. They vary in difficulty
ranging from gazing at spectacular lava views
on short treks to an observation point in Kaliurang
to getting up in the pre-dawn areas to climb for
a closer view. Leisurely strolls or hearty treks
through friendly villages and plantations can
be done by anyone with a yearning to walk but
can also be arranged by travel agents.
The Tourism & Culture Authority
of Magelang Regency offers Borobudur Sunrise tours
and an Exploring Borobudur & Surrounding Area
by Becak (pedicab) tour. Also white water rafting,
bicycling, volcano trekking, outbound management
training, team building and elephant trekking,
along with other cultural courses and programs.
For more information, visit their website at www.borobudurcorner.com.
Wonosobo, there are remote trails at Dieng Plateau
far away from the tourist crowds. Active craters,
geothermal energy, lakes, caves, temples and cool
mountain air are the main attractions.
27 km north of Jogja or only an hour by car, Kaliurang
lies at the foot at Plawangan hill and is an ideal
place to escape the heat and humidity of the city
or for getaway retreat. It is a tranquil place
in the middle of lush, green, tropical splendor
and affordable villas, bungalows, and a range
of recreational facilities such as swimming pools,
tennis courts, and a playground. Those who like
hiking can climb Mount Merapi from here, staying
overnight in Kaliurang then starting the hike
very early in the morning via Kinahrejo village,
descending again at noon.
Visitors can enjoy casual walking
and bird watching at Pronojiwo forest. At the
end of the forest track is Tlogo Muncar waterfall.
The local people believe the waterfall is sacred
and can make believers look younger. The artificial
swimming pool at Tlogo Putri is favored by families.
At Tlogo Nirmolo are 22 artificial caves used
by the Japanese during World War II. Incredible
gas clouds (wedhus gembel) with temperatures up
to 600 °C and molten lava from Mount Merapi
can be viewed at Boyong observation post. Small
entrance fees are charged when entering these
Merapi, the eternally smoking giant, is one of
the most active volcanoes in Indonesia and is
cloaked in a sleepy, dense forest. Beyond this
are vast stretches of deserted land lying deep
in the steep valleys trailing amongst the hills.
Sibilant pines and wild grass are the dominant
vegetation, adding to the breathtaking panorama.
During its resting time between volcanic activities,
keen hikers and nature lovers can climb the mountain
to experience its abundance of flora and fauna.
Located 27 km north of Jogja, Mount
Merapi is 2,920 m above sea level with an average
temperature of about 10° C. The difference
in temperature between noon and night is approximately
15-16 degrees. There are two hiking tracks to
climb Merapi. The first is through Jogja from
the south; the second is from the north through
Selo village, Boyolali.
To climb from the south, go 27 km
north of Jogja to Kaliurang, a small resort town,
elevation 1,300 m, then continue to Kinahrejo,
the last village at the top of the mountain. Guides,
supplies (such as water and snacks) and information
are available here. Normally, it takes 6 hours
of climbing to reach the peak.
For the northern route, Selo village
is 40 km northwest of Solo and is a cool, hilly
village (1,500 m) wedged between the north slope
of Mount Merapi and the southern slope of Mount
Merbabu. Climbers can buy supplies in Selo, where
there are also some nice accommodations. To reach
the peak should take 6 hours, returning to Selo
in approximately 4 hours.
There's an observation post on Plawangan
hill reached via a forest trail from Kaliurang
for incredible views of molten rocks, bubbling
mud and occasionally hot lava pouring forth and
leaving long trails of smoke. Another observation
post is at Ketep, 30 km east of Magelang. It includes
an observation platform, a documentary film and
a photo gallery tracing the history of Merapi
eruptions. The newest observation post is at Trumpon,
Tempel, 17 km north of Jogja. Trumpon has an observation
tower, children's park, artificial lake, and a
For those who prefer to view volcanoes in the
air-conditioned comfort of a car, there are breathtaking
sights of Mount Merbabu (3,150 m) and Mount Merapi
on the Selo Pass, to the west of Boyolali. An
excellent route to take if visiting Dieng Plateau.
Boko Adventure and Cultural Trekking Tour
This ancient palace is 20 km east of Jogja or
3 km south of Prambanan temple.
Amazing trekking through isolated
villages, breathtaking views of mysterious landscapes,
and a chance to experience the local people's
way of life are part of the Ratu Boko Adventure
and Cultural Trekking Tour. The highlight of this
unforgettable tour is the tremendous silky sunrise
overlooking colorful rice fields viewed from Tugel
The trekking starts from the headquarters
of Keraton Ratu Boko at 3:00 pm and returns at
9:00 am. Having traced the hills of Ratu Boko
up to Tugel hill (or Gunung Pegat), if the weather
is fine, participants enjoy sunset while having
a rest. The trekking then continues to Candi Ijo,
the nearest temple, and overnights in tents, cottages,
or in the homes of villagers. Here, visitors can
continue to watch superb sunsets and lava flows
from Mount Merapi. On the way back to Ratu Boko,
breakfast will be served in a small bamboo hut
on top of the hill, viewing the towering Mounts
Sumbing, Sindoro, Merapi and Lawu and enjoying
the ambience of the countryside.
To book sunrise or sunset trekking
tours contact PT. Taman Wisata Ratu-Boko, Jl.
Raya Prambanan - Piyungan. Phone: +62 (0274) 496-510.
Beach, Gunung Kidul Regency
Purwodadi village about 35 km southeast of Wonosari
town is an asphalt road leading to Siung Beach.
The beach lies between two cliffs that are heavenly
for climbers because there are at least 250 ways
to climb amidst beautiful sea panoramas, rumbling
waves and fresh ocean air. The Asian Climbing
Gathering that took place here drew 80 participants
from 15 Asian countries. There is terraced rice
farmland nearby surrounded by a habitat of local
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