ADD TO LISTYogyakarta should be high on any itinerary for a visitor to Indonesia. It is the nearest main city to the most visited of the many Indonesia attractions - the Borobudur Temple (Candi Borobudur). As well, there are some great shopping, markets, and temples in the area, while you can also see the volcanic Mount Merapi. Yogyakarta is certainly one of Indonesia's top travel destinations.
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I'm going to java (yogyakarta) for 2 days. Any tips for attractions in the surroundings of yogya? Besides borobudur obviously..
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.CitraElo are a licensed tour operator specialising in white water rafting, outdoor training and management training.
They offer three rafting trips ranging from moderate (Grade I-III) to advanced (Grade III-V).
The Lower Progo River is the advanced trip which is the one that I chose on this occassion.
The cost is IDR 1,500,000 per boat which includes all rafting equipment, guides, refreshments and a meal afterwards.
As there were no other participants I basically funded the whole expedition. But this included a support rescue raft which I think was just an excuse for the team to get onto the river as well.
Most of the team work as farmers around CitraElo base camp so I think they will take any opportunity they can to go for a bit of a paddle themselves.
They seemed to enjoy the adventure as much as what I did and they certainly added a lot of fun to the whole trip with their humerous antics. On more than one occasion someone ended up in the river with a helping hand ;)
Yours truly went overboard when his centre of gravity became waterside!
One of the highlights for me was to ride on the front of the boat 'rodeo' style by hanging onto the ring at the front of the raft and then trying to stay on as long as possible in the rapids.
Some of the photo's were taken by one of their photographers so I was expecting to pay extra for these. However, the photographer joined our group on the second leg of the trip and he enjoyed himself so much that he gave me a CD with the pictures that he took plus two prints!
I did also pay an extra IDR 350,000 for transport to and from our hotel in Jogja. At my request, the driver was kind enough to stop at various locations to take some pictures of the surrounding countryside.
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Yogyakarta is the cultural heart of Java. Lying between two of Java's most potential mystical symbols; the explosive Mt. Merapi in the North and the Indonesian Ocean - home of the "Queen of the South Seas" in the south. It is the most active centre for Javanese culture and arts while the most refined Javanese languages are spoken here. Yogyakarta also an intelectual centre, crammed with prestigious universities and academies, and people are proudly clinging to their traditions which are still headed by the Soultan.
Yogyakarta is the cultural cradle of the Java culture and history - it is home to the 'kraton'/palace of the king of Java. 12th century old legendary Hindu and Buddhist temples are in its vicinity. Cultural wanderer will not miss this laid-back town also famous with its student community. Finding accommodation is not difficult - you can go there by airplane, train, or bus/rented car. The people, Javanese of the Yogya strain, often refer to themselves as "wong yurjo" or "yogya people", are as sweet as their cuisine, and mild-mannered. Sometimes I thought they're taking their sweet time to do things. Everything is cheaper in Yogyakarta than in Jakarta. Must-see places are the palace, the Prambanan temple, the Borobudur temple, and a walk down Malioboro street. It's quite an experience to board one of the 'becak' or pedaled tricycle and dinner on the streetside of Malioboro ('lesehan'). In 2006 a powerful earthquake rattled the place so you might found some remnants of this unfortunate natural disaster.
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