Are you in East Java and looking for a relaxing and fun getaway for you and your family? Tretes is one of the many alternatives that you can visit. Why Tretes? In addition to being a hill village packed with vacation homes and hotels, several golf courses and a safari park, there’s a place where you can have tree adventure! At Tretes Treetop Adventure Park, you and your children can spend some valuable and fun time together.
Exciting 1.2 km flying fox
Upon the entrance (0.70 USD per person), you will see a banner saying Southeast Asia’s longest flying fox at 1.2 km (0.7 miles)! That sounds pretty challenging, right? The ride, which costs 10.50 USD, takes less than 2 minutes to complete. To begin, you need to walk up to the starting point at the hilltop whereby you will be flying above a thick forest at up to 60 km per hour. Throughout the journey, the surrounding mountains (Welirang and Arjuna) and paddy terraces are visible.
The park is actually one of the 300+ parks around the whole world that belongs to Tree Top Adventure Park company, which originated from France. Therefore, the equipment is in accordance with the company’s standard, which applies to all its parks. Before the ride, a patrol guide will give you safety instructions (e.g. keep your legs stretched to the front to avoid some vegetation when flying close to tree tops). Patrol guides will also keep an eye on you during the ride (they have binoculars) and finally another guide will help you during the landing.
Alternative flying fox for children and those with acrophobia
If the 1.2 km flying fox ride is too long for you, how about trying the shorter version for 7.80 USD? The shorter ride is only 160 meters long and of course, it takes much shorter time to complete the ride (less than 20 seconds). This ride is also closer to ground and children as young as eight years old can ride this. This also makes a good alternative for those who with acrophobia.
Your children will enjoy it too!
Other than the flying fox rides, this park also has some tree activities like tightrope walking (10.50 USD for adult and 7.80 USD for kids under 12 years). Imagine walking on a single rope while holding a balancing cane, like the one you see in a circus. It is very safe. You will be walking on a tightrope with two ropes to help with stability. Like flying fox rides, the patrol guide will assist throughout the activities including tightening the safety belts to avoid unnecessary injuries.
Children can participate in all activities, including the flying fox. However, some age requirements applies for certain rides and activities. Only adults and children over 12 years old can ride the longer version (1.2 km) of flying fox. Kids over 4 years old and adults weighing under 45 kg can participate in the tightrope walking on a two-meter high rope. For those above 45 kg, they can go for tightropes, which are up to 20 meters high. However, it is best to consult with the guide prior to participating so that the guide can decide on which height is suitable for you.
Have a picnic in the adventure park
Feeling hungry after the ride? No need to worry, as there are some outdoor tables and chairs inside the park. These are great areas for picnics. Alternatively, you can eat inside the ‘joglo’ (wooden Javanese house) with its extended roof, no ceilings and concrete walls. There are some food stands selling Indonesian foods like 'bakso’ (beef meatball soup), but they rarely open on weekdays. Unless you come on weekends, do bring your own food and have a picnic here.
Buy fresh fruits next to Tretes Treetop Adventure Park
After lunch, there is something more to do. Next to the park, there is a fruit market selling various fruits such as avocado, soursop, oranges, papaya, etc. All fruits sold here are local produce, hence the price is cheaper than those in the surrounding cities. Tretes is known for its ‘pisang raja’ (king banana), which you will not be able to purchase in the cities. It’s sweeter and more fragrant! You can also buy oranges from here. The oranges sold here are typical Indonesian oranges, which are green. Unlike the ordinary 'orange oranges’, the green oranges are never sour.
Adventurous drive to Trawas
The park is not actually in Tretes. It’s located in Trawas district, 10 km from Tretes. It’s easily accessible for you if you hire a local driver to drive you there. I Please note that the road to Trawas is rather steep and there are many sharp turns. Be careful if you are driving! Although the road to get to the park is challenging, this is one attraction that you do not want to miss!
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