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River Trekking: Fun Water Play In Pulesari Tourism Village, Turi, Yogyakarta

Rianasari
Updated Nov 05, 2015

Established in 2012, Pulesari Tourism Village is situated in the Wonokerto village, within the district of Turi of Sleman Regency. Its exact location lies at the foot of Mount Merapi, around 900 meters above sea level, and it boosts a constant cool weather with temperatures ranging from 24 - 29 degrees Celsius. Pulesari is an agricultural village that was formed by the community with the aim to create a safe, comfortable and dynamic environment.

Cool location and far from city hustle

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Pulesari is far from the main city road, and you would need a map to reach your destination. From Adisucipto International Airport, it takes approximately 47 minutes driving time to get there. When you enter the village, you will feel the cold mountain air, and pass a garden full of salak (snake fruit or salacca zalacca). Continue north onto the narrow uphill road to Pulesari Tourism Village.

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Various activities at Pulesari Tourism Village including river trekking

Pulesari offers various activities such as learning to cultivate salak (snake fruit), explore salak plantation, or pick and eat salak at the farm. You can also partake in fishing activities or stay at a homestay whereby one can interact with the villagers and learn about their daily activities. Among all the activities offered, river trekking is the activity highest on demand. It does not require a huge number of participants to be able to do it. There will be guides to help you in this activity.

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Begin your adventure by crossing a bridge!

To begin, you’d be invited to cross a river via a bridge that has been provided. Do not worry if you fall, because the depth of the river is only half a meter. The next location is on the other side of the river, reachable by walking through the footpaths of salak plantation. The next challenge is to cross the fish pond by footbridges made of bamboos. The participants may easily fall into the pond because the footbridges are quite difficult to pass. However, you may refuse to do it if you do not wish to fall.

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Hurdling manmade obstacles in nature

The next hurdle is a vertical web in which participants will be asked to cross the river through obstacles in the form of straps that can be used as a footrest for climbing. After that, you would pass a rainy hut built to drench participants. Your next challenge involves going up the stairs with flowing water from the upper stream to the river bottom. Be prepared to get wet! There are several bathrooms for you to get changed at the end of your adventure, so enjoy having fun with water! Other fun and physical challenges await in the natural setting of Pulesari Tourism Village.

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Adventure on the river at an affordable price

For those of you who like activities related to nature or water, this adventure can be a refreshing experience. However, these activities are usually most popular amongst children and caution is advised. Be careful of the rocks in the river, because it can hurt your feet. To avoid injuries, you should prepare a pair of rubber sandals. Even better if the sandals have fasteners, because the current of the river can throw your sandals off at times.

To perform this activity, you do not need to spend a lot of money. It’s only 45,000 IDR (about 3.45 USD) per person, including lunch. If you are a parent accompanying your children and waiting at the base camp (non-participant), you would only be charged 15,000 IDR ( 1.20 USD ) for the lunch. With such affordable fun at Pulesari Tourism Village, it’d be a pity to miss it when you are in Yogyakarta!

This article was originally published on Nov 05, 2015

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Riana is a mother of three girls. She loves to take her daughters out to visit various local and international tourism destinations. She believes that the outdoor activities in every destination...Read more

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