Colorful Sky at Pengger Pine Forest

Pine forest Pengger is a pine forest located in Bantul district. The area has several pine forest destinations. Near by is the Mangunan orchard which is also a popular destination. Mangunan orchard is often called Negeri di Atas Awan or a country above the clouds.

The icon of Pengger Pine Forest Yogyakarta.
The icon of Pengger Pine Forest Yogyakarta.

Pine forest Pengger offers several instagramable photo spots. The entrance fee is on IDR 2500 (year 2018) or 20 cents. Visitor can enjoy the pine forest view, hammocking, see the sunset, or take picture with some land art.

Land art is the most favourite here. This kind of art is an artsy installation made of a kind of rare wood called ‘saliara’. The artist made several installations resembling house and gate.

The shape of this land art is so unique yet mysterious. Seeing those shapes will surely arouse the curiosity.

Colorful sky during sunset at Pengger pine forest.
Colorful sky during sunset at Pengger pine forest.

When you visit this destination at late afternoon you may see an epic sunset coloring the sky. Even just before the sun is setting the sky is still appealing.

Asuma Padaruksa Gate

Asuma Padaruksa is an gate installation. It takes a shape of a short lane. You may imagine this gate takes you into a different world.

Asuma Padaruksa Gate.
Asuma Padaruksa Gate.

Sabrang Anindha

This photo spot is a twin housing with a shape of an arch. Visitor may enter the house by climbing the provided ladder. Each of the house has windows so visitor may take pictures with face popping out the window. That should be a funny picture.

Sabrang Anindha is a mysterious twin housing.
Sabrang Anindha is a mysterious twin housing.

Pancawara

Pancawara is the most unique photo spot. It takes the shape of a right hand and may contain some visitors. This spot is located on a cliff with an epic background. The colorful sky will be seen at the clear afternoon from here.

Pancawara is a right hand photo spot.
Pancawara is a right hand photo spot.

The Wonder of Ancient Volcano Nglanggeran Yogyakarta

Ancient Volcano in Yogyakarta named Nglanggeran Ancient Volcano is an ancient volcano located in village of Nglanggeran, Patuk, distric of Gunungkidul. This tourism destination is the most favourite ecotourism in Yogyakarta.

Welcome to Nglanggeran Ecotourism.
Welcome to Nglanggeran Ecotourism.

Three destinations to visit

This Nglanggeran area offers three destinations to visit. They are ancient volcano of Nglanggeran, a pond of Nglanggeran, and Kedung Kandang waterfall. Visitor should use a private car since no public transportation reached the location.

The origin and death of the volcano

According to geologists this ancient volcano was an active volcano some tens of millions years ago. This active volcano was laid in sea bed and rose due to geological phenomenon. In time this volcano’s lava channel was blocked made this volcano inactive.

Birth of the new volcano

However, the lava flow made its new direction to the north. This new channel giving birth of a new volcano named Merapi. Merapi volcano is an active volcano in Yogyakarta. This vulcanic activity is likely at top level at a period of 5 years. The last most destructive eruption was at 2010.

Merapi volcano in the background and Nglanggeran Ancient volcano at the foreground.
Merapi volcano in the background and Nglanggeran Ancient volcano at the foreground.

Gedhe Peak the 700 meter peak

The peak of Nglanggeran ancient volcano is named Gedhe. The height is 700 meters above seal level. To reach this peak visitor must climb the volcano with an extreme track. The slope of the track can be as high as 45 degree. Visitor’s stamina must be at his highest level.

Gedhe peak is a solid rock.
Gedhe peak is a solid rock.

At this peak visitor can enjoy the sunset or sunrise. Be aware at here since no safety barrier to keep visitor safe. Visitor can also have a camp with the rented tent.

Aerial view of Nglanggeran pond.
Aerial view of Nglanggeran pond.

Follow the guide

The climbing path is already prepared. Visitor can follow the available signs to reach the peak. While climbing visitor may find some shelters to have rest. The signage boards are complete and clear so visitor need not to worry to lose the path.

A shelter to have rest.
A shelter to have rest.

Since the track may be very steep and dangerous the administrator provides some rope and stairs to use.

Stairs to climb.
Stairs to climb.

When visitors reach the peak they will find an Indonesian flag red and white. From the peak visitors may see the Nglanggeran pond and ‘Lima Jari’ peak. Lima Jari means five fingers. The peak resembles a left hand, closed, and pointing upward.

Lima Jari peak. The peak resembles a left hand fingers pointing up.
Lima Jari peak. The peak resembles a left hand fingers pointing up.

Going down visitors can use the slightly different route. This decending route is slightly different so the upcoming and the leaving visitor do not clash. After reaching the base visitor may replenish the energy by driniking some water.

Car Rental + Personal Photographer = Amazing Moments

Recently traveling is just a ‘must do’ activity by all age of people. With the new blooming destinations offering uniqueness and easy to access of the location. Many of the destinations were dificult to access but now they are easy to visit. All of the efforts are mereley to attract more and more visitors.

The rebuilt Yogyakarta

The Special Region of Yogyakarta has a various landscape conditions, from mountains, forest, rivers, caves, beaches, and even river inside of a cave. Many of the destinations were difficult to visit, however, after some reconstruction they are now easy to visit. The effort has been from the local government and the local community. This local community is the most taking the advantage of this reconstruction.

Tugu Monument of Yogyakarta.
Tugu Monument of Yogyakarta.

Not just to increase the economic of the community but also to draw the local people back to their vilage. These people were working in Jakarta or other big city to get better earning. However, they are now back to their origin then develop the tourism in their villages. Urbanization has been big trouble in Indonesia. Rebuilding the village for tourism has been a good idea to counter this problem.

Personal Photographer

ALERON JOGJA is a travel agency providing tour packages complete with personal photographer. Traveler has spent a lot of money, effort, and time. Even some travelers spend their annual leaves. This means traveling is an expensive activity. The best travel needs the best pictures.

For this reason ALERON JOGJA provides tour packages complete with personal photographer for your best travel experience.

Do you still take picture with phone? Or do you ask people to take your picutre? Did you get a picture with bad composition, dark, or even blurry? Now you can consider to hire a personal photographer.

A great travel with bad picture.
A great travel with bad picture.

A personal photographer is a photographer to take your travel moments professionaly. Enjoy your moments, enjoy the views, enjoy your togetherness, and let your photographer captures your amazing moments. No more blurry and bad pictures. Your travel pictures will be your best pictures. You can share your best travel picture to your friends and family.

Personal photoshoot at Ijo temple Yogyakarta.
Personal photoshoot at Ijo temple Yogyakarta.

Your travel moments are so pricious. You have spent a lot of money to book hotel and airplane ticket. If you agree with us that your travel is expensive and needs the best picture then you should to consider to explore Yogyakarta with us.

Is hiring personal photographer expensive?

The answer is yes. That is why ALERON JOGJA is providing tour packages and car rental in conjunction with personal photographer. Combining those will be the best value of money.

Personal photoshoot at Mangunan pine forest Yogyakarta.
Personal photoshoot at Mangunan pine forest Yogyakarta.

All you need to do is making memories and let your personal photographer captures your amazing moments. Just contact us and let us arrange your epic journey.

Merapi Lava Tour Yogyakarta’s Most Favourite Place

Sunrise at Merapi

The Most Popular Destination in Yogyakarta

Lava Tour Merapi is the most popular tourist destination nowadays. This can be seen with so many agencies include this destination in their tour package. In fact for many travelers who came to Yogyakarta will make Lava Tour Merapi as their priority to visit.

Merapi Volcano. Picture taken from Bunker area.
Merapi Volcano. Picture taken from Bunker area.

A Disaster Became Blessing

In 2010 the eruption of Merapi brings sorrows to many residents. It burns down the villages, kill many of villagers, and moves them to the outside zone of danger. However, now the eruption leaves opportunity to grow their tourism potential.

It draws visitor to see the impact of the disaster and also the to see the beautiful yet mighty Merapi. The visitor may see all of this with a tour name Lava Tour Merapi.

Lava Tour Merapi jeep riding.
Lava Tour Merapi jeep riding.

Jeep Riding at Off-Road Route

To see the amazing Merapi from near, visitor can rent a jeep with driver. Visitor can also rent a trail motorbike. However, many visitor tend to choose jeep since it contains 4 visitors. With the road condition the most suitable vehicle is a jeep.

The Distance Options

Visitor may choose some options of the route to explore. The route options are:

  1. Short route
  2. Medium route
  3. Long route
  4. Sunrise route

These short, medium, and long route refer to the distance of the route. The longer the route the longer the time of the tour. And for the sunrise route is just a short route but is held at the early morning. This is the best option if visitors want to explore Merapi and also enjoy the sunrise.

In addition after the sunrise tour visitors may continue the next tour with much time spare. For example after exploring sunrise tour visitor can visit Borobudur, Ulen Sentalu Museum, Sultan Palace, Prambanan temple, etc..

Mini Museum, Alien Stone, and Kaliadem Bunker

One of the destination to visit is Mini Museum. This museum was a house of the resident. However, the Merapi eruption burned down the entire village leaving nothing remain. Visitor may see the burnt cattle, motorbike, and car.

Mini Museum. This place displays some remnant of the volcanic disaster.
Mini Museum. This place displays some remnant of the volcanic disaster.

The ‘alien stone’ is just a big rock thrown from peak of Merapi. Before the eruption, the place was a village. But now there is nothing but flat land with the houses burried below the sand. At a particular angle the alien stone seems resembling a human face. Can you imagine the power of the blast throwing this big rock?

Alien Stone. At a particular angle the stone resembles of human face.
Alien Stone. At a particular angle the stone resembles of human face.

The next destination is the Bunker Kaliadem. This bunker is a shelter for hiding from hot clouds. However, this shelter is not built to stand the hot lava. When Merapi erupted a volunteer died since he was trapped inside the shelter.

Bunker Kaliadem is very close to the summit. It is located 4 km from peak.
Bunker Kaliadem is very close to the summit. It is located 4 km from peak.

Kalikuning Water Maneuver

Should you need to have a little fun with water splash, then you need to try to visit Kalikuning. Kalikuning is a river with the upstream is coming from Merapi. The water is very clean and fresh and never got dry even in the dry season. Hold tight the grip as the driver cut the water. You may need a spare of clothes to change.

Kalikuning water manuever will make you scream.
Kalikuning water manuever will make you scream.

Some Tips when Visiting Merapi Volcano:

Below are tips for visiting Lava Tour Merapi

  1. Lava Tour Merapi is an extreme tour so you have to be healthy and fit. Pregnant woman should not participate this tour.
  2. Bring a spare clothes since you may get wet.
  3. In the dry season the dry soil will be a serious trouble. Dusty air contains volcanic ash. Use mask to keep dust from entering your lung.
  4. Leave your belonging in the safe place. Leave your bag inside your car. Only bring your survival kit or cell phone. The off-road tour will shake your body and drop your belonging. Keep them close to you.
  5. The place is so populated with jeep during high season, then you may not recognize your rented jeep. Always keep in mind your rented jeep so you dont mistaken with other similar jeep. You can memorize the license number of the jeep or just take a picture of it.

Happy jeep riding!

Magic Sunset at Coastline

Yogyakarta is also called Special Region of Yogyakarta or ‘Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta’ in Bahasa Indonesia. This special attribute has a long history in Indonesia. It is a part of Indonesia Republic as a province. In the past Yogyakarta was an independen country with Sultan as a highest leader. In 1945 when Indonesia got its victory and declared its independence from the foreign ruler, Yogyakarta also declared its position as a part of Indonesia. This historical background makes Yogyakarta as a ‘special region’.

Tugu Monument Yogyakarta.

Yogyakarta as a tourist destination

For decades Yogyakarta has been known as a tourist destination after Bali. Its reputation has been well established since it has so many tourist attraction such as culture, landscape, heritage, and friendly people.

For the landscape tourism destination, it has so many beautiful beaches. Parangtritis is the one of them. Parangtritis is the most popular beach in Yogyakarta. This beach located in Bantul district, to the south of city of Yogyakarta. It is the closest beach from city and can be reach in less than 60 minutes.

Epic Sunset at Parangtritis.
Epic Sunset at Parangtritis.

The vast beach in Yogyakarta

Not just to see the raging waves, visitor can also have some fun activities such as riding an ATV or riding horse cart. Since Parangtritis is a vast beach, visitor can freely ride the ATV or horse cart corner to corner. If you visited this beach at late afternoon, you can see a beautiful sunset. This beach is facing to the south so the sun will set a the coast line.

Parangtritis Landmark.
Parangtritis Landmark.

Many more tourist destination near by

Near by Parangtritis there are also some tourist destinations i.e. Parangtritis sand dune, Parangkusumo beach, and Parangendog cliff. Parangendog cliff is a spot of an aerosport activity called paragliding. This aerosport attracts so many visitor in December since at that month the wind is at its best direction and strength. This friendly wind is needed for safe flight.

Paragliding Sport in Parangendog Cliff.
Paragliding Sport in Parangendog Cliff.

Bantul district also has some other beaches they are Samas, Pandansari, Goa Cemara and Pantai Baru. Since Parangtritis is very close to the city, visitor can also visit Sultan Palace, Watercastle, Prambanan temple, Boko temple or Merapi volcano in the same day. The places are suitable visited by those who have limited time to visit Yogyakarta. If you wish you may talk to your agency to visit these destinations in one day visit.

Amazing Sunset at Ijo Temple Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta has been known as a tourist destination in Indonesia. This city has so much tourism attraction and rich of heritage monuments. One of them is Ijo temple. Ijo Temple is a Hindhu temple located in Dukuh Groyokan, Sambirejo Village, Prambanan, Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This temple is settled on a west side of a hill so visitor can enjoy the sunset from this point. The name ‘Ijo’ is taken from the hill Ijo where it lies. In this area there are so many Hindu temples since in the past in this area Hindu was the dominating religion besides Budhism. These two religions were living in harmony in the past.

Sunset at Ijo Temple

The original complex was bigger

The area of Ijo temple complex is approximately 8000 meter square, however, some archeologists suggest that the actual complex is much greater than the remaining. This is because the landslide or many of the area become settlement. Some small temples in the complex are still in restoration process.

Perwaras of Ijo Temple

The temple was built in Old Mataram era

Ijo temple was built at X to XI century, at era of Old Mataram or Hindhu Mataram. This temple has a main temple, 3 perwara temple and some other small temples, with the main temple is the biggest one and facing west. Inside the main temple there is a Lingga-Yoni statue which is a symbol of Shiva. On the main temple’s walls there are one recession on each wall that might held a statue. However, the statues are not in their place anymore.

Inside of Main Temple. A Lingga-Yoni is placed inside this Main Temple.

A shrine to embrace Siva

In front of the main temple there are 3 perwara temple which symbolize Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu which in Hinduism they are called Trimurti. The first or the southern perwara contains yoni without lingga. The second or middle perwara contains statue of Nandi, an ox, which is the vehicle of Shiva. And the third or northern perwara is empty. However, this empty perwara has a hole on the floor, suggesting there might be a statue inside.

Nandi, an ox, the vehicle of Shiva.

Best place to see amazing sunset in Yogyakarta

Visiting this temple at the afternoon is the best time. Visitor may see airplane flying low because Adisucipto airport (airport of Yogyakarta) is just a couple of kilometers away. Recently there is a jeep tour providing jeep riding to visit some temples near by such as Barong temple, Prambanan temple, Plaosan temple, with Prambanan is the starting point. Visiting these temples will surely bring you to the past of Yogyakarta at the era of old kingdom.