If you like to experience something different in Jogjakarta, some challenging experience and going outdoors, or something that considered as extreme but still a recreational activity, you could try the adventurous rafting at Elo or Progo rivers. It isn’t too far from Jogjakarta and it isn’t difficult thing to arrange a day trip of rafting there. It takes 35 – 45 minutes to reach the locations; you could reach it easily by driving a car from Jogjakarta to those locations.
Elo River Trip
Elo River is located in Magelang, 35 minutes to the north from Jogjakarta. This rafting location is located nearby the Mendhut temple and Borobudur temple. If you choose to take this river for rafting, you’ll find various range of rafting grades from II to III. The track length is 12.5 km and it’ll be accomplished in 2.5 – 3 hours. Elo River trip will be fit for those who have never been going on white water rafting or beginner. It takes Rp 500,000 per boat with minimum of 5 participants and a professional guide who’ll lead the trip.
Upper Progo River Trip
Just like Elo River, this river is located in Magelang and you could reach it easily in 45 minutes from Jogjakarta by driving a car. Upper Progo River’s track is almost the same with the track that Elo River had. There are grade II – III which is safe and fun for a family rafting trip. You’ll accomplish the Upper Progo River trip with its whitewater, small waves, rocks, and rough water in 2 hours. It takes Rp 500,000 per boat with minimum of 5 participants and a professional guide who’ll lead the trip.
Lower Progo River Trip
Here is the place for those who are looking for the real challenge. Lower Progo River trip provides you grade III – V, difficult grade for advanced skillful adventurer. Here you could feel the adrenaline rushed by whitewater, rocks, medium to large waves, and possibly, a large drop. Those sensational adventures could be done in 3.5 – 4 hours of trip. It takes Rp 1,625,000 per boat with minimum of 5 participants and a professional guide who’ll lead the trip.
As I said before, it is an easy thing to arrange a day of trip to Elo or Progo rivers. There are several professional tourism service providers that you could find in Jogjakarta. At least there are 3 official agencies; they are CitraElo, Jogja Adventure, and Kisik River Camp.
Jalan Raya Mendut – Sendangsono km 0,2
Progowati, Mungkid, Magelang
Jalan Laksda Adisucipto Km 7,5 No. 5
085643626150 or 0274-9211314
Kisik River Camp
Kisik, Sendang Agung, Minggir
081328789723 or 081227718065
Nearest recommended places to go are Mendhut Temple and Borobudur Temple