Progo River Rafting in Kulon Progo Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region


Those who live in Kulon Progo and Magelang Regency are indeed familiar with the famous Progo River. Even outsiders and tourists are attracted to visit it during holidays. So, what is the reason? The popularity comes from a specific tourist activity called river rafting! Visitors would wear the gear and ride an inflatable boat together with others. This fun and challenging activity are suitable for everyone, regardless of the experience. An instructor is available per boat, so all passengers would feel reassured and safe while rafting. Well, here is the exact location. The rafting spot is located in Sayangan Village at Kalibawang Sub-District. It resides near to the border between Magelang and Kulon Progo.

The Nuance
In terms of nuance, Progo River indeed offers a peaceful environment. However, the rapids are strong and the river features lots of big rocks. According to the locals, the river offers three rafting routes for tourists to choose from. The consideration depends on both experience and skills, for sure. The length is around 25 km! That means it takes about 5 hours in order to explore it. The government even includes it in the AWA Scale! Also, the next thing to notice is the presence of instructors who work on the site.

Exploring Progo River Rafting
For those who never conduct rafting, they must have some considerations before enjoying Progo River Rafting. The most important consideration is related to the length of the rafting route. For beginners, it is recommended to take the regular route, which has the length only about 9 km. The medium route comes with 12 km while the longest one is 25 km. For experienced people or professionals, they must choose the longest one!

After choosing the right route, tourists must talk to the instructor first. The purpose is to wear safety gear and hear information related to the environment. The next consideration is related to the stamina. Everyone should do it only during a good health condition! Not to mention they must be able to swim. Sometimes, the inflatable boat may be capsized due to numerous reasons including hitting the rocks and passing through big rapids.

The instructor may ask all members to do warming up before getting on the boat, in fact. The purpose is to avoid getting cramps during the activity. Everyone should wear safety gear, too, without a doubt. Another important consideration is related to the number of passengers. For a merrier nuance, it is recommended to do it with families or friends!

Nearby Attractions

  • Purwosari Village
  • Tompak View
  • Sribit Market

How to Get There
From Jakarta City, tourists can head to Yogyakarta City by airplane. For the information, during good weather, a flight from Soekarno – Hatta International Airport to Adisucipto Airport would take around 1 hour and 10 minutes. After arriving at Adisucipto, the next destination is Kulon Progo Regency and the best route to take is Yogyakarta – Wates Street. The distance is 36.7 km, so the trip may take around 54 minutes. Next, after arriving at Kulon Progo Regency, tourists must take Sentolo Nanggulan Street and head to the rafting site. The distance is 25.4 km, so this trip may take around 42 minutes.

Where to Stay

  • Afetto Inn
  • Gado-Gado BnB


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