Mount Merapi is an interesting phenomenon in Yogyakarta. This mountain is still active and erupted during a certain period. Of course this is a natural disaster, but lessons can be taken from this event. One of them is the existence of Lava Tour.
The area of Mount Merapi after an eruption did indeed leave a lot of damage. But some local residents can make this location as a tourist tour location. Because several points affected by the eruption disaster turned out to be its own attraction and has a beautiful view. The area is currently also one of the agricultural tourism destinations in Yogyakarta
Tips on using the services of Lava Tour Yogyakarta
Lava Tour is a series of tours by tracing the remnants of the eruption of Mount Merapi along the Kaliurang area using Jeep-type vehicles. During the Lava Tour, we will be invited to explore or trace the remnants of the eruption of Mount Merapi.
We will be invited to explore the sea of sand from the eruption, visit several witnesses to the history of the eruption of Mount Merapi such as the Remaining Hartaku Museum and Kaliadem Bunker.
In this tour, tourists are required to rent Jeep cars at Jeep car rental service providers in the Lava Tour Yogyakarta tourism area. To avoid some things that are not desirable, then we present some Jeep rental tips at Lava Tour Merapi Yogyakarta.
1. Pay attention to the condition of the car
Before you decide to choose one of the Jeeps to feel the excitement of the Lava Tour in the Merapi area of Yogyakarta, the first thing you have to make sure is the condition of the vehicle you choose. If you have already chosen and there are oddities in the sound of the engine or the performance of the car, then immediately confirm the driver to check or even replace the vehicle. This will be very useful, considering the terrain that you will face is the former cold lava lane which is steep and uneven contour.
2. Choose a tour package that suits you
Before starting the tour, you should determine and ensure the tour package that you choose. Because this Merapi Lava Tour tour has a variety of different types of tour packages. Make sure you know the details of the sites or tourist attractions that you will visit during the tour. Thus you will not be disappointed.
3. Ask the driver for the information needed
Ask the owner of the car rental service for some information or ask the Jeep driver you want to drive. Especially related to the terrain conditions that you will encounter. Thus you can prepare various kinds of needs that might be useful during the tour.
4. Follow all instructions from the driver
The only person who understands the terrain and the site of the Merapi Lava Tour tour package you choose is the driver you have hired. Therefore, follow all instructions given by the driver. If it is a little dubious then don’t hesitate to ask or ask for an explanation. This is very important because the area you are exploring is new to you and more relevant to that area is your Jeep driver.
5. Don’t forget to bring a mask or nose covering device and glasses
the area in the Lava Tour Yogyakarta is dominated by sandy roads. So passengers are required to wear masks or nose caps and glasses to prevent various dust and sand particles from entering the airway and our eyes. Besides being beneficial for health, this will also minimize disruption to your trip.
6. Take advantage to take pictures
When touring around the spots around Mount Merapi, usually the driver offers you to take portraits with a background of scenery around Merapi. If there is no offer, you should be able to ask the driver to take your picture. Because the scenery around is rarely found elsewhere.
Other tour spots around Mount Merapi
In addition to several spots that can be visited while doing a tour around Mount Merapi there are also other tourist attractions, including those recently famous. Well, if you’ve done the tour, it helps you also try some of the following places that are also around the area of Mount Merapi.
1. Merapi Park
Merapi park is a tourist attraction in which there are miniature landmarks of various famous countries. There are also some animals that can be seen such as horses, rabbits and cat houses. This tourist spot is also worth educating so that it can be enjoyed by children. The location is located on Jl. Kaliurang Km 22, Hargobinangun, Pakem District, Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta.
Stonehenge found in Merapi is not the real one as in Europe. This stonehenges is a large stone structure that looks similar to an actual stonehenge. This rock is the remaining eruption of Mount Merapi. The location is in the hamlet of Petung, Kepuharjo village, Cangkringan sub-district, Sleman, Yogyakarta.
3. The Lost World Castle
Still in the same area, there is the lost world castle one of the unique buildings in Yogyakarta. Here there are buildings built similar to the Great Wall of China. Location of The Lost World Castle is located in Petung, Kepuharjo Village, Cangkringan, Sleman. This instagramable tourist location is 29 km from the city center and is right on the slopes of Mount Merapi.
That was some tips for enjoying the Lava Tour and some information related to other tourist spots on Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta. Hopefully this information is enough to be a reference before visiting the location.