Welcome to our brand new project!
This page gives you all the details on what to expect from joining our ecotourism project in Indonesia. By joining you are helping in protecting the forest and the animals living in it. Ecotourism is a word that is often used in the wrong sense. We have our own vision on how ecotoursim should be and we want to share that with you, in Indonesia.
Transparency, respect for local communities and nature, and giving back to the forest are key. You will learn, engage, witness and communicate with the local people and their way of living.
What does it mean practically?
- We only allow small groups in the forest so that the environment is disturbed as little as possible. No mass tourism.
- We engage the local communities, motivating them to preserve the nature while being their source of income. For example, using the existing infrastructure as a place to stay, having local people as guides, getting food from local restaurants/shops, promoting local (sustainable) products like coffee or tea, etc.
- We manage our own trash and reduce the ecological footprint of the group wherever possible, this is crucial especially in countries like Indonesia. Some examples:
- Using reusable water bottles so there is no need to buy plastic bottles (bring your own if you have one).
- Providing drink water from water tanks to refill water bottles (avoiding buying plastic bottles)
- Provide food from restaurants where little to no plastic is used (drinks without straws, no plastic plates, cups or cuttlery)
- Take trains or busses where available. For example, Jakarta - Pekalongan is very comfortable by train.
- When taking cars, try to fill them up fully (lower ecological footprint per person).
- Walk where possible. Especially in sensitive wildlife areas where noise is disturbing.
We believe by showing the local people the right way, they will realize the importance of the forest and how to preserve it. And you can help us doing that by joining our project!
Petungkriyono lies south of Pekalongan in the province of Central-Java, Indonesia. The area is unprotected but still has one of the most pristine forests in Java. By train, it is about 6 hours from Jakarta and 1,5 hours from Semarang.
To show the managing organisations the potential of true ecotourism in this area, we launch a pilot project with the eventual aim of protecting the area and the wildlife in it. This project includes the following activities depending on the interests of the ecotourists:
1) Birdwatching/photography: Javan hawk-eagle (IUCN EN), Javan blue-banded kingfisher (IUCN CR), Rufous-backed kingfisher, Javan kingfisher, Banded kingfisher, Wreathed hornbill (IUCN VU), Crested serpent eagle, Black eagle, Javan frogmouth, Buffy Fish Owl, Javan banded Pitta and many more …
2) Primate watching/photography: Javan gibbon (IUCN EN), Javan lutung (IUCN VU), Javan surili (IUCN EN), Crab-eating macaque.
3) Astrophotography. There are some very dark spots in this area that are perfect for capturing the Milky Way!
4) Mountain biking on the main road trough the forest. Very challenging ups and downs. Can be combined with wildlife watching!
5) Group discussion about ecotourism and explaining the importance of the forest and the communities and wildlife in it.
6) Visiting some of the many waterfalls around the area.
7) Participating in the coffee making process and seeing the production from plantation to roasted coffee beans.
8) Local coffee and tea tasting: Coffee straight from Petungkriyono, a coffee project initiated to fight deforestation. Black and green tea from Bandar, with the option of visiting the tea plantations.
9) Visit a Batik (local dyeing technique known all over the world) manufacturer in Pekalongan (natural coloring versus chemical coloring).
9) Visit the traditional food market “minggon jatinan” in Batang (only on Sunday).
The above activities are only suggestions and can be changed beforehand depending on the interest of our visitors. For the above schedule we need around 4-5 full days.
What is the price for being an ecotourist in Indonesia?
The cost depends on:
- The size of the group?
- Do you want to be picked up in the airport?
- When we travel by train, do you want economy or do you prefer executive class?
- The customization of your itinerary.