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Pentingsari Village

Why visit Pentingsari Village

Pentingsari, with its 390 habitants, is one of the villages in Indonesia that is located on the slopes of one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Mount Merapi.
With the spirit of caring for nature, the local wisdom taught and carried out by previous generations of community leaders provided an abundant natural and socio-cultural wealth, despite the unfavourable land conditions.
Pentingsari village is suited for those who are looking for nature and local wisdom experience. Read further to discover more about a green trip to Pentingsari village!

Culture & Local Life

Pentingsari is well known as a cultural destination. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has named Pentingsari village as one of the pilot projects for its Community-based Tourism and Sustainable Tourism Development program. The village has also won the Indonesian Sustainable Tourism Award. The village is limited to 1,000 visitors per day with different activities to make them as comfortable as possible. Putting nature and culture as their main asset, Pentingsari does not need to sell luxury. Everything you see in the village is as traditional and authentic as they come.


As the village was not known to the outside world, in 2008 a grass-roots movement was created with the dream to open up the village by adding value to the social, economic and cultural life, while still maintaining the traditions, wisdom and culture of the community.
Through partner development programs improving camp facilities, infrastructure and assistance to facilitate HR training, the number of visitors has been increasing. The community has gained additional income and improved the economy without having to damage the environment. Pentingsari village also put effort in empowering women’s groups and various productive economic activities.

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Getting there

Located only 22,5 km from Yogyakarta, it is fairly easy to get to Pentingsari. The trip may take around 40-60 minutes depending on the type of vehicle you are using. For a faster trip, make sure to take Cangkringan Street to get to the site.

Be prepared and check your route first to get the most out of your green trip to Pentingsari Village!

Getting around

The village is rather small so you can get around by walking or by renting a bike. There is a wide range of activities available to explore this little village. From enjoying the beautiful traditional music of Karawitan performed by villagers, trying the local herbal medication, making Janur crafts, to more challenging activities like visiting the cold lava river bridge where visitors can enjoy the scenic nature sights.

Nature Experience

Located on the slope of mount Merapi, Pentingsari is surrounded by luscious tropical forest and rice paddies. The rural atmosphere offers a chance for the visitor to learn the day to day life of the villagers. Immerse yourself in the rice paddy field by joining the farmer in cultivating the farmland on the back of a buffalo, or roll up your sleeves and plant some rice. Hop on an 'Andong' (horse carriage), and enjoy the clip-clop of the horse’s hooves walking on the muddy roads. All of these to be experienced with a refreshing wind and the lush landscape of the rice paddies.

Sustainability Recognitions

Top100 2019

Pentingsari village Is included in the Global Top 100.

In 2017 Pentingsari Village received Green - Bronze Award at Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Award (ISTA) in the category of Economy.

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