The Jakarta Post
Former United State president Barack Obama and his entourage enjoy Puncak Becici, a tourist sport, in Muntuk village, Yogyakarta on June 29. (Antara/Hendra Nurdiyansyah)
Following their visit to Prambanan and Borobudur temples, former US President Barack Obama and his entourage traveled to Muntuk Village in Bantul regency on Thursday, June 29, to visit Becici Peak (Puncak Becici).
The entourage enjoyed the view from Becici peak at 380 meters above sea level for about 15 minutes.
Located 30 kilometers from the city center of Yogyakarta, Becici Peak occupies 4.4 hectares of pine forest and is a part of Blok Mangunan. Blok Mangunan itself consists of seven tourism blocks run by the locals.
“Becici Peak offers outbound activities and panoramic views especially the sunset view,” said Bantul tourism department head Supriyanto.
Access to Becici Peak is considered easy, as visitors can opt for a two-wheeled or four-wheeled vehicle.
Visitors only need to pay a Rp. 2,000 ($ 0.2) admission fee and an additional Rp. 20,000 for those who want to rent a hammock.
Becici Peak was first opened in 2015 and managed by around 40 people. On weekdays, the tourist attraction welcomes 700 visitors in average, while on weekends the number increases to 1,500 visitors. During the Lebaran holiday, the number doubled up to 3,000 visitors.
Management of the Becici Peak expects to receive more foreign tourists following Thursday's visit of Barack Obama and family. (asw)
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