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“Great waterfall, pity about the greedy/dishonest touts and guides”

Madakaripura Waterfall
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Probolinggo
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 13 July 2011

The waterfall is stunning when you reach it. There are youtube and still pictures of the waterfall you can google search to find. However, to reach it you are required (according to the notice at the entry gate) to use a local guide. The initial asking price was 100,000 Rupiah. Because I had 2 small kids, they needed a guide each to carry them across the river crossings. I bargained to 50,000Rp per guide. But I'm sure Indonesians don't pay that much. (Everyone has to pay 2,500 Rp entry fee as well as whatever you negotiate for a guide).
From where you park your vehicle, it is 1-1.5km walk upriver to reach the waterfall. The concrete path that used to run alongside the river and provide access to the waterfall has been destroyed by landslides at three sections. So you need to be prepared to cross the river 6 times each way (and have water up to your knees). You can take your shoes on and off multiple times, or be prepared and bring sandals/footwear that can get soaked. You can buy some plastic sandals from a tout for an outrageous price if you want. You need an umbrella or waterproof jacket to reach the final area at the base of the falls - you'll get very wet even using the umbrella because of the spray. Some people go for a swim in the top pool. Small kids can't reach the final waterfall - the route is too slippery and difficult.
When we got back to our vehicle, the enterprising touts (who'd asked 5000 Rp parking) had washed it unrequested! I refused to give them anything because I was annoyed they touched my car without permission. They probably expected 20,000 Rp or something. Toilet attendant wanted many 000 Rp too.
Bottom line - a stunning waterfall, which is a challenge to reach, but spoilt by the grasping, greedy, mob of vultures at the entry.

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