Travel to the heart of west sumatran Minangkabau and Jambi

DAY 1-Flight from Europe to Jakarta;we will arrive at Soekarno-Hatta International airport;after clearing customs and get a visa on arrival will be leading to our homestay

DAY2-We will make an excursion around the old city of Jakarta,Batavia and twill pay a visit to Glodok,the jakarta’s chinatown.

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Gentes de Jakarta

Gentes de Jakarta

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Jakarta skyline Jakarta skyline

DAY 3-We will flight to Minangkabau International Airport in Padang,capital of west sumatra,soon in the morning.

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Our driver will pick up us and we will drive up into the hills of Solok Selatan;will pass through an incredible scapes and will make a stop at Twin Lakes;the we will follow into Surian and will stop by an old Minangkabau palace from the Adityawarman king era;if the owner,Ibu Ross, is there we will manage to entry and see it inside;the palace is called Istano Rajo Balung

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After 4 hours drive more,we will be arriving at Kajo Aro,an amazing place surrounded all by tea plantations and cinammon plantations and all surrounded by a mist over the mountains;we will be heading to a homestay in the village of Kersik Tuo at the foot of volcanoe Kerinci,kighest volcanoe in Indonesia with it’s almost 4000 meters high

DAY 4-Soon in the morning we will leave for the hamlet of Pelompek,entrance point to ascend to the highest freshwater lake in southeast asia,Danau Gunung Tujuh;from here we will be trekking deep into the tropical rainforest and uphill for  5 hours until arrive at the lake;we will cook some food at the shore lake and spend a few hours

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We will back down again to Pelompek and if we still get time will pay a visit to a nearby waterfall before  drive back to Kersik Tuo and spend the rest of the day around this very picturesque hamlet

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Danau Gunung Tuju

Danau Gunung Tuju

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DAY 5-We will soon after breakfast leave for Sugai Penuh and will be heading through the new raod to Bangko,capital of Merangin and entry point to Bukit Duabelas national park where the tribal communities anak dalam lives;will register at a local guesthouse and sepnd the night.

DAY 6-Soon in the morning we will drive to the entrance of the park and walk the 5 hours trek to the hamlet of anak dalam trabies,guided by one member of the tribes;we will be camping here at the anak dalam hamlet an dspend rest of the day with them.

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Niña anak dalam

Niña anak dalam

DAY 7-Will walk after breakfast back to our driver and drive back to Padang

Sijunjung de camino a Padang

Sijunjung de camino a Padang

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We will stay at a local Minang family home

DAY 8-Free time for all around Padang;we will walk around the Padang old Dutch quarters and to the beach.

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DAY 9-We will visit today Nagari Pariangan,the heartland of Minangkabau,where first settlements of Minang people appeared;full of very picturesque very old houses.

Puncak Kiambang

Puncak Kiambang

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We will be hanging around batusangkar in tanah Datar after Pariangan and finally in the night will be heading to the Bukittinggi town in the hills where we will stay at a local homestay.

DAY 10-We will drive to Palupuh,a very picturesque village and where many Rafflessias grow,and if lucky will be able to witness a rafflessia;in this village we will also witness the process of Kopi Luwak,the most expensive coffee in the world.

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we will back to Bukittinggi and spend rest of the day in this town visiting Ngarai Sianok and jam Gadang.

DAY 11.We will pay a visit to Hamlet of Sungailandia,a very picturesque hamlet between mountains and ricefields.

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Sungailandia

Sungailandia

We will visit after this the Maninjau Lake

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Finally will drive back to Padang

DAY 12-We will flight back to Jakarta

DAY 13-Will spend the day around jakarta old city Kota using public transportation and witnessing the real jakarta;we will visit some slums

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Jakarta Skyline

Jakarta Skyline

DAY 14-We will flight back to Europe

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Jakarta undercover 7 days tour

Day 1st:
We flight to Jakarta from Europe

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Day 2nd:
We arrive to Jakarta,take a taxi and go to register in a hotel

Jakarta skyline

Jakarta skyline

Day 3rd:
Here starts our adventure to the most hidden areas of Jakarta,the Jakarta that
little travellers know.
After breakfast we will use public transport to go to East Jakarta;we will use Angkot,Kopaja,Busway,Bajaj as transportation
We will visit the Jatinegara area in East Jakarta;first we will play a visit to Bukit Duri Slum,we will witness the living of people here and take photographs;this is a slum living communities at the side of river Ciliwung;this is one of the poorest areas of Jakarta where most if the people live from collecting garbage as scavengers;from here we will walking to Jembatan Bamboo in Manggarai and visit another very picturesque slum at the riverside
We will get lunch at Jakarta Gems Center,and enjoy the lively gems market;we will back at evening and dinner in Blok M plaza and then back to hotel.

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Day 4th:
After breakfast we leave for Kota;we will visit the Fish Market and the Luar Batang slum,a photographer’s dream area;then we will hang around Kota where still many Dutch old buildings resist to the modern era
We will visit the Kota train station and surrounding slums
At evening will back to dinner in Blok M

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Day 5th:
After breakfast we leave for Glodok,Jakarta’s Chinatown and visit several Buddist temples;hang around here all day and visit the Tambora district and it’s people’s
Back to hotel in the evening

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Day 6th:
We will take the train to Bogor and visit the Kebun Raya botanical gardens;spend the day here and overnight here in Bogor

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Day 7th:
After breakfast back to Jakarta
by train and we will pay a visit to an old western cemetery in Menteng,known as
Taman Prasasti and after that we will spend rest of the day walking the streets around Tanah Abang

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Day 8th:
Free time for all

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Day 9th:
Back to Europe or
Extension to West Java
Travel to Bandung by minivan,arrive in Bandung and register at a local hotel
We hang around Bandung rest of the day
Day 10th:
We leave in the morning by car to Garut
and we will visit the Papandayan volcanoe;we spend rest of the day here and overnight in Garut

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Day 11th:
We leave soon in the morning on the way to Kampung Naga on the road to Tasikmalaya;this is a hamlet where traditional way of life is still held;they live in huts and have no electricity or any modernity ;this is a photographers dream;spend rest of the day here and at evening back to Bandung

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Day 12th:
Visit to Kawah Putih,an old volcanoe crater lake with sulfur yellow waters;then we will visit a beautiful lake Situ Patengan

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Day 13th:
Back to Jakarta and free time for all

Jakarta Skyline

Jakarta Skyline

Day 14th:
Back to Europe

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JAKARTA SPAIN-Day 1
Spain-Jakarta with Qatar Airways via Doha

Jakarta skyline

Jakarta skyline

DAY 2 LLEFADA Jakarta
Arrival in Jakarta
We spent night in homestay and Jl Jaksa passamos by around

Jakarta Skyline

Jakarta Skyline

JAKARTA-DAY 3 PADANG
Breakfast and flew to Padang
We visited city of Padang
Free afternoon
We spent night with local family

Llegamos a Padang

Llegamos a Padang

DAY 4-SAWAHLUNTO PADANG
We get up early and depart around 6:00 am from Padang in the direction of Sawahlunto
Sawahlunto is an old mining town founded by the Dutch and is full of colonial buildings from that era as well as a museum of coal mining and railway museum
Sawahlunto is wedged between mountains and is a small, picturesque town full of objects of colonial-era mining
From Padang go uphill through Indaroeng, pass on a winding road, bordered by thick tropical rainforest through Bung Hatta park and reaching Solok
Solok stop in for a brief breakfast, coffee or tea and a paste
We will then head for Sawahlunto down a road down to the village and visit the railway museum and the museum of mines and some large machinery still present in the people of the colonies for lunch after a delicious local food
We spend the afternoon walking around this quaint village and spend the night in a hotel called Ombilin which is an old colonial era building or at another nearby hotel, depending on room availability, we will be in double or triple

SawahluntoCiudad minera

Sawahlunto
Ciudad minera

DAY 5 SAWAHLUNTO-PARIANGAN-Batusangkar-Bukittinggi
We get up early and have breakfast from about 8:00 am in the direction of Pariangan via Talawi
In the village in Tanah Datar Pariangan even Minangkabau tradition kept alive (the Minangkabau are a matriarchal and matrilineal ethnic group, one of the last matriarchal planet) in this small village at the foot of Merapi volcano (active volcano), is said were the first settlements Minangkabau which then spread throughout West Sumatra
In this village and see ancient homes typical of that culture
This village will delight lovers of photography, it is reached by a small winding road, bordered by a backdrop of rice terraces staggered; landscapes drawn from fairy tales
From here you also get to the top of the volcano Merapi in about 8 hours of ascension where several craters
After spending some time wandering around the city descend Batusangkar for lunch a delicious traditional meal
After lunch we will visit some large stones with inscriptions in Sanskrit was Pagaruyung reign and royal tombs
In the evening drive to Bukittinggi and spend the night in a homestay, if time permits visit a little town of Bukittingi

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Sungailandia

Sungailandia

DAY 6 Bukittinggi-SUNGAILANDIA-Maninjau
We got up early and had breakfast and we left about 8:00 Sungailandia, a village that seems taken from fables of goblins and about 2 hours of Bukittinggi
Spend the morning here and after lunch drive to Lake Maninjau, through a road that winds through 44 curves to the lake that was an old crater of an extinct volcano, spend some time exploring the area for the evening return to Bukittinggi overnight stay

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DAY 7 BUKINTTINGGI-PALUPUH-Bonjol-Rimbo PANTI
After breakfast depart for Palupuh where if any rafflessia blooming in the jungle we see it, we can also see the preparation of Kopi Luwak (most expensive coffee in the world, $ 99 a cup in USA) and we can try and buy if we take any This brown bag ($ 20 a bag of 100 gr)
Then we will go back to passing Bonjol Rimbo Pantyhose (here we cross the line of Ecuador) and if open to the public will see the Imam Bonjol museum, then lunch en route and continue to Rimbo Panti, a nature reserve where there are hot springs from the volcano Talamau in Pasaman Barat and where we can swim if you wish, there are some trekking in the jungle that we do, in this area inhabits the Sumatran tiger, have dinner in the area and spend the night in Lubuk Sikaping

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DAY 8 Lubuk SIKAPING-Simpang Empat-pariahman-PADANG
After breakfast we left Simpang Empat in Pasaman Barat through a narrow road lined with jungle; lunch in Pasaman Barat and continue to pariahman visiting some beaches full of coconut trees and islands where we will dine well, depending on the weather finally spend the night in pariahman or return to Padang for the night with a local family

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DAY 9 PADANG
Free time to visit the city of Padang (West Sumatra capital), we can visit the nearby beaches, Pantai Air Manis or pantai Carolina, also Padang’s Chinatown with some colonial buildings, the river Batang Arau; sunset in Teluk Bayur etc
We spent night at local family

Rio Batang Arau en el chinatown de Padang

Rio Batang Arau en el chinatown de Padang

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DAY 10 PADANG-JAK ARTA
Back to Jakarta
We visite Chinatown in Jakarta and Kota (Old Batavia) and spent night in a homestay in Jl Jaksa

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DAY 11 JAKARTA-Spain
Breakfast and return to Spain

Jakarta Skyline

Jakarta Skyline

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DAY 0-Flight to Jakarta from Europe
DAU 1-Arrive in jakarta and spend the rest of the day in jakarta and sleep in a homestay in jalan jaksa street

Jakarta skyline

Jakarta skyline

Jakarta Skyline

Jakarta Skyline

Templo Budista en GlodokDharma Wakti Candi

Templo Budista en Glodok
Dharma Wakti Candi

DAY 2-Flight to Padang and stay in my house,enough for 10 people and if more register in a local hotel
Sightseeing Padang old quarters,with many Dutch buildings from colonial era
Eat around the beach and free time for all

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Llegamos a Padang

Llegamos a Padang

DAY 3-Padang we leave in the morning 5 am and breakfast en route in Solok;we will pass through a zigzag road uphill surrounded all by deep rainforest til Solok;then after breakfast we will following into twin lakes all surrounded by tea plantations with stunningly views of the lakes;stop here for a while to shooting some photos then keep driving til Surian through winding roads;we will get lunch in Surian in a local resto;after that we keep on the road again and just before muara labuh will stop by am old Minangkabau Palace of the Pagaruyung hindu kingdom;we will try to ask permit to see this palace inside;it’s a Minang traditional palace and is known Istano Rajo Balung;I know Ibu Ross,the owner and descent of the kings before;we will make donation to her maybe just 100,000 Rp or 150,000Rp.

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Lagos Gemelos en Solok Selatan

Lagos Gemelos en Solok Selatan

Then around two hours more we will arrive to Kersik Tuo in Kajo Aro and already Kerinci Seblat National Park and will register at a basic homestay like Ibu Paiman or Family Raya or Pak Subandi or I will try ask my wife cousin if we can sleep at her house there in Kajo Aro if not in homestays
We will be here around 4 or 5 pm then spend the rest of the day around here in kersik tuo;we are at the feet of Kerinci Volcanoe,highest Volcanoe in Indonesia at 4000 meters high and all surrounded by mist and lush tea and cinammon plantations

Tea plantations

Tea plantations

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DAY 4
Next day after breakfast at 6 am we leave to Pelompek(my wife’s cousin family lives here),the entrance point to climb lake gunung tujuh(highest freshwater lake in all southeast Asia;we will need 5 hours trek through deep Rainforest to arrive at the lake at 1300 meters with several stops;will spend some hours around the lake to finally go down again and see a waterfall if still time;then will following into Sungai Penuh,register at a hotel and spend the night.( same price like kajo aro hotels here);this is Kerinci capital city and quite a picturesque town between mountains

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DAY 5
After breakfast we will drive through lake Kerinci and into Lemper village to the entrance to go to lake Kaco,a small very blue colour water lake,stunningly beautiful and around 5 hours walk through deep jungles and crossing rivers;spend some time at the lake and then drive back to hotel

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Lago Kaco

Lago Kaco

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Lago Kerinci y alredores

Lago Kerinci y alredores

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DAY 6
After breakfast soon around 7 am we leave for Bangko town,capital of regency of Merangin and entrance point to Bukit Duabelas national park where suku Anak Dalam lives
Register in hotel and met our guides,Anak Dalam also(we need get a permit to entry Bukit Duabelas and never shooting photos without ask permit to the tribe or their homes)
Spend the day in Bangko

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DAY 7
At 5 pm we drive to a small hamlet and main entry to the park 2 hours from bangko then breakfast there; start walking the 5 hours Trekking til Anak Dalam Hamlet in the middle of the park and camping there with tendas;we will spend here rest of the day

Anak Dalam

Anak Dalam

Niña anak dalam

Niña anak dalam

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DAY 8
Wil spend the day with Anak Dalam and see how their daily life is,hunting,fishing and so on…meals we will eat rice and noodles that we brought from bangko;we need give gifts to the tribe,cigarettes,water,cakes…
Spend another night here
DAY 9
We will spend this day also with Anak Dalam tribe enjoy watching their daily life

DAY 10
After breakfast we start the way back to the car and then drive to Jambi(8 hours) and check-in in hotel or better in a traditional long melayu old house(hundreds of years old),this house built in the dutch era and over stilts,and made of ironwood in old area of the city and with many rooms enough til 20 people(this house belongs to my wife’s uncle)
Spend rest of day here
DAY 11
After breakfast drive 5 hours to picturesque fishing village of Kuala Tungkal in Tanjung Jabung Timur;here we will visit on the way some budist temples;then will go to see the suku laut;spend rest of day here and register in homestay

Kuala Tungkal

Kuala Tungkal

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Kuala Tungkal

Kuala Tungkal

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DAY 12
We leave for Jambi city and visit the Muara Jambi budist temples next to Batanghari river
Spend rest of day in Jambi and sleep again here

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Muara Jambi

Muara Jambi

DAY 13
After breakfast we leave for Dharmasraya where we will spend the night at a local hotel in Sungai Rumbai(8 hours drive);in this region there is also Anak Dalam

Sijunjung de camino a Padang

Sijunjung de camino a Padang

DAY 14
After breakfast drive back to Padang(8 hours) and spend rest of the day in Padang

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DAY 15
Spend all day in Padang to rest in my house;enough for ten people
Free time in Padang

Kota Padang

Kota Padang

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DAY 16
5am we leave for Tanah Datar;breakfast in Puncak Kiambang with stunningly beautiful views of ricefields and coconut trees plantations
Keep on the road to Nagari Pariangan Hamlet at the feet of Merapi Volcanoe being this Hamlet the first settlements of minangkabau and with very old Minangkabau rumah Gadang houses(a photographers dream this area;then visit Stones with inscriptions in sanscrit from old hindu- budist kingdoms
We drive to Bukittingi and spend the night at a homestay
DAY 17
After breakfast we will drive to Palupuh and if we are lucky we will be able to see Rafflessia arnoldii,the biggest flower in the world and will see the making of Kopi Luwak in this small hamlet,the most expensive coffee in the World;from here will go to lake Maninjau a stunningly beautiful lake
We will drive down to the lake through a winding road with 44 bends and spend rest of the day around here;will ovenight in Maninjau

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Maninjau

Maninjau

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DAY 18
Will drive to Sungailandia after breakfast to see a very picturesque small hamlet,a photography dream this hamlet and it’s people;will visit later the village of Koto Gadang,a small village famous for it’s silversmiths and finally at evening will drive back to Padang
Sleep in my house

Puncak Kiambang

Puncak Kiambang

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DAY 19
Free time in Padang and at afternoon flight back to jakarta;sleep in a homestay in jl jaksa street

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Gentes de Jakarta

Gentes de Jakarta

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DAY 20
Back to Europe
OTHER OPTION
(Or we can following another tour here to west Java to see volcanoes and kampung Naga in Garut for another 7 days more and visiting also the suku badui in Banten);I will write this tour later;we can do also a tour through the slums of Jakarta to manggarai and Bukit Duri and luar batang and will see how the poorest survive

Tour Kerinci y Anak Dalam

DIA PRIMERO:Vuelos internacionales España Indonesia con Qatar Airways via Doha

Llegada a Jakarta sobre las 22:00 horas,cojemos un taxi y vamos a registrarnos en una pension en Jl Jaksa

DIA SEGUNDO:Jakarta ciudad

Pasaremos el dia visitando la zona de Jakarta conocida como Kota(antigua Batavia fundada por los holandeses) y Glodok(chinatown de Jakarta) y visitaremos Sunda Kelapa

Almorzaremos en la zona y al atardecer regresaremos al hostal

Jakarta skyline

Jakarta skyline

Templo Budista en GlodokDharma Wakti Candi

Templo Budista en Glodok
Dharma Wakti Candi

Jakarta underground

Jakarta underground

Gentes de Jakarta

Gentes de Jakarta

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Temprano cojeremos un vuelo con Garuda Indonesia y volaremos a la capital de West Sumatra,Padang,donde nos encontraremos con nuestro conductor y conduciremos hacia Kajo Aro,en pleno parque nacional Kerinci Seblat,son unas 7 horas de trayecto durante el cual pasaremos por paisajes increibles,montañas y junglas;pararemos para desayunar y almorzar en ruta;tambien haremos una parada para visitar un antiguo palacio de madera de la epoca del rey Adityawarman,reinado Hindu que reino en west sumatra  entre los  años 1347  y 1375

Llegamos a Padang

Llegamos a Padang

Lagos Gemelos en Solok Selatan

Lagos Gemelos en Solok Selatan

Llegamos a Kajo Ajo y nos registramos en una Homestay;pasamos la tarde por los alredores de Kajo Aro y si da tiempo visitamos unas cataratas si aun hay luz;cenamos una deliciosa comida local y regresamos al homestay

Tea plantations

Tea plantations

DIA CUARTO:Kajo Ajo-Lago Gunung Tujuh

Hoy visitaremos el lago de agua dulce a mas altitud de todo el sudeste asiatico,el lagi Gunung Tujuh(siete colinas) a 1300 metros de altura sobre el nivel del mar y unas 5 horas de ascenso a traves de espesa jungla tropical;en estos lares habita entre otras muchas especies el tigre de sumatra y tambien segun los mas mayores del lugar habita un ser mitologico llamado Orang Pendek y que en varias ocasiones ha sido objeto de estudio incluso por el national geographic;es una especie de humanoide-hominido,un hombre mono,que muchas personas del valle de kerinci dicen haber visto en otros tiempos;incluso hay una periodista britanica afincada en la zona desde hace mas de 20 años investigando este ser

Saldremos pronto sobre las 5:00 hacia el lago gunung tujuh

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 Gunung Tujuh Lake

Gunung Tujuh Lake

Danau Gunung Tuju

Danau Gunung Tuju

Solok Selatan

Solok Selatan

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DIA 5º:Visita al lago Kaco

Desayunaremos y saldremos temprano en direccion Lemper y bordeando el gran lago Kerinci;llegaremos al lugar de partida en donde empezaremos a adentranos en espeja jungla tropical;despues de caminar 5 horas por zonas encharcadas,cruzando rios etc llegamos al fin a esta maravilla de la naturaleza;el Lago Kaco(lago espejo);se dice que en dias de luna llena sale un resplandor hacia el cielo del centro de este lago,como un gran rayo de luz que sale de entre los arboles

Acamparemos y almorzaremos en el lago

Lago Kaco

Lago Kaco

Lago Kaco

Lago Kaco

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Lago Kerinci y alredores

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DIA 6º Sungai Penuh a Bangko_Tribu Anak Dalam

Partimos despues del desayuno hacia Bangko donde esta la entrada al parque nacional Bukit Duabelas(12 colinas) donde viven la tribu anak dalam;despues de conducir 7 horas a traves de espesas junglas llegamos a Bangko y nos alojamos en un hotel;pasamos la tarde por la ciudad de Bangko

DIA 7ª Visita Tribus Anak Dalam

Desayunamos y partimos hacia el parque Bukit Duabelas,unas 2 horas en coche;empezamos a andar a traves de la jungla unas 6 horas hasta llegar a la aldea de los anak dalam;almorzaremos en ruta

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Sungai Penuh a Bangko

Sungai Penuh a Bangko

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Bukit Duabelas Suku Anak Dalam tribes

Bukit Duabelas Suku Anak Dalam tribes

Niña anak dalam

Niña anak dalam

Anak Dalam

Anak Dalam

Pasaremos el resto del dia con la tribu anak dalam

Dormiremos en tienda de campaña en la aldea de los anak dalam

DIA 8º:Bukit Duabelas-Jambi

Desyunaremos con los Anak Dalam y despues regresaremos a la entrada del parque donde de nuevo nos podremos en camino hacia la ciudad de Jambi;almorzaremos en ruta y al llegar a Jambi dormiremos en un hostal o en una casa con una familia local

DIA 9º Jambi-Kuala Tungkal

Desayunamos y partimos hacia Kuala Tungak,ciudad costera donde habitan los Suku Laut(gitanos del mar);es un pueblo muy pictoresco donde viven mucha comunidad china;todo el camino veremos Rumah Sarung Walet(casas de golondrinas),edificios construidos aposta para que las golondrinas hagan sus nidos que luego se exportan a hong kong y china donde son un manjar exquisito

Pasaremos el resto del dia en este  pintoresco pueblo

Kuala Tungkal

Kuala Tungkal

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Kuala Tungkal

Kuala Tungkal

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en este pueblo

DIA 10º:Kuala Tungkal-Jambi

Despues del desayuno volveremos a Jambi donde visitaremos Muara Jambi,unos templos de los reinados Hindu-Budistas

Muara Jambi

Muara Jambi

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Almorzaremos en la zona de muara jambi y despues regresaremos a Jambi y pasaremos el resto del dia por la ciudad

DIA 11º Jambi-Padang

Despues de desyunar nos esperan 16 horas de trayecto hacia Padang parando por el camino para almorzar y cenar

Sijunjung de camino a Padang

Sijunjung de camino a Padang

Al llegar a Padang pasaremos la noche con una familia local

DIA 12º Padang-Sungailandia-Maninjau

Saldremos temprano por la mañana en direccion a Sungalandia;pararemos a desayunar en Puncak Kiambang en Sicincin

Luego seguiremos en ruta hacia Sungailandia,una pictoresca aldea que parece sacada de un cuento de hadas

(El que desee quedarse en Padang a descansar un dia puede hacerlo y ver la ciudad de Padang acompañado de un guia y con autobus y moto)

Kota Padang

Kota Padang

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Llegamos a Sungailandia

Sungailandia

Sungailandia

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCAlmorzaremos en la zona del lago Maninjau

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Maninjau

y luego nos dirijiremos de nuevo a Padang a pasar la noche en la misma casa

del dia anterior

Puncak Kiambang

Puncak Kiambang

DIA 14º Padang-Jakarta

Partiremos temprano hacia Jakarta donde pasaremos el dia

Jakarta Skyline

Jakarta Skyline

DIA 15º Jakarta-España

Tour Suku Anak Dalam and Minagkabau land mixed

DAY 1:

Europe to Jakarta with Qatar Airways via Doha
DAY 2:Arrive in Jakarta and we go by car to Jl Jaksa where we will register at a homestay;will spend the evening in the surroundings of Jl Jaksa

Jakarta Skyline

Jakarta Skyline

DAY 3:
Soon in the morning we departure from Jakarta to Padang,capital of West Sumatra with a local airline like Garuda Indonesia
or Mandala Airlines or Lion Air

Llegamos a Padang

Arrival at Padang

Arrive in Padang and met our driver and guide who will bring us through a winding road surrounded by jungle and pass the Bung Hatta park to the twin lakes where we will stop for a rest and enjoy the breathtaking views of the lakessurrounded all by tea and cinnamon plantations;after a break we will continue into Surian where we will get lunch at a local restaurant and try the delicious Padang food;

Twin Lakes,Solok Selatan

Twin Lakes,Solok Selatan

we will stop to see also Istano Rajo Balung,an old Minangkabau palace and visit it if the owner is there.

Then will continue into Muara Labuh and til Kajo Aro;after 7 hours drive we will arrive at the hamlet of Kersik Tuo at the foot of Kerinci volcanoe,the tallest of Indonesia with 4000 meters high
We will register at a homestay and get time to see the surroundings before go to dinner and sleep;here is advised to use thick dress as is quite coll at night as we are in the highlands of Bukit Barisan Mountains at 1300 meters
We are surrounded all by tea and cinammon plantations with the volcanoe on the back and full of jungle;something unique

Gunung Tujuh Lake

DAY 4:
After breakfast we will departure at around 5 am to nearby hamlet of Pelompek where we will start our 5 hours ascent to the lake Gunung Tujuh,the highest freshwater lake in all Southeast Asia;we will pass trough deep rainforest and will observe many species of plants and animals;here is the habitat of Sumatran tiger as well as the older ones of the area tell the area where Orang Pendek is;a mythology being halve human halve simioAfter we arrive to the lake we stay for a while enjoying the stunningly beautiful lake and surrounding jungle;is like an Eden on earth this area

 Gunung Tujuh Lake
Then camp and cook some noodles and some coffe
After that we go down again to Pelompek,see a nearby waterfall and drive to Sungai Penuh to register at a local hotel;spend the evening there,dinner and go to sleep

Kajo Aro

Kajo Aro

Cinammon Plantations

Cinammon Plantations

Tea plantations

Tea plantations

Kajo Aro jungles
Kajo Aro jungles
Danau Gunung Tuju

Danau Gunung Tuju

DAY 5:
Breakfast and then start the 7 hours drive until Bangko;lunch enroute;we will pass incredible places of deep jungle on the road
We arrive in Bangko and will spend the night at a local hotel

Kerinci Seblat

Kerinci Seblat

DAY 6:
Soon after short breakfast we drive 2 hours to the main entrance to Bukit Duabelas where we will meet our guides;then walk into the jungle until the anak dalam hamlet;we spend the rest of the day with them and will sleep in tendas
WARNING
(We must use profilaxis for malaria for this area,malarone do well,we should started to took it 3 days before and keep taking until we leave and til few days after,as almost everybody I know came to Bukit 12 and did not took it got malaria)
DAY 7:
We spend the day with the anak dalam watching them hunting,fishing,watching their daily life

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WARNING
Never photograph them without ask for permission first and specially the houses they do not want to be photographed;ask always permission to do so

Breakfast,lunch and dinner at the camp site
Sleep in tenda

Bukit Duabelas Suku Anak Dalam tribes

Bukit Duabelas Suku Anak Dalam tribes

DAY 8:
After some breakfast walk back to the park entrance to met our driver and drive back to West Sumatra via the transumatran highway enroute to Dharmasraya;we will lunch on the road
Pass through Sijunjung and go to Sawahlunto,an old mining town with a train museum and a mining museum
We will overnight here
We are surrounded by mountains

SawahluntoCiudad minera

Sawahlunto
Ciudad minera

DAY 9:
Breakfast and drive to Nagari Pariangan through a winding road that leads to the
top of Merapi volcano crater all surrounded by rice field terraces,a really beautiful place,a paradise
Before arriving to the gate to go up to the volcano,we will turn to a small alley leading to Pariangan,the heart of the Minangkabau people,the center where the first settlements of Minang people first stayed before expanding into the west coast and to Bukittinggi and all surrounding areas;we can be eyewitness of the Minangkabau traditions still alife here and full of Minang Rumah gadang houses
If we can sleep in one of these houses we spend the rest of day here and sleep here.
DIA 9
Breakfast soon and spend the day around Batusangkar and Puncak paro exploring many Minangkabau hamlets in the area;sleep again at a Rumah gadang in Pariangan again
We will see also big stones with sanscrit inscriptions dated from Pagaruyung Hindu-Buddhist kingdom

DAY 10
Back to Padang after breakfast
and spend the day around the city of Padang;visit sity nurbaya bridge and see the sun down at Teluk bayur,the port of Padang
Sleep at a local family home

DAY 11
Back in the morning to Jakarta and spend the day around Glodok(Chinatown) visiting several Buddhist temples and visit Kota,old Batavia from the Dutch
Sleep at Jl Jaksa homestay

DAY 12
Back to europe