08 Days North – West Sumatra Overland Tour (Included Orangutans)
Day 1 Kuala Namu International Airport – Bukit Lawang / 3 – 3,5 hrs drive Arrive at the Kuala Namu International Airport with flight… at… We will fetch you and depart to Bukit Lawang the observation point of the Orangutans located in Gunung Leuser National Park through by landscape with vast view of palm oil and rubber plantation. En-route stops at of rubber, oil palm and cacao plantations with some countryside landscape. Overnight stay in hotel Rindu Alam or Eco Lodge Bukit Lawang Cottages or similar
- The Minangkabau ethnic group, also known as Minang is indigenous to the Minangkabau Highlands of West Sumatra, in Indonesia. Their culture is matrilineal and patriarchal, with property and land passing down from mother to daughter, while religious and political affairs are the responsibility of men (although some women also play important roles in these areas.
- The Rumah gadang are large elegant houses built is solid wood and beautifully carved : they are easily recognizable by their sweeping roofs with pointed eaves. The Minang believe that the pointed roof is reminiscent of the legend of the water buffalo, who won for Sumatra in a fight against a large Javanese bull.
Next stop will be at Pagaruyung Palace located in the village of Tanjung Emas near Batusangkar: The palace is a replica of the original Pagaruyung royal palace which was set on fire by the nation’s Dutch colonists in 1804 and it has only recently been entirely restored using traditional materials. With it 3 storeys and its 5 stacked sweeping roofs ending with eleven sharp horns and covered with over 26 tons of palm fibers. Pagarayung is the most beautiful example of the Traditional Minangkabau Architecture. Pagaruyung is the name of the Minangkabau kingdom that ruled the central region of Sumatra and was the seat of a large kingdom where the Minangkabau culture flourished. Return to Bukittinggi passing by the picturesque Lake Singkarak. (In the evening the traditional Minangkabau dance in the town-OPTIONAL). Day 8 Bukittinggi – Padang airport / 3 hrs drive Today you drive to Padang airport via Anai valley and waterfall. It takes around 2,5 hours drive. End of your trip. Included Hotels as mentioned above + breakfast AC transport as mentioned in the program + fuel & driver English/Spanish/Dutch/Italian/German/French speaking guide Entrance & parking fees as mentioned in the program National Park Permit in Bukit Lawang 3 hrs Orangutans jungle trekking Bukit Lawang Ferry Parapat – Samosir island vice versa Excluded Flight tickets and airport tax Personal expenses; meals (lunches & dinners), drinks, donations, laundry, souvenirs, etc. Tips for guide/driver Travel insurance Any optional program