Sumatra - Papua - Kalimantan
Destination - Sumatra - Papua - Kalimantan
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$5865 from 01/01/2013 until 07/12/2015


INDONESIA ADVENTURE

SUMATRA – PAPUA – KALIMANTAN

21 days – 20 nights

 

Start:     Medan (North Sumatra)

End:      Balikpapan (East Kalimantan)

 

Day 01: MEDAN

Upon arrival at Polonia Airport, Medan (North Sumatra) our guide will welcome you then transfer to the hotel. Sumatra is the largest island entirely in Indonesia, and the sixth largest island in the world at approximately 443,000 km². Over half of the country exports come from the riches of Sumatra: oil, natural gas, hardwoods, rubber, palm oil, coffee and sugar. In spite of evolution, Sumatra still maintains strong and well-established traditions that are rooted in their colourful past. Medan is the capital of North Sumatra province and the informal capital of entire Sumatra. This town is a centre for trade and commerce, industry, transportation, and entertainment. It is fast growing city with a mix of several big ethical groups like Malay, Batak, Javanese and Chinese.

Meals included: -

 

Day 02: MEDAN – BUKIT LAWANG

In the morning you will visit the most important sights of Medan. You will see the Grand Mosque, of one the most beautiful mosques in Indonesia. The mosque was commissioned by Sultan Ma’mum Al Rasyid, designed by Dingemans of Amsterdam in a Moorish style, and stood ready in 1906. It has an imposing arched entrance and is decorated with tiles. Next you will visit Maimoon Palace which is historically related to the Grand Mosque. It was built in 1888 by Sultan Ma’mum Al Rasyid and used as administrative centre until the end of Warld War II. Afterwards you will continue to Bukit Lawang, a small village on the bank of Bohorok River on the outskirts of Gunung Leuser National Park.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 03: BUKIT LAWANG – BRASTAGI

Gunung Leuser National Park is the place where orangutans are found. The orangutans were once living in almost all of Southeast Asia; today they are only left in Borneo and Sumatra. 90% of the total orangutan population lives within the borders of Indonesia. Bukit Lawang is very convenient for a day jungle trekking and wildlife watching; with a bit of luck you can spot Sumatran orangutans. Sumatran orangutans have lighter hair and a longer beard than their Borneo relatives, and Sumatran males have narrower cheek pads. Both species are highly endangered due to habitat loss and poaching. The population of wild Sumatran orangutans has declined drastically from over 12,000 in 1994 to 7,300 in 2003. The latest data from 2008 estimates that there are now only around 6,500 remaining in the wild. After the trekking you will back to the hotel for short relax and afterwards depart for Brastagi – a highland resort with refreshing weather and magnificent mountain scenery.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 04: BRASTAGI – PARAPAT – SAMOSIR

You will continue your trip and see the Sipiso-piso Waterfall that drops into the northern tip shore of Lake Toba. Lake Toba is the largest lake in Southeast Asia, once created by an enormous eruption. The lake covers approximately 1,265 km2 (excluding Samosir) and is 90 km long. The average depth is 450 m and up to 900 m in some places. The lake is situated at an altitude of 906 m above sea level. On the way you will stop and see the ancient King’s Palace of Simalungun at Pematang Purba. Proceed to Parapat through the fertile vegetable and fruit farms, pine tree forest and spectacular view of Lake Toba. After arrival in Parapat you will continue the trip by boat to Samosir. Samosir is an approximately 50 km long and 15 km wide often referred as island in Lake Toba. Samosir is actually a peninsula, divided from Sumatra only by a narrow man-made canal. It is beautiful, scenic and very relaxing place.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 05: SAMOSIR

Batak is a collective term used to identify a number of ethnic groups found in the highlands of North Sumatra. Samosir is the centre of the Batak culture and many of this people's artifacts remain here. You will visit Ambarita traditional village where King Siallagan’s stone chairs are point of interest. In the past this place was used by the chief and other tribal leaders were discussing and giving punishments for committed crimes. You will stop at Simanindo village – it has well kept traditional houses, now museum. Here you can also watch traditional Batak dance performance. You will visit also the Tomb of King Sidabutar at Tomok village.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 06: SAMOSIR – PARAPAT – SIPIROK

In the morning you leave for Siporok - a small town surrounded by green hills, mountains and rice paddies. On the way you will visit Lumban Binanga village and Balige town where you will stop at traditional market – it is built in traditional Batak house style and richly ornamented building.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 07: SIPIROK – BUKITTINGGI

The journey from North to West Sumatra is long but worthwhile; it exhibits the inner part of Sumatra, beautiful scenery of mountains, rivers, valleys and traditional villages. The Equator Monument should be remarkable in your personal record. You will stop at Palupuh - a conservation area for Rafflesia Arnoldii and if you are lucky you can see blooming “corpse flower”. Then drive to the most charming town, the heart of Minangkabau Highlands, and the centre of matrilineal society of Sumatra, Bukittinggi.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 08: BUKITTINGGI

You will explore the beauty and the cultural aspects of Minangkabau. You will see Jam Gadang - a clock-tower and major landmark of Bukittinggi. You will visit Museum Rumah Adat Baanjuang and learn more about exceptional Minangkabau architecture and culture. Afterwards drive to Harau Canyon where you can see interesting cliffs and waterfalls. You will continue the trip to Pagaruyung, former place of Minangkabau kings. You will see here a building representing the original Pagaruyung palace, open to the public as a museum. It was built in the traditional Minangkabau rumah gadang architectural style.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 09: BUKITTINGGI – PADANG – JAKARTA – JAYAPURA

You will have free time until transfer to Minangkabau Airport for the flight to Jakarta and then to Jayapura.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 10: JAYAPURA – WAMENA

Upon arrival in Sentani airport, a connection flight to Wamena, in Baliem Valley. New Guinea is a hot, humid island rising from the sea with some of the most impenetrable jungles in the world and yet also has snow caps covering almost 5,000 metre–high mountain peaks, island is full of mysterious rivers, birds of paradise, endless swamps and impassable rainforests. New Guinea (world's second largest island – after Greenland) is now divided into two parts: the eastern part is called Papua New Guinea, independent state, and western part (formerly known as Irian Jaya), two Indonesian provinces: Papua and West Papua. Those two provinces are the least populated, least visited and most remote provinces of Indonesia. It is a land of outstanding natural splendour, with stunning scenic beaches, huge stretches of marshlands, cool grassy meadows and powerful rivers carving gorges and tunnels through dark and dense primeval forests. The people of the island can be divided into more than 250 sub-groups, which are closely related to the islands along the southern rim of the Pacific and include among others: Asmat, Dani, Kamoro, Korowai and Yali. Those in the central highlands still maintain their customs and traditions and because of the terrain have virtually been untouched by outside influences. The Baliem Valley is located at the highlands of Papua, is occupied by the Dani people. The valley is about 80 km in length by 20 km in width and lies at an altitude of about 1,600-1,700 m. Upon arrival at Wamena Airport, Wamena, the main town in Baliem Valley, you will meet our guide who will escort you to the hotel. On the way you will visit Jibama traditional market.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 11: BALIEM VALLEY

You will explore to southern part of Baliem Valley. The road ends about 3 km before Kurima village and your walking tour starts here. On the way to Kurima you will cross small river, walk through Dani settlements and sweet potato fields. Sweet potato, cassava and banana are staple crops of Dani. Walking from Kurima to Seinma you will cross hanging bridge. Enjoying great views of the Baliem river and Baliem valley, crossing on the way one more hanging bridge, you will reach Sogogmo village. Your car will be waiting in Sogogmo and your walking tour ends here.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 12: BALIEM VALLEY

First you will drive to Kurulu district to see the salt spring and the process how Dani make the salt. Afterwards you will visit Jiwika village and “meet” the mummy. In the past, important Dani were preserved with the use of herbs and a process of smoking in a secret ceremony known only to a select few. Afterwards you will explore Wosi cave with extraordinary rock formations and Wondugul village where you will see honai – Dani’s traditional house.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 13: BALIEM VALLEY

A special “pig festival”, probably the most interesting thing to see on a travel to Papua, will be arranged for you. The Dani use an earth pit (a pit in the ground) technique of cooking pig and their staple crops. They heat stones in a fire until they are very hot, then wrap parts of meat and vegetable inside banana leaves. The food is then placed into a pit with hot stones, some of hot stones are placed on top, and the whole pit is covered in grass to keep the steam in. After a couple of hours pit is opened, food removed and then eaten. Pigs are reserved for very special occasions only. Before coming back to Wamena, you will trek around Seroba village.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 14: WAMENA – JAYAPURA

In the morning you will be transferred to the airport and flight to Jayapura. Upon arrival at Sentani Airport, you will start city tour. Jayapura is the capital of Papua province, it is situated on Yos Sudarso Bay. You will visit Mac Arthur monument (the area served as General Douglas MacArthur's headquarters until the conquest of the Philippines in March 1945) and Anthropology Museum.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 15: JAYAPURA – MAKASSAR – BALIKPAPAN – SAMBOJA

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Makassar and then to Balikpapan. Upon arrival at Sepinggan Airport, Balikpapan, our guide will welcome you then direct transfer to Samboja. Balikpapan is a seaport city on the eastern coast of the island of Borneo, in the East Kalimantan province. The population is a mixture of people from the Indonesian archipelago with Dayaks and Kutai as indigenous ethnic groups living in rural areas. East Kalimantan has Borneo’s richest and most diverse natural resources, its oil, coal, timber fuel coastal development. Samboja is a small village, located about 35 km north of Balikpapan, it is base of The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. Orangutan Reintroduction Program here was established to protect Bornean orangutans and support the research and education activities. Orangutan is the only member of the world's great apes family in Asia. There are two species of orangutans, the Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) distributed over Sumatera Island and the Borneaen orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) distributed in Kalimantan Island (Borneo).

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

 

Day 16: SAMBOJA

In the morning you will enjoy the tour in the rehabilitation centre. It is the place where the handed over or rescued orangutans can undergo quarantine and rehabilitation processes and then they can be released back to their natural habitat. Some orangutans live on man-made islands, a special class of chronically ill, blind or severely disabled orangutans and that are not release candidates. In Samboja you can find also Sun Bear Sanctuary, brought in from all over Indonesia, confiscated from the trade or from people who kept them as a status symbol or handed over by people voluntarily. Afterwards you will drive to Bukit Bangkirai forest and conservation parkland for short trekking and unique experience of walking through canopy bridge. Later drive to Black River area for boat tour to observe proboscis monkeys. The proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) or long-nosed monkey, is a reddish-brown arboreal Old World monkey that is endemic to the island of Borneo. The monkey also goes by the Malay name monyet belanda ("Dutch monkey") as Indonesians remarked that the Dutch colonisers often had a similarly large belly and nose.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch box and dinner

 

Day 17: SAMBOJA – TENGGARONG – MAHAKAM RIVER

In the morning you will depart to Tenggarong, the point of departure for inland boat travel on the Mahakam River. The Mahakam River – the largest river in East Kalimantan, approx 920 km-long – and its tributaries reach far inland in East Kalimantan, providing access to relatively remote Dayak villages. There are many lakes spread in the Mahakam area including the three main lakes: Jempang, Semayang and Melintang. The Dayak are a people indigenous to Borneo. There are over 200 ethnic subgroups, located principally in the interior of Borneo, each with its own dialect, customs, laws, territory and culture, though common individual traits are readily identifiable.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 18: MAHAKAM RIVER – TANJUNG ISUY

In the morning you will arrive at Muara Muntai. Built on mud flats, it is a lively market village in the heart of Mahakam lake country, with boardwalks for streets and many wooden buildings. After short village sightseeing you will continue your trip by motor canoe passing wetlands, shallow lakes, villages built on a flooded mud flat. In Mancong village you will see rebuild longhouse that gives an idea of past grandeur, the building now is reserved for folk dances and ceremonies. Longhouses are the traditional communal houses of the local people, one building may accommodate as many as 100 families. The chief area of a longhouse is the common veranda, which serves as a social area. Next you will continue to Tanjung Isuy, village located on the shore of Jempang Lake where you can observe local village life.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 19: TANJUNG ISUY – MAHAKAM RIVER

You will back to Muara Muntai by motor canoe. You will continue cruise to Lekaq Kidau where you can see traditional dance performance.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 20: MAHAKAM RIVER – TENGGARONG – BALIKPAPAN

Continue cruise to Tenggarong, the former capital of the Kutai sultanate. You will visit Mulawarman Museum, which is located on the site of the old palace, and honours the Kutai sultanate that ruled for 19 generations. You can see royal remnants, including puppet theatre with gamelan, royal porcelain, historical statues and antiquities. You will visit also Wood Museum to see collection of wood found in Kutai Kartanegara regency. Afterwards you will drive back to Balikpapan.

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

 

Day 21 : BALIKPAPAN

You will have free time until transfer to the airport for the flight to your next destination.

Meals included: breakfast


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