By Dian Hasan | January 15, 2010
Indonesia is renowned as the last eden on earth, home to the second largest rainforest biodiversity after the Amazon. Adventure awaits at every corner, replete with among the friendliest people in the world and a culture and fiery cuisine like no other.
They say the closer you get to the ground and to the people, the better to appreciate their culture. Such is the philosophy behind Cycle Sulawesi, a 13-day biking adventure tour organized by Jakarta & Sydney-based Cycle Indonesia.
Colin Freestone, Founder of Cycle Indonesia, is avid cyclist, die-hard Yoga practitioner, and old Indonesia hand, will be your guide par excellence. Mr. Freestone, who happens to be my uncle, will lead the group tour through Tana Toraja’s famed natural beauty and her unique culture. This is Cycle Indonesia‘s second year, after last year’s successful debut (see pictures below), which was a much longer trip covering Makassar to Tana Toraja (27 days, 1,200 km)
Other activities include: Daily Yoga Sessions lead by in-house guru, Mr. Freestone himself. Trekking, Rafting, Village Stays and a chance to dabble into Bahasa Indonesia.
ARE YOU GAME? To learn more about pricing and registration, click here. Or email Colin Freestone of Cycle Indonesia at: firstname.lastname@example.org Continue reading
In one of the world’s largest wetland ecosystems, Rawa Aopa Watumohai National Park in Southeast Sulawesi is full of flora, fauna, and stunning natural beauty.
Rawa Aopa Watumohai National Park covers an area of 105,194 hectares, not far from the main road between Kolaka and Kendari in Angata District, Konawe Selatan Regency. The park contains a wide variety of ecosystems: tropical rain forest, marsh, and mangrove. The Rawa Aopa area includes two shallow lakes 25 km wide and a hill with an elevation of 549 meters (Gunung Watumohai). The park is home to many types of plants and animals – water plants, birds, and dwarf buffalo (anoa), among others. Continue reading
Attention all Starbucks-chugging coffee consumers and coffee connoisseurs of the world! ~ your most expensive cup of Java awaits! It’s from Indonesia, and the roasting facility is nothing you’d ever imagined. It’s as exotic (read: unusual, rather stomach-churning, and not for the faint-hearted) and organic as it gets. Let’s get some facts on the table first: the name is Kopi Luwak (Luwak Coffee), and it’s produced when a Indonesia’s fox-like cousin that has a penchant for coffee, dines on delicious raw coffee fruit, and extracts (yes journeying through its digestive system) the coffee pits (yes, the prized coffee beans, already nicely roasted!). Gaining attention from everyone from Oprah, the Wildboyz of MTV’s Jackass fame, to Andrew Zimmern of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods. Here’s a look at this exquisite coffee, as reported by Alun Evans of Kabar Indonesia.
Cave burials, Toraja Highlands. Photo: flickr member Phitar
There are so many reasons to visit this land full of wonders – it’s certainly no ordinary experience. But you have to go at the right time, such as December, because Tana Toraja reaches the peak of its beauty in that month. What a Lovely December in Tana Toraja!
After being dormant for quite some time, Tana Toraja is displaying renewed enthusiasm through a South Sulawesi provincial government program, Lovely December in Tana Toraja, launched in December 2008 as part of the effort to restore the glory of tourism in this region, which has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.