Join us as we explore the ethno-cultural heritage of Bali, West Sumatra, and the artisans of the Minangkabau. September 21 to 28, 2021; Extension to see the wild Sumatran orangutans of Bukit Lawang, September 28 to October 1.
The Republic of Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, made up of more than 17,000 islands. The landscape includes rainforests, mountainous terrain, and fertile farmland, and this diversity has been integral in shaping its diverse culture. It is inhabited by more than 300 ethnic groups speaking 250 languages. These traditional indigenous cultures are still evident, despite foreign influences such as Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism that spread through the land starting more than 1,000 years ago.
Bali is one of the most beautiful islands in the Indonesian archipelago. The Balinese, devout Hindus, built thousands of intricately carved temples offering thanks to the spirits for providing bountiful harvests and protection against evil spirits. Magnificent processions, festivals, and dramatic dances are a daily part of life. Artisanship has reached the highest levels in Bali, where woodcarvers and painters create masterpieces to share with the world.
While the country’s ethno-cultural attractions are well known, Indonesia’s tropical jungles shelter orangutan primates and many species of birds. Along the bank of the Bahorok River in North Sumatra about 5,000 wild orangutans live within the Gunung Leuser National Park. You’ll spend three nights in north Sumatra and make a two day excursion to Bukit Lawang to see Sumatran orangutans in the wild.
Just an hour flight from Bali is Flores Island, where a two hour cruise transports you to Rinca island, a starkly beautiful place with forested riverbeds that give way to open, grassy hills dotted with palm trees. Walk slowly on nature trails, in search of the komodo dragons, the largest lizards in the world. Of course, spotting them is never guaranteed, but on Rinca island, there is a resident group close to the visitor center.
Please inquire about our day-to-day itinerary for more details.
Land price per person, using the
Alaya Resort in Ubud:
$4890 per person based on two people
$4099 per person based on four people
Does not include international airfares.