Timor Leste is a country populated by a lot of different ethnic groups. They all speak their own language and follow their own cultural practices. This shows in their day to day life, architecture and food. This round trip shows you the foundation of the newest nation in South East Asia. Learn how the timorese fought against colonialism and how they grow together as one. See where they live, grow their crops and build their homes. Experience the beauty of the island of Timor.
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This special expedition to West Papua includes a visit to the colorful Baliem Cultural Festival in the highlands of Wamena. The Highland Show in the Baliem Valley attracts many international visitors every year. For three days, groups from all the highland regions gather in Wamena to present their unique clan cultures and to compete in several ancient disciplines.
Yogyakarta is the best starting point for an exploration of Java island. Highlights are the hindu-buddhist temples Borobudur and Prambanan, and the famous volcanoes Bromo and Ijen in East Java. You will start with a tour to the most important sights of Yogya. The city is the cultural center of Java, well-known for traditional batik fabric, music, dance and the wayang kulit theater. The trip also includes a train ride from Yogyakarta to reach the eastern part of the island. After sunrise at Mt. Bromo and a hike the crater of Kawah Ijen you will cross the Bali Strait to reach the Islands of the Gods.
Meet the last orangutans of Borneo in their sanctuary in Tanjung Puting National Park. Take a traditional klotok boat to reach the camps inside the national park. The wooden house boat offers a view of the river banks from the main deck. You can watch large groups of proboscis monkeys sitting in the trees and honbills flying gracefully over your head. Overall there are 200 bird species living in the park. After experiencing the resident orangutans at the feeding platforms of Camp Leakey and Pondok Tanggui you will leave the national parks and focus on the coastal areas of Kalimantan. A Turtle Conservation Programme was established in 2010 at the beach in Tanjung Kluang. The chances are good to watch turtles depositing eggs during nesting season (May - September).
Sumatra is the most western of the Greater Sunda-Islands and the largest indonesian island. We will take you along on an exploration from North to South Suamtra. Start in the regional capital of Medan and the orang-utans in Bukit Lawang. The former rehabilitation station ist still a good spot to watch orang-utans in their natural habitat. Cross the river and follow the trails through the hilly area until you find the animals in the jungle. The next stop ist the mountain resort of Berastagi. We will hike the slopes of Mt. Sibayak near the busy market city in the Sumatran highlands. The next highlight is a visit to Lake Toba and Samosir island. Many remanants of the Toba Batak culture can be found in the region such as the royal palace of Simalungun and other traditional houses. From Lake Toba you drive south to Bukittinggi in the Minangkabau Highlands of West Sumatra. The minangkabau are an important tribe which still relies on a unique matrilinear culture.
Leave the diving spots of Bunaken island behind and travel trough the Minahasa Highlands. Take a week to explore the vast landscapes and pre-Christian cultures of North Sulawesi. You will start with the sights in Manado and then move on to the mountain resort of Tomohon. Climb the volcanoes Mahawu and Lokon-Empung. Some of the few volcanoes on the island. You will also have the chance to see the animals of the Tangkoko Nature Reserve. Watch tiny tarsiers in their tree. The nocturnal primates are endemic to Sulawesi.