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Traveling to the Minahasa Highland

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Traveling around Sumonder villages is a lifetime experience which I will never forget. The region is famous for its spicy cuisines and beautiful mountainous scenery. I traveled to Minahasa highland several years ago. I flew from Surabaya to Manado first. Then I traveled by car to Sonder. If you want to travel and make a tour around Sumonder villages, you need to open a map to locate where Sulawesi island is. Sumonder or Sonder is a district in the northern part of the island. The travel cost to this region might be expensive but the living expenses in this region is very low or cheap.

The view from a hill of Sonder town in  Minahasa North Sulawesi Indonesia

 

You can contact a nearest travel agency in your city to find whether there is a tour package to Minahasa is. It is a regency located in the northern part of Sulawesi island of Indonesia. I spent two weeks there staying in a Minahasan family. I traveled most by public transportation and car. Most of the towns are beautiful. Because they are located in the mountainous region they follow the contour of hills, valleys and slopes of the highland.

People grow beautiful flowers in front of their houses. So, if you travel from one village to another, you will see colorful flowers and enjoy fresh air.

In towns like Tomohon, Kawangkoan and Langowan, travelers can go around the towns by hiring Bendi, a horse drawn cart. The price for one hour is around twenty to fifty thousand rupiahs (around 2 - 5 US dollars).

In Kawangkoan, travelers can stop at kiosks that sell roasted peanuts. There are two or three inns there. You can stay there. The next day if you travel to Sonder, you can ask the driver to stop by for lunch at Terapung Resto - it is a floating restaurant where you can eat fried or grilled Nila fish. Its taste is delicious. Another village that is located some fifteen minutes driving from Sonder is Tincep. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery of rice fields arranged like steps on moderate slopes between Sonder and Tincep. Travelers can enjoy various kinds of flowers sold by the villagers. Tincep is the largest flower market in the region. There are two or three waterfalls in that village. I recommend that you stay in Tincep for one or  two days before continuing your travel to other towns. In addition to flower market, rice fields and waterfalls, travelers can enjoy white water rafting in Timbukar village. Don't forget to wear life jacket when you get into the boat.

Minahasan people are full of smile and laughs. They like singing folk songs, playing music as well as drinking saguer. For this drink, many tourists who visit this region say that the refined one is strong enough to make you hang over the next day before continuing your trip. When saguer has been fermented and distilled, the end product is called Cap Tikus. Its alcohol content is probably higher than whiskey. So, don't drink too much if you plan to leave the village early in the morning. If you still have time, you can take a short trip to Leilem to see how the local craftsmen make furniture. Next time I will tell you my travel experience in another village or town. by Charles Roring

Also read: Purple Flower; Traveling to Minahasa

a lifetime experience: pengalaman yang dikenang seumur hidup

travel cost: biaya perjalanan

nearest travel agency: agen perjalanan terdekat

regency: kabupaten

a horse drawn cart: sebuah kereta yang ditarik kuda

beautiful scenery: pemandangan indah

folk song: lagu rakyat/ daerah

trip: perjalanan

craftsmen: pengrajin

white water rafting: arung jeram

Bahasa Indonesia version: Mengunjungi Dataran Tinggi Minahasa

 

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