Minahasa, North Sulawesi
Info : Minahasa Highlands
Explore the local village of Woloan, where you will see the traditional Minahasan Style Houses being built. After a brief exploration it's off to see the traditional food & flower market in Tomohon, where you will find local 'delicacies' including monkeys, rats and even bats! Some of the animals are roasted whole, and some people may find this image disturbing- please let us know if you would like to take this out of your trip. After the markets you will head up to the serenity of Tondano Lake and Pulutan Village, where local pottery making is thriving. As you start to head back towards Manado, the weaving factories are a must to visit and observe the local weaving traditions being practiced. The last stop of the day is Lake Linow, which is locally known as the “changing colour” lake.
Six great and amazingly different hotels - we would happily recommend any of them. We had three excellent guides as well. And we lost track of the number of "Wow" moments. In addition to the obvious, including Paramban, Borobodur and Bromo, we would add our tour of the markets + rickshaw ride in Malang, and having coffee with Mr Rai at the Agung Rai Gallery in Bali. Our guide in Bali, Otok (?) was excellent at explaining local culture, and we left an offering at his family shrine.