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.
It was a little disconcerting to be met by a stranger who took our passports and $50 with the instruction of "wait here for me". However, the fact that he then fast-tracked up through customer and immigration was amazing - we felt like rock-stars!