Gateway to beautiful North Sulawesi, Gorontalo is a laid-back town with remnants of Indonesia’s colonial past. You can visit some colonial residences and the statue of national hero Wartabone, or simply enjoy the chilled out atmosphere of this country town. Around Gorontalo, there are many traditional villages and a lot of nature to explore. Head towards the east to Lombongo, where you can hike to waterfalls or swim in the hot spring pool; beware of the heat and unfortunately also of the rubbish that you will find along the hike. Continue your nature adventure in Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park, North Sulawesi’s most important reserve, yet not frequently visited due to its inaccessibility. The park is home to 24 species of mammals, 125 species of birds and over 400 tree and plant species. 90 species of orchids have been recorded, as well as the presence of many endemic and endangered species such as the spectral tarsier, the cinnabar hawk owl, the maleo bird and the yaki flying fox. Aside from birdwatching and wildlife research, the park also offers exciting trekking, swimming and camping opportunities.