Discover Minahasa Itinerary:
12 noon Depart from Manado City or Airport to Tangkoko Nature Reserve. The 2-hours trip to this 9,000- hectare nature reserve is quite scenic as we pass on small villages. Lunch is served in a local restaurant en- route. At the Nature Reserve, you will be guided by forest ranger in search of the Macaca nigra (black crested macaques indigenous to North Sulawesi), horn- bills, couscous, Tarsier spectrum (one of the world’s smallest primate), as well as other fauna specific to the reserve. After the sunsets, we will drive to the chosen Resort in Tomohon, up on the highlands, for dinner and overnight.
DAY 2: MINAHASA HIGHLAND TOUR (B, L, D)
Breakfast at Resort. 09.00 Leaving the Resort, we first stop at Pagoda Ekayana in the village of Kakaskasen. A place of worship for Buddhists, the pagoda also welcomes visitors to admire its architectures that blend well with the surrounding nature. Afterwards we proceed to see the traditional food & flower market in Tomohon and to the small village of Woloan to see the Minahasan traditional style houses being built, knock down style, ready for delivery or shipping. We will have lunch on Tondano Lake while enjoying the serenity of the lake and its surrounding hills. After lunch we drive to Pulutan Village, an industrial village for pottery-making. As we start back to the Resort, the bentenan weaving workshop is a must to visit and see the local weaving traditions being practiced. Dinner and overnight at Resort.
DAY 3: MAHAWU VOLCANO TOUR (B, L, D)
Breakfast at Resort.09:00 .We leave the Resort to head to Mount Mahawu. Arriving at the starting point, we begin the 30 minutes climb up the stairs to the crater’s edge. From the observation point at the top we can see Bunaken & Manado Tua Islands as well as the bay of Manado. A walk around the crater’s rim will take us 45-60 minutes, and we can also observe a steaming lake and experience the smell of sulfur from the pools. After the hike we will drive to Lake Linow, a sulfuric lake, to have lunch and then we drive you back to the Resort. Dinner and overnight at Resort.
DAY 4: DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast at Resort. We pick you up at the designated time to the Airport to catch your next flight, or next destination in Manado City.