Village Life Up CloseJoshua Kegg2017-06-07T10:07:56+00:00
Looking to really delve deep into the local culture? This itinerary takes you through the Kerinci valley from north to south, and everywhere in between, to discover what daily life is really like in the charming villages of rural Sumatra. From rice fields to cinnamon forests, fishing boats to wild honey hunting, you’ll get a taste of the real Indonesia as you get up close and personal with the farmers, fishermen, and families of the region. A great itinerary especially for those with an interest in photography, agrotourism, and cultural immersion.
Arrive in Sungai Penuh and head straight to your homestay to meet the family and drop off your things. Some activities to do in town:
Walk through the old neighborhood of Pondok Tinggi filled with traditional Kerinci longhouses. Head to the nearby Mesjid Agung. Built in the traditional style in 1874, it’s the oldest mosque in town, and still actively used.
Visit the lively Pasar, or wet/dry market, in the center of town. Get some Sarabi and other goodies for breakfast.
From the Pasar, grab a Bendi (horse drawn carriage) to some of the nearby batik workshops where you can watch the creation process (and maybe even participate!).
Take a motorcycle ride up to Bukit Khayangan or hike up the hill behind Sungai Penuh to get a beautiful view of the Kerinci valley from Mt. Kerinci in the north, to Lake Kerinci in the south.
In the late afternoon, head to Bukit Sentiong on the edge of town for the grilled corn stands and a nice view of Sungai Penuh and the Kerinci valley at sunset.
In the evening, visit Pasar Malam, the carnival-like night market, to eat Martabak, Sate, and other lovely street foods.
Drive up to Bukit Tapan at night for some wildlife spotlighting (an additional cost for renting a vehicle and driver).
Price includes all transport within the valley, four nights lodging with local families, guides, and any token payments to farmers/fisherman for the use of their time/dugout canoes. We ask for a 1,000,000 IDR (or equivalent in your preferred currency) deposit to Paypal at time of booking.
We are proud that 5% of the total cost of this trip goes directly to 21st Century Tiger in support of wild tiger conservation projects in the Kerinci Seblat National Park and other areas of Sumatra.
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Remember, you’ll be staying in the homes of rural Sumatran farmers and fisherman, so expect conditions to be very, very basic – you’ll definitely be stretched outside of your comfort zone!
This itinerary is also jam-packed – we’re happy to tailor it to your travel style, or adjust it on the fly.
Like all of our trips, you travel at your own risk. Keep in mind that you are visiting a wild and extremely remote area of rural Sumatra, far from quality medical care. It’s your responsibility to make sure you are covered with valid travel and medical insurance.
We are proud that 5% of the total cost of this trip goes directly to 21st Century Tiger in support of forest rangers and wild tiger conservation projects in the Kerinci Seblat National Park and other areas of Sumatra.
As always, we use only local guides and porters from nearby communities, who are paid a fair, ethical wage above the standard local price.