Sumatra

Sumatra island is one of the biggest in Indonesia, it's located at the western tip of the archipelago and it's very close from Singapore and Malaysia. Even if it's still a very authentic island, especially in the countryside, there are more and more travellers visiting each year, especially to discover the last wild and living  animal specimens endangered such as Orangutan, Elephants and Sumatran tigers. The lovers of wild nature and cultural encounters will enjoy such places as Lake Toba and Samosir Island, or the volcanoes around Berastagi (Mount Sibayak and SInabung) but also several islands laying on the west coast such as Nias, Sibeirut .
Sumatra : rare animals, volcanoes and local culture

Sumatra : rare animals, volcanoes and local culture

Sumatra island lays on the west part of the archipelago, it's the biggest island belonging exculively to Indonesia. It's surrounded by a lot of minors islands in the Indian Ocean and Java Sea. It's well known for being the home of rare endemic species, protected but still endangered by the deforestation. The people are mostly muslims but some areas are inhabited by christian people, especially around the Lake Toba. In the small islands around, some people still live and follow animist beliefs like on Sibeirut island.

Sumatra is not that crowded with tourists, and even travelling in the most famous areas can allow people to get the feeling of living a true wild experience. The Gunung Leuser National park is a protected area where Orangutan can live peacefully in the jungle, where the trekkers can meet them accompanied by a ranger of the park. Activities such as Elephant riding or climbing the Sibayak or Sinabung volcanoes in Berastagi area allow the travellers to experience a very diverse trip. The Samosir island, located in the middle of Lake Toba, is full of ancient remnants of old Batak kingdoms. The architecture of local houses is very likeable and reminds of the houses that we can find in Toraja country in Sulawesi.

Tropical forest, tigers and elephants, Sumatra has a lot to offer. From an encounter with the orangutans to a volcano trekking, Altai Indonesia will support you with the creation of your adventure trip.