FAUNA, JUNGLE, VOLCANOES AND TEMPLES OF INDONESIA
A beautiful circuit through three of the most famous islands in Indonesia. Bali will welcome us with its unique culture, its spectacular temples, volcanoes, rice fields and traditions. From here we will access the Island of Java, one of the most populated in the country and which has a great number of natural and architectural wonders, such as the hundreds of volcanic cones scattered throughout the island and its cultural jewel, the city of Yogyakarta and its famous temples. After flying to the south of Borneo, in the Kalimantan province, we will enjoy two nights in a traditional boat crossing the jungle, home of the orangutan and many other species of animals.Our adventure will end by exploring one of the most exotic archipelagos in the country, Karimunjawa, located in the north of Java. This group of islands has one of the most spectacular sea walls in Indonesia. A great place to relax, sunbathe and do water activities.
DAY 1. DEPARTURE OF THE FLIGHT TO JAKARTA
Flight departure and night on board.
DAY 2. JAKARTA – BALI
Arrival in Jakarta and connection to the flight to Bali. Arrival at Denpasar airport and reception by our driver. Beginning of visits in Bali. The first stop will be at the Uluwatu Temple, a beautiful temple located on a spectacular cliff on the south coast of the island. In Uluwatu we can see a colony of monkeys that inhabits its forests. We will continue traveling east to reach Tanah Lot, the most famous and photographed temple in Bali, it was built in the 16th century on a rocky promontory that is hit by the waves of the sea. We will stay there until sunset to witness the spectacular sunset behind the temple. Travel to Ubud and transfer to our accommodation.
Hotel accommodation, Ubud.
DAY 3. BALI
Full day to tour the center of the island. We will start the day visiting Taman Ayun. Founded in the 17th century, located in the Mengwi Village, it was until 1891 the seat of a nobleman from the Gelgel Dynasty. The temple is a “penyawangan” or place to worship other sacred sites. Then we will move north until we reach Jatiluwih, where we will enjoy a beautiful view of rice terraces that cover the entire landscape of South Bali. The name of Jatiluwih is made up of two words, Jati which really means and Luwih which means beautiful or good. This place not only has a beautiful name, but also its charming location in a quiet place surrounded by beautiful landscapes. We will do a gentle trekking in the area.Nearby is Bedugul, where we will visit the Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, the famous temple that stands on a small promontory located on the shores of Lake Bratan. It is without a doubt one of the most photogenic temples in all of Indonesia. This temple is dedicated to Dewi Danu, goddess of the waters. Back to Ubud we will make a short panoramic stop at the Tegallalang rice terraces.
Hotel accommodation, Ubud.
DAY 4. BALI
Today we will explore the points of interest around Ubud. We will start with a visit to Goa Lawah, the Elephant Cave. Then after driving for a while we will arrive at the Tupak Cepung waterfall, which we will reach after a short walk on a descending path and crossing a beautiful rock canyon. We will continue with one of the most unique temples in Bali, Gunung Kawi. ”It is one of the few rock-cut temples on the entire island. Its construction dates from the beginning of the 11th century and the Gungun Kawi is considered to be the spiritual resting place, not physical burial, of the kings of the time, hence the colloquial name of the Temple of the Kings.The next point of visit will be Tirta Empul, popular for its water, considered blessed, where the faithful come to purify themselves and celebrate religious ceremonies. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2012. It was built in 926 by the Warmadewa dynasty. Tradition has it that the water from the springs has mysterious medicinal powers, since according to the Hindu religion, Indra king of the gods, managed to heal his faithful with this magical water, after being poisoned. Return to Ubud.
Hotel accommodation, Ubud.
Note : There is the possibility of witnessing the Balinese dance show dedicated to the Barong, the mythological lion, which represents a fight between good and evil. The representations are usually first thing in the morning.
DAY 5. BALI – JAVA
Soon in the morning we will access the Monkey Forest, a nature reserve of more than 27 hectares in which several temples are found, but which is especially known thanks to the group of monkeys that inhabit it. After the visit to the Monkey Forest we will start driving for about 3 h (130 km), crossing the island, to the port of Gilimanuk, where we will take the ferry that will take us to the town of Ketapang, already on the neighboring island of Java. Here we will meet our guide in Java and he will transfer us to our hotel. Rest of the afternoon to rest in the hotel pool.
Hotel accommodation, Java.
DAY 6. IJEN VOLCANO – CEMORO LAWANG
At dawn (5 AM) light breakfast and departure to the Ijen. We will drive about 2 hours to the entrance of the nature reserve. We will leave the vehicle at the access control (1880 m) to start the climb to the edge of the Kawah Ijen crater at 2350 meters above sea level (1h30 h walk and 4.5 km distance) to see the famous acidic water lake (the most acidic in the world) that is located inside. One of the most important sulfur deposits in the country crystallizes from the fumaroles, and we will observe the ancestral works of exploitation of the mineral by the locals, who carry dozens of kilos of mineral behind them. Downhill trekking along the same route to the parking lot. After the visit, around 11 in the morning we will start the long journey of about 5 hours (stop to eat on the way) to the foot of Mount Bromo,
Hotel accommodation, Cemoro Lawang.
DAY 7. MOUNT BROMO – SURABAYA – YOGYAKARTA
Very early in the morning we will go by jeep to see the sunrise from the summit of Mount Pananjakan (2,600 m). Beautiful view on the volcanic caldera of Mount Bromo, with the Semeru volcano, the highest in Java with its 3676 m high, in the background. Then, with the jeeps, we will descend a meandering road to the bottom of the caldera and to the foot of the Bromo crater. Here, on foot, we will cross a sand field and climb some stairs to the edge of the crater of the summit of Mount Bromo. Observation of the interior of the crater, with its fumaroles and sulfur emissions. We can walk for a while along the edge of the crater to take photos from different angles. Then, we will walk back to the car and return to the accommodation for breakfast.Mid-morning departure from Cemoro Lawang towards Surabaya. On the way we will make a stop to walk to the spectacular Madakadipura waterfall, the highest in the east of the island of Java. The waterfall has multiple falls and after a hundred meters follows through a rocky circus, full of moss and vegetation. To reach it we will either have to walk the 5 km or pay for a motorcycle ride to within 1 km from the waterfall. In the afternoon we will leave for Surabaya on a trip of just over 2 hours. Direct transfer to the airport to take a flight at sunset that in 1 hour will place us in Yogyakarta, the main tourist center of the island. Trip from the airport to the hotel.
Hotel accommodation, Yogyakarta.
DAY 8. YOGYAJARTA CITY TOUR – BOROBODUR TEMPLES
After breakfast we will start the visit to the city, where we will visit the Keraton, also known as the Sultan’s Palace. Then we will wander through the markets, the Bird Market, the “Water Castle” in Taman Sari and the Malioboro shopping street. In the afternoon we will go to the Buddhist temples of Borobodur. The Candi Borobudur, the great Stupa, is the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Then we will take a tour of the temple, observing the numerous Buddha statues, and we will climb the steps that dozens of Buddhists who come to pray here every day. Borobodur was built during the Sailendra dynasty of Central Java between 778 and 856 BC We will stay in Borobodur until late afternoon, where we can see the sunset over the pyramid.
Hotel accommodation, Borobodur.
DAY 9. PRAMBANAN TEMPLES – SEMARANG
After breakfast we will go to the Hindu temples of Prambanan, the largest in the world of Hindu culture. They are a World Heritage Site and are dedicated to the Gods: the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Visnú) and the Destroyer (Shivá). They were completed in the year 856. The guide will explain the history and symbolism of these temples as we walk through them, since the murals that cover the walls of the different temples explain the history of the Ramayana. After lunch, we will start the trip to the north of the island. It takes about 5 hours to reach the city of Semarang. Transfer to our hotel.
Hotel accommodation, Semarang
DAY 10 SEMARANG FLIGHT – PANGKALAN BUN – KUMAI PORT – NAVIGATION THROUGH THE SEKOYER RIVER
Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Pangkalan Bun. Reception by the local guide who will explain our tour of Borneo. Then we will move to the port of Kumai (20 minutes). Then we will board a traditional boat called «Klotok» 12 m long by 2.5 m wide with a roof that forms the upper deck, where you can see the rain forest. The crew consists of a guide, a ship captain, a cook, and an expert guide. We will navigate the Sekoyer River to observe the proboscis monkey, long-tailed macaques, the Silver Langur and various types of birds.
Accommodation on the ship.
DAY 11. PONDOK TANGGUY – LEAKEY CAMP
After breakfast on board, we will visit Pondok Tangguy to see how the orangutans feed at 09:00. Then we will continue the trip to Camp Leakey which is a very old rehabilitation center for orangutan orphans and which was established in 1971 (at least 300 orangutans have already been cured and returned to the forests, thanks to this center). Along the way we will be able to see orangutans, gibbons, macaques, crocodiles and some birds and we will also observe how the coloring of the waters changes. Then we will do a little trekking (1 hour) and we will go into the jungle to see how the orangutans feed at 2:00 pm This is the best opportunity to see the orangutans and we can possibly take photos with them. In the afternoon we can see the fireflies around Palma Nipa.
Accommodation on the boat.
Note : Sleeping in the Klotok means having a greater chance of encounters with wildlife, sightings of crocodiles, birds, various species of apes and the sound of the jungle at sunset. Did you know that in Kalimantan orangutans live much of the time on the ground, and only climb trees to eat and / or rest? And yet on the neighboring island of Sumatra, they rarely go down to the ground. This is because in the jungles of Sumatra (although unfortunately less and less) there are tigers, and yet in Borneo orangutans do not have natural predators, so they can be placidly “walking” through the forest. El Barco is spacious, 2.5 x 12 meters, fully covered with a roof. The boat is private for you. It has mats, pillows, a mosquito net, a plastic-tarpaulin that goes down in case of rain and a small manual toilet.
DAY 12. KUMAI PORT – PANGKALAN BUN – SEMARANG – JEPARA
In the morning we will disembark and have our transfer from the Kumai port to the Pangkalan Bun airport to take the flight to Semarang. Arrival in Semarang where our transport will wait for us to start the trip to Jepara (80 km, 2 h). Transfer to our accommodation and free time to walk around Jepara, with its main beach Pantai Bandengan and its traditional wood carving stalls.
Hotel accommodation, Jepara
DAY 13. FERRY JEPARA – KARIMUNJAWA
In the morning embark in Jepara on the boat that will take us to Karimunjawa Island in about 4 hours. Karimunjawa is an archipelago of various islands and islets. However, it is on the main and largest island, Palau Karimunjawa, where the ferries arrive and where practically all accommodation is located. Arrival and transfer on your own to our accommodation. Rest of the afternoon to recognize the surroundings and rest.
Hotel accommodation, Karimunjawa
DAYS 14-15-16. KARIMUNJAWA
Free days to enjoy the surroundings. It is possible to rent a motorcycle for less than € 10 a day to explore the island on our own and visit the different beaches. You can also hire boat excursions to tour the uninhabited islands and go snorkeling at the hotel or at any local agency, for around € 15-20 per person.
Hotel accommodation, Karimunjawa.
DAY 17. KARIMUNJAWA – SEMARANG – JAKARTA
In the morning return by ferry to Jepara. At noon transfer to Semarang, to take the flight to the capital, Jakarta in the afternoon. Transfer to our hotel near the airport.
Hotel accommodation, Jakarta.
DAy 18. JAKARTA FLIGHT – HOMETOWN
At the agreed time, transfer to the Jakarta airport to take the flight to Madrid. Arrival the same day in Madrid or the next day, depending on the flight schedule.
- 14 nights of hotel accommodation based on double romos
- 2 nights accommodation by ferry
- Diet according to the program
- English-speaking driver in Bali
- English-speaking Guides.
- Internal flights in Indonesia (Surabaya – Yogyakarta, Semarang – Pangkalan Bun – Semaran and Semarang – Jakarta)
- Reception at Indonesian airports and transfers to hotels
- Private transportation in Bali and Java by car with A / C (includes fuel, tolls or parking)
- Boat or ferry to / from Karimunjawa Island
- Bali Ferry – Java
- International flights
- Access tickets to parks and monuments (except in Borneo)
- Lunches and dinners outside those specified in the “Includes” section
- Travel insurance with cancellation (medical coverage and nature activities: hiking, snorkeling, wildlife observation, etc.)
- Personal expenses or optional adventure activities
- Anything not specified in the “INCLUDED” section.
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