MINAHASA HIGHLAND TOUR (TOMOHON, TONDANO: NORTH SULAWESI)
This is a full day easy and relaxing tour exploring the Minahasa volcanic highland area as well as the coastal area. The program will be adjusted to your preferences. How the trip could look like:
- Depart from the resort at around 7.00 am
- Waruga, ancient stone grave
- Tondano Lake and Tondano villages sight-seeing
- Pulutan, Pottery Village
- Traditional Market in Tomohon where they sell all exotic meat (bats, tree rats, python, dog, wild pig, etc.) but also a separated section where they sell flowers, fruits, vegetables and spices. Feel free to skip the meat section if you are especially sensitive.
- Linow, Sulphur Lake
A changing-color sulphur lake with rich thermal activity of fumaroles, sulphur steam, sulphur muds, typical smell of ‘rotten eggs’, burbling but cool water and beautiful surrounding scenery. There’s a nice cafe right beside the lake, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or fruit juice along with traditional cookies. The café also has nice rest room where you can change clothes if you just did the volcano hiking.
Swimming is not allowed in this lake as there might be big explosive of boiling warm water. Be careful with the bubbling mud holes at the edge of the lake, it can cause a serious burn.
Entrance fee which includes coffee + cookies, is included in the tour price. Additional cookies and drinks you can pay directly.
- Woloan, Minahasan Traditional Wooden House Industry
- Manado Bay view
- Back to the resort around 5.00 pm
Price: IDR 995.000/person (minimum 2 person). Single: IDR 1.485.000
Include: Boat transfer, car + driver, drinking water, soft drinks, entrance fee, English speaking guide, and lunch at Gardenia restaurant in Tomohon (ordered by us. Additional order, fruit juice, beers, etc are not included).
WARUGA ANCIENT SARCOPHAGUS
This is a historical tourism to Sawangan village in Minahasa region where you can see remnants of the Megalithic age, 144 Waruga – ancient sarcophagus (stone grave) of Minahasan ancestors.
A Waruga consists of a base stone shaped into a square where the corpses used to be put in a seating/squatting position with face towards north, and a headstone of rooftop shape. Natural spices were slipped in between. North symbolizes the origin of Minahasan ancestors who derive from Mongolia. The engravings on the headstone depict the cause of death, the deceased’s hobby, character or occupation and the number of corpses inside.
During 1870s Minahasan tribes started to replace Waruga with normal coffins due to suspicion that diseases such as Typhus and Cholera would spread from the space between base stone and headstone of Waruga, along with Christianity beliefs thatobliged the burial. Among this 144 Waruga, there are a group of Waruga of the Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Mongolia. Queen Juliana and Prince Bernard, as well as Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands have visited this site.
There is a small museum in front of the gate. A small donation is suggested upon a visit.