Why Mentawai in Beautiful West Sumatera…?

  • Let’s start with the Mentawai islands, off the western coast, home to an animist population of semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers, one of the oldest tribes in Indonesia that broke away from the Sumatra mainland around 500,000 BC. Mentawai  people  stand  out  with  tattoos  on their entire body, that  identify their role and social status. Men and women still worship Sikerei shamans too, as mediators between the human and spirit worlds, capable of communicating with ancestors. Furthermore, the Mentawai people have a profound knowledge of medicinal plants and traditional healing methods. They rely on natural remedies to treat various ailments and maintain their overall well-being.

    Next on West Sumatra, visiting Minangkabau tourism villages is the right course of action to support grassroots traditions and locally based creative economy. Nagari Sijunjung or Kubu Gadang are great examples of communities known   for   their   thriving   ancestral   rituals: Berkaul Adat processions where villagers show gratitude for abundant harvests, Silek Lanyah, a variation of Pencak Silat martial art performed in muddy fields and Randai folk theater performances featuring music, singing, dance and drama, are only a few notable celebrations in a wealth of fascinating Minang customary practices.
     
    Nature lovers will travel through magnificent landscapes over volcanic  slopes  and beautiful coffee or cinnamon plantations and explore the fertile Harau Valley, known as the Yosemite of Indonesia, with towering granite cliffs, lush greenery, and rows of cascading waterfalls. The conservation area is a paradise for photographers, hikers, and rock climbers. Lake Maninjau nestled in a huge caldera is another breathtaking  natural  attraction  of  West Sumatra, but its ecosystem needs to be protected against overfishing and water pollution, so this fragile environment can be sustainably managed.
     
    Discovering the land of Minangkabau means exploring Bukittingi, a charming city surrounded by the breathtaking Ngarai Sianok, a canyon in a green valley with Mount Singgalang looming at its bac kgro un d, an d one of the fin est sceneries all around the province. Songket hand wo v e n fab ri c s , re c o g ni z e d as a UNE SC O Intangible Cultural Heritage can be acquired from Pandai Silek, a nearby village with a long history of craftsmanship. Tasting traditional foods of West Sumatra is a delightful way to get acquainted with the local lifestyle .

    Enjoying delicious dishes such as Sate or Nasi Padang,  Gulai  Ayam  or  Rendang,  cooked  in curry sauce with coconut milk and spice mixtures, even though available all over Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, is a must do while exploring the Padang city vibrant culinary scene.
     
    “West Sumatra is a fascinating destination with spectacular geoparks and thriving ancient cultures to explore”