Walking Tour activities in Indonesia
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If you don't fully succumb to Samosir's anaesthetising atmosphere, there are a couple of interesting treks across the island. The trails aren't well marked and can be difficult to find, but ask any of the guesthouses for a map. In the wet season (December to March) the steep inclines are very muddy and slippery and can be quite dangerous.
The central highlands of Samosir are about 700m above the lake and afford stunning views of mist-cloaked mountains on a clear day. The top of the escarpment forms a large plateau and at its heart is a small lake, Danau Sidihoni. Samosir's vast tracts of jungle have long since vanished and the only forest you will pass through on either…
There are a number of short walks around Bukit Lawang that don't require guides or permits, but you'll be lucky to escape town alone.
The canal that runs alongside the river is an easy stroll through the village. In the evening everything gets washed in the rushing waters: frolicking kids, soiled bums, dirty laundry. Activities usually considered private are social in the communal waters.
The most interesting is a 20-minute walk, signposted from the Bukit Lawang Eco Lodge, to a bat cave.