The mountains surrounding the small farming town of Ciwidey, south of Bandung, offer magnificent scenery, a rolling evergreen landscape of neatly cropped tea bushes, clumps of tropical forest and misty hilltops. Although there are no stand-out tourist attractions, the area is ideal for gentle explorations and is well off the standard backpacker trail. The cooler climate is an attraction in itself, and the area lends itself to the growing of more temperate fruits. It can sometimes seem as if every second house has a strawberry patch.
However, although the area is seldom visited by international travellers, it's very popular with people from Bandung and Jakarta. This means that it can initially be a struggle to get here through the endless Bandung suburbs and traffic, even on weekdays. On weekends, when Jakartans descend en masse – well, you've been warned.