"The volcanic heart of Sumatra" Top 5 Page for this destination Bukittinggi by dabuwan

Bukittinggi Travel Guide: 131 reviews and 276 photos

Bukittinggi is a pleasant hill town located in central Sumatra, a few kms from the Equator.
It stands at an elevation of almost 1000 mt and it is surrounded by three volcanos; the highest of them, Mount Merapi (2891 mt) is still active and it is possible to hike all the way to the top.
Bukittinggi is a fairly recent town, dating back to the Dutch colonial era at the beginning of the 19th century. But the surrounding areas have very old and strong traditions; it is home of the Minangkabau people, with their typical horned roof houses, arts, etc.. The Minangkabau are one of the few matrilineal societies in the world: heritage and property are a female matter.

  • Last visit to Bukittinggi: May 1994
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2007 at 1:04 AM

    This looks like a very interesting area. Great info and pics. Thanks for sharing. I never visited the western part of Indonesia.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2007 at 6:18 AM

    great page!

  • bpacker's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2005 at 6:54 PM

    Omigawd Davide, this is really an adventure! Thanks for sharing your volcanic trek. Yup, Bintang Beer rocks!

  • shane_02's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2004 at 1:56 PM

    What a great experience you have!!! I've been to Bukittinggi and nearby areas but never the Gunung Merapi. Will try it one day.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2003 at 3:52 PM

    an interesting location and great pics ! That king's palace looks great !

  • Confucius's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2003 at 11:45 PM

    I like equator crossing points. I hope to do it here at Bonjol or perhaps near Pontianak. Bukkitinggi looks like a good destination if I choose the Sumatra equator instead of Borneo.

  • daddygila's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2003 at 5:29 PM

    Bukittinggi was one of my favorite towns in Indonesia. Great job !!!

  • Drphoto's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2003 at 3:20 AM

    Wow , that Bukittttingggggi place is really interesting ! Well done !

  • Madasabull's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2003 at 1:17 AM

    What an amazing landscape. I love volcanic scenes. Great page.

  • ExGuyParis's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2003 at 4:01 AM

    Extremely interesting page on a place that seems like another world.


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