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Minahasa Highland Tour

Minahasa Highland Tour

Smouldering volcanoes, scenic lakes, breathtaking panoramas and fun-loving people

The Minahasan are an ethnic group located in the North Sulawesi province of Indonesia, formerly known as North Celebes. The Minahasa people sometimes refer to themselves as Manado people. Despite the fact that the Minahasan pre-Christian creation myth entails some form of ethnic unification, before the nineteenth century the Minahasa region was in no way unified. Instead, a number of politically independent groups (walak) existed together, often in a permanent state of war.

Minahasans are the most populous ethnic group in the Minahasan peninsula of North Sulawesi. They are a Christian-majority region in a country (Indonesia) with a Muslim majority. The indigenous inhabitants of Minahasa are Austronesian people who are the descendants of earlier migrations from further North. Prior to contact with Europeans, people living in the Minahasan peninsula primarily had contact with inhabitants from North Maluku and with Chinese and Malay traders from within the Indonesian archipeligo. From the 1500s onwards, the region had contact with the Portuguese and Spanish. Ultimately however, it was the Dutch who colonized the region; firstly through the actions of the Verenigde Oost Indische Compagnie ‘Dutch East Indies Company’ (VOC) and, from 1817 onwards, through the administration of the Dutch nation state.

When Alfred Russel Wallace, that paragon of English endeavour and observation, toured through this region in the 1850s, he noted that, “To the west and south of Manado the country is mountainous, with groups of fine volcanic peaks 6,000 or 7,000 feet high, forming grand and picturesque backgrounds to the landscape.”

Those fine volcanic peaks that he talked of are part of the Minahasa Highlands, a truly magificent mountainous area inland from Manado. Apart from its volcanoes a trip through Minahasa will also take you to intriguing prehistoric above-ground burial sites, hot springs, the scenic Tondano Lake, the coloured Linow Lake and breathtaking panoramas of lush mountains, coffee and coconut plantations, orchid gardens and terraced hillsides. Add to it the fun-loving and extroverted Minahasa people who live in neat wood frame houses, with fences and flower gardens, giving Manado a European feel, and you are up for a unique adventure.

Also be sure to visit Tangkoko National Park, home to birds and other wildlife unique to Sulawesi, such as the Tarsier, one of the smallest known primates, Cuscus, a marsupial, the amazing Hornbill and many more.

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Testimonials

Toraja Tour

We had a wonderful journey around Toraja area. Our tour guide, Ms Rita, was a well qualified one. We met the driver at the hotel in Makassar and drove through the Toraja mountain.
We took part in a funeral ceremony; it was so impressive. The place where we stayed was so quietful and in a great natural environment. I… Read more “Toraja Tour”

Reno Simonetti

Borneo, java, flores and sulawesi

Perfect!!! Everything has been perfect.
The drivers were always waiting me ad the airport, the guides were expert, gentle. the cars were very good.Hotels and flights too. a very interesting mix between nature, culture, religion and traditional uses.
A suggestion.. Bring from your own another sheet for the bed on the borneo’s boat and a jacket for the… Read more “Borneo, java, flores and sulawesi”

Claudio Alvisi

Trans Sulawesi

Hernan Halim provided an excellent tour of Sulawesi. Comfortable air con car, excellent company, fantastic English and very knowledgeable. I really liked his use of local guides who provided in depth local knowledge. This was particularly great in Toraja- understanding the importance of funerals as well as the complex social networks.
Trips to togean islands and Bunaken islands were… Read more “Trans Sulawesi”

Martha Scott

Perfectly organized trip from Makassar to Manado

Hernan Halim responded quickly to our info request on the internet. We wanted to travel for 3 weeks in Sulawesi. Unaware of all the possibilities to visit the Togean Islands and the norther parts, we decided on a trip along the coast to Toraja. Hernan proposed a cross Sulawesi trip including the Togean Island and Manage, northern part plus Bunaken.Read more “Perfectly organized trip from Makassar to Manado”

Elly Valk

The best and most reliable local tour company in Indonesia!

My husband and I visited Java the first time in late April to early May 2018 during our 2 week private tour that was fully organised by Hernan at IndoGlobal Adventure, the head office now based in Jakarta. This is the second time we used Hernan’s services. First time we traveled with him to Sulawesi. We were so impressed with… Read more “The best and most reliable local tour company in Indonesia!”

Kinga Urban

Wonderful Solo trip in Toraja

I was looking at several tour operators in Indonesia for Toraja trip and found IndoGlobal Adventure looks promising – the complete itinerary and the owner, Hernan, speaks fluent English. They also replied my email fast. Being an Indonesian myself, my parents were worried me travelling solo. They thought European country would be safer to do so. If you read this… Read more “Wonderful Solo trip in Toraja”

Theresia Clara

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