Mount Marapi is also known as Merapi, located at an altitude of 1210 m above sea level (dpl). Mount Merapi is close to the City of Bukittinggi, precisely around Agam District and Tanah Datar, West Sumatra, Indonesia. As one of the most active mountain in Sumatra, Merapi has erupted frequently. Starting from the late 18th century until 2008 recorded about 454 times already erupted, 50 of them in a large scale, while the rest are small scale with the issue of sulfur ash.
Among the many mountains in West Sumatra, Mount Merapi is a tourist attraction that is often visited by tourists. Mount Merapi has a fixed point for the climbers, making it easier for the climbers to make the climb. In this mountain there is a growing edelweiss flowers blooming around the mountainside, adding the beauty of Merapi Mountain.
Access to reach the Mount Merapi is easy enough, considering its location is not far from the center of Bukittinggi and Padang Panjang. From Padang or Minangkabau International Airport to Mount Merapi takes about 1.5 hours to get to the location. Meanwhile, if departed from Bukittinggi City takes approximately 30 minutes. Transportation to reach the location can be done through land routes, can use public transport or travel. Transportation costs between Rp 15,000 – Rp 20,000 per person.
Merapi location not far from the city of Bukittinggi and Padang Panjang. In view of Mount Merapi near two city, the tourists from out of town who want to linger in the area, can stay in a hotel in the two city’s.
Along the road to Mount Merapi, there are many restaurants offering various cuisine Padang food can cure hunger tourists.
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Bukittinggi is one of the loveliest, friendliest, most relaxed town in all Sumatra. This town is situated more or less 930 meters above sea level. Bukittinggi, formerly named Fort De Cock by the Dutch, has a cool climate and is surrounded by three volcanoes: Tandikat, Singgalang and Merapi. In the outskirts of the town is the Ngarai Sianok canyon, a canyon separating Bukittinggi from Kota Gadang, 12 km away overland. Kota Gadang is renowned for its fine silver filigree and hand embroidery.
A center of attraction is the town’s clock-tower, topped with a horn- shaped roof and referred to by the people as Jam Gadang. It overlooks the market square and the city’s magnificent surroundings. Also worth visiting is the Museum’s which is a Rumah Gadang, a traditional extended family house built in the 19th century. There are dance performances at the museum’s open stage every Sunday and on public holidays. Night dance performances are at Sliguri. It is also worth seeing the bullfights at Padang Lawas (6 km south of Bukittinggi) every Tuesday at 5.00 p.m.
From Jakarta International Airport to Minangkabau International Airport in Ketaping it will take about 2 hours, after you arrive you can use Taxi or Bus to Bukittinggi.
There are various Inns and Hotels in Bukittinggi, If you are looking for a star hotel, theres The Hills Hotel (Ex Novotel Coralia) Bukittinggi with a grand view of the beautiful Anai valley, while Lima’s Hotel, Hotel Asia and Hotel Denai are classified locally as a superior hotels.
- Simpang Raya, Jl Muka Jam Gadang. This large, popular restaurant has good-quality Padang food plus a basic Indonesian menu with soup, rice or noodle dishes.
- Under the Bridge Restaurant, Jl A Yani. This is a slightly up market travelers restaurant serving steaks, pasta, pizza, apple pie and chocolate cake.
You can move around the city by Taxi, Bus or rent a car. Theres also a horse carriage or sado provide a colorful charming transportation to move around through the town.
Other Things to See or Do
- Watching one of the landmarks of the city, the Bukittinggi Big Ben or known as Jam Gadang. Also.
- Make nice trips in the environment like to the Harau nature reserve, the Pagaruyung Minangkabau palace and Lake Singkarak.
As a tourist center, Bukittinggi boasts a multitude of craft, souvenir, jewelry, and antique shops. Many craft village lie within an hour ride from Bukittinggi.
- Lively Pasar Atas (Upper Market), just south of the clock tower, is lined with stalls and shops selling everyday goods and souvenirs. Nearby, Sumatera,
- Jl Minangkabau 19, has a huge range of textiles from Sumba and Irian Jaya and king sticks from North Sumatra.
- Though the horse carriage is far more expensive than the ‘ojek’, it is very popular with the locals, especially since it can carry whole families.
- The tourist office is at Jl Syech Bantam 1 (Mon-Thurs 8am-2pm, Fri 8-11am, Sat 8am-12.30pm; tel 0752/22403), near the clock tower.
- Tours: Many places offer one-day local tours to traditional villages, the Pagaruyung palace and the Harau Canyon.
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