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Exploring Lore Lindu National Park [PICTURES]

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Tour Code: C2I-SULAWESI15

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Explore Lore Lindu National Park with Come2Indonesia! With about 90% of the total 217,991-hectare land located 1,000 meters above sea level, Lore Lindu National Park reserves some unique mountainous species of flora and fauna. The national park is designated as part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. There are 38 rat species with 31 of them being endemic, at least 55 species of bats and over 250 species of birds, including the Sulawesi icon, the Maleo bird. Also, there are thousands of peculiar and wonderful insect species that you can spot around the park including butterflies with attractive shapes and colors. In addition to its rich wildlife, the park also contains megaliths dating from before 1300 AD. In this trip, you will not only explore the magnificent park but also the nearby traditional villages with amazing valleys, lakes, and waterfalls. Let the adventure begin!

  • 11 Nights
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Pickup: Palu, Sulawesi (PLW)
Itinerary: Lore Lindu National Park

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN PALU      ▼

Welcome to Palu! A bay city guarded by mountain ridges and blessed with white beaches on the front. On arrival, you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to the hotel in the city center (30-60 Minutes). We are going to do a short city tour in the afternoon. Return to the hotel for overnight.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Swiss-Belhotel Palu

DAY 2:PALU - KAMARORA - WUASA      ▼

After breakfast, you will go by car heading to Kamarora (around 3-4 hours) which is part of the Lore Lindu National Park. You will go through Sigi-Biromaru to see the areas affected by liquefaction, which in simple terms means that the soil begins to turn into liquid, thus sinking everything on the ground. This was an effect to the 2018 earthquake. You will arrive at Kamarora in the middle of the morning and can spend time exploring the nearby forest. You can take beautiful photos of insects and butterflies. After dinner, we will drive to Wuasa (2-3 hours) for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Local House

DAY 3:WUASA - WANGA - WATUTAU       ▼

Departing after an early breakfast, we will drive for about 40 minutes and then hiking on the Anasao track where you can see some protected birds in the highlands, and also be able to see some orchids and carnivorous plants, and endemic pitchers. After that, walk for about 1.5 hours until arriving at the edge of the road near Lake Tambing. You can take pictures of the large rubber trees. After lunch, we will drive about 2 hours to Wanga Lake to see water birds, and head to Watutau (40 minutes), which is a village in Napu Valley. You will see the megaliths in the village while enjoying the beautiful scenery along the journey. Arriving early in the afternoon, you can take a walk in the village. Overnight at a homestay or stay at a local resident’s house in Watutau.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Local House

DAY 4:WATUTAU - TORITE - BESOA VALLEY      ▼

After breakfast, we will drive for about 3 hours to reach Besoa Valley. On arrival, we are going to do birdwatching throughout the trip. In the afternoon, we continue to see some megaliths and then continue to Doda Village for overnight.

OPTIONAL: Besides by using car, you can opt to have a little experience of crossing the river from Watutau to Torite by using a bamboo raft. It takes about 2 hours crossing, then from Torite, you can continue by car for another 2 hours. The bamboo raft must be rented at an extra cost from the local residents in Watutau.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Local House

DAY 5:BESOA VALLEY     ▼

After breakfast at 07.00, you can explore around Besoa Valley. We will walk 4-6 hours through the dense forest to see mammals, birds and megaliths. Highlights of the mammals are: Tonkean Macaca and Sulawesi Dwarf Squirrel. And if lucky (no guarantee): Anoa and Sulawesi dwarf Cuscus or Honey-bear Cuscus. You will visit other megaliths in Hanggira and Lempeuna to spend the day. Overnight at Homestay.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Local House

DAY 6:BESOA VALLEY - TABA     ▼

After an early breakfast, we will trek for 5-7 hours through the forest until we arrive at a campsite in the middle of the forest. We can spot some beautiful birds and mammals watching along the way. Overnight in tents set up near water sources.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Tent

DAY 7:TABA - BADA VALLEY     ▼

After breakfast, we will continue trekking for 5-7 hours to Bada Valley, stopping briefly at Kolori Waterfall to freshen up, afterwards visit a large megalith called Batu Palindo. At night, you will pass the swinging bridge to Bomba Village. Overnight at Homestay.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Local House

DAY 8:BADA VALLEY (BOMBA - PADA - BADANGKAJA - RUNDE - GITU)     ▼

One more day to trek (2-3 hours) through the rice fields and grassy areas around Bada Valley. The journey will start from Bomba Village, then continue to Pada village to see megaliths. After that, you will drive to Badangkai Village to see the buffalo megaliths. Lunch will be served in Runde Village, and at the same time, you can visit local residents who are still actively making bark-clothes, with materials made from fig trees and from other trees that grow in the Bada Valley. In the evening, you will be welcomed by local residents with traditional dance while having dinner. Overnight in the village of Bomba.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Local House

DAY 9:GINTU - TENTENA     ▼

On this day, we will drive (4-6 hours) through the mountain road to Lake Poso. We will stop at the Malei river to see some colors of water, as dark as Coke because of sulfur and other types of rocks. After that, we will continue the journey to Balinese village in Tonusu and to Saluopa Waterfalls. You can take photos and refresh themselves, after that, head to Lake Poso (40-60 minutes) and overnight at Siuri Cottage which is located near a white sandy beach. Enjoy a beautiful evening with a bonfire and fresh water fish barbeque.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Cottage

DAY 10:TENTENA - POSO LAKE     ▼

After breakfast, we will check out from the accommodation at 07.30, and head to the small town in Tentena (60 minutes) followed by a tour around Tentena and Poso Lake. We will use a boat to take photos of the scenery and visit Latea. Overnight at the hotel near Lake Poso.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Danau Poso Hotel

DAY 11:TENTENA - PALU     ▼

We will transfer you (7-9 hours) to Palu in the early morning and arrive at noon. If time permits, you can have a short trip around Palu. Overnight at the hotel in Palu.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Swiss-Belhotel Palu

DAY 12:END OF TRIP      ▼

Today marks the end of our journey. You will check out from the hotel and head to the airport (40-60 minutes) for your next destination. Thank you for traveling with Come2Indonesia. Sampai Jumpa!

Meals: Breakfast 

Accommodation:

Photos: Lore Lindu National Park

Price Includes

  • Transportation and visits according to the itinerary
  • Entrance fees & national park permit
  • Accommodation and meals according to the itinerary
  • English speaking guide throughout the journey

Price Excludes

  • Bamboo rafting in Watutau
  • Porters for your luggage
  • Flights, visas, airport taxes
  • Personal expenses: Laundry, soft drinks, alcohol, tips, etc.
  • Extra expenses occurred due to problems greater than our control such as flight cancellations, etc.
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Anything not mentioned in the "INCLUDES"
Map: Lore Lindu National Park

FAQ

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October, although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months.

In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays, whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.

If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic. If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not, there are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.

How do I get to Palu?

Currently, local direct flights to Palu (PLW) are available from Jakarta airport (CGK). From Denpasar, Bali (DPS), the flights normally have one transit in Makassar (UPG). Jakarta and Denpasar are where most international routes arrive and depart. 

What should I bring?

Tropical areas are usually warm and often sweaty places, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestions on What to Wear:

  • Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Couple of pairs of socks
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater trips:
  • Dive Insurance
  • Dive certificate
  • Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
  • Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking.
  • Swimsuit/Dive suit
  • Adapter DIN or INT
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen SPF +40
  • Waterproof bags
Land tours and trekking:
  • Small backpack for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some areas with high altitude like Mt. Bromo, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Valid passport with valid visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Personal medication (include contact lenses)
  • Waterproof bag to put all important documents
  • All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers ((keep the soft copies in your mobile)
  • Credit card (in some major cities, credit card is widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adapter (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • Sunscreen and Sunglasses
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET

How hard is this tour?

We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.

Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.

Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.

Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.

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