We organise tours around Cianjur region, and all the tours are to non-touristy Places.
This is a good place to come on a sunny afternoon - you’ll see why the locals come here for a quiet picnic spot. A boat will take you out onto an enormous reservoir where you can walk out on the bamboo walkways between countless fish farms floating on the water.
A dam was constructed in the 1980’s, resulting in the creation of a large lake. Many locals have constructed simple floating houses on the lake, where they engage in the farming of ornamental fish. A boat trip on this lake is a relaxing way to enjoy the landscape, as well as to observe local life on the water.
From the boat, you will see many floating houses with the dramatic volcano range in the background.
Boat trip got you hungry? Enjoy a feast of authentic local dishes – fish, curried chicken, tofu, omelet, potatoes, and sweet and sour vegetable soup.
Local transport around Cianjur is dominated by small vans that pass by every few moments. They are often crammed full of more passengers than you can imagine, but are cheap, fast, and full of friendly locals
The famous Botanical gardens in Cibodas are about 50 minutes away from Cianjur by motorbike. There are interesting plants, flowers and cacti to see, but even without much interest in botany it’s a good place just for a walk in the beautiful surroundings.Rural Village
Outside the hustle and bustle of the city center, rural Sundanese culture lives on in the small villages scattering the countryside. A hike to such a village is a great way to come face to face with Indonesian village life, while hiking through dramatic landscapes of lush rice fields.
You will hike around 2 hours to reach the village. On the way are brilliant green terraced rice fields.
In addition to growing rice, the cultivation of brown sugar is another important source of income for the villagers. Here, in a village home, brown sugar is being prepared on a wood fire.
We enjoy an authentic Indonesian lunch prepared by the local family.
After lunch and an invigorating massage, continuing the hike through the countryside, passing by amused local children.
After returning to the road, we drive through tea plantations to a dramatic waterfall, where it’s possible to cool down with a swim in the pools below, it is very refreshing.
Gunung Padang Megalithic site
This megalitihic site is getting popular for those who are into ancient site they are doing excavation, and here are what the expert say about this site
The megalithic site of Gunung Padang begins to reveal its secrets
Gunung Padang is a remarkable archaeological region located 120 kilometres south of Jakarta in Indonesia, known for having the largest number of megaliths in the country. It has been the subject of much controversy in recent years as scientific research has suggested that one particular site, consisting of an ancient arrangement of megalithic stones, sits atop a hill that is actually a gigantic, pyramid-shaped tomb, dating back thousands of years. Such conclusions have, unsurprisingly, been met with fierce resistance from the academic and archaeological community. However, according to a report in Jakarta Post, excavation has now revealed an underground room built in prehistoric times, and the team have dated the youngest layer of the site to 5,200 BC.
According to several experts from the Gunung Padang independent and integrated research team (TTRM), the site could potentially be Indonesia’s oldest and most important prehistoric landmark and should be given priority in conservation efforts.
The ancient megalithic site if Gunung Padang, Indonesia. Credit: Alistair Coombs
Last year, Danny Hilman Natawidjaja, a senior geologist at Indonesia’s Centre for Geotechnical Research, conducted extensive surveys of the site, including geo-electric surveys, ground-penetrating radar, core samples, and analysis of stonework. Based on the results, he firmly believes that most of the 100-metre hill, upon which hundreds of megalithic stones are scattered, is actually man-made, built up on several stages over thousands of years by different cultures.
Despite initial opposition to claims that the entire hill was constructed by an ancient civilization, further research has come to confirm this finding and scientists have agreed to categorize the prismatic structure as a stepped pyramid that has an area of 3,094 square meters consisting of five levels. It stands more than 100 meters high and is believed to be the centre of a 25-hectare megalithic site. Dr Natawidjaja realises the challenge he has ahead of him: “It's a strong case but not an easy case. We are up against the world's belief.”
Gunung Padang has the highest concentration of megaliths in the country. Credit: Alistair Coombs.
Researcher Graham Hancock, who has suggested the site could potentially offer proof for a lost advanced civilization of prehistoric antiquity, states on his website that “the archaeological establishment is scrambling to find some reason to reject and pour scorn on the extraordinary consequences of the excavations now taking place at Gunung Padang”.
According to Hancock, archaeologists have been lobbying to get the work stopped and, at one point, succeeded in significantly slowing down the research efforts. However, in August of this year, Dr Natawidjaja and his team were given full permissions to continue with their work, including approval to excavate the concealed chambers, thanks to intervention from the President of Indonesia, who fully supports the investigation.
“Preliminary excavations have produced results that prove beyond doubt that Gunung Padang in indeed a man-made pyramid of great antiquity as Dr Natawidjaja had long ago proposed,” writes Graham Hancock. “It is now evident to all that the site is vastly older than the 2500 years that archaeologists had insisted upon for decades,” he adds.
Jambu Dipa Cliff - Full Day Tour
This tour involves hiking to the top of the cliff for about 2 hours, here's you can see a breathtaking view, very peaceful, you can relax on a hammock between 2 cliffs or sitting and playing guitar on the edge of the cliff.
Situ Gunung Camp trip – 2 days, 1 night
Situ Gunung is the nature site at the foot (900 meters) of the Gunung Gede, one of the highest peaks in the area. The views here are amazing. Nature is abundant and during the weekdays you will feel to be the only one walking among the lush jungle.
The park has a pristine lake, surrounded by untouched rainforest, which during sunrise provides a stunning tranquil picture. Maybe a fisherman or two, the howls of Gibbon monkeys and the call of birds are the only sounds you’ll hear.
for 2 full days of hiking, both to the lake and the nearby waterfall. Be sure to be in a good physical shape. The hike isn’t hard but can be very humid.
Around the park are small patches of green grass where you can set up camp. we called upon our inner adventurists and used nature to build some Bamboo furniture. So cool! If you’re not that into carpentering, the walkways her are easily accessible. So going on a little exploration trip by yourself is easy.
At night the stars and moon will light up the rainforest and the howls of monkeys and night critters will tell you something you can only feel whilst being there: THIS IS INDONESIA!
Snorkeling and Kayaking at Sunda straight Islands
Sunda straight is located between Westjava and Sumatera, and it's difficult to reach by public transport, small islands at the straight and its beaches are very much untouched, only a few locals go there on weekends, we organise tours during the week and weekend, and because there are not many visitors, it is much cheaper to do Snorkeling and kayaking here than most places in Indonesia.
The region around Cianjur features large tea plantations owned and managed by the Indonesian government. Visiting a tea plantation is a great way to learn about an important local industry. You can observe all the stages of tea production, from picking the tea leaves all the way to the finished product.
Although there are a few supermarkets,most people in Cianjur still go to traditional market to get their fresh vegetables,fruits,spices and ingredients for cooking, if you like cooking just want to learn many variety of fresh local produce,this is a fun place to go in the morning.
Hike to Pangrango National Park.
This is a full day hike, the hike gets you to see the nature of North Cianjur of Pangrango National Park in the foothill of Mount Gede, The temperature in This area is nice, cool, fresh, very good quality of air, and the farmers in this area seem to care of the nature here, there is no rubbish.
The local in this area mostly live on growing vegetables such as Cabbages, carrots, green onions, cauliflowers, and all these vegetables are to be sent to big cities of Jakarta, Bandung and other parts of the Country..
Besides Vegetables, Tea is
also grown because of cool climate and high allevation
The hike made us hungry, we stopped by at the local family house who served authentic local vegetarian lunch.
After relaxing and amazing lunch, we continued the hike to the National Park
Our walk finished when we reached the waterfall, the water is so clean, cool and fresh, it’s very tempting, we had a refreshing bath at the waterfall.
Working on rice field
Cianjur is famous for its rice and has plenty of rice field, learning how to grow rice and harvest is a nice experience to do, you will be shown the proces of growing rice from planting up to harvesting as well as tasting Pandan wangi (special rice grown in Cianjur and famous in the country) and cooked with some spices such as lemon grass,spring onion etc and this is local specialty called Nasi Liwet.
Crash Cooking Course
With our chef you will discover unique Indonesia spices, herbs and you will learn variety of Indonesia Tropical vegetable and fruits, our chef will share knowledge of cooking delicious Indonesian meals, after the cooking course, you will be looking forward to cooking Indonesian food back home and inviting friends for nice Indonesian meals.
The course includes morning traditional market visit (optional), Ingredients, English speaking Chef, meal and recipe..
Mingling with the locals.
one of the things you can do is helping local school teaching English or visiting the school, very often local teachers invite you for dinner to enjoy local delicacy or specialty, invite you to a local wedding.
Cooking and having local specialty (Nasi Liwet, fragrant rice cooked with some spicies, Tempe/soya bean cake, potato fritters) served in Banana Leaf.
Attending Local wedding is a good way to learn the culture, this isn't available all the time, wedding is mostly held at weekends.