Exploring the Highlands of North Sulawesi

May 25, 2017 by Sonja Geier No Comment

The spectacular critters and diving is what brings most people to the muck capital Lembeh. Often overlooked is the fact that the highlands of North Sulawesi are rich in culture and art. Whenever you need a break from diving or if you are just curious to learn something about the heritages of North Sulawesi, I’d highly recommend to go on a day trip with us.

Waruga Sawangan is a park where we can find the stone sarcophagus which were used by the Minahasan people of North Sulawesi to place their dead in a squatting position. More than 100 Warugas can be found here, all made of carved stone and in the shape of a house, a tradition kept since 1600AD.

Minahasa Highlands Waruga

When entering Rurukan, you will be greeted with a big stretch of gardens and plant terraces. The beauty of the landscape is absolutely breath-taking and we are even able to see Lembeh Island in the distance!

Minahasa Highlands Rurukan
Minahasa Highlands Rurukan

From here it’s only a short drive and hike up to the bottom of the crater at Mount Mahawu. We are lucky with the weather and can see as far as Bunaken and the Manado Tua Islands.

Minahasa Highlands Mount Mahawu

After so many impressions it’s time for some lunch and a little wander at the Gardenia Country Inn in Tomohon. The beautiful gardens offer a great panorama with Mount Lokon in the background.

Minahasa Highlands Gardenia Country Inn
Minahasa Highlands Gardenia Country Inn
Minahasa Highlands Gardenia Country Inn

Unfortunately, the rain wouldn’t allow us to visit Lake Linow, the three-colored lake which changes colors. This makes Woloan our last stop of this trip: the wooden house craft is what makes the village so well known. What makes the houses so unique is the “knock down” style. All houses can be disassembled and sent to your address.

Minahasa Highlands Woloan
Minahasa Highlands Woloan

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