Lumbini Natural Park in Berastagi, North Sumatra
Vacations to Berastagi, Sumutra
Steam rises from the flanks of the great volcanic Mount Sibayak, which dominates the skyline. Hiking up it, you can see crystalline sulphur deposits on the rocky vents, and around the natural hot springs, and at the peak, view the stunning yellow-green crater lake that crowns this turbulent mountain. In the distance, Sibayak’s more tumultuous sibling, Mount Sinabung emits visible smoke and displays old lava flows on its slopes.
In the mountains above Medan, Berastagi is cooler and less humid, and removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. Escape the heat of the sea-level areas and explore the natural splendour of the volcanic peaks.
When you’ve had a long day adventuring around the volcanic slopes, head back into the village where after dark, side streets are turned into foodie delights, with market stalls selling fresh cuisine. Try the local specialty babi panggang—pork in special sauce—and wash it down with a cool glass of Tuak, the local palm wine while you enjoy the locals singing and performing on the kepaci.
Climb Mount Sibayak, an active volcano
Enjoy spectacular street food and local palm wine