Borneo Alami 13 Day Trip
We will start the tour from Banjarmasin, the City of ‘1000 rivers’. It is the capital city of South Kalimantan Province of Indonesia. This city is located on a delta island near the junction of Barito and Martapura rivers. One characteristic of this City is that many houses here are built on rafts or stilts over the water. Many of such waterways are also used for travel, using relatively small rowboats or traditional boats. We will wait for your arrival at Samsudin Nor Airport. And then, let’s start the wonderful tour. The first place that will be visited is Loksado,
a small town about five hours ride from Banjarmasin, that is located at Meratus Mountaints. You will find the unique culture and tradition of Dayak Meratus and Banjar Tribe as the major population there.
SECOND DAY: Traveling to Rumah Banjar, trekking to Meratus Mountains Waterfall, bamboo rafting, and enjoying traditional dance and performance at Rumah Banjar (Traditional House).
We will continue this tour in the morning of the second day. We will walk about one hour to Rumah Adat Banjar or Rumah Banjar, which is a traditional house of Banjar Tribe. You will see the unique architecture of its high roof that in Banjar Language is called Bubungan Tinggi. From Rumah Banjar, we will do a trekking to Meratus Mountains Waterfall. You will enjoy the exotic waterfall and its tropical rain forest sensation. After getting lunch, we will continue to bamboo rafting on the beautiful river and the view of nature around Meratus Mountains. From bamboo rafting, we will travel to Pemandian Air Panas (Hot Water springs) at Loksado Mountain Valley. Besides for bathing, it is also used for health therapy. We will travel back to Banjar Traditional House in the evening and stay for a night to watch traditional dance and art performance in Rumah Banjar.
THIRD DAY: Traveling back to Banjarmasin and walking around the City.
On the third day, we will travel back to Banjarmasin, take a rest in the hotel, and walk around to enjoy the city at night.
FOURTH DAY: Traveling to the Floating Market and having breakfast on the traditional boat, traveling to Palangka Raya, and enjoying night in Palangka Raya.
We should go to the Floating Market early morning at 4.30 a.m. It is a unique market on the river. The transaction is held on Klotok or Rumbung (the traditional boat). We will go to the market by a klotok and buy some meals and have breakfast on the traditional boat. After that, we will leave Banjarmasinand travel to Palangka Raya, the capital city of Central Kalimantan Province of Indonesia. It will take about six hours ride from Banjarmasin to Palangka Raya. Then, after taking rest in Luwansa Hotel, we will walk around Palangka Raya in the evening, and have a dinner at City Park in the center of the city. You may choose the local dish of Patin Bakar (grilled river fish), Nasi Kuning (yellow rice), Nasi Goreng (fried rice), Bakso (meat ball), Sate, and Sop Rotan (rattan soup).
FIFTH DAY: Visiting Balanga Museum and traveling to Hampapak Forest.
You will know more about history, art, and culture of Central Kalimantan Province and its native, Dayak Tribe. Dayak tribe is known as one of the most unique tribe and culture in Indonesia. You will find some of the history, art, and culture such as their customs of birth, childhood, and marriage to death of Dayak people. There are Sandung or bone houses, gongs and musical instruments that always accompany traditional rituals, masks, Mandau or traditional swords, and the other unique local culture collections. After visiting the museum, we will travel to Hampapak forest. It will take about two hours by a speed boat from Palangka Raya. We will trekking around the habitat of gibbon, orangutan, proboscis monkey, leaf monkey, macaques, slow Loris, pangolin, clouded leopard, tarsier, wild cat, python, king cobra, muntjac, etc. It is a peat-swamp forest and one of tourism forests of central Borneo. It was a nice forest, but it was reduced by fire and some illegal activities such as illegal logging and illegal mining. Now, it has been a wildlife sanctuary and conservation.
SIXTH DAY: Traveling to Tumbang Melahoi, taking rest while enjoying Dayak Art Performance for a night in Rumah Betang.
We will go to Tumbang Melahoi, a small village on the bank of Rungan River. It will take about five hours ride from Palangka Raya. We can drive from Palangka Raya, but it is off road. We may ride speed boat or Klotok (traditional boat) if the water of Rungan River is high. We will visit this village to find a longhouse or Betang, the Traditional house of Dayak. It is about 30 meters length, and 3 meters height. It stands on magnificent iron wood. Its walls are made of the trees bark. It is located at Tumbang Melahoi village. In front of the Longhouse you will find statues and Sandung (bone house), containing the bones of the family members in the past. We will stay for a night at the traditional longhouse and enjoy Dayak art performance which will conduct a beautiful night and a memorable experience for us. We will also live in the real condition of its residents and their traditional life.
SEVENTH DAY: Introducing traditional rubber tapping/plantation process and traveling to Rungan River Cascade.
They will also show you rubber tapping or rubber plantation process. It is one of the most livelihoods of Dayak people. They plant the rubber trees, and then tap the trees in order to get the rubber. After that, we will travel by Klotok to Rungan River Cascade. You will be relaxed by the beauty of the Rungan River, the sound of water splashing, and the tropical rain forest.
EIGHTH DAY: Traveling to Pangkalanbun
Before continuing our tour to Tanjung Putting National Park, we will stay for a night in Pangkalanbun. It is a nice little town. It will take about eight hours ride from Palangka Raya. It is the capital of the Kotawaringin Barat or West Kotawaringin regency, in the western part of Central Kalimantan Province. It is a nice little town.
NINTH DAY: One day off.
We will have one day off before traveling to Tanjung Putting National Park. You may use it for taking rest, walking around Pangkalanbun town, or refreshing.
TENTH – ELEVENTH DAY: Traveling to Tanjung Putting National Park and enjoying the beauty of the forest for three days.
It is the climax of our Thirteen Days Trip of Borneo Alam Ecotourism. We will go to Tanjung Putting National Park. It is one of the natural wonders of the world. The best known animals in Tanjung Puting are orangutans. You will meet orangutans in their real habitat, interact with them, and watch orangutans feeding time. You will feel the purity of the air, live on Klotok (traditional motor boat), and see the sunsets. Besides that, it is also the habitat for more floras and fauna, such as gibbon, crocodile, proboscis monkey, leaf monkey, macaques, slow Loris, pangolin, clouded leopard, tarsier, wild cat, python, king cobra, muntjac, variety of birds, iron wood (Eusideroxylon zwageri), Meranti (Shorea sp.), kantung semar (Nephentes sp), mangrove, alluvial, etc. This National Park has several ecosystem types, such as lowland tropical forest, heath forest, peat swamp forests, mangroves, coastal forests and secondary forests. We will be there to stay and enjoy the beauty of flora and fauna of the National Park for two days. It must be awesome.
TWELFTH DAY: Traveling back to Kumai Port Town.
It will be a hard day. We should leave the cozy life in Tanjung Putting Nasional Park and also the comeliness of Borneo Island.
THIRTEENTH DAY: Traveling back to Pangkalanbun and leave to Jakarta