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Indonesian Visa Requirements To Walk With Orangutans in Sumatra

March 30th, 2011
The orangutan is a fascinating but increasingly rare creature. The only species of great ape native to Asia, its numbers have declined drastically over the past few decades, mainly due to habitat loss and hunting. There were only about 61,234 left in the wild as of 2007; a disturbing decline from the population of 76,300 that scientists estimated were left between 2000 and 2003 (via Wikipedia). However, if you're tough enough to handle the Indonesian jungle, you can still see these "men of the forest" up close in their natural habitat... for now. Mark Wiens of GoBackpacking recently went on an orangutan trek in Sumatra. He writes: "It was a truly magnificent site. The bulkiness of the Orangutans miraculously swung through the branches of the trees with effortless ease. The weight of

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Get an Indonesian Visa To Ride the Waves in Bali

March 18th, 2011
With its turquoise water, gorgeous beaches and excellent waves, Bali is one of the world's top surfing destinations. If you've always dreamed of riding the waves in this island paradise, here's what you need to know to make it happen. When to Go The dry season, from April/May to September/November, is the best time to go to Bali for a surfing trip. However, even during the wet season there are still plenty of places to surf. In fact, SurfingBali.com notes that "Bali has surf breaks both the west-facing and east-facing coastlines and, because of this an offshore wind can be found somewhere on the island on any given day. Because of the number of surf breaks and the quality and consistency of the waves in Bali, it is still possible to find a many places to surf with only a small to mod

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Indonesia Visa Requirements to Visit the Jungles of Sumatra

February 27th, 2011
This week's featured UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most breathtaking and ecologically diverse places on the planet. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most threatened. The Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra consists of three national parks. Gunung Leuser National Park is located on the north side of the island. It houses an orangutan sanctuary and research station, and is home to other endangered species like the Sumatran elephant, Sumatran rhino and Sumatran tiger. Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park is on the southwestern side of the island. The park's boundaries include both mountainous and lowland terrain and is blessed with many rivers, lakes and hot springs. Kerinci Seblat National Park is the home of Sumatra's highest mountain, Mt. Kerinci, and Lake Gunung Tuju

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Indonesian Visa Requirements to Help Build An Eco-tourism Village

January 29th, 2011
Habitat for Humanity has a new project in Indonesia: turning the small village of Soran into an eco-tourism community.  (h/t Jaunted) The village is located near the Prambanan Temple and the volcano of Mt. Merapi, so once the community is complete it will provide environmentally conscious travelers with an excellent base for exploring the area. More importantly, it will also provided upgraded housing for the people of Soran, as well as an opportunity to make additional income. Since 60% of the people in Soran are below the poverty line, this is relief that they desperately need. In a press release, James Tumbuan, National Director of Habitat for Humanity Indonesia, commented on the project: “This is the first Habitat project in the world that creates shelter and economic opp

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Indonesia Visa Requirements to Surf and Teach English in Bali

January 15th, 2011
Have you ever wanted to learn to surf? Would you like to spend some of your next vacation giving back to the local community? In that case, i-to-i Volunteer and Adventure Travel has a voluntourism package for you! Their "Surf and Teach English in Bali" trip lasts 3 weeks or longer and gives you the opportunity to teach English to local kids and learn to surf. Here's how i-to-i describes the package: "The picturesque coastal village of Canggu remains largely ignored by all but the cleverest tourists and you’ll only have the locals to share the beach with. You'll spend your time teaching English to the local kids and young adults. They won’t be the only ones doing the learning though as free surfing lessons are included in the project along with enough free time in the afternoons to

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