Furthermore, the Mentawai people have a profound knowledge of medicinal plants and traditional healing methods. They rely on natural remedies to treat various ailments and maintain their overall well-being. This knowledge has been passed down through generations and continues to play a vital role in their daily lives. because of their perceived ability to heal sickness and communicate with ancestors and the spirits of nature.
Next on West Sumatra, visiting tourism villages is the right course of action to support grassroots traditions and a locally based creative economy. Nagari Sijunjung or Kubu Gadang are great examples of communities known for their thriving ancestral rituals: Berkaul Adat processes where villagers show gratitude for abundant harvests, Silek Lanyah, a variation of Pencak Silat martial art performed in muddy fields and Randai folk theater performances featuring music, singing, dance and drama, are only a few notable celebrations in a wealth of fascinating Minang customary practices.
Nature lovers will travel through magnificent landscapes over volcanic slopes and beautiful coffee or cinnamon plantations and explore the fertile Harau Valley, known as the Yosemite of Indonesia, with towering granite cliffs, lush greenery and rows of cascading waterfalls. The conservation area is a paradise for photographers, hikers and rock climbers. Lake Maninjau nestled in a huge caldera is another breathtaking natural attraction of West Sumatra, but its ecosystem needs to be protected against overfishing and water pollution, so this fragile environment can be managed sustainably.
Discovering the land of Minangkabau in Bukittingi, a charming city surrounded by the breathtaking Ngarai Sianok, a canyon in a green valley with Mount Singgalang looming at its background, and one of the finest sceneries all around the province. Songket hand woven fabrics, recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage can be acquired from Pandai Silek, a nearby village with a long history of craftsmanship. Tasting traditional foods from West Sumatra is a delightful way to get acquainted with the local lifestyle. Enjoying delicious dishes such as Sate or Nasi Padang, Gulai Ayam or Rendang, cooked in curry sauce with coconut milk and spice mixtures, even though they are available all over Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, is a must do while exploring the Padang city’s vibrant culinary scene .
‘West Sumatra is a fascinating destination with spectacular geoparks and a thriving ancient local culture to explore’ I Putu Winastra, the head committee of BBTF 2023 and the chairman of the Bali Travel Association (ASITA) chapter commented.
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