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... i took the tourist bus. Lake Toba is the result of a caldera, which is a crater left from the eruption of a supervolcano when the hollow chamber, once void of magma, collapses in on itself. It's the largest lake in Indonesia and the largest volcanic lake in the world. As i arrived at the port in Parapat, it was like being in a Silent Hill game. Visability was almost zero due to the fog. Although i have now discovered the source of this smog which was ...
Our next stop was to see traditional Barak houses in the village of Simanindo. En route we met Pop, the Thai guy from Ayutthaya who came with us in the van yesterday. We were joined at the traditional houses by some very excitable little kids who decided they ...
The final pit stop on our Sumatran adventure was the enormous crater lake that is Lake Toba. I'm pretty sure it is one of the largest volcanic lakes in the world, if not the largest, and it's pretty impressive. It only took us about 3 hours to get there from Berastagi, followed by a 30 minute ferry ride across the lake from Parapat to Samosir Island, and the little poo of a town that sticks out into the lake, Tuk Tuk. The island of Samosir is approximately the same size ...
The perfect recovery from an 8 hour trek / climbing expedition would have been a good night's sleep, breakfast in bed (preferably pancakes) followed by a massage and a nice hot bath before starting the day.
Instead we tossed and turned our achy joints waiting for the alarm to sound at 5am so we could begin our mammoth 9 hour drive to Lake Toba...oh well, can’t have it all!
We left Jungle Inn at ...
... straight for seemingly no reason, infact indicate just because you like the ticking sound. We went to see the kings grave. Nothing is signposted so this involves a lot of asking and stopping once your in the right village and you usually miss it several times. we visited a museum as well with all the Indonesian tourists wanting a picture with us and liking my large western nose. We then went to a waterfall which involved a hike and a climb which we did ...