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25 Juni 2021       113        admin


  • Highlights
  • An authentic photographic travel experience
  • Cultural travel experience
  • Human interest photography
  • Nature and local living
  • Be inspired, Learn and Go local
  • What is the trip about


A unique and exclusive trip Sumatra Cow race is the famous tourist attraction in Western Sumatra, a traditional sport of Minangkabau people since 400 years ago as a celebration for the end of the rice harvest. For travellers who want an enhancing life experience and deep dive to the local culture and meet the amazing people with our program creatively design to make sure our customer will immerse in this cultural experience. The uniqueness of Pacu Jawi was the race is done by releasing only one pair of the cow with the jockey, and the jockey stands on a plough right in the middle of two cows by holding cow's tail as a controller, when the jockey needs more speed they must bite cows tail. This travel photography experience will give you a chance to discover the uniqueness of local culture and shoot amazing people.

Travel theme           :       Photograpghy, Culture, Nature

                Adventure route       :       Minangkabau land, West Sumatra

                Group Size              :       1 – 10 people

Guaranteed departure from 1 registered, whether you register alone or with other travelers, your
        group is formed as when registration are made
  ( contact us if you want a private group )   

                Itinerary Focus :       Photography, Human Interest, Nature


Trip Summary 

Day 1 : On arrival in Minangkabau international airport 

Arrival at Minangkabau intl’ Airport meet and greet service by guide and transfer to Bukittingi, Check in at Ecolodge in Bukittingi

Day 2 : Bukittinggi – Tanah Datar, ( Pacu jawi spot

At 07:00 am  breakfast in your hotel, start our journey to Pacu jawi area in Tanah datar Regency, arrival in Tabek Patah village enjoy photosession local coffe industry, after finish coffe photosession continue our trip to pacu jawi location. Arrival at the location scouting the perfect spot to shoot pacu jawi, then procced pacu jawi photosessions. 16:00 pm journey back to Bukittinggi, arrival in Bukittinggi and transfer to your hotel 

Day 3 : Bukittingi – Maninjau village and back to Padang city

At 08:30 am pick up from your hotel,  at this  day our journey will start from Bukittingi to maninjau village  and have a stop at Lawang village  to see how procces local sugar cane (“photo activitiy”), after photo activity we will continue our trip to Maninjau traditional Minangkabau village. On the way back  to Padang city we will visiting Pandai sikek village and visiting home industry traditional had-woven fabric and photosession activity ( lunch at local restaurant on way back to Padang ) Continue our journey to padang via Anai valley  approximately ( 4h ) arrival in Padang,  arrival in Padang check in to your hotel. TOUR END


Practical Information

  • Sumatra Cow race known as Pacu Jawi is a traditional game of Minangkabau people, to celebrate the end of harvest time in the rice field. So please bear in mind there is no animals violation or maltreatment as it looks in this event. The cows that participate in this event belong to the local farmer, they feed and take care of them for their living hood.
  • This race is a ceremony or entertainment for local people/farmers and there is no very high competition, the main purpose of this game is to have fun.
  • For the cows that show good performance by being able to run straight and cooperate with one another, they will get special attention from the owner and the local community and also the selling price will also go up in the traditional cattle market. Because the Sumatra area is covered with rainforest and located right on the equator, it has a  tropical climate, the weather is hot and humid all year round.  The driest season normally starts from May to September, although there are sporadic rains and may occur during this period.  Rains are abundant between November and January. the average temperature is 30 °C degrees in Siberut island. Be ready for hot, humid, and hasty conditions.
  • to respect the culture of every local community, for example, local wisdom, their law order, their way of living, the way they dress up, bringing methods, different life perspectives and views of the world and local environment in the community, (for two villages in Minangkabau trip it is recommended to wear trouser below knee length and T-shirt to cover shoulders. Applies to both men and women. During the Minang tour please do not wear shorts, sleeveless shirts, shirts showing cleavage, and skirts above the knee. Also mind that looser clothes help fight the heat, compared to tight clothes. )

Our Commitment

  • Promoting good practice to spread the idea of responsible travel
  • Working with expert local guides and partners to achieve sustainable goals and practices
  • Bringing benefit to local communities when it comes to boost their economic and social standard, teaching them about the tourism industry, as well as helping local children with ongoing education
  • Preserving culture and nature through eco-tourisme responsible travel

Things to carry

  • Small backpack (we can leave some stuff at the previous place we stayed in (hotel/hostel)
  • Long trousers, long sleeves, t-shirt, fresh underwear (there will be sweating going on)
  • Rain clothes
  • We recommend bringing a dry bag/pocket (waterproof) to protect your camera and any other important documents and equipment you need to take care of
  • Trekking shoes, a mosquito repellent, high protection sunscreen, a headlamp, toilet paper, a sun hat/cap, sunglasses, water bottle

First aid such as paracetamol, pain killers, anti-diarrhea, disinfectant, all other medication you would usually take


  • All meals is a typical Minang cuisine also as known Padang food such curry, full with coconut milk ( coconut milk is the most important thing in Padang food mixed with lot of spices such as start anise, cardamon, cinnamon, glove, coriander and etc, we will enjoy local food as they do. Drink water we will carry fresh mineral water ( gallon).

What’s might be included and not included in the price :

All rate above is include :

  • All private transportation ( minivan or bus )
  • All meals, drinks, during trip  ( meals will be provide in local Minang restuarant style with typical Minang’s dishes also known as Padang’s food )
  • Accomodation 2 Night in Bukittinggi ( Ecolodge )
  • Program as itinerary
  • Entrance fee ( museum and sites )
  • Local expert guide / team

   All rate above is not include :

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Medication
  • Personal expenses : souvenirs, alcohol drinks



We strongly recommended that you will have to take your responsibility for your travel insurance during the trip with us, or as soon as you book this tour. And do not forget to bring all those important documents and information with you.

Please inform yourself about getting vaccinated before traveling to Indonesia.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: You already found all necessary info, what to bring and carry, dos and don'ts, however, there are other details and questions I have for you: - do you have any allergies? - do you have any dietary restrictions? - do you have any health issues (diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, heart disease, etc)?

Please inform yourself about getting vaccinated before travelling to Indonesia

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