A Travel Photography experience in Sumatra
Sumatra cow’s race and discover the native Mentawai tribe

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Trip Type Small group tour
Physical Level Moderate
Adventure route Minangkabau inland and Siberut, Mentawai island
Adventure Route Siberut, Mentawai West Sumatra
Charateristic Photography, Human Interest and Cultural Immersion
Comfort 3 / 5
Duration 8 Day


  1. Strong point of Photography interest

      • Journey to encounter the Mentawai flower men in isolated jungle / remote village

      • Photography trip to any nature enthusiast, human interest

      • Photography in rainforest and photogenic Mentawai tribe people

      • Local living and traditions

  2. What is the trip about

    An exclusive combination photography trip in Sumatra, for photography enthusiasts who looking for a real cultural experience and meet amazing people with a unique culture and traditions. Discover an extreme event that only exists in Sumatra, "Pacu Jawi" or Cow race, the race is very muddy and extreme in the paddy rice field, it's an opportunity for the locals to demonstrate the strength of their bulls while celebrating harvest time, and encounter one of the oldest tribe in Indonesia that still preserve their ancient culture in a unique way of life.The Mentawai flower men who live traditionally in the heart of jungle Siberut.
    This photography tour designed for photographers to experience immersion with native Mentawai people in their authentic environment to explore a location and blend into the local scene

    Travel theme Photography, Local Living, Nature and Adventure
    Adventure route Tanah datar, Bukittinggi and Siberut, Mentawai Island
    Itinerary Focus Photography, Human Interest and Culture
    This off the beaten track and it will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.

Trip Summary

Arrival at Minangkabau intl’ Airport meet and greet service by our team / guide

Day 1 : Padang – Tanah Datar, ( Pacu jawi spot ) – Bukittinggi

At 07:00 a.m 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 2 : Bukittingi – Maninjau village

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, Photo activity with the inhabitant in the traditional village and at noon visit local fisherman village with some photo activity and back to Bukittinggi

Day 3 : Bukittingi – Padang

Travel straight to Padang City ( 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. Evening and prepare for our next adventure to Siberut island, Mentawai

Day 4: Padang city – Siberut island, Mentawai

Our journey will start from muara port, Padang at 07:00 am by fast ferry , we will have transit in Sikabaluan ( north part of Sibeurt ) for 1 hour, arrival at South Siberut harbour, transit in the Siberut town ( Muntei ) and start our journey to Mentawai tribe by motor canoe to cross scenic jungle river Siberut (canoe ride: 3 hours to reach another transit village before our adventure to the deep Siberut jungle. ( overnight in the small village ).

Day 5 - 6 - 7 : stay with the Mentawai clan in the jungle, Photography session

• In the morning we will start our journey to meet the native Mentawai tribe, continue cross the jungle river siberut, once we reach our trekk point, start trekking to the Mentawai tribe community.
• During our staying with Mentawai family we will start doing activities with mentawai clan in the jungle and ( Photo session of Mentawai tribe with their natural environtment ) activities that we will do in the form of daily activities of the mentawai community, which is their traditional daily life in the jungle and also the Mentawai flower’s man ( shaman ) will lead you to learning about the uniqueness of Mentawai culture and traditions. There is no fix itinerary the program and activities it depens the avaibility the local family / communities once we present there and you can also free to create your ideas and interest during our photography trip.

Day 8 : leaving jungle remote Villages and transfer to Muntei Village

After breakfast farewell with the family, and prepare to leaving jungle remote village and trekking back to the bank river motor canoe will ride back to Muntei village. on arrival at Muntei village transite at local house , take rest and cleaning, washing our stuff and departing to mailepet harbour and procced to lunch at local restaurant and transfer to Padang by fast ferry, estimated time arrive in Padang 07:00 pm and transfer to hotel Tour End


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Practical Information

  1. Terms and Conditions

    • 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. )

    • You have to accept living in the same conditions as the local community in the remote village, sleeping in a very rudimentary comfort style on the floor with mat (floor mat) with mosquito net this applies nights in the Mentawai jungle.

    • Given the conditions of poverty and isolated areas, families that accept us to live and spend time with them, conditions of comfort and cleanliness are more than basic but far from being guaranteed for "western standards". In this case, it's very important and necessary to be able to tolerate this short inconvenience, to be able to enjoy your full stay and overall experience.

    • Because Mentawai traditional communities live in remote areas in the jungle forest, access to these communities isn't simple and easy, so the conditions of a trek include quite a lot of muddy terrain, can be slippery and uneven ground (sometimes you have to walk on the log on the muddy ground that Mentawai make and use it as a bridge to access further route).

    • Please bear in mind there is no electricity in the Mentawai jungle, charge your camera and phone and, bring an extra battery. No running water in the Mentawai jungle river is the option.

    • Since 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 degree in Siberut island. Be ready for hot, humid, and hasty conditions.

    • Respect the culture of every local community, for example, local wisdom, their law order, their way of living, the way they dress (especially Mentawai) their upbringing methods, different life perspectives and, views of the world and local environment in the community.

  2. 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 (forget about umbrella)

    • 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, sleeping bag, 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

    • Do not overpack! Keep it simple


  1. Food

    All meals will be provided / cooked by our team in the local house / Mentawai (except the breakfast before starting our trip from Padang city). The food that we will provide such as rice, eggs, chicken, vegetables and, fruits, and you will have a chance to enjoy local Mentawai food as they do. Drink water we will carry fresh mineral water ( gallon), and we will use boil water from the river too.

  2. Sleeping Arrangements

    For sleeping arrangements in the Mentawai traditional longhouse, we will sleep on the floor ( with Mattress ) and mosquito net, for your comfortability it is recommended to bring your sleeping bag, mat, or air bed.

  3. What is included and not included on the price

    What’s include :

    • Airport transportation service

    • Ferry ticket Padang – Siberut 2 x

    • Entrance ( Siberut National Park )

    • Logistic ( all meals and drinks during our trip )

    • Motor canoe 2 time ( crossing Siberut river to reach our trek point )

    • Porter

    • Accomodation with Mentawai community

    • Mosquito net, mattres

    • Present to the Mentawai clan

    • Local English and French speaking guide

    What’s not include :

    • Flights

    • Insurance

    • Medication

    • Personal expenses : souvenirs, alcoholic drinks and etc

    • Accomodation in Padang city Recommend place to stay : Budget hotel by harbour, Oxville Hotel ( breakfast included ), Yani Homestay, Riverside Hostel (non – breakfast )

  4. Insurance

    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)?