Medan Trip 20-25/10//2011 - Day 03 Lake Toba - Berastagi

After visiting Lake Toba and Samosir Island, we are then heading to Berastagi.Berastagi, usually pronounced Brastagi, with an elevation of 1220m, close to Lake Toba is a small, normal busy Indonesian town. Berastagi is located 70km from Medan. It does not rely on tourism so you'll get to see the locals getting on with their lives rather than hassling tourists to make a living.There is 2 active volcanoes close to Berastagi. Sibayak, closest to town, 2100 meters high and fairly easy to climb and a great place to view the sunrise. And Sinabung, 2400 meters high, quite steep and difficult to climb, often getting on your hands and knees to climb at times.



40 minutes from Berastagi is the Sipiso - piso waterfall ('like a knife') on the northern edge of Lake Toba. The waterfall is 120m high and is formed by an underground river which flows out into the Toba caldera. Unfortunately, it's raining the moment we reached sipiso -piso Waterfall, so i just grabbed an umbrella and my camera. Managed to snap few pics and continue our journey to Danau Toba International Cottage Berastagi.



 We checked in at Danau Toba International Cottage Berastagi. Rooms are spacious and clean.This hotel is surrounded with flowers and fresh air.






 
 My favorite pic taken in front of our room.






Right next to the centre of Berastagi is Bukit Gundaling which is a hill overlooking Berastagi, Gunung Sibayak and Gunung Sinabung. At the top of the hill are some food and coffee stalls with excellent views over the town. There are also horse riding available up and down the hill.



 




Mount Sibayak
Mount Sinabung (an active volcano)


















 

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