When the city life and the heat have drained the energy of Jakarta’s locals, Puncak is one of the easy destinations to escape to. Surrounded by mountains and various gardens and plantations, Puncak gives its visitors the refreshing feeling they’ve been looking for to revive their exhausted minds and bodies. No wonder that this peaceful mountain resort area can be easily filled with families, lovers, and friends during the weekends.
Expect the cool and fresh air to surround you while in Puncak. In the first place, Puncak simply means “peak” in English and with this name you might have an idea of what to witness in this mountain pass that goes across Bogor, Cianjur, and Sukabumi.
What’s there to see in Puncak that makes it a favorite destination for local weekenders? Find out the answers through this list of the best things to do in Puncak, Indonesia.
1. Tour around Gunung Mas Tea Plantation
The tea factory has been already closed for a few years. But, it’s still worth the time to visit the green fields of Gunung Mas Tea Plantation. Here, you’ve got nothing to do but invest your time to walk around and breathe in the fresh air and calm your eyes with the cooling scenery.
You can also try out the tea from the available tea shops around the plantation as long as you’re cautious of some overpriced products.
Gunung Mas Tea Plantation
Address: Jl. Raya Puncak KM 87, Tugu Village, Cisarua Sub District, Indonesia
Website: Gunung Mas Tea Plantation
If you’re with children who are looking for a fun place worth spending time in, head to the Rabbit Village of Novus Giri Hotel. The hotel’s little village for fluffy rabbits is also a good playground for kids who’ll be hyped enough to play with the animals.
Address: Jl. Sindanglaya Raya No.180, Puncak,Cipanas, West Java, Indonesia
Website: Rabbit Village
3. Have a quiet time with nature in Cibodas Botanical Garden and National Park
Cibodas Botanical Garden was built in 1852 by the Dutch botanist Johannes Elias Tejisman on the slopes of Mount Gede. Because of its high-altitude location, you’ll be able to see here various sub-tropical plants and even trees which you won’t expect to see in Indonesia such as cherry blossom trees. Around the area, you can also see the garden’s small pond and waterfalls. It can be quite a long walk so better wear your most comfortable shoes.
Cibodas Botanical Garden and National Park
Address: Cibodas Botanic Gardens, Cimacan, Cipanas, Cianjur, West Java 43253 Indonesia
4. Get lost in Nusantara Flower Garden
In Nusantara Flower Garden, you just don’t wander. You’ll also literally get lost with all its attractions including their famous Secret Labyrinth. The Secret Labyrinth (Taman Rahasia) is a huge maze garden which takes you to different surprises. But besides this main attraction, you can also visit the Japanese Garden, Balinese Garden, and the other gardens which take you on a quick trip around the world.
Nusantara Flower Garden
Address: Jalan Mariwati KM.7, Kawungluwuk, Sukaresmi, Kabupaten Cianjur, Jawa Barat 43254, Indonesia
Website: Nusantara Flower Garden
5. Get up close with the wild animals of Taman Safari Indonesia
If you want a safe yet thrilling ride that can take you close to the wild animals you never thought you’d see in reality, go on the safari journey ride offered by Taman Safari Indonesia. Here, you get to see orangutans, tigers, lions, elephants, giraffes, Bengal tigers, and the massive Komodo dragons.
Besides the thrilling experience, you can also watch the different animal shows. There’s a lot to do in the safari, here’s the place where you can get to know around 2,500 species of animals from around the world.
Taman Safari Indonesia
Address: Jalan Raya Puncak No. 601, Cisarua 16750, Bogor, Indonesia
Website: Taman Safari Indonesia
6. Feed the friendly deer of Penangkaran Rusa Cariu
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Different breeds of deer roam around the farm of Penangkaran Rusa Cariu. Here you can get to know the deer breeds such as the Cheetal Deer and the Javanese Deer. You can also feed them sweet potatoes and carrots, which can be available for purchase in the farm.
The farm, located in Buana Jaya Village, is also a good camping spot that can accommodate up to 200 people.
7. Have an easy hike at Gunung Batu Jonggol
Going to Puncak will never be complete without going for a hike or two (if you really like this activity!). For beginners who’re willing to go through steep slopes, you can hike at the Gunung Batu Jonggol.
It can take around 1.5 to 2 hours of hiking before you reach the top. After the long walk and the different challenges that require you to climb up ropes, you’ll witness a gorgeous view of Puncak. You can also catch the sunset if you’ve decided to hike in the afternoon.
8. Have a taste of Sundanese arts and culture at the Sindang Barang Cultural Village
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The Sundanese are the second largest ethnic group of Java, Indonesia, after the Javanese. In Sindang Barang Cultural Village, you can get to know the society, arts, and culture. Here you can find yourself back in the ancient times with their traditional village and ceremonies.
Every year, they hold the Seren Taun ceremony to thank god for this year’s good harvest and pray for next year’s better harvest.
Sindang Barang Cultural Village
Address: Jl. Endang Sumawijaya, RT. 02 / RW. 08, Sindang Barang, Dukuh Menteng, Desa Pasir Eurih, Kecamatan Tamansari, Pasireurih, Bogor, Jawa Barat 16631, Indonesia
Website: Sindang Barang Cultural Village
9. Go waterfall-hopping at Bogor
Whenever you’re around Bogor, you don’t only get to see one waterfall. There’s three of them! The three waterfalls are Curug Priuk, Curug Naga, and Curug Barong where you can swim, dive, or do their highly recommended body rafting activity.
Going around all these waterfalls may take a lot of energy so it’s better to make sure that you are fit enough for this adventure. It’s also recommended to have a guide with your team so you know how you can enjoy the waterfalls without risking your safety.
10. Paraglide over Bukit Paralayang
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If you want to go to the extremes, you can check out paragliding in Bukit Paralayang. For around 6 minutes, you get to experience how it feels to fly over the fields of Puncak.
Just be reminded that you should always check the weather before heading to the paragliding venue. Better to arrive in the morning as it gets really crowded throughout the day.
Address: JL Raya Puncak Km 87, Bukit Paralayang, Puncak, West Java, Tugu Sel., Cisarua, Bogor, Jawa Barat 16750, Indonesia
Website: Bukit Paralayang
Try your luck at Puncak
And the amazing things you can do at Puncak don’t stop there. With an adventurous spirit, you get to go beyond what’s written on this list as there’s just a lot to experience during this favorite weekend getaway.
Remember that prices can get a bit expensive here, especially when booking resorts, as it’s a popular destination for locals. So you better have your budget ready as well as your body for your adventure-packed trip.
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