Travelling a lot means to see many different landscapes. Hills, mountain sceneries, rivers, lakes, sea shores, plains, towns, cities, agricultural dominated countrysides.
Lake Toba's eastern shores. The lake is as deep as the surrounding mountains are high. Image by Asienreisender, 2010
They all are individual. But sometimes one sees really extraordinary landscapes, really phantastic. They are rare. One of them is Lake Toba and it's surroundings. Descriptions, photos and movies are too weak to give a real impression of how magnificent it is. Lake Toba is a natural treasure in Southeast Asia. It is shaped by an earth-historical outbreak of a supervolcano who erupted here some 74,000 years ago.
Lake Toba is the largest lake in Indonesia and the largest volcanic lake in the world. Sipisopiso waterfall at the northern end of the lake is, with a height of 80m, the tallest waterfall in Indonesia.
But it's not only the landscapes which makes the area so special. The here living Batak People are also a unique tribe with a still widely alive, vivid and interesting culture and history.
Panorama photo of Lake Toba's legendary landscapes. Image by Asienreisender, 2009
Map of Lake Toba and a small part of the surrounding Barisan mountain chain. The Barisan mountains cross whole Sumatra from north to south. For a large version of the 'Map of Lake Toba' click the link. For a large, 'Interactive Map of Sumatra' click this link.