|THE MENTAWAI PEOPLE|
Native Mentawai package :
Length of stay : 5 Days / 4 Nights
Rate : US$ 650 / person
Minimum number of guest : 4 person / group
Native Mentawai package includes :
- Airport to Padang harbor.
- Padang to Muara Siberut ( Regular ferry / mentawai fast).
- Muara Siberut to Jungle/Villages ( tailboat charter ).
- Muara Siberut to Padang harbor( Regular ferry / mentawai fast ).
- Padang Harbor - Airport.
Accommodation in traditional mentawai house " the uma "
3 times meals / day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) throughout the trekking time
First Aid Medicines.
Native Mentawai package not includes :
Hotel and all meals in Padang.
Airport departure taxes.
Passport, innoculation costs and personal spending money
tax ( indonesia government tax 10 % )
tips for crew
Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
The island of Siberut is inhabited by the Mentawai people, one of the pure indigenous Indonesian societies. They have had very little contact with the outside world and so have continued to live a fairly primitive form of life compare with the life standard of the present day.
The Mentawaians live in the jungle villages and have to rely on the jungle for their food, clothing and medicine. On our trek we will join the Mentawaians on their daily trip to jungle to see how they make their life, how they gather their foods, clothes, medicines, poisons for their primitive weapons like spears and arrows, learn the differences of the trees, plants, and how they use their primitive equipments.
Trekking through the wet and muddy Mentawai jungle is truly a once in a lifetime experience, Imagine swims on the tropical river, swings on vines, soaked in mud baths and sings the traditional songs along the way. Don't worry it’s not too strenuous so you don't have to be too fit to trek the Mentawai jungles !
... The more you try to interact and communicate with the locals, the more you will learn and the more satisfaction you will get.
One of the most important thing to remember when trekking in Siberut is : what you give is what you get…
The more you try to interact and communicate wit the locals, the more you will learn and the more satisfaction you will get. Even though there maybe a language barrier at the first, don't be hesitate to communicate with other ways like hand signs, songs or anything understandable. Once you get in touch with them, they will take you to explore their environments, their uma, their jungle and you'll never know what you will find! You will be surprised to know that the Mentawaians are very responsive and extremely friendly.