See a different side of life in the region near Jakarta as you get away for the day to the cool, misty hills of the Puncak Highlands on this private, guided 10-hour day trip. This lush region is home to a wealth of tea plantations, orchards and beautiful botanical gardens, making it the perfect urban getaway.
Start your day with pickup from your hotel a little before 7:30am (your operator will provide the exact schedule), continuing about an hour on the Jagorawi Highway for 37 miles (67km) south to the village of Bogor. Take the opportunity during your ride to relax and chat with your guide about the day’s plans in the Puncak Highland, an area famed as a holiday getaway for many locals.
As you approach this renowned area, you’ll notice a marked change in climate. The temperature will cool, and the altitude will increase as you reach 4,920 feet (1,500m) above sea level. You’ll also pass by fresh fruit vendors lining the winding roads leading into the region.
Make your first stop of the day at Bogor Botanical Gardens (Kebun Raya Bogor), home to more than 3,500 species of plants and around 5,400 different tropical trees, all spread across the gardens’ more than 214 acres (87 hectares) of land. Wander the paved paths of the gardens with your guide, passing under secluded canopies of trees and enjoying the soothing sounds of a burbling stream within earshot. Make sure to visit the orchid house, home to more than 3,000 varieties of this beautiful flower. If you’re interested, your guide can also share details about the gardens’ 19th century origins, or explain the facility’s key horticultural areas of focus.
Leaving Bogor you’ll then head on a 30-minute climb towards Puncak Pass, driving through what appear to be never-ending fields of bright green tea plantations. Stop along the way at Gunung Mas Tea Plantation, where you’ll learn about Walini, a popular tea brand produced at the site. Take a walk around the grounds, meeting workers who help collect the farm’s tea leaves, and learn more about the tea brewing process. You can purchase tea or enjoy a pot of freshly brewed product at the on-site café.
End the day with a tasty Indonesian lunch at a local restaurant and then a drive back to Jakarta for drop-off at your hotel.