These pictures of Indonesia will feed your wanderlust

For as much as I intended to, I never seemed to be able to make it to South East Asia. Something kept me from going – either I had no money for the flight, or I had some commitments that took me to the other side of the Atlantic. My trip to Indonesia happened in a real whirlwind. I got my plane tickets on a Monday, and left on a Thursday. I won’t lie here – Indonesia was a huge cultural shock to me. I am used to the big, empty spaces of countries like Nicaragua, or to the emptiness of the rural areas of Sardinia. My trip was very fast paced and I did not get to spend nearly as much time as I wanted in each location. Nevertheless, I had a blast and truly enjoyed the country, its culture, the sights and the people, and I am eager to visit again and spend more time exploring.

The following pictures show just a fraction of what Indonesia has to offer. Although I only spent 3 weeks there, I know it is a new favorite of mine and I will want to go back. Seeing these pictures will most likely make anybody want to go too!

My trip started on a hot day in Jakarta. Thankfully, I had no commitments then. I was so tired from the long flights and jet lag that I just relaxed at the lovely infinity pool of the hotel.




The trip then took me to Tangkuban Perahu, the crater of a volcano not far from Bandung.




That’s where I also had my first encounter with the locals. I was literally stopped and asked to be in their pictures. It was funny, and I felt very welcome.




The light in Indonesia immediately captured my attention. It was always stunning!




Kawah Putih is another volcano crater, but it has a fantastic bright green lake that shined against the grey sky.




Seeing the sunrise at Borobudur, the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, was an out-of-this-world kind of experience. It was simply magic!




I also enjoyed visiting Yogyakarta and getting to see a bit of local action.




Rato Boko Keraton is a interesting place to visit, although under the blistering sun it can be a bit overwhelming. Nevertheless, it was lovely to take pictures there – mind you, those steps were blistering hot!




And Prambanan temple is an absolute must see, both at sunset




And at night.



photo courtesy of Juan Jerez Del Valle


Yogyakarta has some interesting street art too.




And the light is great for taking pictures, especially insite the Royal Palace.



photo courtesy of Juan Jerez Del Valle


Mount Bromo was a demanding stop on my tour, as I had to wake up at 2 am to see the sunrise over it. It was challenging especially as the sun did not seem to want to come out! But when it finally did, I got to see this…




Next stop was Labuan Bajo, on Eastern Indonesia, which welcomed me with an incredible sunset.




I got the chance to volunteer with the children of Taman Bacaan Pelangi in Melo Village, and it was an enlightening (not to mention a lot of fun) experience.


Volunteering in Melo


Komodo National Park, spread over the islands of Komodo and Rinca, was by far the highlight of my trip. There, I saw the Komodo dragons.


hunting komodo


And got some of the best views one can imagine.


Gunung Ara


I also made it to the Pink Beach – I found paradise there!


Pink Beach Paradise


The final stop was Bali. And there are few words that can describe how marvelous the sunsets there are. The ones in Kuta Beach…




The ones from Ulu Watu…




Bali is inhabited by some funny and mean monkeys. They tried stealing my sunglasses, but did not manage.




And the rice patties, so green, so beautiful…




©juanjerez_rice field-4057

photo courtesy of Juan Jerez Del Valle


There is no doubt that I will want to visit Indonesia again.

Have you been to Indonesia? What was your favorite attraction there?

Legal Disclaimer: This article was written in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia as part of the #WonderfulIndonesia campaign. All the views and opinions expressed are my own and based on my personal experience. 

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  • sher
    4 November 2015 at 5:09

    wow – great photos. i especially love the sunrise one at Borobudur. just stunning


  • dinilint
    5 November 2015 at 15:14

    welcome to Indonesia Claudia!! My fave photo is you in Taman Bacaan Pelangi. I love the smile,, all of you! Please manage to come again to another part of Indonesia and share more smiles 🙂

    5 November 2015 at 21:45

    LOVELY pics indeed ! You have really got into the Indonesia spirit, looking at them….

  • Jade
    6 November 2015 at 11:23

    Gorgeous photos. I made it to Bali recently but definitely want to explore more of Indonesia, now even more so thanks to your post!

    • Claudia Tavani
      Claudia Tavani
      8 November 2015 at 10:01

      Bali is just a tiny portion of the country, and not even the best one!

  • Megan
    6 November 2015 at 18:01

    I hope you ate a lot! Love Indonesia! Thanks for sharing

    • Claudia Tavani
      Claudia Tavani
      8 November 2015 at 10:01

      Hahaha actually the food did not agree with me. Eventually, I pretty much stopped eating!

  • Nic from Roaming Renegades
    6 November 2015 at 20:15

    This has popped up at just the right time, I am researching places to go and see when we are in Asia next year! Wow, think we might be spending more time in Indonesia that expected!!

    • Claudia Tavani
      Claudia Tavani
      8 November 2015 at 10:02

      Stay tuned as more posts are coming. You will then be able to make a more conscious choice 😉

  • TravelGretl
    8 November 2015 at 8:30

    You’ve seen some very cool places! Love to see Mt Bromo 😀

    • Claudia Tavani
      Claudia Tavani
      8 November 2015 at 10:03

      Ah, Mount Bromo. I have some stories about it… stay tuned 😉

    28 November 2015 at 21:34

    Foto molto belle, ma il top è il dormiglione sul carrettino 😛


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