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Indonesia is the melting pot of many cultures, nationalities, customs and traditions; a sultry kaleidoscope of interesting adventures. Over time, deep and rich cultures evolved from the spiritual Balinese to the non-Western Asmat people of Papua. As diverse as its people, is Indonesia’s islands. View Sumatra from the air and be humbled by a legion of nearly 100 volcanoes marching off into the distance, several capable of blowing at any time. Bali is known for its internationally recognized beaches. The outskirts of Indonesia offer uplifting sceneries – an orangutan lounged in a tree; the blinding white sand on Sumbawa or the lively crowds in a cool Jakarta mall. Climb the spectacular volcanoes and meet the famous Komodo Dragons of Rinca Island.
Indonesian cuisine differs by region and is an interesting mix of Chinese, European, Middle Eastern, and Indian flavors. Local dishes are defined by chili, coconut milk, fish and chicken. Rice is the staple food with a side dish of meat and vegetable. Restaurants and other dining options serve the diverse nationalities visiting Indonesia – Asian, Western, Middle East and European travelers. Interestingly, Indonesia offers a rich resource for birds and animals and Pasar Burung in Denpasar, is the place to buy all sorts of animals and birds – guinea pigs, monkeys, birds, dogs, rabbits and many more.