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Mentawai Tribe Tour

Padang, Indonesia
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About Mentawai Tribe Tour
TAILOR-MADE TRIP WITH OWN PACED IMMERSION WITH THE MENTAWAI TRIBE IN THE HEART OF JUNGLE SIBERUT. An adventure for those who want to hike in the wilderness this trip will take you deep to the jungle of Mentawai island, travel across the dense jungle of Siberut to meet the native Mentawai tribe. You will have a chance to learn their knowledge about the forest with them, medicine herbs, plus their traditions and lifestyle. We aimed our trip to create an authentic immersive experience on your travel, this is not just the only trip but we build a connection, engages will the local community that will allow you to touch and discover deeply the local culture, point of interest then for sure being away from hustle and bustle mass tourism.
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Tyler wrote a review Jun 2021
Worldwide3 contributions
The Mentawai tribe tour is the most unique and incredible experience I’ve ever had. Eru did an amazing job of showing me the life of the tribal people and he understands everything they do and why they do it. He speaks great English and also speaks the Mentawai language so he was able to easily translate anything between them and me for easy communication. He took me on numerous different adventures deep into the jungle that I will never forget and not once did I ever feel bored. If you ever wanted to experience something like this do not hesitate to book the trip. I promise you won’t regret it! I felt safe the entire trip and not once felt uncomfortable. You don’t have to worry about food or anything like that because you will be well taken care of. All you have to do is just enjoy the experience! Have fun :)
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Kapungu wrote a review Apr 2021
Ljubljana, Slovenia35 contributions11 helpful votes
I met Eru a couple of months prior to my trip to the Mentawai tribe as I took another tour with him at that time. I was very pleased with his way of guiding, his knowledge and his personality, so it only made sense to experience this unique culture with him. Eru did not disappoint; the wealth of his knowledge, the passion for the beliefs and history of the flower men, as well as his personable character made the whole experience extraordinary. The Mentawais are something nearly non-existent in today's world and I cannot imagine a better, more respectful and educational way to get to know them. Eru seemed as a part of the family, the Mentawais trust and respect him, they seemed genuinly happy to see him again. They were very friendly to us foreigners also, kept their smiles when we were curiously observing and occasionally documenting their world. We stayed with the Mentawai people for four days and were particularly lucky to come to the house where they held a ceremony. There were several shamans cleansing the traditional house of bad spirits and interacting with the spirits of their ancestors. We witnessed tribal dances, chantings, offerings and endless other elements which truly made the whole experience unforgettable. I left these jungle people deeply touched by how they perceive nature, spirits, souls and how they openly practice their traditions in front of newcomers. We also observed their usual daily activities and laughed with them while playing cards. Without a doubt, the Mentawais left me a different person and I can vouch for Eru to be able to make this journey one of the best things you have ever experienced in your life. Wish you all the best in your future endeavours, Eru!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Antoine S wrote a review Mar 2021
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Hands down the best cultural experience I’ve had in Indonesia after a year of travelling. And one of the most enriching human experiences of my entire life! Heru is an incredibly knowledgeable and professional guide who is really passionate about Mentawai culture and well integrated with the family we visited. As a result, I felt a deep immersion in the local life of the Sakalio tribe, our distant hunter-gatherer relatives who are so different yet so similar to us globalised, capitalistic individuals. Aman Jano and Bai Jano, my 2 hosts were some of the sweetest humans I’ve ever met, despite the language barrier (eye contact, affectionate touch and translations from Heru helped bridge the gap). Over the course of 3 days, we cooked food together, shared meals, visited some of their relatives, hunted for white worms, held a healing ceremony with the family shaman, learned about hunting and basket making, and much more. Living in the jungle, deep within the womb of Mother Nature without phone signal or electricity, was also incredibly rejuvenating. I cannot recommend this experience enough — it will change you and your perception of what it means to be human.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Kate L wrote a review Mar 2021
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Eru is such an awesome guide. I learned so much from him about the Mentawai tribe! He knows many languages and can translate between the guests and the tribe members which is really amazing. The trip was just the right amount of structure and flexibility, and allowed us to get a real feel for the Mentawai way of life. If you want an authentic tour where you can immerse yourself in a new culture and lifestyle and escape the busy world to be in the jungle, I highly recommend doing this tour. It is a one of a kind experience, and it wouldn’t have been possible without Eru’s knowledge, compassion, generosity, and devotion to his work. Thank you Eru and thank you Mentawai! I hope to come back again one day.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Tung F wrote a review Mar 2021
North Sumatra, Indonesia133 contributions8 helpful votes
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I would totally recommend Eru for many reasons. 1. He has many connections in Mentawai and is almost like a local person there. Comparing to other guides this is a big advantage. 2. We needed internet to work for short while and he did his best to find a place, set it up, run a test with a local person. His attitude was really caring and good. 3. Eru knows many tribe families in the jungle which makes him a lot more knowledgeable and higher chances for you as a guest to see interesting experiences. 4. He helped us a lot after the tour. Really helpful person. In general the experience was great. Super remote. A lot of nature. Detox from the internet. A lot of learnings and observations. Again, 100% recommended!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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