West Sumatra is one of the few places on Earth to see the largest flower - Rafflesia Arnoldi. Staying in Bukittinggi we could not miss our chance! We asked at Bedudal Cafe in Bukittinggi and they informed us that yes, there was a Rafflesia flower blooming at the moment (it was the beginning oа October)! They arranged this great trip for us.
Rafflesia Park is located very close to Bukittinggi. We went by car and it took no more than 20 minutes. Upon arrival you need to hire a local guide (50 000 IDR) who can show the way to the flower. We went through a nice countryside, passed by rice fields and steep cliffs and then entered the jungle. After a short walk we saw something that looked like volleyballs, and that were Rafflesia buds. And after a few step more - WOW! A huge red Rafflesia flower was on the floor! Our guide explained that it was 6 days old and tomorrow it would die, as blooming only lasts 7 days. So we were lucky!!
If you want to see it, you should ask in Bukittinggi, if there is a flower in bloom people will know it! And also in the Nature conservation center there is a Coffee Luwak house where they make this famous coffee and you can try and buy. Good luck to see fantastic Rafflesia!
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