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South Tapanuli zeroes in on ecotourist potential

Apriadi Gunawan

The Jakarta Post

South Tapanuli, North Sumatra  /  Thu, May 16, 2019  /  04:37 pm
South Tapanuli zeroes in on ecotourist potential

An adult male Tapanuli orangutan sits on a tree. (https://morphobank.org//Tim Laman)

South Tapanuli regency in North Sumatra is ready to mark its place on the map by developing its ecotourism while boosting the economy and locals’ living standards. “Amazing,” Marta Garrido Ventura said, describing in one word how she was mesmerized by the serenity of the Batangtoru ecosystem in Sipirok district’s Bulu Mario village in South Tapanuli regency, North Sumatra. Ventura, an ecotourism agent from Spain, recently visited the village along with her colleague Nora Arriazu for two days. They said during their visit that the nature and culture of Batangtoru was highly appealing and labeled Sipirok district a potential ecotourist destination, especially for Spanish tourists. Peel pals: Local children of Sipirok district peel the skin of neera tree fruits. (JP/Apriadi Gunawan) “I can see Tapanuli’s orangutans and the traditional processe...