Traveljunkieindonesia.com – Hey travel junkies! I was wondering how to write this article.
I had two options: to restrain myself and simply show you the pictures I took for Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park. Yes, voilà, just as if I would show you my experience of the day.
So, I took these pictures for you, travel junkies. Now, I turned into a boy who has a special relationship with the iconic national parks of South Sulawesi.
Bantimurung waterfalls set amid lushly vegetated limestone cliffs.
Looking up, it’s straigh out of Jurassic Park.
Upstream from the main waterfall, there’s another smaller waterfall and a pretty, but treacherous, pool.
Then, we took an incredible raining natural meditation on the main waterfall. Eeeek it was so pretty! why didn’t I do this sooner!?!
Bantimurung is also famous for ‘kingdom of butterflies’, but I haven’t found them here, sadly! The naturalist Alfred Wallace collected specimens here in the mid-1800s.
However, numbers are plummeting as locals trap them to sell to visitors, so try not to encourage the trade.
When Wallace conducted his exploration, he documented 256 different butterfly species.
Sadly, by the 1970s this number was already in major decline and the butterfly population of Bantimurung is now basically non-existent in an unfortunate collapse into the hands of tourism.
They are caught for the making of souvenirs that you can see lining the entrance to the park, mostly pinned butterflies in frames and accessories.
Hey you. Yes you… Butterflies in national park, not in frames and accesories!
Special thanks to AirAsiaGo Indonesia #TelusurNusantara for treating us and hosting this trip we were incredibly lucky to take, and will never, ever forget.
Happy Sustainable Travels!