The End of the Bantimurung Kingdom of Butterflies

the lovely waterfall. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

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.

kassi kebo scene. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

you’ll never walk alone. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

poor helpless dreams. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

park of lost souls. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

waiting a butterfly like you. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

we’re both hiding. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

to batu cave. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

butterflies home in blur. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

wet sneaker game. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

still in love with you. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

the search is over. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

evergreen park. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

another our playground. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

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.

come as you are. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

a natural song. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

onno meditation scene. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

stuck in meditation. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

one way to nirwana. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

white heaven. | taken Sony Xperia Z1

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.

the end of the world. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

end of the century. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

no more mr and mrs butterflies. | taken with Sony Xperia Z1

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!

SAVE BUTTERFLIES!!!

Special thanks to AirAsiaGo Indonesia #TelusurNusantara for treating us and hosting this trip we were incredibly lucky to take, and will never, ever forget.

xxx

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