Toba — largest volcanic lake, beautifully situated in the crater of an ancient volcano. One day, a hundred thousand years ago, this volcano exploded — so much so that hundreds of thousands of tons of ash rose into the air and for many years covered the entire planet from sunlight. Has come the real ” nuclear winter”, the famous Ice age. As a result of the disaster, it was the extraordinary beauty of the lake with the warm and clean water. It rests at an altitude of 900 meters and reaches 450 m in depth. From all sides the lake is surrounded by hills covered with pine, and his centre occupied the island of Samosir ( the size of Singapore).
The path to the lake legit through the capital of North Sumatra city of Medan. Further 4 hours by bus. The first stop is at the observation platform of the North-Western tip of the lake. Here the steep cliff of the valley Tonging spurting 120 meter waterfall with a clear title Episopes. Visitors can descend into the gorge right to the bottom. The views from the observation deck on the lake and the waterfall is so expressive that attract, like a magnet.
The main resort of the lake is the village of Prapat, the road to which winds serpentine along the coast. The nature here is so beautiful that I want to shout ” Banzai!”, jump out of a moving bus and photograph, photograph, photograph… once Prapat was recognized as the best lake resort in Indonesia, currently, however, the leadership was intercepted by tranquil Samosir.
On Samosir island, going by ferry. In the village tuk-Tuk, away from the hustle and bustle of the big resorts, the mirrored surface of the clear waters of vacationers covers such a relaxed grace that many and they stay on much longer than planned.
Best time to visit the lake is dry season, when the nights warm, and the bottom is the sun. The weather here is like a European summer without the sticky Equatorial heat. Trip recommend to combine with the ascent of the volcano Sibayak and visit the orangutan rehabilitation center « Bohorok”.