Who we are
Sumatra EcoTravel supports tourism in a region with only few jobs. At the same time our aim is to control visitor numbers and their behaviour in order to prevent negative impacts on social and ecological systems. With the tours operated by Sumatra EcoTravel Bukit Lawang (PT. Sumatra EcoWisata Bukit Lawang), we optimize your support for the environment and the well-being of animals in the Gunung Leuser National Park. Equally important is the support of local people around Bukit Lawang. So we also offer homestays with local families in addition to our sustainable adventure tours. On top of supporting your host by enjoying their home made food and accommodation, you also help their communities: 5% of the price of this tour goes to the village fund.
As the team of our tour operator are local, they are in constant touch with their communities and families. The English speaking guides are certified by the local ITGA-HPI (Indonesia Tourist Guides Association - Himpunan Pramuwisata Ind.) and have excellent knowledge of plants and animals living in the rainforest. We insist on two guides taking care of you while jungle-trekking. They will be constantly searching for wildlife and providing lots of information. Families with children will be supported by additional guides. For overnight treks we further provide porters, cooks and a rafting team no matter if you are trekking as a couple or in a group.
Meeting local people is the base of many other tours. Here your guide will act as interpreter and show you the Indonesian way of life in Northern Sumatra. Being deeply rooted in this region our experienced team in Bukit Lawang will help you discover the rainforest and the Indonesian culture in a unique and innovative way.
Jasanta "Kembar" Sitepu, the head and director of the tour operator Sumatra EcoTravel Bukit Lawang, was born in the small village of Bukit Lawang and has spent his whole life on the edge of the jungle. He is a specialist in the Gunung Leuser National Park and has more than 20 years of professional guiding experience with jungle trekking. He is deeply commited to the conservation of the environment and the improvement of the well-being of local people and wildlife of this region.
Christina Ley, is a journalist working and living in Germany and Sumatra. Travelling and discovering the beauty of other cultures has been her passion for more than 25 years. She is a specialist for South East Asian travel and particularly fond of Sumatra. Her vision is to promote sustainable, responsible tourism in the Gunung Leuser National Park region - tourism that is fair, safe and affordable for travellers. With new ideas, innovative concepts and by advanced management of client arrangements she has for many years been supporting her partner Kembar, the owner of Sumatra EcoTravel Bukit Lawang.