We are a bit late on updating your favorite travel blog…
Since we entered Myanmar at the end of January, internet connections became scare (or rare) and the last article of Indonesia in Sumatra hasn’t been published yet. This is it.I would like to apology although we will still have two weeks of Burmese story to tell before we get back on track.
Where is Toba Lake?
It is located 300km south east of Medan (In Indonesia on Sumatra Island) although it took us 8 hours from Bukit Lawang to reach it.
Toba Lake is the largest volcanic lake in the world (Wikipedia info). It is 100km long and 30km wide and up to 500m deep. Asleep now, it erupted for the last time 74,000 years ago. The eruption lasted two weeks and sent ashes 3000km away. At some places in South Asia, they receive up to 9m thick of ash fall. According to some scientifists, Toba eruption creates a “volcanic winter” with average global temperature dropping by 3.5 degrees Celsius. Very few plants survived, and it could have caused a planet-wide die-off.
As well, there is hypothesis that the eruption could have reduced the humans population only to a few tens thousand people and causing a genetic bottleneck thus reducing the genetic diversity of humans population.
We took a ferry from the lake shore to reach the Island located on the middle of the lake. This Island, called Samosir Island, has been created by the lift up of the calederia ground following the eruption.
That is it for the technical part.
We have spent two days from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th of January, before flying out to Kuala Lumpur.
To reach the island, the mini-van trip was more than hectic with a “crasy” driver and a ride which last 8 hours at the back of the van.Although, when you are looking at the map on www.jacquesetcaro.com, it looks like it is next door.We would have spent more than two days if we could especially when you find out all the trekking possibilities on the volcano and on Samosir Island.Given the short time we had, we went for a bicycle ride where I broke my favorites tongues I had to throw away at Medan International Airport
Our hostel, “Reggae” (refer to http://www.tripadvisor.com/members-reviews/popov66 where I review all the places we stay since November 2012) was pretty cool and nice which a really nice view from the bedrooms and the breakfast balcony.
That is it for Toba Lake. To finish it, a short gallery of pictures
Back to Medan on the Sunday 27th of January, we took a flight to Kuala Lumpur on the same day before flying out to Yangon in Myanmar the next day (Monday 28th of January)
Enjoy, Caro and Jacques