Harau Valley, Harau, Fifty Cities, West Sumatra (http://encyclopediaindonesia.com)
The Harau Valley is a fertile valley, covering an area of about 270 hectares, located in Harau District, Fifty Cities District, West Sumatra Province. It is ± 138 km from Padang and ± 47 km from Bukittinggi or about ± 18 km from Payakumbuh City and ± 2 km from the Fifty City District Government Center. This place is surrounded by colorful granite rocks with a height of 100 to 500 meters.
The topography of the Harau Nature Reserve is hilly and undulating. The height from sea level is 500 to 850 meters, the hills include Air Putih Hill, Jambu Hill, Singkarak Hill and Tarantang Hill.
Harau Valley, Harau, Fifty Cities, West Sumatra (http://www.kaskus.co.id)
The Harau Valley nature reserve and wildlife reserve is home to a variety of protected highland tropical rainforest plant species, plus a number of rare animals native to Sumatra. The long-tailed monkey (Macaca fascirulatis) is an animal that is often seen in this area.
The distance that must be taken from the city of Padang is probably about 138 km with a long journey of approximately 3 hours. However, most tourists who come to the Harau Valley are those who previously stopped in the city of Bukittinggi which has a distance of about 47 km with a distance of about 1 hour by route through Payakumbuh then about 2 km from the city center close to the regent’s office and the district DPRD 50 cities arrive. you to this very beautiful Harau Valley.
Rice fields lie in the Harau Valley, Harau, Fifty Cities, West Sumatra (http://www.mendaki.co)
Harau is believed to have come from the word ‘hoarse’, a local term meaning hoarseness. In the past, residents living on Bukit Jambu often faced floods and landslides, causing noise and panic. The residents often screamed hysterically and eventually made a hoarse voice. With the characteristic hoarseness of the voice of the population, the area was called ‘orau’ and then changed its name to ‘Arau’ until finally the mention was more often ‘harau’.
When entering this area your eyes will be spoiled by how beautiful the panorama in this valley is. When walking along the road flanked by cliffs, on either side of the rice fields and trees that are still green and lush. In addition to the high cliffs, the interesting thing is definitely the waterfall that flows fast.
Fertile land in the Harau Valley, Harau, Fifty Cities, West Sumatra (http://www.kaskus.co.id)
The Harau Valley has a tropical climate and fertile soil, as well as captivating natural scenery. The Harau Valley is nicknamed the Yosemite Valley in Indonesia because it has a beauty like Yosemite National Park which is located in the Sierra Nevada of California and has been famous throughout the world.
Based on a survey conducted by the German Geological Team which examined the types of rocks found in the Harau Valley in 1980, it was stated that the rocks contained a type of rock that was generally found on the seabed.
Road to Harau Valley (http://www.dansapar.com)
Rock Climbing Potential
Rock Climbing (http://hurricane193.wordpress.com)
Resort Aka Barayun
Aka Barayun’s physical contour with steep rocky hills makes it potential to be developed into a rock climbing sports arena.
Rock Climbing (http://hurricane193.wordpress.com)
In addition, at the Aka Barayun resort which has a beautiful waterfall that has a swimming pool
Sarasah Aka Swing (http://www.kaskus.co.id)
Potential Waterfall (Sarasah)
Nine waterfalls in the Harau Valley have different heights, between 50-90 meters. The waterfall flows from the top of the ravine that runs along the Harau Valley.
Harau Valley consists of three areas: Resort Aka Barayun, Resort Sarasah Bunta, and Resort Rimbo Piobang, all of which have different characters.
Resort Sarasah Bunta
Resort Sarasah Bunta is located to the east of the Aka Barayun resort. In this area there are four waterfalls, namely Sarasah Aie Luluih, Sarasah Bunta, Sarasah Murai, and Sarasah Aie Angek.
Sarasah Aie Luluih, the water flows through the stone wall and below it has a beautiful natural bathing pool. There is a local belief that bathing or washing your face here can treat diseases and make your face beautiful and youthful.
Sarasah Aie Luluih (http://www.kaskus.co.id)
In the Harau Valley there is a waterfall called Bunta Waterfall or locally called Sarasah Bunta. This waterfall drains water from the highlands with three other waterfalls. Sarasah Bunta has a waterfall with beautiful camels. When the sun shines like an angel taking a bath, it is called Sarasah Bunta.
Waterfall (Sarasah) Bunta (http://rahmaliza.weebly.com)
Waterfall (Sarasah) Bunta was first opened on August 14, 1926 by Assistant Resident of Fifty Cities F. Rinner with Tuanku Laras Datuk Kuning Nan Hitam and Assistant Demang Datuk Kodoh Nan Hitam. This marker inscription hints at the beauty of the Sarasah Bunta waterfall.
At Sarasah Murai, often in the afternoon the magpie bathes while making love, so the community calls it Sarasah Murai.
Sarasah Murai (http://www.kaskus.co.id)
The Sarasah Aie Angek Waterfall area, located north of Sarasah Murai, is still relatively quiet. Although it is unique, this tourist attraction has not been fully opened so that not many visitors have come. One of the uniqueness of this waterfall is that the water temperature is quite warm.
Resort Rimbo Piobang
Rimbo Piobang Resort until the end of 2008 has not been developed because it is planned for the Sumatra Safari Park.
Accommodation recommendations from triadvisor include:
Aie Angek Cottage
Air Manis Hill Residence