Puncak Tour, Puncak – meaning “the Peak”, has been known ever since Dutch colonial days as the mountain resort for Jakarta’s inhabitants to breathe in fresh mountain air over the weekend. With its grand vistas facing the volcanic peaks of Salak, Gede and Pangrango, here is where Jakarta’s rich build their out of town bungalows atop hills overlooking green rice-fields irrigated by gurgling streams.
The scenic but winding Jakarta – Bogor – Puncak Highland Tour road was once the only route to Bandung before the Cipularang toll road was opened which cut traveling time between the two cities to a mere two hours from the former 4 to 5 hours over the climbing and turning mountain roads.
Nevertheless, the Puncak Highland Tour area remains a favorite destination to spend the weekend or even for just a few hours. Over the years, however, either side of the main road has, unfortunately, become overcrowded with settlements, blocking the views from the car. Therefore, to truly enjoy the beautiful countryside one has to turn into a side road, visit a resort, a hotel or restaurant to view the full glory of the grand scene that will suddenly unveil before you.
The first popular resort nearest Bogor is Cisarua where is found the Safari Park where tigers, lions, zebras and giraffes roam around freely staring at people who are safely entrenched in their cars. Sometimes a curious lion may walk up and sniff at your car window. This Park gets really overcrowded on weekends and holidays, so it is best to avoid those days.
Further up the ever winding road, nearing its highest point called the Puncak Pass, the view opens up and you will only see miles and miles of the Gunung Mas tea plantations that cover hills and valleys.