Indonesia’s most northerly city is penned in by a ridge of volcanoes, on the Minahasa Peninsula that stretches towards the upper tip of North Sulawesi. And it isn’t just distance that separates it from the rest of Indonesia: the people of Manado pride themselves on their warmth and their hospitality – so much so, it has earned the moniker “the Land of the Smiling People”. Unusually for Indonesia, the region is 70% Christian and the landscape is dotted with church crosses, while Christian feast days bring people to the streets in their droves.
Manado and the surrounding area is a place of staggering beauty. Rugged mountains run down to white-sanded beaches. Coral reefs are home to some of the most beautiful sea life on earth. Rainforests are teeming with life, with some of the rarest and most interesting creatures on the planet to be found in the dense jungle – including the smallest monkey in the world, a type of bug-eyed tarsier.
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