LonelyPlanet.com’s Indonesia page presents the island nation as multi-faceted, densely layered and, because of its many kinds of diversity, fascinating. Though Indonesia’s urban
centers are ever-evolving, there are thousands upon thousands of islands with thousands of cultures and landscapes and languages to explore: “On Sulawesi, the elaborate funeral ceremonies and timeless traditions of Tana Toraja are light years from the surfing culture of
Lombok. But so too are the mighty saddle-backed Batak mansions of Danua Toba and the volcanic lakes of Sumatra from the mummies and deeply etched gorges of Papua’s
Baliem Valley….” There are rice fields and volcanoes and jungles and beaches and deserts and so many different kinds of plants and animals and places and people….