Maninjau Lake is one of the most famous and valued natural places on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Located 40km from Bukit Tinggi but the journey takes just over 2 hours by minibús as it is mountain road. The lake is in the crater of an ancient volcano and so it is uphill on the way there and downhill on the way back. The road offers good views over the lake, and you can ask the driver to stop to take pictures. Like a bus full of tourists! The lake is 15 km by 8km and is surrounded by impressive cliffs 500 meters high. As in Bukit Tinggi, the population in Minangkabaus is muslim but with special traditions.