In the morning you will visit the large market of Tomohon notorious for the Manado delicacies sold there like bat, rats and dogs. Afterwards you drive up closely to the top of the Mahawu volcano. Following a staircase you reach the summit and the crater Lake where you have magnificent views on clear days. You will walk halfway around the crater and descend on the other side of the volcano (partly stairs, partly unpaved paths). Just before you reach the road you stop by a small wooden hut in the forest where you get offered a special lunch in this unique place. Banana leaves are laid on the wooden table and the food is served on this. So no plate, you eat like the local Minahasa people eat! The chicken dish is prepared in a bamboo tube.
Note: during rainy season it is possible that the path leading down from the Mahawu is not accessible, you then return via the same path back. After lunch, you drive further to Tangkoko, to the eastern tip of the Minahasa area, the Tangkoko Batuangus reserve. The forest reserve is relatively young where many fruit trees can be found. Many fruit trees mean there are quite a lot of fruit-eating animals, including monkeys and hornbills. It is one of the few forests in Indonesia where you can observe animals very well. In the afternoon / evening, guided by a ranger, you walk through the forest (up to 3 hours) where you will look for tarsiers, monkeys half the size of an adult human hand. These animals abandon their sleeping trees in the twilight to look for insects, and return back early morning.