Just pronouncing the word "Indonesia" transports you to a faraway, exotic place, with peace, waves, wild flowers, tropical fruits, temples, and dances. It is one of the most populated countries in the world, with a megalopolis like Jakarta and many other cities with a very high population density. However, there are also quite unpopulated regions, either because they are National Parks, because of the difficult volcanic orography of its more than 15,000 islands, or because they are somewhat remote places. Whether for a romantic trip, hiking, diving or to learn about the culture of the country, Indonesia has a lot to offer and is suitable for all tastes. Indonesia is a mix of cultures, the result of the blending of several civilizations, with 4 official religions: Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. All this is evident in the architecture, cuisine, customs, and character of the people, which makes Indonesia a very varied and interesting country. Island hopping gives you the feeling of having changed countries. The fauna of Indonesia is one of the most peculiar. The star is undoubtedly the Komodo dragon, the largest reptile in the world that only inhabits the islands of this national park. There are also monkeys, different species of bats, hermit crabs, and all kinds of fish. Bali is famous for its paradisiacal beaches. Some of the most popular are Seminyak, Padang Padang, Sanur or Kuta. However, not many know their fascinating culture. Ubud is considered the cultural heart of the island. It has beautiful temples, artistic centers, great restaurants, and the sacred sanctuary of the Monkey Forest. Jakarta, its huge capital, is a fascinating destination to immerse yourself in the local Indonesian culture. To learn more about it in depth, we recommend a visit to the Kota National Museum. Indonesia is also a land of volcanoes: it sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of great seismic and volcanic activity, and is home to more than 400 volcanoes, many of them active and some classified as dangerous. Mount Bromo is one of its active volcanoes and one of the most visited tourist attractions on the island. Make your dream even more incredible by including a stop on the Lombok or Gili islands. On one side, you see the emerald water of Lombok, on the other, the turquoise sea surrounding the three Gili islands. Whichever island you choose, you will admire breathtaking landscapes. In the case of Indonesian gastronomy, its most famous dish is the Nasi/Mie Goreng, which is either fried rice or fried noodles with vegetables. A tip before choosing your meal: when a local tells you that a dish is spicy, expect it to be even spicier than you imagine. Indonesia can also boast of growing the world's most expensive coffee: Luwak coffee. It follows a very different process from the rest since the coffee beans are harvested after being digested by a wild cat and after it has expelled them in its excrement. The Indonesian islands are located literally on the equator. So the climate is ideal all year round, with unique and mystical sunsets. As one of the largest and most trusted home exchange communities, People Like Us can help you stay in fully furnished accommodation in Indonesia at no cost. Sign up today and start connecting with other members of the community. You are sure to find someone to exchange your home with.