Ten km (6 miles) beyond Bogor, at Ciawi, the road splits and you must choose between the southerly route, leading through Sukabumi with a side road to the dramatic black – sand beaches of Pelabuhan Ratu, and the easterly route, leading up over Puncak Pass to the mountain resort of Cipanas. The two routes join up again at Cianjur and continue on to Bandung.
Puncak Pass and Cipanas are quite spectacular, offering vistas that stretch across the flanks of Gede Pangrango and Salak highlnads on a clear day. During the dry season (May September) the mountain weather in delightful . the Cibodas branch of the Botanical Gardens in also well worth a visit.
A rental car or taxi up to Puncak Pass or Cipanas will cost up to US$50 and take 2 hours from Jakarta Inter – city taxis like “4848 or Blue Bird” bound for Bandung also take this route and cost about US$9 per person from Jakarta above for listings). Buses cost only about US$1,20 from Jakarta’s Cililitan Terminal or US$60 from the Ciawi Terminal outside Bogor.
There are many good hotels around Puncak Pass and Cipanas, including one that perches dramatically on the edge of the steep mountain slope just below the pass. For a group of people or a large stay, private hiliday bungalows may be rented for anywhere from US$20 to US$100 per night. Just walk around and inquire at houses that look promosing. Most of them are vacant during the week. Budget traveller can stay at the new youth hostel just below the Cibodas Botanical Gardens for US$2 a night.
Casa Monte Rosa (41 rooms), Puncak Mountain Resort, Jl. Raya Puncak Km. 90, Ciloto Kampung Parabon No. 100, Ciloto, Cipanas, Kabupaten Cianjur, Jawa Barat 43253 Telepon: (0263) 512525.
Puncak Inn Resort Hotel (92 rooms), Ciloto, Cipanas, Kabupaten Cianjur, Jawa Barat 43253, Tel: (0263) 513595
Evergreen (101 rooms), Jl. Raya Puncak, Tugu, Bogor.
Puncak Pass Resort (45 rooms), l. Raya Puncak km.90 PO BOX 18, Tugu Sel., Cianjur, Bogor, Jawa Barat 43253 Telepon: (0263) 512503.
Sanggabuana (29 rooms), Jl. Raya 4 – 6, Cipanas, Cianjur.
Sindanglaya (22 rooms), Jl. Raya 43, Pasekon, Cianjur.
Tunas Kembang (66 rooms), Jl. Raya, Cipanas SDL, Cianjur.
Parama Hotel dan Restaurant (180 rooms), Jalan Raya Puncak Km.22, Cisarua, Bogor, Jawa Barat 16750 Telepon: (0251) 8252626.
Alfa Resort Hotel and Conference, JL. Ciburial Kp. Baru Jeruk, Ds. Tugu Utara, Tugu Utara, Cisarua, Jawa Barat 16750 Telepon: (0251) 8252285.
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