Java:: Through the Puncak Pass

Indonesia, Java, Puncak. Green hills covered with tea plants in the Puncak Pass. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

Indonesia, Java, Puncak. Green hills covered with tea plants in the Puncak Pass. (Photo Bjorn Grotting)

If you travel from Jakarta to Bandung you can pass through the scenic Puncak pass, about 90 minutes by car from the capital. The Puncak area is a very popular escape from the hot and hectic city, and along the road there is an abundance of bungalows, cottages, hotels, villas, restaurants and recreation places.

The pass is starting about 10 km from Bogor at Ciawi and continuing up through the villages of Cibogo, Cipayung and Cisarua to the Puncak pass and down on the other side to Cipanas.

To get there from Jakarta you take the Puncak & Bandung exit as the Jagowari toll way ends (not Bogor or Ciawi). From there on the road will wind through local villages before beginning to rise through a spectacular lanscape on ever increasingly steep mountain passes and gorges.

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