Marapi (also known as Merapi or Berapi) is a complex volcano in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Its name means Mountain of Fire, and it is the most active volcano in Sumatra. Its elevation is 2,891.3 metres (9,485.9 ft). A number of cities and towns are situated around the mountain, including Bukittinggi, Padang Panjang and Batusangkar.
According to legend, the mountain is the site first settled by the Minangkabau people after their ship landed on the mountain when it was the size of an egg and surrounded by water. There are large numbers of upright burial stones in the region which are oriented in the direction of the mountain, indicating its cultural significance.
As one of the most active volcanoes in Sumatra, the Mount Marapi has erupted for 454 times since the 18th century until present. Fifty explosions were in huge scale; otherwise, the others were small explosions.
Mount Marapi is the most frequently visited tourism destinations among the others. It has already a permanent footpath as a way to the peak of the mountain that will make the climbers easier to reach the top. The climbers will also find some blossoming edelweiss around the slap of the mountain. It needs approximately 1, 5 hours to reach the destination from Padang city or Ketapang Airport. If you start the trip from Bukit tinggi, it will spend about thirty minutes by land using public transportations.
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