Our 5 hour long journey upstream begins at the most idyllic clyché river bend you could ever imagine. Bedded in lush tropical green the opal waters wind around the sandy corner fringing a soft, trimmed meadow. A piglet and mother are playing in front of a branch woven barn hut.
The whole exploration, led by ecotourism consultant Ary Suhandi, feels that we are about to reach places and people hardly ever touched by the technological advances of the last century. Latest generation anthropologist Sandrak Manurung is fairly stunned to see one of our guides one of the very few real Mentawais bringing visitors to the far villages in the wild jungle of Siberut.