Pacu Jawi Mud Race Photo Tours

Join us on a journey West Sumatra in special event Pacu Jawi Cow Mud Races.

Pacu Jawi, purely translated as Cow Race, is a normal Indonesian experience that’s been round 1000’s of years. This is a get together of the rice farmers after the harvest season for obsessed with. The journey is going on for eleven months round Tahan Datar’s districts

Each And Every jockey rides with a couple of cows either held at the side of via a timber contraption the place he stands, preserving both cow’s tails for directing. The cows will begin going for walks alongside the 20-30 meter lengthy muddy subject each year the jockey bites the end in their tails, one after the different.

The race won’t be whole with pairs of cows transferring clear of the end line. Usually, cows run in the course of the target market or run in cut up guidelines making the jockey fall face down inside the dust; yet the ones are largely the highlights of the development that’ll absolutely entertain the spectators. Both prevailing cow gets a rise in its fee which is generally two times the payment of a normal cow.

The weekend is quick coming near near and what are we going to do in West Sumatra, Indonesia? Hmm, some thing for Pacu Jawi? For 1000’s of years(1), many farmers and friends want to go at the weekends and have fun. Don’t all of us? Yet simplest in Indonesia are you able to have Pacu Jawi a laugh! not only an annul experience, however each Saturday and Sunday of each month there is Pacu Jawi.

what’s this Indonesian craze? Pacu way “fast” and Jawi skills “cow” or “ox” in Indonesia. The Cow race. Neighborhood farmers and cow or ox breeders race the huge creatures in muddy paddy fields for the straight forward spirit of enjoyable and happiness and doubtless for bringing a beautiful rate of sale for their bovine- specifically if the pair of jawi and jockey can run as a group from factor A to indicate B- a course line run of nearly 20 to 30 meters, seventy five to one hundred ft,(ninety ft is the space among pups plate and first base in baseball) and if they may be able to run inside the limits of the muddy paddy box with out the jockey falling down!

The muddier the higher! The spectators celebration wild with the thrill! In a regularly hilarious, however concentrated race, the farmer-turned-jockey rides on the tethered jawi by way of status on the curved wood rails of the plow that loosely bind the 2 animals in combination and be offering the jockey a spot to face and steer together with his ft and palms all through the, with politeness, direction in-line run. Not Like horse racing the place all the horses and their jockeys compete in opposition to every single different through strolling the similar race originally identical time, Pacu Jawi racing is the point of interest of 1 oxen group and its jockey at a time. As Soon As the race starts the jockey bites the tail of one ox to get it a quickly freshmen, figuring out that the opposite will keep on with its lead (even despite the fact that the animals are part by means of facet) and so the jawi pair take off in a run! Every So Often the jockey bites the tail time and again in the course of the race for yet another burst of pace, reminiscent of a thoroughbred horse race jockey utilizing a whip.

The jawi as a rule desire to split and run huge aside from every different. This leads to the jockey trying to straddle, the now, huge timber runners as finest he can devoid of, with a bit of luck, falling into the dust. Nevertheless, many instances the jockey bites the airborne dirt and dust, or in this situation the dust, and the race is over. The profitable jawi pair can convey a number of hundred to countless thousand cash if they tested to indicate their force, velocity and capability to abruptly run the path line.

Tour Length: 4 Days

Based on Private Tour

Location: Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia

Pacu Jawi, Culture, Landscape

Tour Price: $300

Minimum 6 Person

Photo Leaders

Rizky Nurrahman and Special Guest Photographer

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Pacu Jawi Photo Tours Itinerary


Day 1 : Jakarta – Padang – Bukittinggi

Flight: Jakarta – Padang
Meals: Lunch (Padang Food), Dinner
Team: Tour Leader
Exclude: Over lugagge

Our leader will either fetch you up from Padang Airport (Minangkabau International Airport) or from the hotel you stay in Padang city & travel straight to Bukittinggi roughly takes 2 hours drive nonstop. Short stop at Anai Valley waterfall & Coffee break at Panorama Kiambang. If we still have spare times, we will also visit a tourist attractions village, Pandai Sikek which is well known for its handmade traditional hand weaving (tenunan songket) and wood carving (ukiran kayu). Check in hotel around Bukittinggi late at noon (Grand Rocky or the Hills hotel). It is also possible to watch the traditional Minangkabau dance (60-90 minutes performance) in the evening (at 20h30).

Day 2: Pacu Jawi Tour – Batusangkar – Tanah Datar – Padang

Meals : Breakfast (Hotel), Lunch (lunch box), Dinner
Stay Overnight: Grand Zuri Hotel Padang
Team: Local Guide, Photo Leader

Visit the green Sianok Canyon before heading to Pacu Jawi race arena located in Batusangkar Tanah Datar Region which roughly takes 2 hours drive from Bukittinggi. Lovely coffee break at Panorama Tabek Patah before proceeding to the race arena. We will also visit Pagaruyung Palace, one of the most famous interesting places in West Sumatra. It’s also the icon & tourism highlights in Minangkabau highland. The Pacu Jawi festival finishes around start around 12.30PM & finishes around 3.30PM. We will travel back directly to Padang which roughly takes 2 hours drive.

Day 3: Padang –  Airport

Meals: Breakfast (Hotel)
Team : Local Guide, Photo Leader

Head back to Padang airport, the departure from Padang will depend on your flight schedule.

What's Included and Excluded in the Photo Tours Fee


What’s Included:

Airplane Ticket Jakarta-Padang-Jakarta

with 20Kg luggage

Land Transportation during tour

Including Arrival & Departure Airport Transfers

2 Nights Lodging in Bukittinggi & Padang

Grand Rocky Hotel or Similiar(twin-share)

Transportation During Photo Tour

Including Arrival & Departure Airport Transfers

Meals as mentioned

Local food

All Tickets & Entrance Fees

Including Travel Permit

Guides & Special Tours

What’s Excluded:

Airplane ticket to and from Jakarta

Over luggage


Alcoholic Beverages

Please respect local customs and traditions where alcohol is not permissible.

Tips for guides, drivers, bellhops etc.


International Medical & Travel Insurance Coverage




Supplemental Fees:

Single Room Supplement: $200

Prices are based on double occupancy unless noted. Single rooms are subject to availability. We try to accommodate participants who request single accommodations, as well as those looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.

Small Group Additional Surcharge: $300

Photo Tour price is in US Dollars based upon a minimum of 9 paying participants. In the unlikely event the photo tour does not fill, there is a small surcharge of $300 for 5-8 paying participants.

Choose Your Favorite Photo Leader

Rizky Nurrahman

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Cancellation Policy


Your deposit is a firm commitment, and will be subject to a cancellation fee, which is why we recommend trip insurance. Please refer to the Payments, Cancellations, and Refunds section in our terms and conditions to read the full details of our policies. Please do not make air travel arrangements until checking with us first.



While these descriptions represent the photo tour’s planned itinerary, we reserve the right to revise it without notice as we see fit. Details on this page are also subject to change without notice. We reserve the right to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants is not met. And while we don’t anticipate this happening, we reserve the right to adjust the fees for this photo tour due to factors outside of our control, such as fluctuations in currency rates, political or governmental action, new applicable taxes, and such related issues. Please do not purchase air travel before confirming with us.

Participants are expected to be in fair health and be capable of spending the days walking around the various areas while carrying their own equipment.

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