Luke Mackin

About Luke Mackin

Founder of Wild Sumatra. Luke grew up in SE Asia, but in the huge mega city of Manila. From the moment he moved to his passport country of the US, he always yearned to return to Asia – but to a more natural, wild setting. For him, Kerinci fits the bill – one certainly can’t get much more natural than an isolated valley completely surrounded on all sides by one the largest protected areas in Asia, where tigers, bears, and gibbons still roam. Luke hopes that in some small way Wild Sumatra can contribute to the conservation of the enchanting and magnificent forests in the area, and to the prosperity of the wonderful Kerinci people. He lives in Sungaipenuh with his family.
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Climbing Indonesia’s Highest Volcano – Mt. Kerinci Trek

By |2019-11-04T21:21:39+07:00October 24th, 2019|Featured, Photo Story, Northern Kerinci, Kerinci, Kayu Aro, Mt. Kerinci, Birdlife, Flora, Landscape, Mountains, Rainforest, Sunsets, Volcano, Wildlife, Sumatra Jungle Trekking, Photography, Indonesia Travel Tips|

By far the most famous landmark in Sumatra's Kerinci region is the massive active volcano - Gunung Kerinci. On clear days it can be seen towering over the surrounding mountains and valleys from over a hundred kilometers awa [...]

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Rainforest Road: A Morning and Evening on Bukit Tapan

By |2019-10-26T16:14:24+07:00June 9th, 2018|Featured, Photo Story, Central Kerinci, Kerinci, Bukit Tapan, Birdlife, Flora, Landscape, Lakes, Mountains, Rainforest, Waterfalls, Wildlife, Sumatra Jungle Trekking, Photography, Indonesia Travel Tips|

MORNING I wake up in the dark, voices of the adzan drifting on the wind from distant mosques. I quickly and quietly shower and dress, trying not to disturb my sleeping wife. Grabbing my camera and my motorbike keys, I head [...]

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Ten Reasons to Visit Kerinci

By |2019-01-05T16:28:23+07:00October 24th, 2017|Featured, Northern Kerinci, Central Kerinci, Southern Kerinci, Kerinci, Sungaipenuh, Kayu Aro, Lempur, Bukit Tapan, Mt. Kerinci, Mt. Tujuh, Mt. Kunyit, Agriculture, Birdlife, Culture, Flora, Hot Springs, Landscape, Lakes, Mountains, Rainforest, Sunsets, Volcano, Waterfalls, Wildlife, Wetlands, Sumatra Jungle Trekking, Photography, Indonesia Travel Tips|

Never heard of Kerinci? You’re not alone. A remote highland valley, nestled between almost impassable mountains and volcanoes, the Kerinci region has long been mysterious and isolated. In fact, it was one of the last places [...]

A Lament

By |2019-12-09T17:23:59+07:00December 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|

There's a heartache that comes when walking in the woods Yes, awe and wonder,too But always, always sprinkled with sorrow I feel the groaning of creation resonating in my bones Regret at all that has been lost and [...]

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