The Geological Trail of Ciletuh Nationalgeopark, West Java, Indonesia; Self-Guidedtrails for All Visitors *)
S. Andriany1, M. Rosana2, A. Hardiyono3
1Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia
Keywords: geosites, geotrails, geotourism, Ciletuh National Geopark
The Ciletuh National Geopark is located in the west coast of West Java Province, Indonesia. The geological heritage within the geopark is the occurrence of “ophiolite complex as fossil of the subduction zone betweeen Eurasia and Indo-Australian plates during Cretaceous. Thetectonic event afterword also created the spectacular geomorphological landscape called theCiletuh Amphitheater as well as the erosional process by sea water resulting the unique rockappearances and shapes such as dragon, buffalo, turtle, etc. Geotrails (one of Geotourismactivities) are a powerful means of disseminating geological information through a triparound geopark as easy walking trails allow direct contact with the geological environment.
The aim of this paper is to present some geological trail maps of Ciletuh Geopark containeinterpretation of various geological sites (geosites). The method used to develop the trails wasdivided into three processes starting with a literature study of research areas and fieldresearch to create an inventory of geosites. Data analysis followed to identify and classify thegeosites into geological trails.
The geosites are grouped in accordance with the meaning and morphology, namely; oldrocks, geomorphology, fossils, sea caves, unique rock formations, waterfalls, andsedimentary structures as a basic substance in the manufacture of geotrek line. There are 3geological trails which have been adapted to the type of trip and geosites that have relevance,namely, The Magical of Ciletuh Amphitheatre (The trip focuses on enjoying the morphologyof Mega Amphitheatre Ciletuh), The Ciletuh Melange’s Journey (The trip to learn about theoldest rocks in West Java) and the Spectacular of Ciletuh Bay (Sea lanes journey for enjoyinga variety of different shapes of rocks in the Ciletuh Bay).
*) Presented in The 7th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geopark at The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark, September 2016