Toraja Land Tour
TORAJA LAND - 5 day tour
10 MARCH: FLY TO MAKASSAR (B)
11 MARCH: TRAVEL TO TORAJA (B,L)
12 MARCH: FULL DAY TOUR (B,L)
13 MARCH: FULL DAY TOUR (B, D)
14 MARCH: TORAJA TO MAKASSAR (B,L)
Meals stated in itinerary (B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner), Domestic flights, English speaking guides, Airport Transfers stated in itinerary, Park Entrance fees,
International Flights.Travel insurance, visas and items of a personal nature. Alcoholic drinks with provided meals. Extra activities not described.
“Discovered” and opened to the world from their long isolation only since the beginning of the last century. Toraja today still adhere to their age-old beliefs, rituals and traditions.When one travels to the Tana Toraja highlands, therefore, expect to be awed by the spectacular beauty of nature, at the same time experience how communities have through the ages sustained their beliefs and traditions in splendid isolation in order to maintain their beliefs regarding the eternal cycle of life and death.
Blessed with landscapes of unusual shapes, volcanic mountains, lush tropical rain forests, brilliant green rice terraces, and deep dark lakes, Toraja is isolated by rugged mountain ranges. Toraja is most well known for its elaborate funeral ceremonies that can take days and involve entire villages. These are not only moments for mourning but are moreover events to renew family ties and to ensure continued unity among villages and communities. Tourists to Toraja, therefore, are either attracted by its unique culture and rituals, most of which are mostly centered around graves and death ceremonies, while others prefer to avoid the morbid images and go trekking through the spectacular, almost untouched Toraja countryside visiting remote villages, or exhilarate in rafting the Sa’dan river rapids.
Depart Palu by air arriving in Makassar in the afternoon. Over night in Makassar
11 March: Makassar to Toraja
After breakfast, we leave for an incredible day of driving to Toraja. It will take approx. 8 hours drive to Tana Toraja
passing through the Buginese villages with their typical wooden houses. Lunch will be served at a seafood restaurant
in Pare-Pare before we continue via Mount Buttukabobong to Rante Pao. In the evening, arrive at Rante Pao and check into the Toraja Heritage Hotel. This beautiful four star hotel is located on the side of the Sesean Mountain. It is the perfect place to view the picturesque landscape of Tana Toraja, the mountain range and the rice fields. Overnight at the Toraja Heritage Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.
12 March : Toraja
After a relaxing breakfast, we will leave for a day of quite breathtaking beauty and cultural amazement.We visit Tinombayo where we can enjoy the spectacular view of the megalith stones spread over the extensive rice fields before going to the interesting burial cave of Lokomata. From Lokomata, we continue our trip to Batutumonga where we will a have a short trek and time to enjoy the beauty of the unique Torajan life style. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Rantepao. We will then visit the stone grave of Lemo with its Tau-Tau effigies before going onwards to Kambira where we find the peculiar baby graves in the trees. Finally, we visit the tomb of Londa before returning, entranced and amazed to the Toraja Heritage Hotel for dinner and overnight. Back at the hotel, while enjoying the two outdoor swimming pools, we reflect on a day of such paradoxical contrasts
13 March : Toraja
Breakfast at hotel before another day exploring other Torajan Villages. Learn about their traditional dance and music, beautiful wood carvings, and their interesting and infamous funeral rituals. You will be immersed into a culture like no other on earth. Cultural evening at the Toraja Heritage Hotel
14 March : Toraja to Makassar
After your final breakfast at 08:00, say goodbye to the friendly people of Toraja and start your drive to Makassar airport before your board your evening flight to Bali or Jakarta
Tips to make this a great trip:
• Visitors are expected to keep to local dress and customs and to bring a token present, such as cigarettes or coffee
when entering a Tongkonan.
• Roads are not always paved, it is necessary to use a jeep or walk, even when the weather is good.
• Beware of your head whenever going inside a Tongkonan, the Torajan traditional house, since passageways are low.
• Enrekang, Makale in the Toraja Highlands are surrounded by astonishing volcanic rocky cliffs. Do not miss this, just
stop and take pictures for a while and you will not regret it.