Sulawesi

Tana Toraja Tour

  • 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Cultural
  • Easy-Moderate

Tana Toraja, often referred to as the “Land of the Heavenly Kings”. An ethnic group who believes that their forefathers descended from heaven onto a mountain some twenty generations ago, the Torajas have a unique culture based on animistic beliefs.

Known for their grand burial ceremonies on cliffs or hanging graves, they practice an ancestral cult even today where death and afterlife ceremonies are great feasts when buffaloes are sacrificed in the final death ceremony, after which the deceased’s remains are placed in a coffin and interred in caves hollowed out in high cliffs.

The mouth of the cave is guarded by lifelike statues, looking out from a “balcony”. As death has such an “important meaning” when the souls are released, burials are elaborate and follow days of feasting. Rock graves are also a form of burial. A strict hierarchy is followed in the villages.

Upon your arrival at Makassar International Airport, your guide will pick you up from the airport. After meet and greet, you will drive to Hotel for overnight 

Accommodation              : Aston Makassar Hotel or similar 4 star
Meals                                    : -

OPTIONAL : 
If you arrive  Makassar Airport  before 12:00, we will visit Ramang – Ramang Village. Escape from the hustle and bustle Makassar city, located in Maros regency. Soon when you jump into the traditional canoe and paddling through the Puteh River that surrounded by the Karst Tower or limestone cliffs and Nypa Fruticans, you will feel the cool breeze of the countryside. After half an hour paddling among the beautiful scenery, you will enjoy a soft trekking, visiting Passaung cave, a small cave with some prehistoric drawings inside. Back to the river and paddle again for another 15 minutes to Berua village which is surrounded by the limestone cliffs. The word “Berua“ taken from the Makassarese language means “New“. Another soft trekking around the virgin Berua village and experienced the local life. Lunch will be served at the one of local house. After lunch, paddle out of the village and enjoyed other soft trekking among Karst Tower or limestone Park. Stone forest area is very wide. Then drive to back to Makassar for overnight.

Makassar – Palopo by Wings Air.
Depart at 09:40 Arrive Palopo at 10:30

Enjoy your breakfast, check out from your hotel and transfer to the airport for flight to Palopo. After arrival to Palopo, we will drive for 2 hours to Toraja trough very scenic Road. Arrive Toraja land and start to visit the fascinating villages of Toraja with the unique Tongkonan Houses which shape like a ship bow and stern. LEMO, grave yard on the cliff. Afternoon visit LONDA, an ancient natural graves and puppets on the balcony representing the dead. KETEKESU, traditional Toraja village.

Accommodation              : Luta Resort Toraja
Meals                                    : Breakfast

 

This morning after breakfast, if the schedule permits, you will have the chance to immerse yourself in the bustling life of the Torajan’s with a visit to their, once a week traditional Buffalo market in Bolu. This market is important to the local society as buffalos and pigs are an essential part of the intricate funeral ceremony. Note: Bolu Market depends on the schedule and is only held twice a week, every Tuesday and Saturday. In case there is no market on the day you visit, we will replace it by a visit to a local market in Rantepao or on the next day Later, visit BATUTUMONGA, mountainous area with fantastic scenery passing through the green paddy field. On the way visit the ROCK graves. Soft trekking passing the village to see the way of life of Toraja people. PALAWA, the oldest village of Toraja with old Tongkonan houses and rice barns surrounded. Then visit BORI, the stone showing the existence of the funeral site of the clan. Afternoon visit NANGGALA, traditional village with Fantastic Tongkonan houses surrounded. MARANTE, the hanging graves. If you want to see local Market, please ask your guide to have a stop before back Hotel.

Accommodation              : Luta Resort Toraja
Meals                                    : Breakfast

Enjoy your breakfast, check out from your hotel and transfer to Palopo for flight to Makassar. Arrival in Makassar take another flight to next destination.

Meals                                    : Breakfast

END OF YOUR TRIP

Londa is one of the oldest hanging graves belonging to the nobility. A large balcony is filled with effigies of the dead. Kerosene lamps with young village guides, can be hired to enter the caves to see skeletons and old coffins.

At Lemo, burial chambers are cut out of the rock and several balconies filled with effigies look out while new caves are being dug to serve as family graves.

  • Private air-conditioned vehicles

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    English speaking tour guide

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     All admission and donation to sites

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     Accommodation as mentioned in the program based on Single

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    Indonesian meals as specified on the program above (B: Breakfast)

  • Mineral Water

  • Airfares, airport taxes, and airport porters
  • Travel Insurance
  • Laundry, phone call, tipping 
  • Meals which are not specified on the above program
  • Any expenses incurred due to the flight delay or cancellation or due to other cause beyond our control

Available

  • Tailor Made Program
  • Flexible Departure Date
  • Private Trip
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