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Experience the remarkable 5-day Authentic Toraja tour in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Discover Sengkang's silk weaving and cruise the Pute River on a jolloro in Rammang Rammang. Drive through scenic rice terraces and enjoy the view from Puncak Paredean. Visit Lemo, famous for its tomb hanging on steep cliffs, whose verandas are decorated with dozens of Tau Tau sculptures depicting the deceased ancestors. Learn the different ways of the Toraja burial as you visit the tombs of Tampang Allo and Kambira. The next stop is the village of Kete Kesu, a UNESCO World Heritage, one of the most important centers of Tana Toraja culture with its typical Tongkonan houses, ornately carved with antique wood ornaments. All of these and more in just five captivating days of Sulawesi.
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Highlights
  • Tour around Sengkang, known for its silk weaving and traditional character
  • Witness the picturesque scene across the Tempe Lake and its inhabitants
  • Visit Lemo, famous for tombs hanging on steep cliffs
  • Explore the unusual tombs in Londa, with densely packed ancestor figures
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Arrival in Makassar | Sengkang via Rammang Rammang

Advised arrival for Makassar is in the morning.

Welcome to the metropolis of Sulawesi, Makassar, one of Indonesia's greatest port and air hubs full of history and cultural diversity. Upon a recommended early morning arrival, a guide and driver take you to Sengkang, the capital of a former Bugis kingdom known for its silk weaving. This historic and bustling market town overlooking Lake Tempe maintains its traditional character, old cultural traditions, colorful wedding celebrations, ancient customs, and traditional orchestras.

Visit Rammang Rammang on the way, where you board a jolloro, a traditional local canoe, and cruise along the Pute River (approximately 30 minutes). The area is renowned for its spectacular limestone karst formations, and the river banks are draped in majestic nipa palms, which contribute to an incredibly "exotic" landscape. Upon arrival in the main village, make a short trek towards Telepak Tangan Cave to see prehistoric fingerprints left thousands of years ago by ancient cave dwellers. Afterward, enjoy the local hospitality with a cup of coffee or tea with traditional local cakes and fried bananas.

Reach Sengkang in the afternoon, check in to your hotel, and enjoy a delicious dinner.

Day 2: Sengkang | Toraja via Palopo

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start early in the morning with your guide to take advantage of the picturesque scene across Tempe Lake. Board the longboat to explore the lake and its inhabitants. A good opportunity to get to know the lifestyle of local Bugis fishermen who live in floating houses. Return to Sengkang to visit a weaving home factory where you can see women weave colorful traditional silk dresses.

Afterward, continue to Toraja via Palopo. Drive through the spectacular scenery of rice terraces and impressive mountain passes and have the opportunity to enjoy the view from Puncak Paredean before reaching Rantepao late afternoon. Enjoy a delicious dinner and a comfortable bed in a friendly and centrally located hotel.

The mountainous district of Toraja is the homeland of several ethnic groups called Toraja (Toraja means 'the people of the mountains' or 'the people of the west'). The Toraja call their traditional religion Aluk to Dolo (rites of the ancestors) and live according to the patron that was defined by the ancestors and gods. These include the impressive rituals that accompany the burying of the deceased. The beautifully carved houses with remarkable roofs, the so-called tongkonan, are also built according to the principles of Alukto Dolo. Although most Toraja are Christian nowadays, still many traditions live on. During the stay at Toraja there may be a unique opportunity to visit an impressive funeral, house ceremony, or the big animal market, the program may be altered to fit in these visits.

Day 3: Toraja

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your Toraja excursion after breakfast. The first visit is to Lemo, famous for its tombs hanging on steep cliffs, whose verandas are decorated with dozens of Tau Tau sculptures depicting the deceased ancestors. Here you also have the opportunity to take souvenir photos of your Indonesia trip in traditional Toraja attire.

Onward to the tomb of Tampang Allo and Kambira, where you can explore the different ways the Toraja bury their dead from the hanging graves as done in the old days to the baby graves in the trunk of big trees.

After lunch, hike in the beautiful scenery surrounding Bebo to Karuaya. Enjoy the afternoon atmosphere and get a real impression of the village life of the locals. The trail leads past rice terraces and small picturesque villages, whose traditional houses and beautiful landscapes, give a perfect picture.

The day ends at the village of Kete Kesu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The village is one of the most important centers of Tana Toraja culture with its typical Tongkonan houses, ornately carved and decorated with antique wood ornaments. Near the village, there are rock cave tombs, as well as hanging coffins.

Dinner is served in a local restaurant.

Day 4: Toraja

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you'll find yourself captivated by beautiful scenes. Visit Londa in the morning to see the most unusual tombs in the world. It is located on steep, overgrown limestone rocks and in caves. The special feature here is the densely packed ancestor figures on a porch, which carry quite realistic facial features.

Catch the dawn chorus of buffalo grunts and excited haggling at the Bolu buffalo market. This open-air market takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays, one of Indonesia's most fascinating animal shows, yet it remains a local event with few outside visitors.

Continue to Bori, passing by beautiful scenery, where more than a hundred ancient monoliths stand tall on the funeral site showing the family status. In Pallawa, you'll gather more insight into the way of life of Toraja residents and their impressive Tongkonan houses.

Proceed towards Batutumonga, an area located on a dramatic ridge high on the slope of Mount Sesean known for its spectacular rocky terraces that last forever. It offers a relaxing ambiance and cool temperatures. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant on the top which offers a wonderful view over Rantepao.

The next visit is to Lo'komata, a huge burial stone. Spend your afternoon walking to the authentic village of Buntu Lobo before returning to the hotel.

Day 5: Toraja | Makassar | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast, say goodbye to the surreal world of Tana Toraja. On the way back to Makassar, stop in Puncak Lakawan to enjoy an incredible view of hills and valleys. Lunch is served in a restaurant in Pare-Pare. You'll arrive in Makassar in the afternoon and directly transfer to the airport to catch your flight to the next destination.

Recommended departure late afternoon.

Accommodations

Sermani Hotel Sengkang

Dining and Lounge area
Lobby
Hotel's entrance

Toraja Misiliana Hotel

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Toraja Tongkonan Suite of Toraja Misiliana Hotel
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  • 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • English speaking guides
  • Canoe in Rammang Rammang and boat in Lake Tempe
  • All entrance fees & donation on tour
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  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen
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