Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Private

Sulawesi Toraja Discovery (4 days)

ICS Travel Group - Indonesia

Makassar, Indonesia To Rantepao, Indonesia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Dec 2018

Sulawesi Toraja Discovery (4 days)


Day 1
Makassar, Indonesia
None Lunch

Upon arrival at Hasanuddin Airport Makassar you will be picked up a private driver and guide to start the picturesque drive to Toraja. The drive to Rantepao, the capital of Tana Toraja, takes around 8 hours. Drive through traditional Bugisnese villages with their typical houses and enjoy seeing local people going about their daily lives. Lunch is served in a local seafood restaurant in Pare Pare. After lunch, continue driving through spectacular landscapes to Puncak Lakawan, with more stunning views in store. There will be ample time for photo stops. Arrive in Rantepao in the late afternoon and check in to your hotel. Overnight in Toraja

Note: During the dry season (from July to September) many funerals take place and during this period many Toraja migrants return home for the holidays. Your program can be tailored to allow you to attend a ceremony if you wish during your stay in Toraja.

Day 2
Rantepao, Indonesia
None Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, you will set out for a full day exploring the land of the Toraja. If it fits your schedule, you will have the chance to immerse yourself in the bustling life of the Torajans with a visit to their traditional Buffalo market in Bolu (held once a week). This market is important to the local community as buffalos and pigs are an essential part of their intricate funeral ceremony. You will visit Lemo and see rows of tau tau statues and the hanging graves. Next you’ll discover the secrets of baby grave trees in Kambira. Continue onwards to Suaya to the graveyard of the Kings of Sangalla which lies on the hillsides, and then proceed to Londa to see ancient tombs in which the deceased were not buried, but placed among the rocks. Lunch is served in a local restaurant. Next, at Kete Kesu, one of the oldest Torajan villages, you can see the Tongkonan (the traditional ancestral house of the Torajan people), and also the old traditional rice barns with colourful woodcarvings. Overnight in Toraja.Note: Bolu Market depends on the schedule and is only held once every 6 days. In case there is no market on the day you visit, we will replace it by a visit to a local market in Rantepao.

Day 3
Rantepao, Indonesia
None Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast enjoy a full day trip to Batutumonga, and experience superb views of Rantepao and the surrounding valleys. Walk along the rice fields and see the daily life of Torajan people. Lunch is served in a local restaurant in Rantepao. Following lunch you will visit Pallawa and Sadan, known as the weaving center of Rantepao. Overnight in Toraja.

Day 4
Rantepao, Indonesia
None Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast check out and drive back to Makassar. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Pare Pare. From there transfer back directly to Hasanuddin Airport Makassar to catch your onwards flight.

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Take a deep dive in the culture of one of Indonesia's most fascinating tribes, the Toraja, on this 4 day journey of discovery to Sulawesi.

About Us

Founded in 1994, ICS Indonesia is a premier destination management company providing a wide range of travel services. From luxury holidays to special-interest tours, we offer customised itineraries to suit individual or group requirements. Our highly knowledgeable guides, unique products and top-notch service continue to earn us accolades from satisfied travellers, and we are committed to delivering immersive and exceptional experiences.

Insider Tip

Generally the best time to visit this beautiful enchanting country is in the dryer months of May to September.

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