5D4N EXPLORING THE HIGHLANDS OF TANA TORAJA

Day 01 ARRIVE MAKASSAR (L, D)

Meet and great by our guide in Makassar, and then directly transfer to your hotel.

Depending on arrival time, arrival in the morning you will have the chance to explore the city of Makassar

Makassarese and Bugis are religious people, most are Muslims and very strong minded. Bugis people are among the best sailors in the world.  Drive to Rammang-Rammang Village (the karst mountain) for a short walk on the rice fields, continue onboard motorized fisherman  boat to visit Kampung Berua – the traditional Bugis/Makassar Village, light trek in the countryside to see the local people life. Afterwards boat ride back to the jetty, then continue by car to visit Leang-Leang Cave, Parang Tinggia Village to see hundreds of bat nests surrounding the trees (just by the people’s houses) and Bantimurung famous for its waterfall and as center of butterfly breeding.

Dinner and overnight in Makassar

Day 02 MAKASSAR – TANA TORAJA (B, L, D)

After breakfast, check out hotel and drive to the high lands of Tana Toraja which will take approximately 8 hours.

The road from Makassar to Toraja runs along the coast for about 130 km’s and then hits the mountains. After the entrance to Tana Toraja at the market village of Mebali one enters a majestic landscape of giant, gray granites and stones and blue mountains afar that form a sharp contrast with the lively green of the fertile, rain-fed terraces and the rusty red of the tropical soil. Reach Tana Toraja, here, the nobility of Toraja are believed to be descendent of heavenly beings who came down by a heavenly stairway to live here on earth in this beautiful landscape. Arrive Tana Toraja and check in to your Hotel.

Dinner and overnight in Tana Toraja

Day 03 – 04 2 DAYS OF TANA TORAJA EXPLORATION (B, L, D)

Tana 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. Death ceremonies, however, are held only after the last rice harvest is in and cleared, which is normally between the months of July to September, while ceremonies celebrating life are held in conjunction with the planting season which starts in October. These timings are possible since the dead are not buried immediately but are kept for months, sometimes for years, in the ancestral house until time and funds allow for a proper funeral.

Within these two days of explorations visit will be made to to the fascinating villages of Tana Toraja with the unique Tongkonan Houses which shape like a ship bow and stern. Lemo the grave yard on the cliff, Suaya for an old royal stone graves of the seventh king, then to Sanggala the tree for the dead babies, Londa an ancient natural graves and puppets on the balcony representing the dead. Headed to the ancient village of Ketekesu, in the heart of Toraja highlands and continue to Batutumonga, mountainous area with fantastic scenery of green paddy field and rice terraces. Palawa ofr its oldest village of Toraja with old Tongkonan houses and rice barns surrounded. Bori, the stone showing the existence of the funeral site of the clan and Siguntu, traditional village with Fantastic tongkonan houses surrounded. Attending to the funeral ceremonies will be included, if timing if and event is possible during the visit.

Dinner and overnight in Tana Toraja

Day 05 TANA TORAJA – MAKASSAR (B, L)

Leave hotel in the morning, after your enjoy your breakfast and drive back to Makassar.

Stop will be made for lunch in Pare Pare, late afternoon arrive in Makassar, then proceed to the airport to catch the onward flight or your next destination.

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