South Sulawesi Torajaland Adventure

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SOUTH SULAWESI ADVENTURE Duration: 8D-7N “No blackout dates” Calling out to the adventure lover, this tour is made for you! Be prepared for hours of trekking, and long hours of driving – all to be rewarded with the fascinating and profound insights of Sulawesi’s incomparable nature and culture heritage. Hike your way through Mamasa Village, dive in the tribal culture of Torajaland, followed by gorgeous landscapes viewing on the way to Sengkang, and the remarkable discovery of Kajang culture. Are you up for it? DAY 1: WELCOME TO MAKASSAR Makassar – Kupa Beach - Mamasa Upon arrival in Makassar airport, meet and greet with our guide and head directly to Mamasa. En route, we’ll have a lunch break at the tropical Kupa Beach. It will be a long drive for approximately 9 hours mainly due to the bad road condition, but we’ll take plenty of stops for you to stretch your legs and take more photos. DAY 2: TREK THE MAMASA Mamasa Villages: Rantebuda – Tawalian – Orobua - Osango We will be doing some fun trekking and plenty of sightseeing today, so make sure you are wearing sun-protected outfit, sunscreen and secure shoes. Get insights to West Sulawesi culture through Mamasa traditional houses and villages. The trek begins from the hotel to reach Rantebuda / Rambu Saratu about 1.5 km, that is known for their huge traditional main house. Continue the trek to Tawalian - about 12 km in distance and takes about 3 - 4 hours trekking where you will pass 3 villages, various brooks and paddy fields. After lunch at Tawalian, we will drive you to Orobua and Osango village to view their beautiful traditional house and get a luxurious view over Mamasa valley. Enjoy the 1,5 hour walk back to your hotel by the scenic road. DAY 3: EN ROUTE TORAJALAND Mamasa – Tedong - Toraja Rise and shine early today for a head start to Torajaland. En route we will stop by Tedong in Minanga to see the ancient wooden sarcophagus in buffalo shape and proceed driving to the low land for local lunch at Pinrang. It takes around 8 hours from Mamasa to Toraja, so we will be having quick stops every once in a while. DAY 4: TORAJALAND FULL DAY TOUR 1 Lemo – Kambira – Suaya Royal Cemetery – Londa - Siguntu Gear up for a one-of-a-kind tribal discovery in Torajaland. We will do couple of easy trekking so make sure you’re sun protected and ready with comfortable clothing. If you come at the dry season, there will be plenty of funeral ceremonies to catch, as they are one of the most sought attractions here. Optionally, we can go to weekly market or visit Lemo, a historical place where effigies are put on display on the rock cliff together with rock tomb. If you are up for it, we will do 1-hour hike passing by green sceneries from Kambira, where the baby graves are located, to Suaya the Royal cemetery. Stop by for lunch, and we’ll continue to visit Londa, a cave used as natural graveyard full of stalactites & stalagmites. We will wrap up the tour with the last hike from Siguntu – a beautiful village with wonderful Toraja houses. Enjoy the serene rice paddies and villages view as you cross over the river towards Pao or if you’d prefer, all the way to your hotel. DAY 5: TORAJALAND FULL DAY TOUR II Ke’te Kesu – Marante – Batutumonga – Lokomata – Bori – Rantepao Get ready for another trekking adventure! Tour begins with morning visit to Ke’te Kesu’ - one of the most charming traditional villages in Toraja, also known as the centre of Toraja woodcarving. Take a peek behind the village to see the primitive sarcophagus and wooden effigies. Then, we proceed to visit Marante to see another ancient wooden sarcophagus. Come afternoon, rest your eyes on the greeneries as we drive to Batutumonga for a golden panoramic view over the valley of Toraja. Proceed to visit Lokomata around 3 km away by foot to see the ancient burial place on a huge and round shaped single rock. Last but not least, we’ll trek down from Batutumonga to Bori for 1.5 hours to view the unique huge menhirs (large upright standing stone). Head back to hotel at Rantepao by car. DAY 6: SIGHTSEEING EN ROUTE TO SENGKANG Toraja – Palopo – Sengkang – Tempe Lake Experience an alluring sightseeing trip as we head to Sengkang on a 7-hour drive. We will drive through one of the most delightful panoramic view on the province. Stop by for lunch at Palopo and proceed to Sengkang with a stop at the roadside for a closer look at the Bugis’ silk weaving activities. After check in and quick refreshing at the hotel, we’ll take a transfer to Walanä riverbank for a boat ride to Tempe Lake. Watch as the locals do their day-to-day activities by the riverbank such as bathing and washing their animals or vehicles and even fishing. If the water is still high, we will stop by the fisherman’s floating houses in the middle of the lake. Return back to the hotel. DAY 7: KAJANG CULTURE DISCOVERY Sengkang – Kajang – Bira (approximately 7 hours drive) Get up close and explore one of the special cultures in Sulawesi. Please wear an all-black costume today in respect of the Kajang tribe whom we will be visiting today. Take early check out and we’ll go for morning tour around Sengkang to view the market and silk weaving activities before proceeding for lunch. Afterwards, we will visit the Kajang village with a 2 km walk to reach the unique Kajang tribe. They are known for their custom to wear collared black costumes throughout their life. If you’d like to meet their tribe leader, Amatoa; you will be obliged to wear black shirt and sarong (available for rent) and to take off your shoes/ sandals. Stay and explore the village, talk with the Kajang’s and witness the daily life of the Kajang’s who survive to keep their centuries old tradition alive despite the growing outsider influences. Late afternoon drive to Bira hotel for overnight. DAY 8: SEE YOU AGAIN Bira – Tana Beru – Makassar Last day of the trip, we will take a 4-hour morning drive to Makassar with the first stop at Tana Beruto. This is the place where the famous Phinisi – a well-made Bugis schooner, was built. En route, we’ll make another stop at Jeneponto area to see the interesting salt farming. Have lunch at Makassar and if time permits, we will take you for the last treat to see the wonderful Paotere harbor and Dutch preserved buildings in Fort Rotterdam. Our guide will then transfer you to the airport.