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Toraja Land and Buginese Adventure Trip South Sulawesi Indonesia 07 Days 06 Nights

The Toraja are an ethnic group indigenous to a mountainous region of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Their population is approximately 650,000, of which 450,000 still live in the regency of Tana Toraja (“Land of Toraja”).Most of the population is Christian, and others are Muslim or have local animist beliefs known as aluk (“the way”). The Indonesian government has recognized this animist belief as Aluk To Dolo (“Way of the Ancestors”).

The word toraja comes from the Bugis language’s to riaja, meaning “people of the uplands”. The Dutch colonial government named the people Toraja in 1909.Torajans are renowned for their elaborate funeral rites, burial sites carved into rocky cliffs, massive peaked-roof traditional houses known as tongkonan, and colorful wood carvings. Toraja funeral rites are important social events, usually attended by hundreds of people and lasting for several days.

Before the 20th century, Torajans lived in autonomous villages, where they practised animism and were relatively untouched by the outside world. In the early 1900s, Dutch missionaries first worked to convert Torajan highlanders to Christianity. When the Tana Toraja regency was further opened to the outside world in the 1970s, it became an icon of tourism in Indonesia: it was exploited by tourism developers and studied by anthropologists.By the 1990s, when tourism peaked, Toraja society had changed significantly, from an agrarian model — in which social life and customs were outgrowths of the Aluk To Dolo—to a largely Christian society.

Ethnic identity

The Torajan people had little notion of themselves as a distinct ethnic group before the 20th century. Before Dutch colonization and Christianization, Torajans, who lived in highland areas, identified with their villages and did not share a broad sense of identity. Although complexes of rituals created linkages between highland villages, there were variations in dialects, differences in social hierarchies, and an array of ritual practices in the Sulawesi highland region. “Toraja” (from the coastal languages’ to, meaning people; and riaja, uplands) was first used as a lowlander expression for highlanders. As a result, “Toraja” initially had more currency with outsiders—such as the Bugis and Makassarese, who constitute a majority of the lowland of Sulawesi—than with insiders. The Dutch missionaries’ presence in the highlands gave rise to the Toraja ethnic consciousness in the Sa’dan Toraja region, and this shared identity grew with the rise of tourism in the Tana Toraja Regency. Since then, South Sulawesi has four main ethnic groups—the Bugis (the majority, including shipbuilders and seafarers), the Makassarese (lowland traders and seafarers), the Mandarese (traders and fishermen), and the Toraja (highland rice cultivators)

TANA TORAJA AND SOUTH SULAWESI TOURS 07 DAYS 06 NIGHTS

DAY 01 : MAKASSAR AIRPORT – PARE PARE- TORAJA (L.D)

After meeting service upon arrival at the airport, We take an eight-hour drive up to Tana Toraja passing through Bugis villages with a few stop on the way including visiting the interior of the bugis

houses which built on stilt. Stop by Pare-pare to enjoy lunch at a beautiful sea-food restaurant located up on a hill with sea view.

Afternoon, refreshment stop at Bambapuang to see the erotic mountain of Buntu Kabobong and enjoy some local cakes with traditional coffee or tea. Late in the afternoon arriving in Toraja land, directly check-in at the hotel for your overnight stay and dinner.

DAY 02 : FULL DAY TORAJA TOUR (B.L.D)

Morning after breakfast, exploring Toraja: the Land Full of Surprises. First to Lemo, a cliffside burial site with effigies up on balconies. Then to Sangalla’ to see baby graves in a big tree. Visit Suaya, the royal burial site of Puang Sangalla’ where you can see all kinds of graves existing in Tana Toraja from the ancient to the present time. After lunch en route, visit the Ke’te’ kesu’ traditional village with rows of traditional tongkonan houses and granaries and hanging graves. Back to the hotel in the afternoon. Dinner and stay overnight at hotel.

DAY 03 : FULL DAY TORAJA TOUR (B.L.D)

Morning after breakfast, We have another fullday exploring Tana Toraja; the Indonesia’s Mountain Eden. Visit Sadan village, the Toraja weaving center. Visit Pallawa, a spectacular traditional village with rows of tongkonan houses and traditional granaries. Visit Bori, a burial place with megaliths which are the remains of the Torajan ancient stone cultures. After lunch en route, visit Nanggala, a traditional village with thousands of bats up on the bamboo trees, and a traditional tongkonan house with a human skull on top of it. Afternoon, back hotel and stay overnight.

Note : A traditional funeral ceremony which can be reached by foot will be included within two days Toraja tour. A typical torajan local fruits & live stuff market can also be visited during your two days tour in Toraja Land.

DAY 04 : TORAJA – SENGKANG – LAKE “TEMPE” (B.L.D)

Morning after breakfast, take a four-hour drive to the silk city of Sengkang. Stop by Bambapuang for a refreshment to see the erotic mountain of Buntu Kabobong once again. Early afternoon, check-in at the hotel. After lunch, enjoy boat ride on the lake Tempe to the floating villages. Witness the the locals doing their daily activities on the lake. Evening, enjoy dinner in a traditional-bugis-nobel style where we are served by boys and girls in traditional dresses.

DAY 05 : SENGKANG – BIRA (WHITE SANDY BEACH) (B.L.D)

Morning after breakfast. Proceed to Bira with some pictureque-stops on the way and main stop is lunch enroute. After passing through some typical villages of bugis-makassar. You will be arriving at the edge of south sulawesi island which is very famous for the local people who build the traditional wooden-sailing-boats at Tana Beru. Afternoon arrive at Tanjung Bira and Check-in directly at the hotel. free at leisure while witnessing the beautiful sunset from the Bira beach. Dinner and stay overnight at hotel.

DAY 06 : BIRA AT LEISURE (B.L.D)

Morning after breakfast, drive back to Makassar with a stop at Tana Beru boat-building center to watch the boat masters building huge traditional Pinisi boats in traditional way. After lunch enroute, we proceed to Makassar city. Evening, enjoy seafood dinner at the famous sea-food restaurant in Makassar city. Stay overnight at hotel.

DAY 07: MAKASSAR – AIRPORT – OUT (B)

After breakfast at hotel. A short city tour in Makassar city , visiting the sea-shell collection & orchid garden, fortress, sailing harbour and lunch at sea-food restaurant. On time transfer to Airport for your next destination (noon flight.

Rate : Euro 720/person twin share

Tours Included :

– Pick up and transfer services from Hassanudin Makassar Airport

– English Speaking Guide, Others on request

– AC vehicle

– All Accommodation

– All meals

– All tours per itineraries

– Funeral entrance fees

– All local guides

– Boating at Lake Tempe ( For Other Tours )

– Mineral drinking water

Tours Excluded :
– Return air tickets to and from Makassar
– Alcoholic and non alcholic drinks
– Laundry
– Tipping for the driver and guide
– Village donation
– Phone calls
– Airport porter and airport taxes
– Any personal expenses


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