Trek & immersion among the Toraja - Azimuth Adventure Travel Ltd
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Trek & immersion among the Toraja

This trekking variant of the "Discover the Toraja culture" tour offers you total immersion in this region, where ancestral rites and variegated nature blend together to offer travellers a particularly picturesque flavour.

Over the course of a 4-day trek in the western and northern parts of the Toraja country, you will pass through numerous authentic high-altitude villages and breathtaking landscapes. In this abundant nature, with its many endemic orchid species and friendly local people, you'll ...

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Day 1Welcome to Sulawesi

Day 1Welcome to Sulawesi

  • Welcome at Makassar airport and transfer to hotel. Makassar is the capital of the province of South Sulawesi, situated on the Makassar Strait. Rest of the day at leisure. In the early afternoon, visit the fish market, an essential meeting place, as fish is an important part of Indonesian culinary culture. Transfer to the port of Paotere to admire the magnificent wooden schooners. The tour ends with a visit to Fort Rotterdam, built in 1545 by Raja Tunipalangga: originally it consisted of an earthen rampart called a "makassar". It was not until 1634 that these were reinforced with stone walls, at the request of Sultan Alaudin. The fort was later (in 1667) conquered by the Dutch and renamed "Rotterdam" (the birthplace of Speelman). Today, the fort has been fully restored and even houses a small museum recounting its history.

Meal and accommodations

Accommodation: Dalton Hotel or Harper Hotel

Day 2To Toraja Country

Day 2To Toraja Country

  • Morning transfer to the Maros region (once discovered by Alfred Wallace), renowned for its rice fields and karst peaks. Take a short stroll in the surrounding area and explore a cave that is almost 39,000 years old and contains numerous cave paintings. Your guide will also take you on a pirogue ride on a river near which many species of birds live. Meet the local people, who live in houses built on stilts. At the end of the morning, transfer to the seaside town of Pare Pare, then head up the Sa'Dan river towards the mountains, through some magnificent scenery. The flat landscape is quickly replaced by thick coconut forest. Stop en route at Bambapuang, where you will have a view of a so-called "erotic" mountain. Arrive in Rantepao (the capital of Toraja country) in the early evening. Check-in at your hotel.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Dalton Hotel or Harper Hotel

Accommodation: Toraja Misiliana Hotel

1h
Sangkurapi
6h
Karonanga

Day 3Start of the Trek

Day 3Start of the Trek

  • Morning transfer to Sangkurapi, the starting point of your 5-day trek through Toraja country. Rice fields, forests, rivers and authentic villages will be your daily routine. Arrive in Karonanga in the afternoon. Free time until dinner, which you will share with the locals, who use bamboo in surprising ways in their cooking.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Toraja Misiliana Hotel

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Toraja Misiliana Hotel

Karonanga
7h
Sapan

Day 4Green Ocean

Day 4Green Ocean

  • Second day of trekking to Sapan, through terraced rice fields, villages and bamboo forests. Overnight in a typical Toraja house.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Toraja Misiliana Hotel

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Homestay

Sapan
7h
Baruppu

Day 5To Baruppu

Day 5To Baruppu

  • You continue your trek towards Baruppu, largely through the forest.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Included

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Homestay

Baruppu
6h
Melosya

Day 6To Melosya

Day 6To Melosya

  • Today's route takes you through some splendid scenery towards Melosya.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Included

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Homestay

Melosya

Day 7Last Day of Trek

Day 7Last Day of Trek

  • Last day of walking, bringing you closer to Rantepao. Transfer to the Toraja capital mid-afternoon.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Included

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Homestay

40m
40m
Kete Kesu

Day 8Funerary Art

Day 8Funerary Art

  • Your first stop today is the Lemo burial site. This is a rock face into which balconies have been carved, housing numerous figurines known as Tau Tau. We then transfer to the royal tombs of Suaya and continue on foot to another interesting site: Tampangg'alo. In the afternoon, visit the Londa caves, at the foot of a large cliff, which contain coffins and scattered bones. Easy walk to Kete Kusu village (famous for its wood carvings and rice granaries), through rice fields, villages and bamboo forest. You'll also discover troglodytic tombs and older suspended tombs.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Included

Accommodation: Toraja Misiliana Hotel

5h-210km
Sengkang

Day 9To Bugis Country

Day 9To Bugis Country

  • We head for the shores of Lake Tempe and board motorised canoes for an extraordinary discovery of this marshy lake, home to numerous species of birds and an astonishing lakeside village. This is your chance to immerse yourself in the habits and customs of the villagers, for whom time seems to have no hold. In the morning, we travel to the charming little town of Sengkang, which stretches along the banks of the Walanae River. In the afternoon, visit the traditional silk weaving workshops.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Toraja Misiliana Hotel

Accommodation: BBC Hotel

Sengkang
Departure

Day 10See You Soon in Indonesia

Day 10See You Soon in Indonesia

  • Morning departure for the Bantimurung region, with a visit to the archaeological site of Leang-Leang en route. In the afternoon, you continue your journey to Makassar airport.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: BBC Hotel

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