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Toraja Wonderland

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located on the Sulawesi island, 300 km north of Makassar, the provincial capital of South Sulawesi, Tana Toraja has unique culture set in stunning scenery. “Discovered” and opened to the world from their long isolation only since the beginning of the last century, the Toraja today still adhere to their age-old beliefs, rituals and traditions. Along with the famous graves and death ceremonies, the burial rites which may last up to a week, ritual dances and buffalo fights are held, and buffaloes and pigs are slaughtered to ferry the soul of the deceased to the afterlife (puya). The deceased is then finally buried either in a small cave, often with a tau-tau effigy placed in front, inside a hollow tree or even left exposed to the elements in a bamboo frame hanging from a cliff; traditional Tongkonan houses stand proudly in this setting. These intricately decorated houses with upward-sloping roofs are the center of all Aluktodolo (Torajan religion before the coming of missionaries; the ancestors belief) rites; from storing the harvest in the carved rice barns, “alang”, to slaughtering sacred water buffaloes at a week or more-funeral ceremonies. Tana Toraja’s beauty is also reflected in its people. Although they are devoutly Christian (there are small number of Muslims especially in the southern area), they combine this religious belief with magic and mysticism, and welcome visitors to witness their ceremonies.


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Day 1 : Jakarta – Ujung Pandang – Toraja (L,D)

Depart from Jakarta to Makassar (formerly Ujung Pandang). Upon arrival at Hasanuddin Airport Makassar, you will be met and transferred by private car to Tana Toraja, which takes about 8 hours, passing through the Buginese area with their distinctive stilt houses through magnificent scenery and mountain. Lunch at local restaurant in Pare Pare. Afternoon arrive inTana Toraja. Overnight and dinner at Hotel.

Day 2 : Toraja tour + soft trekking in the countryside (B,L,D)

After breakfast at hotel, we will take Toraja Tour including visits to the fascinating villagesof Tana Toraja with the unique Tongkonan Houses which shape like a ship bow andstern. LEMO, grave yard on the cliff. SUAYA, old royal stone graves of the seventh king.SANGGALA, the tree for the dead babies. LONDA, an ancient natural graves and puppetson the balcony representing the dead. Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner and overnight athotel.

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Day 3 : Toraja tour + soft trekking in the countryside (B,L,D)

Breakfast at hotel. Then visiting to KETEKESU, traditional Toraja village.BATUTUMONGA, mountainous area with fantastic scenery of green paddy field and riceterraces. PALAWA, the oldest village of Toraja with old Tongkonan houses and rice barnssurrounded. You will have a soft walking in the villages to get along with local people andto see their daily activities and visits their traditional market. If there are any traditionalceremonies occurring during your visits, you will spend time attending them. Lunch to beserved at a local restaurant enroute, afternoon return to hotel for overnight and dinner.

Day 04 : Toraja – Makassar – Jakarta (B,L)

After breakfast you will be transferred by private car to the Makassar airport. Stop for lunchin Pare Pare. Late afternoon arrive in Ujung Pandang, proceed to the airport to catch the flightback to Jakarta.

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Rate per person: USD$ 410,-

Including: Airport assistance and transfers with private air-conditioned coach, Daily mineral water on the bus, All admission and entrance fee, Meals as mentioned above (B,L,D), English speaking guide. Hotel is Missiliana Toraja. Single supplement must add extra Rp. 900.000.

Excluding: Air tickets, airport tax, travel insurance, extra drinks and meals, Gratitude for guide/driver, personal expenses,  services not mentioned above.

 

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