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Toraja Tour with Local Guides

Toraja Tour Visit The Land Of The Heavenly King

Visit Toraja Land while The Culture Still Intact!

Tana Toraja or Toraja Land is situated 310 kms north of Makassar (UjungPandang), the capital city of South Sulawesi (Celebes). Tana Toraja is a mountainous area. The slope of the limestone mountains are covered with various kindsof bamboo, pine trees, coffee and many other kinds of tropical plants. The wet rice terraces and clove bushes also beautify the area which make one of the reason Toraja Tour is the third tourist destination after Java and Bali.

The total area of Toraja land is 3,205.77 kms. According to the 1995 cencus, the population of the regency numbered 367,371 people living in two towns ( Makale and Rantepao ), and in 65 villages. It is important to note that a million of Torajans live outside Toraja Land. Most of them comprise job seekers, University students, soldiers and business people.

The long drive from the lowlands to the mountain stronghold of TANA TORAJA opens up a breath-taking new world. The rugged mountains and verdant valleys are home to a people who love of religious spectacle is equaled only by their hospitality. With majestic panoramas, captivating villages and dramatic ceremonies, Toraja Tour is the undisputed highlight of any journey to Sulawesi (Celebes) – Indonesia.

Upgraded roads, an airport and several star-rated hotels have opened the Toraja high-lands to visitors of all interests, budgets and schedules. The essence of the Toraja beliefs and way of life can be experienced without undue effort, as many interesting sites are clustered around the town of Rantepao, easily accessible by road.

Toraja Tour it self devided into 2 area to explore. Where each area can spend a full day of your time. In the southern area you can visit artisans at Kete Kesu, a model Toraja settlements, produce bamboo carvings and other traditional handicrafts. The village itself has several well-maintained Tongkonan houses and rice barns. Visitors unsure about the propriety of tramping around someone’s village will be relieved to know that Kete Kesu has been converted into a living museum with the express purpose of displaying Toraja architecture and daily life. Other villages within sight of the roads, often sitting in an emerald sea of rice fields, display the Toraja penchant for baroque architectural adornment.

If the Toraja way of life is interesting, the way of death is a fascinating mix of rituals custom and spectacle. For the Toraja, the dead are as much a part of society as the living. At Lemo, cliffs rise precipitously from the rice fields like stonework condominiums. crypts carved with prodigious manual labor high into the solid rock house the mortal remains of Toraja nobility. Set amongs the crypts, the striking tau-tau, wooden effigies representing the deceased, look impassively on the world below.

At Londa, a network of coffin-filled caves reaches deep into the limestone hills. Visitors expecting a solemn, well-kept grotto are often shocked and disturbed by skeletons tumbling out of wooden coffins, skulls and bones arranged , to western eyes, according to some gruesome aesthetic. But the Toraja feels that since their ancestor’s souls are residing in heaven, ensuring continued fertility in farm and field, it is appropriate that their earthly remains be on display for the pleasure of honored foreign guests.

While the valley between Rantepao and Makale provides a glimpse of Toraja life, the real Toraja lies in the surrounding mountains in the northern part of Toraja, accessible only on foot. In treks ranging from an easy day to a strenuous week, those with a moderate capacity for adventure can experience authentic Toraja village life in charming mountain hamlets. Even in the most remote mountain villages, visitors are welcomed openly. Long accustomed to foreigners stumbling unannounced into their settlements, village leaders will generally allow anybody to take a look the interior part of their houses.

Funeral Ceremony

Tana Toraja or Toraja Land has a blended culture and natural beauty with fascinating ritual attractions. I dare to say that Toraja Land is the land of eternal souls, wandering spirits and buffaloes. And I still remember when some tourists said to me that among Torajan who still involved with their ancestors’ belief, then their entire life consists of rituals.

Employing intricate cycles of ritual observance punctuated with marvelous pageantry. The Toraja devote much time and effort to the care of their ancestors. The Toraja believe their forebears reside in heaven and participate directly in the welfare of the material world through their blessings. To conduct the souls of the deceased safely into the next world, the Toraja mount elaborate ceremonies which also serve to solidify bonds of mutual obligation among the traditionally suspicious clan groups.

For visitors, this is a magnificent show, as the ever hospitable Toraja will make arrangements to accommodate everyone who attends the ceremonies. Even a young backpacker stumbling into a Torajan funeral is offered a space in the temporary shelters erected for the occasion.The shelter set aside for tourists is generally in a good location, behind the closest relatives and community leaders, of course, but often far closer to the action than shelters reserved for distant or impoverished relations. A well-behaved foreigner is considered an honored guest, whose arrival from a far adds cosmopolitan element to the festive occasion.

Check the following Video from TED where Anthropologist Kelli Swazey takes a look at this culture, in which the bodies of dead relatives are cared for even years after they have passed. While it sounds strange to Western sensibilities, she says, this could actually be a truer reflection of the fact that relationships with loved ones don’t simply end when breathing does.

Toraja Tour Package

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4 Days Toraja Trekking Tour

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2 Days Toraja Classic Tour

Testimonials

Toraja Tour

We had a wonderful journey around Toraja area. Our tour guide, Ms Rita, was a well qualified one. We met the driver at the hotel in Makassar and drove through the Toraja mountain.
We took part in a funeral ceremony; it was so impressive. The place where we stayed was so quietful and in a great natural environment. I… Read more “Toraja Tour”

Reno Simonetti

Borneo, java, flores and sulawesi

Perfect!!! Everything has been perfect.
The drivers were always waiting me ad the airport, the guides were expert, gentle. the cars were very good.Hotels and flights too. a very interesting mix between nature, culture, religion and traditional uses.
A suggestion.. Bring from your own another sheet for the bed on the borneo’s boat and a jacket for the… Read more “Borneo, java, flores and sulawesi”

Claudio Alvisi

Trans Sulawesi

Hernan Halim provided an excellent tour of Sulawesi. Comfortable air con car, excellent company, fantastic English and very knowledgeable. I really liked his use of local guides who provided in depth local knowledge. This was particularly great in Toraja- understanding the importance of funerals as well as the complex social networks.
Trips to togean islands and Bunaken islands were… Read more “Trans Sulawesi”

Martha Scott

Perfectly organized trip from Makassar to Manado

Hernan Halim responded quickly to our info request on the internet. We wanted to travel for 3 weeks in Sulawesi. Unaware of all the possibilities to visit the Togean Islands and the norther parts, we decided on a trip along the coast to Toraja. Hernan proposed a cross Sulawesi trip including the Togean Island and Manage, northern part plus Bunaken.Read more “Perfectly organized trip from Makassar to Manado”

Elly Valk

The best and most reliable local tour company in Indonesia!

My husband and I visited Java the first time in late April to early May 2018 during our 2 week private tour that was fully organised by Hernan at IndoGlobal Adventure, the head office now based in Jakarta. This is the second time we used Hernan’s services. First time we traveled with him to Sulawesi. We were so impressed with… Read more “The best and most reliable local tour company in Indonesia!”

Kinga Urban

Wonderful Solo trip in Toraja

I was looking at several tour operators in Indonesia for Toraja trip and found IndoGlobal Adventure looks promising – the complete itinerary and the owner, Hernan, speaks fluent English. They also replied my email fast. Being an Indonesian myself, my parents were worried me travelling solo. They thought European country would be safer to do so. If you read this… Read more “Wonderful Solo trip in Toraja”

Theresia Clara

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we do Toraja Tour as soon as we arrive?

No. Driving from Makassar to Toraja Land will take approximately 8-9 hours, not to mention the additional stop you make for meals and breaks. So by the time you arrive in Rantepao, it will be dark.

Alternatively, we can recommend you to make some stops along your way to Toraja Land at some interesting sites.

1. Rammang Rammang Karst Complex
2. The Bugis Makassar village
3. The “Erotic mountain” in Bambapuang

Please notice that by visiting those places is subject for traffic and late arrival time in Rantepao.

Do you offer one-way Transfer to Toraja Land?

Yes, we do. The one-way transfer from Makassar to Toraja will cost IDR 1.400.000 / Car. The car can be use with up-to 4 Passengers plus driver. The price already include driver and fuels. Please contact us at Contact Form for this additional service.

Can i buy Bus Ticket from you?

Yes, we can definitely help you with purchasing Bus Ticket from Makassar to Toraja Land or Vice Versa. The price would be IDR 250.000 and this is a Semi Sleeper Bus. Please use the Contact Form to inquiry for this service.

Are there flights from Makassar to Toraja Land?

Yes, flights are availlable daily from Makassar (UPG) to Palopo (LLO) Airport. The flight takes approximately 55 minutes and the drive from Palopo Airport to Rantepao is approximately 2 hours drive.

Wings Air flies everyday at 09:40 from Makassar and arrives in Palopo on 10:30. Garuda Airlines are no longer serve this route.

If you have problem with Flights Booking thru the Internet, because most of the Flights Booking Platform in Indonesia does not accept foreign credit card, please dont hesitate to contact us. We can help you for this.

Should I give tip?

Tipping is now a common thing in Indonesia, they are expecting it. So what we can say that tipping is relatively required. But, there is no rule for how much to tip. That is really depends on how satisfied you are with the services. But we can recommend IDR 50.000 per day for your driver and IDR 100.000 per day for your guide.

Please consider this very indicative. If you are on a low budget you could consider less, and if you are on a high budget you could consider more. But any amount is really appreciated!

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