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An eye-and-mind-opening cultural trip to Indonesia – 7D/6N

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Toraja

South Sulawesi

Indonesia

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Toraja is one of the beautiful region at South Sulawesi, Indonesia. You can see the jagged ridges of the hill stretching side by side along the slop of the mountains, beautiful valleys with bamboo and sugar palms, panorama of the beautiful paddy field as well as the unique traditional houses with curved roof.


Panoramas of paddy field



Traditional Toraja Houses

The Torajans are an ethnic group indigenous to a mountainous region of South Sulawesi. They lived in the highland areas and are proud of their cultural heritage and uphold it. They have a surprising local customs with a unique approach to death. To them, death is seen as the ultimate goal of life. A funeral is a great celebration of life, much like a going-away party, and is an occasion in which the entire family of the deceased, and all the members of the village will take part. Hence, the most prestigious ceremony in Toraja is the Death Ceremony and it is the most elaborate and expensive event in Toraja society. Funerals are the centre of social life that knit society together instead of weddings and births. They sing and perform dance for the occasion.

Toraja Funeral ceremony


Traditional song and dance for the funeral ceremony

The ceremony is often held weeks, months, or years after the death so that the deceased's family can raise the significant funds needed to cover funeral expenses. During the waiting period, the body of the deceased is wrapped in several layers of cloth and kept under the Tongkonan.



Tongkonan

Besides being known to be the most complex funeral traditions in the world with over many centuries of practices, the Torajans also have peculiar types of graves such as Stone / wooden grave, hanging grave, cave grave and baby grave.


Stone / Wooden Grave



Hanging Grave



Cave grave



Baby grave on the tree


This 7D/6N unique eye-and-mind-opening adventure trip will also bring you to experience one of the best white water rafting in Indonesia. The rugged terrain in Mai’ting river offers adrenaline opportunities in one of the two most famous rivers for white water rafting in Toraja.



Mai'ting River rafting - photo from aventure.marcovasco.fr


Another nature activity in Toraja is trekking and hiking. You will hike through the terraced paddy field and coffee plantation in the countryside of Toraja. A breathtaking landscape that you will always remember.



Toraja Landscape

Itinerary

(The local operators will do their best to adhere to the route described below but certain amount of flexibility is necessary to build into the tour as on occasions it may be desirable or necessary to make alterations or changes to the intended itinerary)

Day 1, 7 July, Friday – SG to Makassar. At airport by 7.20pm


Day 2, 8 July, Saturday, (meals own expenses)

  • Pick up from Makassar airport (UPG) at 7.25am .
  • Travel 8 hours to Toraja, breakfast and lunch along the way
  • Reach Toraja around 4pm and have dinner


Day 3 & 4, 9 & 10 July, Sunday & Monday, (Breakfasts provided)

  • Visit interesting places like traditional houses, cave graves, hanging grave, old wooden grave, baby's grave living in the tree, megalithic stone, animals market, panoramas, and funeral ceremony.


Day 5, 11 July, Tuesday, (Breakfasts provided)

  • Trekking / hiking at Sa'dan area
  • Stay a night in Toraja house at the village


Day 6, 12 July, Wednesday, (Breakfasts provided)

  • Water rafting at Mai'ting River


Day 7, 13 July, Thursday, (Breakfasts provided)

  • Travel back to Makassar airport (UPG), flight at 4.10pm
  • Arrived SG at 9.10pm

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