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This Island has been inhabited by people since about 30,000 years ago, it is proven by the sign found in cave near the limestone hills not far from Maros town its about 30 km north east of Makassar the capital of South Sulawesi province. There are possibility that the oldest civilization in this island was at Walennae valley, a place between Soppeng and Sengkang where tool made of pebble and flake were found. Fossil from the extinct species of pig, deer and elephan were also found around this area. During the golden age of spice trade in the 15th till the 19th centuries, South Sulawesi played a role as the gate to Mollucan Island, the land of spices. The mighty kingdoms of Makassar and Bone as mentioned in the past history of the eastern part of Indonesia, had played an important role.
Before the Republic of Indonesia has it proclamation, South Sulawesi is inhabited by four main etnic groups namely is : Bugis, Makassar, Mandar and Toraja. The people of the first three etnic have been know as patriotic and brave sailor both during and after the war was over. With the traditional sailing boats, they sail across the seas of Indonesia to the Northern part of Australia, a number of island in Pacific Ocean and to the African Coast. There three big empires that have big influence, those are Luwu, Gowa, and Bone, which at XVI century and XVII century reach their glorious, and has trade relation with Europeans, India, China, Malay, and Arab.
The Toraja people is well know with their specific and strong culture, it can be seen in the death Ceremonial, Traditional house with arch -shaped roog and beatiful carvings with natural color. An ethnic group who believes that their forefathers descended from heaven onto a mountain some twenty generations ago, the Torajas have a unique culture based on animistic beliefs. Known for their grand burial ceremonies on cliffs or hanging graves, they practice an ancestral cult even today where death and afterlife ceremonies are great feasts when buffaloes are sacrificed in the final death ceremony, after which the deceased's remains are placed in a coffin and interred in caves hollowed out in high cliffs. The mouth of the cave is guarded by lifelike statues, looking out from a "balcony". As death has such an "important meaning" when the souls are released, burials are elaborate and follow days of feasting. Rock graves are also a form of burial. A strict hierarchy is followed in the villages.They are known for their unusual customs; today most are Christians. The Toraja also resisted the Dutch until the first decade of the 20th Century.
The Bugis vessels have sailed as far as the Australian beach, leaving behind drawings of their ships on stone with words that have been integrated into the Aboriginal language of north Australia. Situated on the crossroads of well-traveled sea-lanes, its capital and chief trading port of Ujung Pandang, till today the gateway to eastern Indonesia. Spanish and Portuguese galleons, followed by British and Dutch traders sailed these seas in search of the spice trade, escorted by their men of war to protect them against the daring raids of the Bugis and Makassar who attacked the intruders. The most famous Bugis leaders were kings of Bone, which is called Watampone. Bugis settlements have scattered as far as Kalimantan and Riau. The kings of Gowa and Bone did much to spread Islam through the area.
The Traditional language used is Makassar, Bugis, Luwu, Toraja, Mandar, Duri, Konjo dan Pattae. Religion of the tribes in South Sulawesi are majority is Muslim, except in Tana Toraja and other parts is Christian.
The Province of South Sulawesi is comprised of 23 Regencies, with three main ethnic groups, Makassarese, Buginese and Torajanese (1 ethnic group is "Mandar" nowadays has become part of the new province, West Sulawesi, but in historically its still remains a part of another ethnic in South Sulawesi). The region's unique culture, ancient traditions, mystical way of life, and ethnic natural beauty make it a notable addition to one's travel experiences. It is a place where travelers interact with both nature and local people, where nature and the people are one, and where both are shared with the visitor.
Tourist attractions in South Sulawesi can be said to be complete compared to other regions in Indonesia. Starting from the sea to the beach, from the mainland to the mountains, you can found many fantastic tourist attractions and the fascinating natural tropical scene, from the underwater to the mountainous area including karst mountains, lakes, waterfalls, culture, traditional house, phinisi boat craftsmen, culinary, diving places, ceremonial, traditional dance, carving, beautiful weaving silk, and many other attractions that you can witnessed during your trip to South Sulawesi area.
* Schedules might change due to weather or other conditions.
* If you found the above-stated accommodations were not on your style. Don’t worry ! We can still arrange your accommodation based on your preferred type of lodging, such as bed & breakfast basic, budget class or a kind of homestay, or if you require to upgrade from standard to luxury / classed type of hotel, then we surely can manage of your taste.
Makassar - Arrival Rammang RammangUpon on Your arrival in Makassar Airport, meeting service than directly transfer to Rammang Rammang, visit stone Kart's and stay overnight at Eco Lodge. Around 18.00 pm take a boat to visit the Fire fly in the tree, and seem like Christmas tree, eagle in waiting for Bat coming from the cave. Than back to hotel for dinner.
Rammang Rammang - TorajaSoon after breakfast, leaving To Toraja via Pare Pare, Lunch will be serve at Local sea food restorant in Pare pare. After lunch than continue to Toraja via Endrekang, stop over for Caffee /Tea break at Gunung nana or Eroutic Mountain before entrance to BAMBA PUANG “ GATE TO HEAVEN”as entrance to Toraja region. Late afternoon arrive in Rantepao as central of tourism directly check in to Hotel.
Full Day Toraja TourLemo, an ancient stone grave with effigy in balony as figure of the dead that was buried in the stone. Kambira, Baby grave in a living tree, Tampang allo, ancient burial coffins in cave Suaya, Royal King family grave with their effigy, Ke'te' Kesu', and Traditional Torajan village Afternoon back to Hotel.
Toraja TourSoon after breakfast than start the tour to northern part of Toraja, visit : Live stock market in Bolu, Bori', stone mengalith as field to held funeral ceremony for Nobel class Pallawa, Traditional Torajan village with numbers of houses with buffalows horn as simbol of funeral that they have held on this house. Batutumonga, Spectacular penorama with big numbers of rice field terraces in the valley, short hike possible for 2 hours. Stay overnight in Batutumonga Lodge.
Toraja TrekkingSoon after having breakfast than have 05 hours trekking to Lolai, than afternoon back to Rantepao for your accomodations
Toraja - SengkangBreakfast at Hotel than leave to Sengkang for 05 hours, arrive in Sengkang directly to the pier to have camping boat to visit the lake with Traditional fisherman with floating house, various of birds can be seen during the trip, sunset along the way back to town, stay overnight at Sermani Hotel or BBC hotel.
Sengkang - BiraAfter breakfast in Hotel, leaving to Bira for approx 06 hours drive via sinjai and Bulukumba, lunch at Tanah beru and visit the skillful carpenter in build the phinisi boat before healing to Bira beach, accomodation at Sea side of Bira.
Liukang island - BiraMorning breakfast than have a boat to Liukang island for snorkeling, lunch at Liukang, afternoon back to Bira.
Bira relaxBira relax
Bira - Makassar / AirportAfter breakfast than leave to Makassar / Airport for approx 05 hours drive
- Air Condition Private Transport
- Experience Driver ( Local Language Only )
- Tour guide from Makassar untill Toraja trip
- Accomodation in standard hotel -. Rammang Rammang at eco Lodge -. Toraja at Indra hotel or similar -. Sengkang at Sermani hotel -. Bira at Baracoco or similar ( need to book in advance )
- Boat trip in Sengkang
- 01 day boat trip in Bira
- Entrance fee
- Lunch and dinner
- Tour donation and tipping
Yes, minimum 4 person for this trip, but single participant also allowed with add an extra
No, Wheelchair accessible
No, stroller accessible
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems, but can join with your own risk
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers, but can join with your own risk
- Not recommended for travelers with heart problems or other serious medical conditions, but can join with your own risk
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