Toraja Explorer

IndonesiaCulture, Landscapes

South Sulawesi is a region of dramatic contrasts - of rugged volcanic peaks and glistening white beaches. So it's hardly surprising the region is home to two vastly different peoples - the seafaring Bugis and the mysterious highland Torajans.

You'll drive through spectacular mountain, steep terraced slopes and tall bamboo forests to arrive in a true paradise of unspoilt natural beauty.

Visitors to Tana Toraja, the Land of Heavenly Kings, are either attracted by its unique culture and rituals, most of which are centered around graves and death ceremonies while others prefer to avoid the morbid images and go trekking through the spectacular, almost untouched Toraja countryside visiting remote villages, or exhilarate in rafting the Sa’dan river rapids.

6 Nights
From SGD 1,319Per Person

Tour Itinerary

MON/WED/SAT MI142 SIN/UPG 07.55/11.10

Arrive Sultan Hasanuddin Airport, Makassar and transfer to hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Makassar.

After breakfast, drive to Rantepao (330km; 9-10 hours), taking you through several villages of the Bugis people whose stilted houses line magnificent mountain passes.

Stop for lunch at a local restaurant at Pare Pare, a small port 155km north of Makassar.

Continue driving through the hills before reaching Rantepao in the late afternoon.

Tana Toraja is home to an ethnic group famous for their elaborate funeral rites, traditional houses and spectacular carving and dancing.

Overnight in Rantepao.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Head south to visit 2 traditional villages, Lemo and Suaya villages which are surrounded by cliffs pierced with graves and tau tau (hanging effigies) of deceased nobility. These cliffs are also referred to as the ‘death balconies’ due to their perilous location.

Next, visit Sangala where graves are dug into tree trunks, the traditional burial for infants.

Make a difference with a visit to Marthen Mande orphanage, where children are experts on the Angklung, a traditional bamboo musical instrument. Make a donation to help fund their future education.

Lunch is served in a traditional ‘liong tongkonan’ (local name for housing structure) where you can hear about the spiritual elements of ancestral Torajan architecture.

In the afternoon visit Londa village where coffins are suspended by ropes and poles from cliffs.

Continue to Ketekesu, a village which has one of the finest ensembles of Tongkonan (Toraja traditional houses). These boat-shaped houses have tall roofs made of slender bristles and create strange silhouettes in the sky. The Tongkonan facades boast many carved and painted motifs and a buffalo head wood adorns the wealthiest homes. Ketekesu village also has a rice granary of the traditional Toraja country style.

Return to the hotel late in the afternoon.

Dinner in the hotel.

Overnight in Rantepao.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning after breakfast, if the schedule permits, you will have the chance to immerse yourself in the bustling life of the Torajan’s with a visit to their once a week buffalo traditional market in Bolu. This market is important to the local society as buffalos and pigs are an essential part of the intricate funeral ceremony.

Proceed to Palawa, a typical Toraja village, and on to the highlands of Batutumonga for stunning views across the Toraja valley.

Lunch at Mentirotiku local restaurant.

Optional 1 hour OR 2-hour easy trek

Depending on your preference or interest, go on a one or 2-hour easy trek through fascinating Toraja villages. Perched on the slopes of Mt Sesean, these villages offers beautiful views of rice fields dotted with large black rocks, remains of ancient volcanic eruptions.

An hour trek will take you through the village of Lempo and Tinongbayo while the easy 2-hour walk takes you through the villages of Bori and Tikala where you will get to meet the locals and observe their traditional lifestyle and customs. These 2 villages have ancestral stone circles, part of the local lore of the Toraja people, with each stone representing an important noble who has passed away. They also feature impressive Tongkonan houses. Return to Rantepao with a stop at a Todi weaving factory where the ancient technique and motifs for Torajans textile known as Ikat’s are preserved.

Note Between July and September (dry season) many funerals take place and during this period many Toraja migrants return home for the holidays. Your programme will be tailored to allow you to attend a ceremony if you wish to do so during your visit in Toraja.

Return to Rantepao with a stop at a Todi weaving factory where the ancient technique and motifs for Torajans textile known as Ikats are preserved.

The last stop this afternoon will be at Marante, a village noted for its 'tau tau' which are located on a cliff face, and all dressed in white.

Overnight in Rantepao.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

After an early breakfast, drive back to Makassar (8-9 hours) stopping en route for lunch in Pare Pare.

Transfer to hotel on arrival in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Makassar.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

MON/WED/SAT / MI141 UPG/SIN 12.00/14.45

The morning is at your own leisure until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Singapore.

Meals: Breakfast

Toraja & Southern Sulawesi

Tour Cost

Price per person in SGD dollars

6D5N Toraja Explorer, Southern Sulawesi

Valid from Apr 01 to Sep 30, 2017
HotelsSGL FIT02 Persons03-04 PersonsSGL Supp.
• Makassar ~ Hotel Aryaduta in Deluxe Room
• Rantepao ~ Toraja Heritage in Superior Room
• Makassar ~ Aston Makassar in Superior Room
• Rantepao ~ Luta Resort in Superior Room
• Makassar ~ Santika Makassar in Deluxe Room
• Rantepao ~ Misiliana in Superior Room
Tour prices do not include airport & related taxes of SGD $160± per person, and must be paid to Pacific Arena at the time of ticket issuance. Please note that all airport taxes are subject to change by the airlines until the air tickets are issued.


  • Return 'Q' class airfare between Singapore and Makassar on Silkair: SIN/UPG/SIN (based on airfare valid up to Oct 31, 2017)
  • 02 nightsstayy in twin/double room in hotel in Makassar.
  • 03 nights stay in twin/double Standard room in choice of hotels in Rantepao.
  • Daily breakfast in hotel
  • Other meals as mentioned in the itinerary (L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • English-speaking local guide (for other languages supplements will apply)
  • All entrance fees and tours as indicated in itinerary.


  • Indonesian Visa, where applicable
  • Ex-SIN airport departure taxes (approx. SGD $160± per person)
  • Passenger Service Tax at Makassar Airport (IDR150,000 per person, subject to change)
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
  • Other meals and beverages not mentioned in itinerary
  • Camera/video entrance fees.
  • Travel insurance covering flight delays, curtailment, cancellations, etc.
  • Shopping and other personal expenses, e.g. drinks, laundry, phone calls, etc.
  • Tips & gratuities for guide and driver