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Toraja Cultural Immersion

Sulawesi, Indonesia
ui, duration, time, clock, watch 3 days to 5 days
Effortless to Beginner
best Best time to go: July, August

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Choose from hand-picked local businesses. Price may depend on group size.
4D3N Toraja's Must-sees
PRIVATE TRIP

4D3N Toraja's Must-sees

4 days 3 nights Max: 10 guests
Makasar
Rammang Rammang
Pare Pare
Toraja
Sangalla
Kete Kesu
Rantepao
Londa
8 Highlights
Orient Celebes Tour and Travel

Orient Celebes Tour and Travel

20 years experience
From 151.04 USD
3 Days 2 Night Toraja Highlight
PRIVATE TRIP

3 Days 2 Night Toraja Highlight

3 days 2 nights Max: 10 guests
Makasar
Rammang Rammang
Pare Pare
Toraja
Sangalla
Kete Kesu
Rantepao
Londa
8 Highlights
Yuk Travel

Yuk Travel

9 years experience
From 210.35 USD
5 day trip
PRIVATE TRIP

5 day trip

5 days 4 nights Max: 10 guests
Toraja
Sangalla
2 Highlights
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Erwin

7 years experience
From 217.20 USD
4 Days 3 Night Toraja Highlight
PRIVATE TRIP

4 Days 3 Night Toraja Highlight

4 days 3 nights Max: 20 guests
Makasar
Rammang Rammang
Pare Pare
Toraja
Sangalla
Kete Kesu
Rantepao
Londa
8 Highlights
NDB Tour & Travel

NDB Tour & Travel

35 years experience
From 225 USD
4D3N Toraja's Must-sees
PRIVATE TRIP

4D3N Toraja's Must-sees

4 days 3 nights Max: 20 guests
Makasar
Rammang Rammang
Pare Pare
Toraja
Sangalla
5 Highlights
Wakila Tour

Wakila Tour

6 years experience
From 247.56 USD
5 day trip
PRIVATE TRIP

5 day trip

5 days 4 nights Max: 10 guests
Toraja
Sangalla
2 Highlights
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Markus Tappi

37 years experience
From 257.32 USD
Toraja Highlight 3 Days 2 Night
PRIVATE TRIP

Toraja Highlight 3 Days 2 Night

3 days 2 nights Max: 20 guests
Toraja
Sangalla
Kete Kesu
Rantepao
Londa
5 Highlights
Pacebo Tour

Pacebo Tour

28 years experience
From 272.76 USD
4D3N Toraja's Must-sees
PRIVATE TRIP

4D3N Toraja's Must-sees

4 days 3 nights Max: 20 guests
Makasar
Rammang Rammang
Pare Pare
Toraja
Sangalla
Kete Kesu
Rantepao
Londa
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Perama

Perama

51 years experience
From 287.34 USD
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What you should know

How do I get there?

The experience starts from Rantepao, which is one of the biggest cities in the Toraja region. The closest airport hub to Rantepao is Makassar airport (there are direct flights from Singapore, Jakarta and Denpasar and many more Indonesian cities). The guide will pick you up from Makassar airport to take you to Rantepao, which is approximately 8 hours' drive away.

Do I need to go with a guide?

You can self-drive around the Torajan countryside but we wouldn't recommend it as that would only give you a very superficial understanding of this fascinating place. Having a local guide with you will give you color on what you're seeing, and background on the history, culture and traditions of the region. They will also know when/where the funeral ceremonies are being held and take you to one so that you can be fully exposed to the unique traditions of the Torajan people.

Do I need to train up?

You don't need to train up, though you should be able to handle light walks for a few hours at a time. The guides are also very flexible and are able to accommodate varying fitness levels, so you can walk as much or as little as you would like!

What's the best time to go?
The best months to visit are July, August
We recommend the above period because you would have more activities available.
How much time do I need?

You will need 5 days in total - 3 days in Toraja and 2 days getting there and back.

What's the difference between the options?

Each of the guides offers a similar itinerary so you should pick based on what type of guide you prefer, and level of accommodation (see below).

In terms of accommodation, Erwin and Markus both put their guests up at Indra Hotel, a basic 1 star hotel which is well-maintained and clean. Lisa Soba puts his guests up at Hotel Luta, a 3 star hotel which is nicer and more comfortable.

In terms of the guides, Markus is good with families and people who are taking it a bit slower. Erwin is good with young people (i.e. couples and groups) and is a good choice for those who would like more trekking. Lisa is incredibly knowledgeable and well-regarded, and is a good choice for those who would like more in-depth history of the area.

Any tips for what to do in the area?

One of the hidden delights of Toraja is its coffee. Tucked in the back of the Pison hotel in Rantepao is an amazing little cafe called the Kanna coffee shop, that serves delicious Arabica coffee. Mr Eli, the owner of the cafe, also has a water wheel powered roaster right inside the hotel - it is worth seeing even if you don't like coffee!

Do also make sure you try the buffalo steak when you are in Rantepao. Rimiko Restaurant is recommended by the locals and travellers alike as a good place to have it.

Is there anything else I should know?

A few notes about the funeral ceremonies:

Word of Caution: Please note that the funeral ceremonies involve the slaughtering of buffalos and other animals. This involves a lot of blood and may not be for those sensitive to these type of images. If you do not want to see this, please let us know and we will let your guide know that you would prefer to see other parts of Toraja instead.

Also, please note that these are real ceremonies where people come to pay last respects to their loved ones. Although most locals see it as an honour when travellers join in the ceremony and are happy to welcome you into their homes, they do expect that you follow the rules. Please listen to your guide's instructions to ensure that due respect is shown to the Torajan families and their departed loved ones.

Finally, because these are real ceremonies, there is a chance that none are scheduled during your visit. This is rare, as they do happen often, but it is possible. The dates of the ceremonies are often not fixed until a week or so before, so planning your trip to coincide with a ceremony is not always possible either. As mentioned above, the peak season for funeral ceremonies is during July to August, so visiting Toraja during those months increases your chances of seeing one but it isn't guaranteed.

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