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Toraja cultural tour (guided by native who can converse in English well)
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Toraja cultural tour (guided by native who can converse in English well)

The tour fee is for 4 participants max. If there are less than 4 people, as long as they are willing to pay the fee, the tour will go on. <br><br>Many tours focus on beautiful landscape of Toraja. The tour I prepared emphasizes on culture and tradition. Participants of the tour would be immersed in discussion about stone burial, tongkonan (traditional Toraja dwelling), funeral rites, motifs, and Aluk Todolo, a belief system that was once embraced by majority of Toraja.<br><br>We understand that many of our tour-participants are backpacker. Our tour fee doesn't include accommodation in Toraja so participants can choose lodging based on their budget (you can check site like AirBnB, HomeAway, etc). However, if you would like, we can help to book your lodging.
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Elizabeth B wrote a review Oct 2020
Liverpool, United Kingdom21 contributions35 helpful votes
Toraja is situated in the north of makassar the capital of south sulawesi and has a culture that is still unique to be seen until nowdays also has beautiful natural scenery. Toraja's unique culture is important and interesting to see such as:Various of burial sites,the dead effigies,the dead person is still kept in the family house,Traditional houses and rice barns and the most interesting to see in Toraja is the traditional ceremonies such as:The funeral ceremony,wedding and a new house ceremony also ma'nene ritual but we didn't see the ma'nene ritual because we visited Toraja in february 2020. Toraja has incredible views for the nature such as:ricefield terraces,beautiful views of countryside with local houses,mountains,hills,bamboo forest even Toraja has very good coffee that's why we could see coffee plantations beside cacao plantations everywhere around the region. Torajan people are nice people and really welcoming also very tolerant. When we explored Toraja for 2 days a culture tour and 2 days trekking tour, we had a very memorable trip with an experienced and a very professional local guide Mr.Arru. Don't hesitate to contact Mr.Arru if the travelers will need information about Toraja tour and trekking,rafting,Toraja traditional ceremonies information and so on.he is a reliable and great guide in Toraja. His Whatsapp(phone):+6285299235999 and Email:arrutoraja12@gmail.com.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Mark Evans wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
Tana toraja situated in the north of makassar the capital of south sulawesi,it is 8-9 hours driving. Tana toraja is wellknown unique culture and ancient tradition,good tolerance and has incredible panorama, The best time to visit toraja around june until august because at those months are the high season of funeral ceremonies and the ricefields are yellowing and some are verdant. Also the best time to visit tana toraja in december until the beginning of january.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Reinhard K wrote a review Nov 2019
Julich, Germany19 contributions10 helpful votes
We, i.e. my wife and me, experienced Tana Toraja for one week in September 2019 within a two months travel visiting the islands of Flores and Sulawesi in Indonesia. As a matter of fact, the week in Toraja was the highlight of this trip in several aspects. The combination of wonderful nature providing spectacular views, a strong and complex cultural heritage still visible in a variety of exceptional tongkonans (traditional houses) and beautifully carved rice barns, colorful local markets and traditional agriculture (e.g. rice paddies and sugar palms), and, last not least, overwhelmingly friendly and open-minded people, always ready to interact with a foreigner interested in their daily life and culture. All this was made accessible to us by an exceptional guide, Daud Rapa. He not only showed us many of the 'hot-spots' in Tana Toraja, but introduced us to hidden sites and to events beyond that what tourist usually have access to. Moreover, during the time of our visit in Tana Toraja, we stayed in his family home, together with his wife (a perfect cook!) and his three daughters, which was an unforgettable experience on its own. Daud being a member of a very old family of the highest caste in Torajan society, is extremely knowledgeable of every single aspect of this truly unique ethnic group (Toraja), and, speaking excellent English, he is both perfectly able and willing to share this knowledge with his guests, provided they are truly interested. Thanks to him, we not only gathered a lot of background information, but we were also introduced to rituals (e.g. funeral ceremony) and social events which otherwise we would certainly have missed. Last not least, Daud also hired Boi for us, who not only was our reliable driver but also a constant source of good humour during all our excursions. Thanks, Daud, for this wonderful week! At the end, I would like to mention that Daud, right before our visit to Tana Toraja, joined us on a one week tour in Minahasa region, the northern part of Sulawesi including Tangkoko NP, Tomohon and the volcanoes, which he had organized for us in a similarly perfect way.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Sri Nuryanti wrote a review Nov 2019
52 contributions9 helpful votes
Indonesia is welknown with its diversity. One of superb site that you may visit is Toraja in South Sulawesi. Toraja is not only welknown with its coffee production, Toraja is also welknown for its Rambusolo ceremony to honor the respected person who died. The dead body after somedays or months to be put in a special house, the body later on will be put in the slope of the mountain. The ceremony takes some days as the family usually will have to prepare a white buffalo which is very expensive in term of the price,accompanied by some buffalo to prepare the food for everyone who attend the ceremony. The travel to reach the place is quite tempting. You may take a flight from South Sulawesi to Palopo and continue the journey by bus or cater a car to Toraja at Rantepao, North Toraja, South Sulawesi. The building of Toraja village is uniquely with the different feature of house fasad. Feel the mountain breeze and you will see a serene beauty of the Toraja village area. Come and have a look around at Toraja village. Mingling around with local people and feel their culture for respecting the live and the dead.
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Date of experience: August 2019
Alain23 wrote a review Oct 2019
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We have seen huge funeral ceremony in this region. The culture is still well preserved.we recommend this place
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Date of experience: October 2019
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