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“Rent a Motorbike and Go!”
Review of Batutumongga

Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Rantepao
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Wisconsin
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“Rent a Motorbike and Go!”
Reviewed April 13, 2014

Wow!! We rented a motorbike from our hotel and headed up towards Batutumonga. The route we took has us climbing upwards through the rice paddies. We knew there was supposed to be a lovely panorama at the top, but WOW!!! We were blown away. Just past Batutumonga, you can also find the graves in the giant stone at Loko'mata. I recommend checking them out. We had spent the day before on a tour of different gravesites in the region, and so on this day we weren't really looking for any specific gravesites. However, Loko'mata is very unique and worth a quick visit. We took another route down to Rantepao from Batutumonga, but I would recommend seeking out the rice paddy route for the way up. The scenery just builds and builds until you are finally at the top. We must have stopped ten times to take photos on the way up!

Visited April 2014
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“More reward after a spectacular journey”
Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

The journey here itself offered breathtaking views with plenty of stops for superb panaramic photos. Make sure you stop at the coffee kiosk at Deri which is perched over hanging the edge of valley.
At Batutmonga alight at the church cross the paddy fields and take the gentle climb to the restaurant.
During your stay in TT explore the beautiful area around Bebe and the eastern circular road (not the main road) from Marante to Palawa. Try and visit Kesu Ketsu in the morning for a better sun position for photos.
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Exciting Journey to a Spectacular View”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

Batutumongga provides travelers view an amazing overhead view of the small town of Rantepao, as it is surrounded by lush green hills and rice terraces. Especially on a sunny day, the scenery is really quite stunning. At the top of the mountain, there is a small hotel where you can stay. The environment is very rather quiet and peaceful, and the climate is nice and cool. This makes it the perfect place to just relax, have a tea, and enjoy the view.

Other reviewers comment that the journey to the Batutumongga is rough (literally). However, this was half the excitement for me! From Rantepao, there are shared rides available that take people up the mountain. We negotiated with a driver to allow us to hire him privately for the day to take us there; however, to do this is rather challenging if you don't speak Indonesian. I suggest asking your hotel to assist you with getting a ride to the top.

The road itself is very bumpy and winding, and in some places it's very steep! It's very narrow, and often times passing an oncoming vehicle is rather scary, especially when there's a long drop beside you. We even had to stop on one occasion and help a car stuck in the mud. However, the drivers seem to know exactly what they're doing despite our perceived danger of the situation. The road going up does bring you nearby to rice terraces, where you'll see locals working. There are also plenty of boulders all over the place, and you may even see some with the burial caves carved out. It really is quite a memorable ride to the top, although be warned that it may not be pleasant if you easily get motion sickness.

I definitely recommend visiting Batutumongga if in Rantepao.

Visited July 2013
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“wonderful hike down”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

Batutumongga itself is not a wonderful place by itself, but the hiking in the neighboring village sand rice fields is some of the best you can do near Rantepao! We took the bemo up and hiked all the way down along small roads only used by motorbikes. Best to ask the local people often for directions in the beginning, as it can be a bit confusing to find the right trail. Once you're on track it is easy and you cannot get lost.

Visited March 2014
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Krakow, Poland
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“Great view over Torajaland”
Reviewed January 4, 2014

We spent 2 hours on the way to Batutumonga hitchhiking on the way but it was worth this effort! Beautiful view over misty Toraja and surrounding hills. There is one good trekking path to the hill named Sesean. Must see for not lazy backpackers ;)

Visited February 2013
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