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A day trip in Makassar! Explore the village of Ramang-Ramang, a green farmland framed by Karst mountain which makes a wonderful panoramic view. In its neighboring village of Berua, you will also see a thrilling message from our ancestors in the distant past through ancient paintings. The tour concludes with a visit to historic harbor of Paotere that’s been bustling since around the 14th century. Here, you will see the masterpiece of the seafaring tradition of the Bugis ethnic group of South Sulawesi, the phinisi boats. In this one-day tour, you will explore the historical sites that makes Makassar what it is today.
Welcome to Makassar in Sulawesi, an exotic island with a very particular shape as the letter “K”. Arrival in Makassar, you will be welcomed by our local English-speaking guide and transferred by car to the Maros region.
In the village of Ramang Ramang, we will take a local canoe to go up the Pute river. During this journey of about 25 minutes we will enjoy a spectacular landscape, surrounded by jungle, and mountains of karts. Upon reaching the village of Berua, we will walk about 500 meters to see some remains of primitive paintings (already very worn out), dating back more than 30,000 years, these are the oldest paintings in the world, together with those of Altamira in Spain.
Afterwards we will return to Makassar, stopping to visit the old Phinisi Boat Harbor of Paotere where you’ll see the world’s last commercial sailing fleet in action. Here the crews of these fascinating phinisi schooners load and unload the ships in a scene of constant bustling action.
Direct flights to Makassar are available from Jakarta (CGK) and Denpasar, Bali (DPS). There are also some direct international flights from Singapore by Lion Air, AirAsia and SilkAir.
Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October, although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months.
In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays, whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.
If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic. If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not, there are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.
Tropical areas are usually warm and often sweaty places, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestions on What to Wear:
Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:
We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.
Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.
Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.
Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.