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Toraja & Togean: Unusual Graves, Villages & Tropical Islands

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Tour Code: C2I-SULAWESI04

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Explore Toraja & Togean Islands in this 13-day trip packed with exciting experiences! Toraja land is situated on highlands of southern Sulawesi with tall mountains and cliffs that protect the area. As interesting as it sounds, they have amazing landscapes to see every day but the most interesting part is the ancient and unusual culture they have that revolves around funerals and death ceremonies. We’ll take you to the central part, to the small islands of Togean, your tropical island getaway. It’s also home to Bajo tribe or ‘sea gypsies’ who spend their daily life in the water. Blessed with abundant of underwater beauties makes it an amazing snorkeling and diving spot. Get ready for an amazing Toraja & Togean Islands trip!

  • 12 Nights
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Pickup: Makassar, Sulawesi (UPG)
Itinerary: Toraja & Togean Islands

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN MAKASSAR - RANTEPAO      ▼

Welcome to the island of Celebes, an exotic island with a very particular shape as the letter “K”. Sulawesi has an impressive variety of animal species, tropical plants, and two extravagant ethnic groups; the mountainous Toraja, and the Bugis sailors. The airport of the capital of the Celebes Islands (Makassar), is the transit center of all the airplanes that move from the East to the West of Indonesia (and vice versa).

We begin our Toraja & Togean Islands trip by heading towards Toraja land by car. The route, about 310 km is full of rice fields, Bugis villages, who are the owners of the famous and traditional Phinisi ships and are therefore better known as “sailors”. It will be 9 hours by car from the airport, so you will make a stop halfway to lunch or dinner. This will depend on the time of your flight. After arrival at the hotel, you will enjoy your well-deserved rest after the long trip.

Note:

If you arrive in Makassar after 3 PM, we suggest you book an overnight stay and start the Toraja & Togean Islands trip the next morning. We can arrange airport transfer and accommodation if you need it.

Meals: Lunch

Accommodation:

A. Heritage Toraja – Deluxe Room

B. Heritage Toraja – Standard Room

C. Luta Resort – Superior Room

DAY 2-3:TORAJA TOUR - EXPLORE THE WORLD OF SPIRITS       ▼

We will have two days of adventure in the Toraja Lands. It will be two days to explore not only its incredible landscapes but also its remarkable culture. And it is time to discover it during our stay in this magical land. The local people, mostly Christians, still practice animism according to their original religion called Aluk Todolo. Are you ready to soak up the Toraja culture? We will visit Lemo with the cemetery on the rock walls and all the wooden statues called Tau-Tau that represent their deceased.

The town of Ke’te Kesu, one of the oldest in Toraja where you will see the typical houses called “Tongkonan”. You will also see other hanging tombs in one of its caves. And in the towns of Bori, Nanggala, Suaya, there are baby graves in the trees. We may find it strange, but it is something that is part of this ancient culture. During your stay in this land of spirits, with “luck”, we can see their funeral ceremonies up close. These picturesque funerals are frequent, but not every day, so we can’t assure you will see them. When we attend them, as an offering to the family, tourists are asked to donate about 100,000 Rupiah.

In addition to these visits, we will visit its attractive markets where local people carry out their daily transactions. On Tuesday and Thursday, a larger market develops.

Afterwards we will return to the hotel to rest.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation:

A. Heritage Toraja – Deluxe Room

B. Heritage Toraja – Standard Room

C. Luta Resort – Superior Room

DAY 4:RANTEPAO - LIMBONG       ▼

Today, our adventure continues. After breakfast, we will go to the village of Salu which is about 12 km from Rantepao. This will be the starting point of our trekking in the South of Toraja. From this point, we will start our trekking towards the Mailing River Valley. We will walk in the fields of rice, coffee plantations and small settlements of Torajans. For lunch, there will be a picnic and we will spend the night in a typical local house in the beautiful town of Limbong. In total, there will be about 4 hours of trekking (2 hours of ascending + 2 hours in plain). After this you will enjoy your well-deserved rest, and you will have time to share with the locals.

Note about trekking:

This is a medium level of trekking. Because of the area being humid and hot, trekking can be hard especially on the first day because we are going to ascend during 2-3 hours. If you are not in good condition, we can start the trekking from other places in the Toraja Land. Other option is to rent a car to go to Limbong, if you prefer not to walk. In any case, we must decide this two days before the trekking begins. Accommodation is based on a local house (Tongkonan) with basic condition. Sleeping is arranged on a mattress above the wooden floor. The bathroom is outside the house, a flashlight is needed because there is no electric light.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Accommodation: Local house

DAY 5:LIMBONG - RAFTING - RANTEPAO       ▼

We cannot start our adventure today without breakfast. After that, we will head towards the Maiting River (it is approximately 1-hour walking). Once we reach the river, we will prepare for this adventure in a dream environment. Rafting is quite simple yet adventurous, the rapids are level 2 of 6. The visual experience will be impressive passing through deep canyons, natural waterfalls and towns. In addition, we can see animals such as iguanas and tropical birds. After enjoying this adventure, we return to our hotel in Rantepao.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation:

A. Heritage Toraja – Deluxe Room

B. Heritage Toraja – Standard Room

C. Luta Resort – Superior Room

DAY 6:TORAJA - PENDOLO       ▼

After lunch, we continue our journey to the forest and isolated places in the center of the island. In the beginning, we descend the mountain that separates the ethnic group of Toraja. Our descent continues on thorny road surrounded by small houses, lush vegetation, natural waterfalls. We go along the Sea of Palopo on the west coast. We will have our lunch after so many downs. After that, we will go to the center of plateau to stay in the South Pendolo crystalline lake, Poso. Check-in at the hotel and rest.

Meals: Breakfast 

Accommodation: Mulia Poso Lake Hotel – Standard Room

DAY 7:PENDOLO - TENTENA       ▼

You are halfway in this Toraja & Togean Islands trip!

We finish our deserved breakfast at the hotel, then we march towards Tentena. On our path of travel, you can enjoy the wonderful nature landscapes of Lake Poso. We will take short road to get to the waterfall Saluopa located in the middle of the forest that was discovered some decades ago. This natural waterfall is very great in size and shape. After having a good time in this nature, we will go to our hotel located on the opposite to the beach of Lake Poso. Of course, we will have a good view of the beach and lake.

Meals: Breakfast 

Accommodation: Siuri Cottages – Standard Room

DAY 8:TENTENA - AMPANA       ▼

After breakfast, we go toward a new destination up north, we pass along the coast of the Bay of Tomini. We are going to have lunch on the way. Once we reach Ampana, go straight to hotel for resting after the long journey.

Meals: Breakfast 

Accommodation: Marina Cottages – Standard Room

DAY 9:AMPANA - TOGEAN ISLANDS       ▼

Enjoy your breakfast, then we will go by public boat to the islands of Togean. Your tropical island getaway begins shortly! On arrival, check in at the hotel and have the rest of the day free to familiarize yourself with the area.

Meals: Breakfast 

Accommodation: Togian Island Retreat – Standard Room

DAY 10-11:FREE DAYS IN TOGEAN ISLANDS       ▼

You will have two days to relax and enjoy the beauty of this island. The nature, its beautiful beaches, makes it one of the best beaches in Southeast Asia. Huge colorful corals, fish of many sizes and shapes, they tempt you for some diving or snorkeling. Contact the hotel for more information of how you can contract the activities.

Meals: Breakfast 

Accommodation: Togian Island Retreat – Standard Room

DAY 12:TOGEAN ISLANDS - AMPANA       ▼

Sadly, we will have to leave the islands today. After having your breakfast, we will return by boat to Ampana. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel then check in.

Meals: Breakfast 

Accommodation: Marina Cottages – Standard Room

DAY 13:AMPANA - LUWUK - MAKASSAR      ▼

Today is the last day of our Toraja & Togean Islands trip on this beautiful land of Sulawesi. We take you to Luwuk from where you will board a flight back to Makassar. Thank you for traveling with Come2Indonesia. Sampai Jumpa!

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: –

 

Photos: Toraja & Togean Islands

Price Includes

  • Transportation and visits according to the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and tickets for places visited in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals according to the itinerary
  • English speaking guide throughout the journey

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Airport taxes
  • Personal expenses: Laundry, tipping, etc.
  • Soft drinks, alcohol and other beverages
  • Extra expenses occurred due to problems greater than our control such as flight cancellations or delays, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in "INCLUDES".
Map: Toraja & Togean Islands

FAQ

How do I get to Makassar?

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.

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

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.

What should I bring?

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:

  • Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Couple of pairs of socks
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater trips:

  • Dive Insurance
  • Dive certificate
  • Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
  • Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking.
  • Swimsuit/Dive suit
  • Adapter DIN or INT
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen SPF +40
  • Waterproof bags

Land tours and trekking:

  • Small backpack for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some areas with high altitude like Mt. Bromo, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Valid passport with valid visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Waterproof bag to put all important documents
  • All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers ((keep the soft copies in your mobile)
  • Credit card (in some major cities, credit card is widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adapter (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET
  • Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc.)

How hard is this tour?

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. 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.

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