Sulawesi - Cult of the Dead and Rock Tombs

Sulawesi – Cult of the Dead and Rock Tombs

Visiting Sulawesi is an unforgettable experience. It offers travelers astonishing landscapes: mist-covered mountains, pristine tropical jungles, volcanic lakes full to the brim with mysteriously colored water, green rice fields and extensive sandy beaches. A huge range of activities are possible, such as: B. Trekking, hiking, rafting, diving or snorkeling.

You will be accompanied by a local guide throughout the tour – in English or German, depending on your personal preference.

This is an example of one of our tours and should serve as a source of inspiration. Of course, the itinerary including the destinations can be adjusted and we would be happy to work out a tour tailored to your interests and budget.

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Best travel time: all year round, also during the summer holidays

Duration: 13 days (round trip with beach)

Travel planning: If you have more time, this trip can be perfectly combined with the Baliem Valley in West Papua.

Tip: Travel at the beginning of summer when it is high season for the elaborately designed funeral ceremonies in Toraja.

Day 1: Arrival by
flight from Zurich via Singapore to Makassar on Sulawesi (island of Indonesia).

Day 2: Makassar – Toraja
With your guide you will visit the traditional Bugis villages who live in the south of the island. There we will see their traditional wooden houses on stilts as well as their cocoa, rice and corn plantations. The Bugis are particularly characterized by their ability to build “Phinisi boats”. In addition, their stilt houses are very well known. You will have lunch on the beautiful Kupa beach.
After visiting Enrekang village, you will drive to “Erotic Mountain” to enjoy the spectacular view of the island’s mountains. Late in the evening we will arrive in Rantepao, the most important place of Tana Toraja.

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3rd-4th Day: Toraja
In these 2 days you will visit the region of Tana Toraja, its traditional villages with the boat-shaped houses – Kete y Palawa and the old graves on the stones of Lemo, Londa or Kambira. You will also visit the colorful markets and if there is a traditional ritual you can attend it.

The drive continues into the mountainous area of ​​Batutumonga, where you can see how the Toraja live in the mountains on a moderate 2 hour hike through the settlements. The view is also breathtaking, so don’t forget to pack your camera!

Day 5: Toraja – Sengkang
Today drive through the mountains to Sengkang, today’s highlight is the Tempe lake with its floating villages. A picturesque landscape that you have to see on your trip! Discover the lake by boat and enjoy the sunset on the terrace of a floating house.

Day 6: Sengkang – Maroa Rammang Rammang – Makassar
South of Sengkang is Ramang Ramang, which is also known as Indonesia’s Halong Bay. As in the bay in Vietnam, huge rocks protrude from the otherwise flat landscape. Ramang Ramang is surrounded by vast rice fields and charming villages. Go on a voyage of discovery by boat and on foot before continuing to Makassar, the capital of Sulawesi.

Day 7: Flight Makassar – Manado
Transfer to the airport and flight to Manado. There you will be picked up from the airport and driven to your beach resort. Alternatively, a bathing extension on Raja Ampat is also possible.

8-12 Day: Beach
stay in North Sulawesi Free days with breakfast and accommodation. How about diving and snorkeling in Bunaken National Park? You can also go on excursions to the Minhasan Highlands, Lake Tondano, volcano hikes or tours to the Tangkoko nature reserve from your beach hotel in North Sulawesi. We know the area personally and are happy to show you various options for excursions.

Day 13: Flight home
Transfer to the airport and flight home to Zurich.

Sulawesi - Cult of the Dead and Rock Tombs

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