Toraja Village Trek
Toraja is a mystical world untouched by time. Here you'll see extravagant boat-shaped houses, trek through beautiful bamboo forests and encounter a culture like no other. Travellers come to Toraja to learn more about the ancient animist beliefs of the Torajan people, and to experience the elaborate funeral ceremonies that social life here revolves around.
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How do I get there?
The experience starts from Rantepao, which is one of the biggest cities in the Toraja region. The closest airport hub to Rantepao is Makassar airport (there are direct flights from Singapore, Jakarta and Denpasar and many more Indonesian cities). The guide will pick you up from Makassar airport to take you to Rantepao, which is approximately 8 hours' drive away.
Do I need to go with a guide?
You can self-drive around the Torajan countryside but we wouldn't recommend it as that would only give you a very superficial understanding of this fascinating place. Having a local guide with you will give you color on what you're seeing, and background on the history, culture and traditions of the region. They will also know when/where the funeral ceremonies are being held and take you to one so that you can be fully exposed to the unique traditions of the Torajan people.
Do I need to train up?
You don't need to train up, though you should be able to handle light walks for a few hours at a time. The guides are also very flexible and are able to accommodate varying fitness levels, so you can walk as much or as little as you would like!
What's the best time to go?
The best months to visit are July, August
We recommend the above period because you would have more activities available.
Any tips for what to do in the area?
One of the hidden delights of Toraja is its coffee. Tucked in the back of the Pison hotel in Rantepao is an amazing little cafe called the Kanna coffee shop, that serves delicious Arabica coffee. Mr Eli, the owner of the cafe, also has a water wheel powered roaster right inside the hotel - it is worth seeing even if you don't like coffee! Do also make sure you try the buffalo steak when you are in Rantepao. Rimiko Restaurant is recommended by the locals and travellers alike as a good place to have it.
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