Discover Toraja Land and Mamasa Tour Package

Sulawesi Indonesia

$1,956 USD per room (Double Occupancy) – Discover Toraja Land and Mamasa Tour Package includes:

  • Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel
  • 7 Days and 6 Nights hotel stay
  • Private air – conditioned transport
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Mineral water 1 bottle/day/person (600ml)
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Entrance fee
Single Supplement $237 USD per night
Single Traveler $1,645 USD per night

 

 

Hotels You Stay At

Best Western MakassarMamasa CottagesHotel Luta Resort
Best Western Makassar

1 Night – Deluxe Room

Best Western Makassar is a modern hotel in an urban neighborhood. It is an 8-minute walk from Losari Beach and 1.9 km from the 17th-century Fort Rotterdam.

Fashionable rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screens with cable TV plus mini-fridges.

There is an indoor pool, a whirlpool and an exercise room, plus a business center and 2 meeting rooms.

Mamasa Cottages

2 Nights – Standard Room

 

Luta Resort Toraja

3 Nights – Superior Room

3-stars

Luta Resort Toraja is alongside the Sungai Sa’dan river. This refined resort is a minute’s walk from Gereja Katolik church and 4.5 km from the ancient village of Ke’te’ Kesu’.

Featuring traditional teak furnishings, the subdued rooms come with flat-screen TVs, minibars and garden views. Upgraded quarters may add tea and coffeemakers, balconies and/or air-conditioning. Refined suites have seating areas; some include living rooms, dining rooms and whirlpool tubs.

There’s an international restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows and river views, as well as lobby lounge and a clubby bar featuring live music. Other amenities include a spa, an art gallery and a garden.

 

 

Tour Details

Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Day 7
Arrive at Makassar, Toraja (Dinner included)

Upon arrival at Hasanuddin International Airport, Makassar, Meeting Services counter, our travel guide meets you and are chauffeured straight to Makassar.

Makassar is the capital city of South Sulawesi. We will take you on a short city tour, visiting Fort Rotterdam the old Dutch Fortress and Paotere Anchorage the Makassarese and Bugisnese boat harbor. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

About Hasanuddin International Airport

Hasanuddin International Airport is located on the border of Makassar and Maros, a suburb in South Sulawesi, approximately 15 minutes from Makassar city.

Hasanuddin International Airport, originally named Kadieng Flying Field, was built in 1935 by the government of the Netherlands Indies, approximately 22 kilometers to the north of Makassar.

Makassar – Mamasa (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

After breakfast, we will take you for drive down to Mamasa with the scenic panorama, passing through Bugisnese villages with their typical houses.  Lunch will be served at a seafood restaurant in Pare-Pare. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at Hotel.

About Mamasa

Mamasa Regency is one of the five regencies which comprise West Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, on the island of Sulawesi. Its capital is the Mamasa district.

Mamasa is a cool mountain resort, with numerous hot springs nearby. There are interesting walks among the rolling hills, rice terraces and villages.

Mamasa (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

After breakfast, we will take you for drive down to Mamasa with the scenic panorama, passing through Buginese villages with their typical houses. Lunch will be served at a seafood restaurant in Pare-Pare. Mamasa is a cool mountain resort, with numerous hot springs nearby. There are interesting walks among the rolling hills, rice terraces and villages. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at Hotel.

About the Buginese

The Buginese people are an ethnic group and are the most numerous of the three major linguistic and ethnic groups of South Sulawesi, in the southwestern province of Sulawesi. The Austronesian ancestors of the Buginese people settled on Sulawesi around 2500 B.C.E. There is “historical linguistic evidence of some late Holocene immigration of Austronesian speakers to South Sulawesi from Taiwan” – which means that the Buginese have “possible ultimate ancestry in South China”, and that as a result of this immigration, “there was an infusion of an exogenous population from China or Taiwan.”

Despite the population numbering only around 6 million, the Buginese are very powerful people and they have heavily influence the politics in the present day states of Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. The current Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak and the current Vice President of Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla are both Buginese.

Mamasa – Toraja (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

After breakfast, the trip will be continued to Toraja. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant in Polewali. In the afternoon, we stop at the Puncak Lakawan to enjoy the spectacular view. We will have a late afternoon arrival in Rantepao. Dinner will be at a local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

About Rantepao

Rantepao is a town and capital of North Toraja Regency, which is known for the cultural center of Toraja ethnic group. National and regional tourism offices have developed the city as the starting point for visiting Tana Toraja, since the area was opened for tourism in the 1970’s.

Rantepao is the cultural centre of the Toraja who are mainly Christians. Several administration buildings in town were built in the typical style of the Toraja. A sightworthy monument dedicated to the introduction of the Bible in Tana Toraja in 1913 was erected in front of the largest Protestant church. The interior of Santa Theresia Catholic Church, another noteworthy building in town, was designed using traditional elements of the Toraja culture. The Cultural Centre and various administration buildings in the town centre were built in the traditional Toraja style of a tongkonan (a traditional house) with a typical roof.

Toraja – Lemo, Suaya, Londa, Kete Kesu (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

After breakfast, we are in for a full day of exploring Toraja. First, we will visit Lemo to see rows of Tau Tau statues and the hanging graves. Then we will be off to Suaya to discover the secrets of the baby trees. Then we proceed to Londa to see the ancient tombs in which the deceased were not buried, but placed among the rocks. At Kete Kesu, one of the oldest Torajan villages, we can see Tongkonan (the traditional ancestral house, or rumah adat of the Torajan people), and also the old traditional rice barns with colorful woodcarving. Lunch will be in Rantepao. Dinner at local restaurant.

About the Toraja

The Toraja are an ethnic group indigenous to a mountainous region of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Their population is approximately 1,100,000 about half of them live in the regency of Tana Toraja; Land of Toraja. Most of the population is Christian, and others are Muslim or have local animist beliefs known as Aluk; the way. The Indonesian government has recognized this animist belief as Aluk to Dolo; Way of the Ancestors.

The word toraja comes from the Bugis Buginese language term to riaja; people of the uplands. Torajans are renowned for their elaborate funeral rites, burial sites carved into rocky cliffs, massive peaked-roof traditional houses known as tongkonan, and colorful wood carvings. Toraja funeral rites are important social events, usually attended by hundreds of people and lasting for several days.

Toraja – Makassar (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

After breakfast, we will drive back to Makassar. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Pare-Pare. We will arrive in Makassar in the afternoon. Directly transfer to the Hotel for dinner at local restaurant and overnight.

About the Makassar

The Makassar people, also known as Mangasara, Mengkasara, Macassar, Taena, Tena, or Gowa, are an ethnic group that inhabits the southern part of the South Peninsula, Sulawesi. They live around Makassar, the capital city of the province of South Sulawesi, as well as the Konjo highlands, the coastal areas, and the Selayar and Spermonde islands. They speak Makassarese, which is closely related to Buginese and also a Malay creole called Makassar Malay.

Their main source of income of the Makassar is rice farming; however, they are also famous throughout Indonesia for their skill in trading and as fishermen.

Siri (respect and honor) is the social code by which the Makassar live. Anyone seriously offending another person’s siri carries the risk of being killed, in which case authorities often refuse to intervene. The Makassar often help their neighbors in matters such as working in the rice fields and building houses.

Makassar – City Tour  – Next Destination (Breakfast included)

After breakfast, we will go on a short city tour, visiting Fort Rotterdam, the old Dutch fortress and Paotere Anchorage, the Makassarese and Bugisnese boat harbor. Afterwards, you will be transfered to Hasanuddin Airport to catch your flight to home or on to your next destination.

About Fort Rotterdam

Fort Rotterdam is a 17th-century fort in Makassar on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. It is a Dutch fort built on top of an existing fort of the Gowa Kingdom. The original fort, Jum Pandan, gave its name to the city Ujung Pandang, another name for the city of Makassar.

Fort Rotterdam was built on the location of an earlier Makassarese fort, called Ujung Pandang. Although it has been claimed by some authors that this fort dates back to 1545, there is no direct evidence for this, and it seems more likely that the fort was built in 1634, as part of a fortification program that the Makassar rulers undertook in response to a war with the Dutch East India Company which broke out in this year.

 

Not Included in Tour Package Price :

  • Airport departure tax
  • Drinks, gratuities and expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Tipping
  • Ranger
  • Porter
  • Personal expenses
  • Any other optional item
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