Exploring exotic Sulawesi: From Makassar, the coastal city with a special character and site of a turbulent colonial history, through the heart of South Sulawesi with a stop over in Sengkang, the ‘Silk city’, up into the mountains, the land of the Toraja people, where animistic traditions are still part of daily life.
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DAY 1 – Arrival
- Arrival in SULAWESI. We pick you up from the airport in the capital Makassar, or we accompany you already during your journey to Makassar.
- Check in at your hotel in Makassar and relax. Our car is at stand-by. In the late afternoon, we take a stroll along the city’s sea-side, Pantai Losari, to watch the famous sunset.
Choose your own hotel: Do you require best wheelchair accessibility, wish to be close to the seaside, or are you interested in budget prices? Contact us for detailed hotel information.
- Today we explore Makassar. In the morning we visit Fort Rotterdam, representing 300 years of Dutch rule in Sulawesi.
- Lunch in one of Makassar’s numerous Seafood restaurants.
- In the afternoon: Benteng Somba Opu, the 17th-century citadel of the rulers of Makassar. A stroll through the large park, exploring the archaeological remains of the fort, finally visiting the musician Daeng Serang and his traditional drummers and watch their practice.
- We start our journey to Toraja with an excursion to the limestone mountains of Maros, where ancient caves contain some of the oldest rock paintings known worldwide.
- The road, then, winds up through spectacular mountains covered with tropical forest into the heart of South Sulawesi.
- We have lunch at a local roadside eatery, or take our own lunch boxes and enjoy the panorama at a picnic.
- After a drive through the scenic land of the Bugis, arrival in Sengkang in the late afternoon, where we will stay overnight.
- Sengkang is the ‘Silk City’. We visit a traditional weaving factory where finest silk clothes are produced.
- Optionally, we go for a boat trip to the floating houses on the Tempe Lake in Sengkang.
- Lunch in a panorama restaurant in the mountains of Enrekang.
- Passing the city of Makale, we arrive in Rantepao, capital of North Toraja Regency, in the afternoon and check in at our hotel.
- Today we explore the south of Toraja: A short drive brings us to the Tau Tau of Suaya, and the baby grave tree of Kambira.
- Lunch in a restaurant with scenic views of Toraja’s mountain skyline.
- After lunch, there is opportunity for some exercise: Easy walking or wheeling alongside a panorama road, followed by refreshments in a traditional setting.
- Another option is to visit an orphanage where children love to show you their skills in playing traditional self-made music instruments.
- On the way back north we visit Lemo and/or Londa, famous stone graves nominated as UNESCO World Heritage.
- We are heading further north today. First stop is Palawa, a beautiful traditional village.
- The road then takes us high up into the slopes of Mountain Sesean and the area of Batutumonga. The scenery gets more spectacular after every curve, until we reach Lokomata, which seems to be world’s end.
- Lunch on the way back in the cool refreshing mountain air.
- In the afternoon, Kete Kesu will be our last stop: One of the oldest villages in Toraja, and, at the outskirts of the village, one of the spookiest burial sites.
- We return to Makassar on a different route which takes us along South Sulawesi’s longest river, the Sungai Saddang, through endless rice fields and, finally, to the ocean.
- Lunch in the pretty coastal city Pare Pare.
- We arrive in Makassar in the late afternoon and check in at the hotel.
- Today we leave Sulawesi and its people. Before, depending on the available time, you can, for example, go for some shopping at Losari beach. The car is on stand-by for you.
Our tour sizes are limited to max 7 guests. The itinerary can be modified, shortened, extended and combined with other destinations. We strive to accommodate your wishes and suggestions!
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