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north sumatra
Duration: 5 Days, 4 Nights
Locations: Sulawesi & Kalimantan
Starting From: US$ 300 (min 2 persons)
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  • Day 1: Arrival Makassar

    From the airport of Makassar you will be taken to your hotel in center of town. If there is time you will stop at the harbour Paotere with tens of wooden traditional sailing ships (pinisi). The rest of the day is free for you to spend. You can visit places of interest or relax in your comfortable hotel with an attractive pool right at the waterfront of Makassar. Makassar (called Ujung Pandang between 1972 and 1999) is the lively capital of South-Sulawesi and because of its central location the city functions as a gate to the eastern islands of Indonesia already for centuries. Makassar also has a rich historical past with two powerful kingdoms that were able to resist the Dutch colonial forces for many years. The fort of Rotterdam (Benteng Ujung Pandang) in the centre of Makassar is a well preserved remains of that past. In the evening the boulevard starts to live when many pushcarts are placed near the waterside and start selling all sorts of food until late in the night: for seafood dishes this is the right place to go. A part of the boulevard is closed for traffic and here you can enjoy a nice sunset.

    Accommodation: Fave Hotel (Standard Room)

  • Day 2: Makassar – Rantepao

    Today you will drive straight to Rantepao the heart of Toraja land. The journey takes about 8 or 9 hours.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Indra Hotel(Deluxe Twin)

  • Day 3-4: Toraja

    During two days you will visit several Toraja villages by minibus to get a good picture of the culture of the past and present Toraja. These picturesque villages are located in an amazing mountainous landscape dominated by rice terraces and bamboo forests. You will see the different ways the Toraja burry their death, like hanging graves as it was done in the old days and the well-known stone graves guarded by puppets, tau-tau, high up a rock. Also the baby graves in the trunk of big trees as well as huge richly carved traditional houses with their rice barns will be on the program.

    In the evening of day 4 you will enjoy a Torajan meal served in traditional house in a small kampung on a short distance of Toraja. Most famous is the pa’piong manuk: chicken with grated banana stem cooked in a bamboo tube. Cooked young fern and red rice are the perfect match for this chicken dish. If you arrive on time you can witness your meal being prepared.

    Meals: Breakfast(2x) & Lunch(1x)
    Accommodation: Indra Hotel(Deluxe Twin)

  • Day 5: Toraja – Makassar Departure

    In the early morning you will drive by air-conditioned car with private driver to Makassar. This interesting and varied route will take around 8 to 9 hours. If there is time left you can make a d-tour and see some more of the incredible lime-stone cliffs belonging to the national park Bantimurung Bulusaraung. Here you can visit a cave with prehistorically paintings and see hundreds of flying foxes hanging from tree. You will arrive back in Makassar in the late afternoon.

    Meals: Breakfast