Sulawesi formerly known as Celebes is an island in Indonesia. The name Sulawesi comes from the words sula(island) and besi(iron) and may refer to the historical export of iron. Sulawesi is the world’s eleventh-largest island with an area of nearly 175,000 square km and about 18,5 million people. Sulawesi consists of four peninsulas; the northern Minahasa peninsula, the east peninsula, the south peninsula and the south-east peninsula. Islam is the majority religion in Sulawesi, Christians form a substantial minority on the island.Smaller communities of Buddhists and Hindus are also found on Sulawesi.
Sulawesi is part of Wallacea meaning that it has a mix of both Asian and Australasian species. There are 8 national parks on the island of which 4 are mostly marine.
There are 127 known mammalian species in Sulawesi 67% are endemic meaning they are found nowhere else in Indonesia or the world. Around 350 bird species are in Sulawesi and several endemic species of freshwater fish.
Toraja, the sacred highlands.’To Riaja’ or a place where northern people lived(‘To’ means people while ‘ Riaja’ means north). On this land old ways live on, Toraja is a life-changing experience waiting to be explored, split into two regions Tana Toraja and Toraja Utara-32 cultural villages stand in unison.
Morning arrival in Makassar, meeting service by your Tour Guide at the airport, then directly leaving for TANJUNG BIRA at the South site of Sulawesi, passing thru traditional salt making process, ceramic home industry, Arrive in TANA BERU, the home where the well known Traditional Phinisi Boat is made. Check in for overnight.
After breakfast in hotel, boating to Liukang Island with traditional fisherman boat to enjoy snorkelling (snorkelling equipment not included), swimming and see the coral and some type of fish. Afterwards walking to visit the fisherman village in that island. Witnessing local people do the weaving by traditional way. Afternoon returning to Bira. Free time.
After breakfast, Leaving BIRA for SENGKANG. Upon Arrival in SENGKANG by traditional motorized canoe, visiting the floating houses at the Huge LAKE TEMPE, witnessing the way of life of the local people. Then city tour by visiting the traditional silk weaving mills. Afterward check in hotel, overnight.
After breakfast, leaving SENGKANG for TORAJA, Passing through the Buginese area with their distinctive stilt houses through magnificent scenery and mountain. Some stops on the way, including stop at Erotic mountain in Enrekang, the city which you will pass. Afternoon arrive in Toraja. Check in hotel and overnight.
After breakfast, visit the fascinating villages of Toraja with the unique Tongkonan Houses which shape like a ship bow and stern. LEMO, grave yard on the cliff. SUAYA, old royal stone graves of the seventh king. SANGGALA, the tree for the dead babies. Afternoon, visit LONDA, an ancient natural graves and puppets on the balcony representing the dead. KETEKESU, traditional Toraja village. If you want to see local Market, please ask your guide to have a stop before back to your hotel. Back to Hotel.
After breakfast, visit BATUTUMONGA, mountainous area with fantastic scenery passing through the green paddy field. On the way visit the ROCK graves. Soft trekking passing the village to see the way of life of Toraja people. PALAWA, the oldest village of Toraja with old Tongkonan houses and rice barns surrounded. On the way visit BORI, the stone showing the existence of the funeral site of the clan. Afternoon visit NANGGALA, traditional village with Fantastic Tongkonan houses surrounded. MARANTE, the hanging graves. Afternoon back to Hotel.
After having your breakfast, get ready to leave Toraja for Makassar, you will be arriving in the afternoon at the airport, check in. End of service.