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Toraja Land, Rantepao

(4.4/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web)
Experience the rich culture and exceptional hospitality of the Toraja people at Toraja Land. Hemmed in by mountains, the Toraja live in brightly painted wooden houses shaped like curved boats, and till the rice paddies with their highly valued water buffalo. Torajan culture revolves around their renowned funeral ceremonies, which can last days for the richest nobles. The Toraja welcome anyone who can make it to the funeral, including tourists, building special funeral structures to host the ceremony, providing food and drink, performing ritual dances, and sacrificing many water buffalo, pigs, and chickens. Around the region you'll notice the cliff graves, where tau tau (life-sized wooden effigies) sit in niches, guarding the dead. A ceremony takes place every August, where the mummified dead are exhumed, washed, groomed, and dressed in new clothes, before being paraded around the village. Make sure to leave some time for hiking, as the little developed landscape is an attraction in its own right. Note that the biggest funerals and ceremonies are held in July and August, but you can visit at other times as well, when the tourist crowds have mostly disappeared and prices are far lower. To visit Toraja Land on your holiday in Rantepao, and find out what else Rantepao has to offer, use our Rantepao trip builder.
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  • A wonderful part of the world. We went with a large taxi from Makassar in the Toraja land. That was a pretty long line, towards the end, it was raining and one is glad when it is finally there. However, there is on the way to see a lot and is interesting changes in the country on the route from South to North. In the Toraja land dominated by nature, architecture, friendly people and many foreign impressions. To the funeral rites I write nothing, other colleagues enough did. But it's all worth seeing. And incredibly nice people and good coffee! One of my best trips
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  • The land of the Toraja is in the southern part of Sulawesi, I went from Makassar with a private guide in Spanish, Andi Basho, a helluva guy, as he likes to say, is an excellent guide and speaking in perfect Spanish, the best part of the landscapes, people, customs, is that Andi makes you feel as if one were more than they you do not feel strange, that makes you enjoy much more than everything. I recommend it, contact with it and your experience will be more endearing. hope again soon, there are many things that see, lands unexplored, territories wild, people of another world that you teach to rating them small things, those things small in its concept but large in its context. The grandeur of the simple things. ID to those lands and return you will feel much more happy because people will transmit you all your energy and vitality. Thanks for making me feel so good. I'll be back
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  • Toraja land is very unique place and I am very happy that we have decided to stay 4 days. We explored the lovely scenery, lush rice fields, were in awe when we saw the unique boat shaped houses- Tangk...  more »