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Toraja Land, Rantepao
(4.3/5 based on 50+ 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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  • Do visit Toraja Land for their unique culture,architecture and the amazingly beautiful scenery. The people were always helpful and we enjoyed every bit of out time there 
  • Since Makassar airport, it takes a day's drive to get to the Toraja country. The Toraja country is famous for its houses and his upside down boat-shaped rice granaries. The funeral ceremonies are impressive with the sacrifices of buffaloes. Beautiful rice terraces.
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  • High place of Toraja culture approach this culture is earned. The road from Makassar is long and challenging, but the reward is down the road. The Toraja people is fascinating and its customs are complex and unique in the world. Unknown to the big tour operators Hotel Park is important but choose your hotel carefully (this may be your trip). Picturesque architecture brought that to the beauty of the landscapes. Finally the welcome by the Sulawesiens is benevolent. Attention the sacrifices of animals during the funeral ceremonies require that you leave your culture at home. I do not recommend to take children because it's very violent.
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