Toraja Village, Rantepao

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Experience the rich culture and exceptional hospitality of the Toraja people at Toraja Village. 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. Add Toraja Village and other attractions to your Rantepao trip itinerary using our Rantepao trip itinerary planner .
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  • My partner and I did a 4 Day tour with local-guides dot org in October. It was absolutely great! We had a very enthusiastic Toraja guide who spoke English very well and knew everything about both the ...  more »
  • Last May, we did a 2 day hiking trip through the Toraja area with our guide Imanuel Timbang. Great experience for us, Imanuel was very friendly and was very knowledgeble about the culture and way of l...  more »
  • Tana Toraja, adalah salah satu tempat yang indah dan perlu di kunjungi, cobalah lihat semua yg ada di daerah sana, mempunyai kopi yg lezat, untuk kopi belilah di pasar, lebih murah dan segar dari pada...  more »

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If you decide to stay overnight in Rantepao, you can take advantage of a handful of budget to mid-range options. Largely located in the city center, these hotels provide convenient access to markets and transportation. If you prefer to stay in charge of your own transportation, keep in mind that most hotels offer scooters and bicycles for rent. Pricier alternatives usually provide complimentary Wi-Fi, mosquito nets, and television, though it's a good idea to ask about included amenities before paying for your room.
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