The Toraja people had little notion of themselves as a distinct ethnic group before the 20th century. Before Dutch colonization and Christianize, Torajans, who lived in highland areas, identified with their villages and did not share a broad sense of identity. Although complexes of rituals created linkages between highland villages, there were variations in dialects, differences in social hierarchies, and an array of ritual practices in the Sulawesi highland region. “Toraja” (from the coastal languages’ to, meaning people; and riaja, uplands) was first used as a lowlander expression for highlanders. As a result, “Toraja” initially had more currency with outsiders—such as the Bugis and Makassarese, who constitute a majority of the lowland of Sulawesi—than with insiders. The Dutch missionaries’ presence in the highlands gave rise to the Toraja ethnic consciousness in the Sa’dan Toraja region, and this shared identity grew with the rise of tourism in the Tana Toraja Regency.
Since then, South Sulawesi has four main ethnic groups—the Bugis (the majority, including shipbuilders and seafarers), the Makassarese (lowland traders and seafarers), the Mandarese (trader s and fishermen), and the Toraja (highland rice cultivators).
TORAJA TOUR – The Tour Operator and Travel service
TORAJA TOUR is the 24h daily on-line tour operator and travel service in Indonesia offer all tour packages to visit Toraja Land and discover Toraja land in Sulawesi from Java (Surabaya ) or from Bali. TORAJA TOUR The Tour Operator and Travel Service Tour Operator specialized Toraja tour Package assist you bitter visiting Tana Toraja (Toraja Land) with tour service as followed :
1. Toraja Tour Packages
We provide Sulawesi Tour (Celebes Tour) all ground handling with tour packages to discover Toraja land that designed to visit and discover Tana Toraja easier from Makassar (Ujung Pandang) for individual and for group or (tailor made tour package) on clients request.
2. Car hire or rent a car to visit Toraja.
We offer rent car with reliable driver with all kind of comfortable coach: Minibus 4 to 6 seats , Minibus 8 -14 seats and Medium size 24 to 34 seats and Big Bus size c for your tour to Toraja.
3. Room hotel reservation for hotel in Toraja
We provide a reservation hotel room in Makassar and Toraja for your tour to Toraja such as all Hotel in Toraja such us Toraja Heritage Hotel, Marante Toraja Hotel, Toraja Prince Hotel etc or Hotels in Makassar.
Best seller Toraja Tour Package (4 Days 3 Nights)
Day 1 : Arrival at Makassar
Upon arrival at Hasanuddin Airport, Meeting Service. Transfer directly to Makassar for your accommodation and city tour. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 : Makassar Toraja Tour
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Toraja Land with 08 hours drive-trip takes across the Bugis Village with their houses on poles along the magnificent mountainous ranges. Lunch will be served at local Restaurant in Pare-Pare, a small port situated 155 kms north of Ujung Pandang. Refreshment at the Hill-Top of Puncak Lakawan and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Erotic mountain. Late Afternoon Arrive in Toraja Land , check-in to Hotel for overnight.
Day 3 : Full Day Toraja Tour
Full day visiting : the stone grave with tau-tau installed on a high cliff balcony overlooking the green valley of the Toraja at LEMO, The royal family tombs at SUAYA. and then we continue on to royal family tombs at SUAYA. We shall then make a easy walk to see a giant-tree made as burial site for a new born-baby who died before teething at KAMBIRA
After Lunch, we drive to The traditional carving village at KETE KESU, Natural burial cave at LONDA. The typical village at NANGGALA with 16 rice-barns standing in a raw as a sign of their wealthy status in Toraja community. Then continue on to visit the ancient house-grave at MARANTE village. Late afternoon back to hotel for overnight.
Note : A traditional funeral ceremony which can be reached by foot will be included within this tour. A typical torajan local fruits & live stuff market can also be visited during your two days tour in Toraja.
Day4 : Toraja Pare-Pare Airport
Breakfast at hotel. Leaving Toraja Land for UjungPandang. Lunch at Bukit indah Restaurant in Pare-Pare and directly to the Airport for your onward flight.
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