This morning after breakfast, you will have the chance to immerse yourself in the bustling life of the Toraja residents with a visit to Bolu market
, once a weekly traditional Buffalo market. This market plays an important role to the local society as buffalos and pigs are an essential part of the intricate funeral ceremony.Note
: Bolu Market depends on the schedule and is only held twice a week every Tuesday and Saturday. In case there is no market on the day you visit, we will replace it by a visit to a local market in Rantepao.
After the market visit, unveil more of the majestic beauty and captivating culture of Toraja, as you head off deeper into the highlands. Proceed to Palawa
, a typical Toraja village, and on to the highlands of Batutumonga
perched on the ridge of Gunung Sesean for stunning views across the Toraja valley. See the megalithic stone monuments of Bori
before spending time to take lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, take a 1 or 2 hour light trek through fascinating Toraja villages. Pass through villages offering beautiful views of rice fields dotted with large black rocks, remains of ancient volcanic eruptions. Stop at Lempo and Tinambayo
for jaw-dropping views of the valley and rice terraces from over a thousand metres above sea level. These two villages have ancestral stone circles, part of the local lore of the Toraja people, with each stone representing an important noble who has passed away. They also feature impressive Tongkonan houses. If time permits, snap a few photos before continuing on to Lo'ko Mata Stone Graveyard
, another fascinating grave site. What sets Lo'ko Mata apart is its sheer size, the immense scale of the gigantic boulder, covered in colourfully decorated wooden doors that house final resting places of departed Torajans.
One the way to Rantepao, make a visit to a Todi weaving factory
where the ancient technique and motifs for Torajans textile known as Ikat’s are preserved.
Next, set off towards the unique village of Ke’te Ke’su
, one of the most traditional and well-preserved Toraja villages. Wander along the Tongkonan (Toraja traditional houses), with their distinctive saddle like appearance. These boat-shaped houses have tall roofs made of slender bristles and create strange silhouettes in the sky. Absorb the unique and colourfully detailed woodcarvings of some structures, and learn more about the traditional rites and daily customs of the Toraja before transferring back to your hotel. Dinner at the hotel.