After the breakfast, unveil more of the majestic beauty and captivating culture of Toraja, as you head off deeper into the highlands. First, stop at Tinambayo
for jaw-dropping views of the valley and rice terraces from over a thousand metres above sea level. Snap a few photos before continuing on to Lo'ko Mata Stone Graveyard
, another fascinating grave site. What sets Lo'ko Mata Stone Graveyard 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. 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 which are simply breathtaking.
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. Featuring some of the most stunning and alluring views of the region, take in the enchanting terraced rice paddies, cliffs, forests’ and rolling hills. Wonder at the natural majesty on a short trek through this lush area, working up your appetite for lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, see the Bori megalith
up close, learning more about the impressive rituals of the Toraja people, such as their menhirs (standing stones).
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. Dinner will be served in the hotel.
Overnight in Rantepao.