Rantepao Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Local Customs
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  • Local Customs
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Rantepao Things to Do

  • Live Trees - Kavira- Arboles de la vida

    When a Toraja child dies before he has teeth, it is buried in the trunk of a tree and they fill the hole with eggs as an offering, as it is assumed that the child becomes part of the tree and thus maintains the life, the energy flows and he is growing with it.The tree has to be of white sap , like milk, so the family that the child will be nursed...

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  • Lemo

    Lemo is ten kilometers from Rantepao and the meaning of the name Lemon, some say that the name comes from the rock where burials are because it is shaped like a lemon and another say that the valley where it is , it was full of lemon trees before that they were cut make rice paddies The origins of this burial are in the sixteenth century.There are...

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  • Rock graves along the roadside

    Throughout Toraja there are many sites where you can see graves carved into rocks. The Torajan people believe that people can take valued possessions with them to the afterlife. This is why you may find photographs, hats, items of clothing, food and water outside the grave entrance. Most of the graves are still hand carved, so may take several...

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  • Funeral Services in Toraja

    The Torajan funeral service is a massive affair. It is so big that temproary shelters need to be built to accommodate all the 'mourners'. When you arrive, you present the host with a gift - for close family members and friends this will be a buffalo or pig. For others such as tourists, it may be a carton of cigarettes. People are told which shelter...

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  • Grave yard of royalty

    Perched on a hill is a cliff face weather beaten by the elements, grave yard of the royalty. Here Torajan kings and their family have been buried. The sheer cliff face is home to rows of impressive 'tau tau'. Most are now grey-white due to facing the weather. But one stands out, color remains on the effigy representing the king. The importance of...

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  • Views from Batutumonga area

    Batutumonga is about 20 km north of Rantepeo. On my first trip I had done a bit of cross country hiking before reaching the final steep ascent to Batutumonga restaurant. The restaurant is a great place to stop for a cold drink and lunch. But most impressive are the views from the open air eating area. On clear days you can see right down the Sa'dan...

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Rantepao Hotels

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  • HERITAGE TORAJA

    I would recommended this hotel if you want to centrally located in Rantepao area yet you feel 'the...

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  • Hotel Marante Toraja

    Jl. Jurusan Palop, PO Box 52, Rantepao, Indonesia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Rantepao Restaurants

  • Entertained by the guides

    Both Mart's Cafe and Restoran Mambo offer good simple dishes, both Indonesian and Western at decent prices. Both are clean and offer good service. But the 'fun' thing about them is that they are the meeting place of many guides. Initially this might be a hassle, but by day 2 it doesn't matter - as soon as they know you are organised, they don't...

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  • Excellent view

    Set among rice fields with wondeerful views not far away from the baby graves in Kambira village we enjoyed cold beer and local food in this restaurant

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  • Every dish is good!

    The chef prepares each dish with such dedication that each dish comes out so pleasing to one's palatte. You could also tell him your particular taste or that if you're suffering from some ailment, he will specially cook the dish that will be healthy for you. But as he puts in much effort in dishing out each meal, do order your meal at least an hour...

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Rantepao Nightlife

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    by ukirsari Updated May 11, 2004

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    Enjoy hang-out here with friends and order special red juice called Terong Belanda [named by westerners as Tamarella or Tamarindo] which has unique taste, like blended banana, strawberry and tomato. Served cool. And other snack is french fries.

    Dress Code: Casual

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Rantepao Transportation

  • By Road - Por carretera

    From Makassar to Rantepao there are 300kms. that in the first part is a normal road, which is fine, up to Pare Pare 150 kms and it takes two hours. From here worsens the road it narrows, begins the climb, increases traffic and takes between six to eight hours to reach Rantepao, depending on the means of transport and the weatherYou can go by bus,...

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  • Getting to Tana Toraja from Makassar

    There are numerous bus companies that travel the route between Makassar and Rantepeo. Many buses travel overnight - leaving Makassar at around 10 pm and arriving in the Toraja region at 6 am. On my first trip to Toraja, I had just flown down from Manado. I got off the plane and was immediately engulfed by travel agents. After some hard bargaining...

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  • Makassar to Tana Teroja

    We hired a car to to Tana Teroja instead, you should take a night bus (IDR$80,000, US$8.00 one way) which we think it will helps to save a lot of your times and money. Since we travel in the day time, we wasted our day time (almost 8 hours) on the car doing nothing to Tana Teroja, no doubt, along the way, it deos offer some good spots that worth to...

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Rantepao Shopping

  • Torajan Handicrafts for sale

    There are a couple of excellent art shops in Rantepeo. One on the west side of Jalan Ahmad Yani has an upstairs show room featuring items from throughout Indonesia, but it does have a section devoted to Torajan arts and crafts. There are some incredible weavings and hangings - you certainly must take home at least one small piece of Torajan cloth....

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  • Vitamins Ready To Hand

    It is well-known to eat fruit and stay healthy. Pay a visit to Rantepao's market place North of Rantepao. Watch the many many bemos loaded with pigs, bags full of coffee, rice and others. Country people with their goods and wears stream in and out of town all day long. Follow the women carrying baskets with fruits and vegetables, men carrying...

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  • Toraja Weavings

    Other interesting pieces include hand-spun Toraja weaving and necklaces made of plant seeds. Sa'dan is the weaving centre, where local women have formed a cooperative. Torajan ikat clothes are most often hand-spun cotton funeral blankets with large geometric motifs in the traditional 4 colours "red, white, black & yellow". Be aware the beautiful...

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Rantepao Local Customs

  • Tau Tau 2

    Anyone can buy a doll that has the shape of a Tau Tau and is nice and funny, but a real one is something much differentTo make a Tau Tau requires apart from a good technique, to follow a very complex ritualWhen the carver starts to make the figure, the carver lives near the house of the deceased and works if possible in the barn which is opposite...

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  • Tau Tau 1

    Tau Tau means "little person" or "as a person" and as the name suggests is not just a wood carving that looks like the deceased who is dressed in her own traditional clothing, but for Toraja is an image that has soul and represents the cycle of lifeIn fact since they start to manufacture the figure, rites and ceremonies are made that symbolize the...

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  • Tongkonan 4

    BuffaloesThe souls of the dead can not go to "puya", the sky, until they have not completed the funeral rites and for this they need to sacrifice in the funeral buffaloes, because the souls of these sacred animals will accompany the deceasedThe more buffaloes are slaughtered the more wealth has family . After the slaughter horns are hanged in...

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Rantepao Warnings and Dangers

  • Guides trust - Cartel de los guías

    In few places is so important to have a good guide as in Rantepao, because apart from doing their normal duties as guides, they are those who keep the information on burials, cockfights, buffalo fights, special ceremonies ... for this reason you need to find a good guide that will make your trip much more interesting.In their favour to say that the...

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  • BEHAVE AND RESPECT FOR THE DEAD!!!

    tANA Toraja is the Land of The dead.So u have to mind your words, your behavior and please do respect for the death.When u came in to the burial cave or any place in Tana Toraja, wisely suggested NOT TO TOUCH things and stuff [bones of the dead and the coffin] or worse U STEAL IT .DONT U DARE! and SAY BAD WORDS there!!.trust me or u will regret it...

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  • Superstitious?

    When feeling weakness in your stomach watching dead corps you better do not enter the burial-caves. Skulls, human bones and even corps are to be seen and sometimes seem to have been placed in strategic locations for the benefit of sightseers. Also superstitious minds better stay away from the caves-inside. You might get nightmares and bad dreams...

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Rantepao What to Pack

  • No Candy Anymore ...

    Take what you want. A backpacker's luggage will be different from the rich group-tourists. A rucksack small size for trekking ... with some food supplies and a bottle of water. Walking can be a great relief and is the best in the late dry season when clouds protect you a little from the intense sun. You'll need sturdy footwear for support through...

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  • Torch!

    Backpack for backpacker as usual :) Cotton tee-shirts and comfy trousers [I like using my 3/4 capri and sometimes cargo pants]. Plus trainers or sneakers and flip-flop. Panadol for headache and tamarind candies while trekking plus sunblock. Recharged your battery for digi-cam. It's truely necessary when you're going outdoor for a whole day [in...

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Rantepao Off The Beaten Path

  • Walking through the Sa'dan valley

    There are a number of very good walks of half-day, day or multiple day length that you can take in the Toraja region with or without a guide. There are tracks through ricefields, passing villages, and one path even requires you to walk through a churchyard - built in the middle of a ricefield. The local people are very friendly and a few words of...

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  • Hurry, Enjoy The View

    Strange title huh? I've seen a lot of tourists running around snapping their camera's, taking their digitals, video's and, finishing a wonderful trip in the touristy souvenir shops. What a pity!Go for a walk, trek, and trip in very Indonesian way. Pelahan-pelahan... slowly! You can catch all the beauty of Tanah Toraja in one simple second, out of...

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  • About Tongkonan Houses

    Torajans are known for their dwellings. These houses (Tongkonan) are raised on wooden poles, built so they can be moved on runners from one place to another, and look as if they could make the journey by sea - their sweeping dramatic saddle-roofs appear like huge slope-prowed vessels riding in an ocean of tropical foliage.These roofs of Toraja...

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Rantepao Sports & Outdoors

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    by ukirsari Updated May 13, 2004

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    Well, Batu Tumonga is truely picturesque. You can take a light trekking to this Sesean Highland and find the large part of Tana Toraja. Here I use the track from Lempo to Batu Tumonga. And the other, using track of Randan Batu to Lemo about 3 hours walking.

    Equipment: Sneakers or flip-flop sandals will be fine and one-day pack plus camera.

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    • Archeology
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Rantepao Favorites

  • A good idea - Una buena idea

    At Hotel Toraja Misiliana from early in the morning and during the day, school children are passing from the gardens to the hotel swimming pool where they go to swimIn the hotel pool, swimming lessons are organized for children from the schools nearbyOf course it is a good idea En el Hotel Toraja Misiliana desde primera hora de la mañana y durante...

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  • Tree graves for babies

    The Toraja area, its traditions and peoples are quite amazing but perhaps my fondest memory is the story behind the tree graves used to bury children. It is said that children who die before they have teeth are not yet fully part of this world. So these children are buried in a particular soft-wood tree. A hole is carved in the tree, and the tiny...

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  • Rice Padi Fields

    The introduction of wet-rice cultivation in Tanah Toraja after the Dutch conquest has sculpted and terraced the slopes of the steep mountain sides, with streams originating near the hilltops harnessed to flow in a succession of little waterfalls before escaping once more into natural rivers below ... I always get excited again and again enjoying...

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