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Sulawesi Tribes and Traditions
From Indonesia's vast archipelago of more than 13,000 islands, the island of Sulawesi stands out for its unique shape comprised of four large peninsulas. It is also an island of dramatic extremes – from rugged volcanic peaks and beaches to two vastly different tribes – the seafaring Bugis and the mysterious highland Torajans. Discover the charismatic local cultures of the Tana Toraja Region, starting with a visit to Kete Kesu, one of the oldest ethnic Torajan villages. Here you'll learn about their complex funeral rites and see their cliff graves. The trip continues into the mountains and on to discover serene Lake Poso. The tour ends at the coastal town of Poso – which is also one of the biggest and the oldest towns in the province.
- CategoryMountain Biking
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration9 days
- Culture LevelOut There
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance174 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance29.2 miles
- Day 1Makassar Loop
Having arrived in Makassar, the group transfers to Rammang Rammang where you’ll trek the second largest karst landscape in the world. Next, you’ll cycle to Leang-Leang and discover the pre-historical garden before riding on to Samangki village, home of the endangered black/brown furred macaque (Macaca maura).
- 9.3 miles
- -282.2 ft
- Day 2Drive to Rantepao
No cycling today; instead, a scenic drive through Bugisnese villages on the way to Toraja. Then it’s off to lunch in Pare-Pare before driving on to picturesque Puncak Lakawan, to take in the spectacular view of the surrounding area, before arriving at Rantepao late in the afternoon. Dinner will be at the hotel.
- Day 3Toraja Loop
Explore Tana Toraja Region and one of the oldest Torajan villages before visiting Londa, famed for their ancient rock tombs. Ride on to Lemo and Kote and learn the secrets of the baby tree graves before cycling back to Rantepao where you can enjoy the hotel swimming pool.
- 31.1 miles
- Day 4Grave Loop
After breakfast there will be a short transfer to the starting point. The ride heads towards Alang-Alang and Kanuruan villages, with a stop to visit the market of Madandan before arriving at bustling Makale city. This day of cycling will end at Tondon Kalembang where you will have a chance to discover the traditional cliff-front stone graves that the area is famous for.
- 28 miles
- Day 5Transfer to Lake Poso
No cycling today, while the group transfers from Rantepao to the mountains. Stretch your legs with a stop at Kayulangi Waterfall on the way to the final destination, Lake Poso. It is a large, fresh-water lake with white sandy beaches and surrounded by densely forested mountains. Upon arrival there is time to go for a refreshing swim, relax on the beach or lounge in your tranquil lakeside cottage. Dinner will be at the hotel.
- Day 6Ride the edges of Lake Poso
Today you’ll tackle the mountainous village roads and cycle along the western edge of Lake Poso, passing by picturesque little bays, white sand beaches and a wild orchid lakeside reserve near Bancea village. For the most part, the road winds through forest and small coca growing villages with many of the locals using bikes from bygone eras.
- 40.4 miles
- 16.4 ft
- Day 7Refreshing waterfalls and meet the locals
Cycle to Saluopa Waterfall, a 12-level waterfall with clear water basins, before continuing on to the Balinese Village where you will get a chance to connect with the locals and witness Indonesia’s cross-culture roots.
- 28 miles
- 3.3 ft
- Day 8Tentena to Poso
Ride from Tentena through forested hillsides and terraced valleys to coastal Poso where you’ll enjoy freshly caught fish for dinner and overnight in a beachfront hotel.
- 37.3 miles
- -1,656.8 ft
- Day 9Departures
After breakfast, you may take a transfer to Poso Airport for your onward flight or stay on and explore more of Sulawesi.