Tucked away high up in the mountains of South Sulawesi is Tana Toraja, an area of beguiling beauty bursting with culture and home to the Toraja people who are indigenous to the region. Getting to the remote oasis is an achievement in itself – it takes 10 hours from the nearest airport to drive the road to Tana Toraja – but you’ll reap the rewards on your arrival with views stretching for miles over the valleys, rivers, mountains and small villages that make up this unspoilt region. The landscapes of Tana Toraja are the perfect definition of natural beauty and the sights you’ll see here are otherworldly.
Particularly peculiar are the village’s amazingly elaborate historic dwellings, with roofs that resemble boat hulls that point to the sky. Torajans are best known internationally for their death rituals; life and death are intrinsically linked here and villagers live side by side with their dead before their eventual burial. Complex funeral rituals, lavish gifts for the recently-deceased and buffalo sacrifices are all part of the process and on your Toraja holidays, you'll gain a fascinating insight into a culture almost forgotten.

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