Rejser til Indonesien

Øgruppen Indonesien er hjemsted for en utrolig rigdom af mangfoldighed med dens forskellige øer, der hver især har deres helt eget særpræg og kendetegn, og som er beboet af meget forskellige grupper af mennesker.

En rejse til Indonesien har sit naturlige fokus på de mest fascinerende områder – fra Tanah Toraja højlandet på Sulawesi, med deres snørklede traditionelle arkitektur, de imponerende begravelsesceremonier til de glemte stammer i Baliem Valley i West Papua, der stadig lever som de har gjort i tusinder af år.

Nogle treks går igennem fjerntliggende landsbyer, hvor kun lidt har ændret sig de seneste århundreder, og der er rig lejlighed til at udforske de utrolige nationalparker og opleve den pulserende lokale kultur, som indbyggerne holder af, og som ikke kan ses andre steder i verden.

Indonesien er et overset rejsemål, men for dem, der tager sig tid til at dykke ned i øernes hemmeligheder og som tør træde ind i en skjult verden af naturlige og etniske vidundere, er der ingen tvivl: Her er alt, hvad et oplevelseslystent hjerte kan begære.

Grupperejse 1 ► Indonesien - Sulawesi Ekspedition

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Trip Summary

The enormous and oddly shaped island of Sulawesi is one of Indonesia’s cultural treasures, but often neglected by western tour companies in favour of better known Bali or Java. Yet it holds a wealth of treasures that should be on every serious traveller’s itinerary, with fascinating ethnic groups following elaborate social practices which cannot be seen elsewhere. Our trip to this remarkable land encompasses both the north and south of the island, starting from the bustling capital Makassar and heading into the Tanah Toraja, an area of highlands where traditional architecture and practices are at their strongest. We explore villages with amazing carved houses where we hope to see some of their tribal festivals, we visit incredible ‘hanging graves’ and walk along picturesque rice terraces to reach little visited communities. In Sulawesi’s north we visit parks and reserves in search of the island’s unusual wildlife, including the tiny tarsier, and enjoy traditional meals cooked for us by the inhabitants of local villages. We see the unusual ‘waruga’ sarcophagi of the Minhasa Highlands and explore colourful local markets where anything is considered food, from dogs to rats and much in between. This is an intriguing and almost mysterious part of the Indonesian archipelago with unique and complex social customs that are unlike anything you will have seen before. This two week trip encompasses the very best of this fascinating island, and will leave you wanting to explore more of this vast and varied region.

Fitness*** | Adventure**** | Culture***** | History*** | Wildlife****

Day 1 – Makassar

Arrive in Makassar, the capital of Sulawesi, and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your time of arrival it may be possible to stop en route at Paotere harbour, with its dozens of traditional wooden ships. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight Hotel Aston Makassar or similar.

Makassar (called Ujung Pandang between 1972 and 1999) is the lively capital of Sulawesi and due to its central location the city has functioned as a gate to the eastern islands of Indonesia for centuries. Makassar also has a rich historical past with two powerful kingdoms that were able to resist the Dutch colonial forces for many years. The fort of Rotterdam (Benteng Ujung Pandang) in the centre of Makassar is a well-preserved remainder of that past. In the evening the boulevard starts to liven up when many pushcarts are placed near the waterside and start selling all sorts of food until late in the night: for seafood dishes this is the best place to go. A part of the boulevard is closed for traffic, and you can see amazing sunsets from here.

Day 2 – Maros

Drive to Maros, situated in an area of limestone cliffs, rice fields and small villages. We spend our time exploring the region, visiting Leang Leang cave with superb prehistoric rock art, as well as taking a boat journey and visiting nearby waterfalls. Return to Makassar for the evening. Overnight Aston Makassar or similar. (B)

Day 3 – Malino - Bira

Drive to the refreshingly cool market town of Malino. Malino lies on the lower slopes of Mount Bawakaraeng, and was once the favourite weekend retreat for the colonial Dutch. We walk through rice fields and visit waterfalls and traditional Bugis houses, and take lunch in a nearby villa, made for us by the owners. After lunch we head to Bira, a pretty village situated on the coast. Overnight Bara Beach Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 4 – Bira

Take small boats to a nearby island, where you can snorkel and observe life on the coral reef. After a picnic lunch we visit a nearby village where we can gain an insight into local life, then head to the village of Tanah Beru. This is known for the traditional wooden pinisi boats that are made here, and we may be lucky enough to see some craftsmen at work. In the late afternoon free time allows you to take a walk in the forest near the hotel, where monkeys can often be seen. Overnight Bara Beach Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 5 – Sengkang

Drive to the small town of Sengkang to the north. On the way we stop in Tanah Tua, the home of the Kajang people. at Bantimurung National Park, dominated by its limestone cliff scenery, and walk through rice fields and villages to a cave with prehistoric paintings. We take lunch in a small Bugis village before travelling through tropical forest and ending up in Sengkang. Overnight BBC Hotel or similar. (BL)

Sengkang is a small and quiet town with a population of Islamic Bugis, living mainly in traditional wooden pile dwellings. It is the capital of the district of Wajo, one of the most influential Bugis states of the 16th century.

The Kajang people
The Kajang try to live according to traditional rules, in harmony with nature, and most things used in daily life are collected from their natural surroundings. Food is cultivated, houses are made of wood and palm leaves and the clothes are weaved by the people themselves and dyed with a dark natural dye. You will be able to walk through the village (dressed in black clothes yourselves) and visit some of the houses. Kajang has already accepted some modern changes however theire traditions are still deeply held.

Day 6 – Lake Tempe - Tanah Toraja

Early in the morning we board traditional colourful motorised canoes, travelling through the small Walennea River to Lake Tempe, where we can see floating villages and local fishermen. We then visit some small villages nearby to see the process of traditional silk weaving. After lunch we head to the highlands of Tanah Toraja, home to some of Sulawesi’s most intriguing customs and a stronghold of traditional architecture. We pass Sanggala and the Torajan sights of Suaya and Tampang’allo, where we can see ancient graves and tau-tau puppets. Our final destination for the day is Rantepao, a market town in the highlands. Overnight Hotel Heritage or similar. (B)

Lake Tempe
Lake Tempe covers an area of at least 1000 hectares in the dry season and expands to around 35.000 ha during the wet season when all surrounding areas are flooded. Local fishermen use a variety of methods to catch fish here, including nets, rods and enclosures, and more than 20 species of water birds can be seen at this lake. Some of the fishermen live in floating houses near the edge of the lake, and we are able to visit one of these houses to gain an insight into local life.

Tanah Toraja
This mountainous district is the homeland of several ethnic groups who are called Toraja (Toraja means ‘the people of the mountains’ or ‘the people of the west’). The Toraja call their traditional religion Aluk to Dolo (rites of the ancestors) and they live according to rules defined by their ancestors and gods. These include the impressive rituals accompany the burying of the deceased, which involve pig and buffalo sacrifices and can last for many days. The region is also known for its beautiful carved houses with the remarkable roofs, the so-called tongkonan, which are also built according principles of Aluk to Dolo. The Toraja were among the last people in Indonesia to submit to colonial rule, resisting until well into the 20th century. Although most Toraja are Christian nowadays, still many traditions live on.

Day 7 – Tanah Toraja

Spend today exploring this remarkable region to get a good picture of the culture of past and present Toraja. Visit picturesque villages located in an amazing mountainous landscape dominated by rice terraces and bamboo forests. We see the different ways the Toraja bury their death, such as the traditional ‘hanging graves’ and the well known stone graves guarded by puppets, tau-tau, high up on rocks. We also see huge richly carved traditional houses with their rice barns. In the evening we visit a small village where the local people prepare a typical Toraja meal for us. Overnight Hotel Heritage or similar. (BL)

Day 8 – Tanah Toraja

Today we will take a walk in this beautiful region. The actual walk that is taken can be discussed with your guide but will be no longer than 6 hours in total and will be done at a leisurely pace with plenty of opportunities for stops. A picnic lunch will be taken on the walk. Overnight Hotel Heritage or similar. (BL)

Day 9 – Makassar

A long drive through interesting and varied scenery takes us back to Makassar where we will spend the night. Overnight Aston Makassar or similar. (B)

Day 10 – Manado - Tangkoko

Fly from Makassar to Manado in the north of Sulawesi. We then transfer to the Tangkoko Batuangus reserve, where we take an afternoon walk in search of its interesting wildlife. Overnight Mama Roos or similar. (BD)

Tangkoko Batuangas Reserve
The reserve itself is a beautiful park, filled with fruit and palm trees. As fruits are abundant here, the forest can hold a large number of mammals and birds, many of which are endemic to Sulawesi. One of these is the black short-tail monkey, groups of which are usually easy to spot. Also to be found are cuscus, a marsupial relative which can also be found in Papua New Guinea, the maleo, a rare megapode type bird and the tarsier, the world’s smallest primate the size of a human hand. It feeds during the night and will only return to its sleeping tree just before sunrise.

Day 11 – Tangkoko - Tomohon

This morning we take another walk in the forest in search of wildlife, before driving to Tomohon. We explore the fascinating Minhasa Highlands along the way, with its relics of traditional culture. This evening we visit a local home for some typical Minhasa food. Overnight Lokon Boutique Resort or similar. (BD)

Minhasa Highlands
At an average altitude of around 700-800 metres this district holds a wealth of treasures for visitors to explore. Most notable are the ancient waruga sarcophagi in which important people were buried sitting a fetus position – these can be seen in the small town of Sawangan. In Woloan we can see how people construct wooden houses to break them down again and to sell them as a ‘do-it-yourselves-packet’. The region is known for its cuisine which includes such delicacies as rat kebabs and fried bat wings. Up until quite recently, the people of the area were renowned as headhunters, although that practice no longer survives, having been eradicated by missionaries from the 19th century onwards.

Day 12 – Mahawu Volcano

We walk to the top of Gunung Mahawu, an active volcano which gives us great views of its crater lake as well as of the surrounding area including the Bunaken National Park. After descending we visit the colorful market of Tomohon. The Minhasa are known for eating everything with at least two legs, so you will find dogs, rats and bats ready to take home and to cook. The rest of the day is free to explore the town. Overnight Lokon Boutique Resort or similar. (BD)

Day 13 – Manado

Transfer back to Manado. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore this interesting cosmopolitan city – the market in particular is well worth venturing into. Overnight Tateli Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 14 – Bunaken Island

Visit Bunaken Island off the northern tip of Sulawesi. The island is part of Bunaken Marine Reserve and the sea around here is alive with stunning marine life, including turtles, whales, dolphins and rays. We take a boat out to snorkel and search for its inhabitants, and then have lunch on the beach before heading back to Manado. Overnight Tateli Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 15 – Manado

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Tour ends. (B)

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