Rantapao is a lush, mountainous region of caves, waterfalls and large shallow lakes.
Its eight million inhabitants include the seafaring Bugis and Makassarese and the Toraja, known for their unique culture.
Tana Toraja is the most popular destination in Sulawesi, located 310 kilometers from Makassar. At 800 meters above sea level it offers a slightly cooler climate than other parts of southern Sulawesi. It is a mostly unspoilt area of traditional villages, unique architecture and fascinating culture. The major attractions here include the distinctive traditional architecture, many interesting grave sites and the fascinating elaborate funeral ceremonies which mostly take place in July and August.
Rantepao is the largest town in the area, and as the main tourist center it’s a good place to base yourself whilst you explore. The best time to visit this area is between late March, at the end of the wet season, and June.
Suggested itineraries featuring Rantepao
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Rantepao, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Rantepao
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Accommodation choices for Rantepao
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Rantepao. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Located in Rantepao, the heart of Tana Toraja, Toraja Heritage Hotel sits in a beautiful tropical garden and offers the chance to stay in a traditional Tongkonan.