Mamasa Valley, West of Toraja
Trekking through the spectacular of Mamasa Valley with the great scenery and a host of traditional villages along the way. The smiling mountain area, the beautiful landscape, the unique culture, fully of endless attractions
Mamasa or mamase derives from the Mamasanese word meaning “love charm” or “lovely valley”. It was given by the local people as the name of a valley on the mountain area of the regency of Mamasa.
According to the local history, long ago when this valley was forest, many people came from outside to hunt and fish.
Mamasa regency altitudes between 600 m to 2000 m above sea level and the mountains in this area are 2500 to 3107 m above sea level. The Mamasa regency area is green and rain forested with natural water falls every where. These features make Mamasa an atractive destination for visitors (tourists).
Mamasanese still practise their traditional ancestral religion called “Ada’ Mappurondo or Aluk Tomatua” in the oral tradition passed from one generation to the next as the Mamasanese have no written script. Every year, the Ada’ Mappurondo followers still do their ceremonies, particularly after the rice harvest.
The noble corpse and reach one is still preserved on the house for a minimum of one year (between rice harvest). It also involves the ritual offering of some animals in those ceremonies.
In the former time, this area was also famous for its expert magician. The local people could order the dead bodies to walk home. They believed that all the dead bodies of a family or a clan should be in the same place in the life after, causing them to gather together their dead bodies into one place.
Typical Mamasanese houses and rice barns are similar in shape to a ship. The people believe that their ancestors came from the sea by ship/boat and travelled up the river.
Legend has it that “Nenek Torije’ne’ “: (the grandmother ancestor) came from sea and “Nenek Pongkapadang” (the grandfather ancestor) came from eastern, mountainous area of this island. They met each other in “Kapusaan” then moved to “Buntu Bulo village” in Tabulahan (near Mamuju regency). The people believe they are the ancestors of Mamasanese and surrounding.
SAMPLE OF MAMASA PACKAGE TOUR
TREKKING / ADVENTURE
TOUR CODE : IGA – 113
Toraja / Mamasa Package Tour (08 D / 07 N)
Day 01 : ARRIVAL – MAKASSAR
Upon arrival in Hasanuddin airport – Makassar. Transfer directly to makassar to check-in to your hotel for your accommodation. After taking a while rest in your room. Then we come to pick you up for a short city and during this sightseeing tour, we visit some interesting sites ;Fort roterdam “Dutch historical remain”, Traditional harbour of phinisi sailingboats, orchid garden and seashell collection of “Clara Bundt”, Lunch will be served at sea-food restaurant in makassar restaurant. Back to hotel for overnight stay and dinner.
Day 2 : MAKASSAR – MAMASA
After breakfast at hotel. Set out on the scenic drive to Mamasa, passing through Buginese village with their typical houses. Lunch in Polewali, a small bugis port town. Mamasa is a cool mountain resort with numerous hotspring nearby. There are interesting walks among the rolling hills, rice terraces and village. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 3 : MAMASA TOUR
After breakfast at hotel . We take you in a fullday excursion around Mamasa Tour, We visit the traditional house Rante buda, Kampong tawalian, Osango village, the tombs from tedong tedong minanga and the weaving centre in rantesapu bala, Lunch in local restaurant, Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 4 : MAMASA – TORAJA
After breakfast at hotel. Today we will take our long drive trip to Toraja with scenic drive with many pictureque stop, Lunch in polewali, Coffee stop at Puncak Lakawan overlooking a spectacular panoramic landscape. Late afternoon arrive in Toraja and check-in to hotel for your accommodation and overnight in hotel.
Day 5 : FULLDAY TORAJA EXCURSION
After breakfast, fullday excursion around Toraja, visit londa, where we can explore the burial caves, Lemo with rows of tau tau statues, and the traditional torajan village Kete kesu famous for its woodcarving. Lunch in local restaurant in front of rice field. Afternoon visiting Palawa with their typical torajan houses, sa’dan the weaving centre. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
Day 6 : FULLDAY TORAJA TREKKING
After breakfast, we set out on full day trecking trip from lokomata Batutumonga, enjoying superb views over rantepao and surrounding. Ideal surrounding for a picnic. Lunch will be served in local restaurant. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 7 : FREE PROGRAMME AT YOUR OWN LEISURE.
Day 8 : TORAJA – PARE PARE – MAKASSAR AIRPORT
After breakfast, We drive back to makassar. Lunch will be served in Pare Pare, afterwards transfer directly to hasanuddin airport to catch your flight for next destination.
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Note : If you found the above-stated accommodations were not on your style. Don’t worry! We can still arrange your accommodation based on your preferred type of lodging, such as bed & breakfast basic, budget class or a kind of homestay, or if you require to upgrade from standard to luxury / classed type of hotel, then we surely can manage of your taste.
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