If you like to stay away from busy tourist spots and like to enjoy the quiet countryside of Toraja land, you may visit Mamasa valley. This place is strikingly beautiful with many sightseeing places nearby that are worth to visit. See Rante Buda with the oldest and best preserved Tongkongan, which are the traditional houses of the region.
Things to do in the Mamasa Valley
The main attraction of Mamasa certainly is the unique architecture of the traditional houses. But Mamasa valley offers more. Many paths invite for long and short walks that offer nice views into the stunning natural beauty of the mountainous surrounding area. The air is fresh and clean and village life is cozy. A perfect mixture to relax from busy Indonesian cities.
The village of Rante Buda is worth to take the 4km walk. Here you find a 300year old and 25m long chief house, perfectly preserved and full with traditional paintings.
Travel to Mamasa Valley
The problem with Mamasa valley is that it is hard to reach. There is no direct road connection from Rantepao. So, of you don't want to take the possiblity of a completely organized trekking, and you nevertheless want to travel on your own, go to the town of Bittuang. From there it is a one day or 23km trekking tour, which one can make without guide or detailed map, as the trek is easy to follow.
Alternatively, you can travel by bus from Makassar to the town of Poewalim (10 hours). From Polewali take a minibus to Mamasa valley (5 hours).