THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Since Toraja is located in high ground, pleasant climate envelops it al-year around. Daily temperature varies from around 16°C in the evening and early morning to around 28°C during the day. This climate allows most hotels in Toraja to thrive without the use of air conditioners. As the other areas in Indonesia, Toraja too has only two seasons: wet and dry, with June to August as the driest months. The highest rainfall normally happens from September to March.
Time of the Essence
Toraja is in the UTC+8 time zone (known in Indonesia as WITA or Waktu Indonesia Tengah), the same as Western Australia, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bali and one hour ahead of Jakarta.
The Perfect Timing
The peak of the tourist season in Toraja is June to August. Prepare your reservations well in advance if you plan to visit during this time. To avoid the crowd, visiting off-season is always an option worth considering. The best time in terms of tourist traffic and weather happens between April – June and September – October
In Toraja, you can always tell where north is by looking at the roof of Tongkonan. More visitors prefer to travel on foot and it is really recommended. This way, you’ll get much more insights about life in Toraja that seem to elude the eyes of those on wheels. Don’t hesitate to ask any locals about the direction to a site or location of ceremonies. Most of them are able to speak basic English and they’re more than willing to help you.