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Practical information on Palopo

  • Mountain
  • Culture (paddy field, coffee, tea ...)
  • Art & Culture
  • Off the beaten track
3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
6hr 30min drive from Makassar
When to go
From June to October
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Palopo

Justine Ceresoli Seasoned Traveller
12 written opinions

Palopo is the third largest town in the southern province of Sulawesi Island, in the heart of Toraja country.

My suggestion:
A great outing is to follow the road from Rantepao to Palopo, stopping at Batutumonga on the way. You'll cross a breathtaking landscape - terraced rice fields as far as the eye can see!
My review

I only spent one night at Palopo, time enough to take a break during two days' backpacking around Toraja country. Palopo is a medium sized town that sits on the coast and makes for a lovely stopover!

Personally, I think the best way to enjoy the Toraja country is to spend your time exploring the mountains, jungle and rice fields! I therefore recommend you visit Palopo towards the end of the day and stay the night.

The huge market is fun and the locals really welcoming (as with everywhere on the island). I remember being there during Ramadam and, on arrival, noticed that there were numerous mosques! Indeed, the town is home to the oldest mosque in the southern province of the country. A must-see!

You can also tour the Royal Cemetery, a fascinating visit for those of you interested in this little known island's history!

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