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Sulawesi holidays

Sulawesi is in the north-east of the Indonesian archipelago and is its fourth largest island. The island encompasses a huge area spread over four peninsulas emanating from central Sulawesi, with the island of Borneo to the west and Papua New Guinea to the east. Makassar is the island's largest city and most common entry point from Jakarta in Java, an important trading centre since the 16th century and worth a visit itself for the Dutch colonial buildings and interesting boat-building yards. Makassar is also a base for exploring the Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park, known for its stunning limestone karst formations, waterfalls and caves. The park was first documented by Alfred Russell Wallace in 1857, who was attracted to the diverse flora and fauna found here, particularly the many species of butterfly. Further north from Makassar is Rantepao, an ideal base for exploring Tana Toraja, or the 'land of the heavenly kings'. This area is the domain of the Toraja ethnic group, famous for their traditional Tongkonan houses, 'rambu solo' funerary ceremonies and the hanging graves at Lemo, Londa and Kete Kesu. Sulawesi is also home to the Buginese ethnic group, who continue their traditional silk weaving from villages around Lake Tempe

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