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Sulawesi in 3 days flat

To say I even had 3 days in Sulawesi is deceptive. You land in Makassar (Ujang Padang) and then you must drive 7-8 hours to reach the heart of Tana Toraja, Rantepao, center of the prime coffee areas. In any case, it was far too short for such an amazing place. Coffee-wise, culturally, geographically, Sulawesi deserves at least a week of attention, perhaps more. We used our time well, and even this brief initial visit was very rewarding. I think with these images you can see why ... -Tom

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Lowlands in the foreground, with the mountains to the north.
Lowlands in the foreground, with the mountains to the north.
Tranquil Islands off the coast of Makassar, Sulawesi
Tranquil Islands off the coast of Makassar, Sulawesi
Makassar, Sulawesi, as we approach from the air.
Makassar, Sulawesi, as we approach from the air.
Like Sumatra, they love to smoke in Sulawesi. And they love adventure, I guess.
Like Sumatra, they love to smoke in Sulawesi. And they love adventure, I guess.
Markets and street scenes like Sumatra, in Makassar Sulawesi
Markets and street scenes like Sumatra, in Makassar Sulawesi
Rice paddies and Bugis (the ethnic group) type houses, near  Makassar Sulawesi
Rice paddies and Bugis (the ethnic group) type houses, near Makassar Sulawesi
Sulawesi Jaya! Waw! Bukan Main!  These odd, idealistic family statues are found in many Sulawesi towns.
Sulawesi Jaya! Waw! Bukan Main! These odd, idealistic family statues are found in many Sulawesi towns.
Bugis houses have great paint schemes. Sulawesi coastal lowlands.
Bugis houses have great paint schemes. Sulawesi coastal lowlands.
Apparently, the Bugis ethnic group house has the X at the crown of the roof.
Apparently, the Bugis ethnic group house has the X at the crown of the roof.
Just hanging out, in my Cupper Vs. Barista official t-shirt,  Sulawesi coastal lowlands.
Just hanging out, in my Cupper Vs. Barista official t-shirt, Sulawesi coastal lowlands.
A Sulawesi pet store, featuring Pigeons? Sharing space with a bunny?  Sulawesi coastal lowlands.
A Sulawesi pet store, featuring Pigeons? Sharing space with a bunny? Sulawesi coastal lowlands.
Typical Sulawesi motorbike taxi.
Typical Sulawesi motorbike taxi.
Snack shacks try to stand out with unique numbers,  Sulawesi coastal lowlands.
Snack shacks try to stand out with unique numbers, Sulawesi coastal lowlands.
Roadside Bugis house, colorful paint schemes.
Roadside Bugis house, colorful paint schemes.
Scarey political ads everywhere ... I guess it is Sulawesi election season
Scarey political ads everywhere ... I guess it is Sulawesi election season
Inspirational Sulawesi school painting
Inspirational Sulawesi school painting
More Sulawesi roadside snack shacks ... more sensible numbering scheme as well!
More Sulawesi roadside snack shacks ... more sensible numbering scheme as well!
Nearby offshore islands along the drive. Sulawesi coastal lowlands.
Nearby offshore islands along the drive. Sulawesi coastal lowlands.
Crazy truck drivers with very limited vision range!  Sulawesi coastal lowlands.
Crazy truck drivers with very limited vision range! Sulawesi coastal lowlands.
Truck windshield stickers, again.
Truck windshield stickers, again.
At Kupa Beach Restaurant, the so-called "Titanic" is immortalized.  Sulawesi coastal lowlands.
At Kupa Beach Restaurant, the so-called "Titanic" is immortalized. Sulawesi coastal lowlands.
Sulawesi coast route, headed to Toraja.
Sulawesi coast route, headed to Toraja.
Outrigger transportation, Kuta Beach, Sulawesi
Outrigger transportation, Kuta Beach, Sulawesi
Water buffalo and flourescent foilage, headed to Tana Toraja, Sulawesi
Water buffalo and flourescent foilage, headed to Tana Toraja, Sulawesi
Whale vertebrae hung from a tree, coastal Sulawesi
Whale vertebrae hung from a tree, coastal Sulawesi
Typical fishing boats, coastal Sulawesi
Typical fishing boats, coastal Sulawesi
Boat statue at Pare Pare, Sulawesi
Boat statue at Pare Pare, Sulawesi
More fine cigarette ads in Sulawesi
More fine cigarette ads in Sulawesi
View of Pare Pare, where you turn from the coast to the mountains, Sulawesi
View of Pare Pare, where you turn from the coast to the mountains, Sulawesi
Ominous clouds as we head into the Toraja highlands, Sulawesi
Ominous clouds as we head into the Toraja highlands, Sulawesi

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