– Explore Maros’ “Stone Forest” and Its Mysterious Cave
The visit to Maros'”Hutan Batu” (Stone Forest) is among the most scenic in Makassar. A one-hour drive in town takes you to the Rammang-Rammang Pier from Salenrang; from here you’ll board motorized canoes that accelerate the Pute River, past cliffs, jungle, bridges, and traditional Sulawesi houses.
You’ll disembark in a village beside rice fields, all surrounded by towering karst mountains that give the place its own nickname. The”Stone Forest” is allegedly the second-largest karst landscape in the world, offering a string of experiences in the vicinity of the limestone shore.
The Leang-Leang Cave holds Maros’ greatest puzzle. Stone Age inhabitants left red-and-white handprints, and an example of a babirusa, or wild boar; the images are a few of the oldest man-made artwork in the world, some 35,000 years of age.
Boat rentals into the Stone Forest cost IDR 250,000 inclusive up to six passengers. An entry fee of IDR 3,000 will be billed at Desa Berua; homestays in the village are always offered.
-Take in Colonial History at Fort Rotterdam
Following 1667, when the Dutch conquered the Gowa Kingdom that ruled over South Sulawesi, they cemented their ruler by destroying the Gowa King’s present fortifications and building a Dutch star-shaped fort over the ruins.
The fort served as a nucleus around which the city of Ujung Pandang, afterward Makassar, climbed over the centuries. When the Dutch dominated Indonesia, their governments governed from Fort Rotterdam; its dungeons housed political prisoners like the exiled Javanese Prince Diponegoro.
After freedom, Fort Rotterdam became a repository for ancient documents and relics.
Allot about an hour and a half to take the museum tour, there’s lots of ground to cover — such as depictions of Makassar’s mythical heritage; firearms and clothes out of South Sulawesi’s varied peoples; and models of ships from Sulawesi’s many tribes that are overburdened.
-Go Shopping at Jalan Somba Opu
The stuff sold from the stores along with with Jalan Somba Opu ranges in luxury to the cheapn’ kitschy. From 1 shop, you can buy expensive silks and gold jewelry. From another, you can stock up on copies of Makassarese phinisi ships and souvenir T-shirts from the dozen.
Historically home to Makassar’s silver and gold shops, Jalan Somba Opu has enlarged its scope to cover a wide range of local activities. Beyond the renowned silver filigree out of Kendari in southeastern Sulawesi, you will also find batik from Manado and woodcrafts and textiles from Toraja.