Discover the Hidden Indonesia

Online boutique travel agency Backyard Travel has unveiled a fascinating new tour that explores the little-known, little-visited Indonesian island of Sumba, giving travellers the chance to discover the traditions of one of the last surviving megalithic cultures on earth. Situated in East Nusa Tenggara, Sumba is well off the beaten path, and features stunning backdrops of rolling hills and unspoiled beaches.

Tribes and Tombs: Undiscovered Sumba is a four-day, three-night tour that will immerse travellers in the unique customs of the Marapu religion, distinctive for its elaborate ceremonies and massive megalithic tombs. Travellers will get to see the most impressive stone tombs on the island and observe the unique tomb carving process; through guided walks through the local tribal villages, they’ll also see the local houses, built on stilts and entirely constructed from bamboo and thatch. Other highlights include interacting with local tribes eager to deploy their English, and observe the highest-quality Ikat, a process of using dyes to colour materials, at a local market.

Tribes and Tombs: Undiscovered Sumba starts from US$399 per person, and every aspect of the trip can be tailored to suit individual guest requirements.

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