Our last few days in Sulawesi were spent in Rantepao. We were there for the buffalo market where there are hundreds of buffalos for sale. Prices are negotiated with the owner and we saw some thick wads of cash being counted. The owners look after their animals so well, washing them after their trip on a truck, bringing them water and hand feeding them grass! They must have a few pangs to finally sell them, knowing what they are very soon destined for.
We paid a few dollars to hang out at a fancy hotel one day and use their swimming pool (complete with buffalo statue!). Just to the side of the pool is a brownish river where pampered buffalo are given their daily wash. A land of contrasts.
Motorbikes are definitely the vehicle of choice and the photos will show many of their uses from transporting passengers to mini mobile shops and food stalls.
We took a 10 hour comfortable bus trip back to Makassar where we overnighted before flying one and a half hours to Bali.