Transportation and Climate

Transportation

Transportation options in Makassar. Photo credit: hiyori13 via VisualHunt / CC BY-SA

The traffic in Makassar is not as crowded as in Jakarta and there are less, although prevalent, traffic jams. The main public transportation is “pete-pete”,  which are minibuses modified to be shared taxis to carry eleven people at maximum, with different routes and cheap price, though not very comfortable. For streets not reached by pete-pete there is “becak”, which is a pedicab smaller in size than those in the island of Java. Recently there has also been the city bus “Trans Makassar” with stops around the city. In some places there are “ojek”, which are scooters with one driver admitting one passenger at the back. Becak modified with motorcycle engine are called “bentor” and replace becak in some areas of high slopes. Taxis are another option, but more expensive. There is recently a new online transportation mode where you can order ojek or taxis online via the GOJEK mobile app with a relatively affordable price. Private transportation include cars and scooters. The city airport is the Hasanuddin International Airport located at the periphery of the city.

Climate

Makassar has a tropical climate, with temperatures ranging between 23°C to 33°C, and humidity ranging between 70% to 90% throughout the year. The main variable of the climate is rainfall, with high rainfall from November to March and low rainfall during September and August. This devides the climate into two seasons, which are the rainy season and the dry season. The seasons are affected by monsoons, which in turn affect the time of the rainfall. The dry season is influenced by the hot air masses from Australia from June to October, and the rainy season is influenced by the humid air masses from Asia and Pacific Ocean from November to March.

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