Picked up from the afternoon flight from Ende airport by one of our managers and then taken through the mountains and valleys to the village of Moni (around 90 minutes) below the fabled Mount Kelimutu, the spiritual home of the Leo people. Then on to The Kelimutu Crater Lakes eco Lodge for dinner and a welcome by our staff.
One of the main aims of this tour is to see the Kelimutu Lakes at dawn, a magic experience. You start very early at 04:00 and after a cup of tea or coffee, drive, with your guide, to the crater lakes (around 19km) through the base of the Kelimutu National Park. You then walk to the lakes through woodland where hopefully you will hear the beautiful song of The Bare Throated Whistler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVY-C1UwlGs), arriving at the top just before dawn. See the sunrise, at the top site with a coffee, see the lakes (a magic moment) and just enjoy the whole scene and environment after walking to view all the three lakes. You then return to the Lodge for a late “Pancake breakfast” (our chef Min is renowned for his pancakes). After breakfast, you are taken into the village of Moni to view the market and local agriculture. After lunch and a short siesta, you are taken to see a local village where weavers prepare ikats using centuries old techniques; back to the lodge for dinner.
This tour is undertaken en route to Ende airport for an afternoon flight to Labuan Bajo or Denpasar. You leave at 08:00 after breakfast. First a visit a hilltop traditional village of then further on a village where there is 60 years old mummified body in a case. The man was famous because his hair and skin would not burn when set alight by officers during the war for independence. You then continue to Ende, driving down the spectacular coast with its black beaches to an impregnable traditional house in a village, Wonotobo, high above its ocean. Arriving in Ende, you visit the house of exile of Sukarno, Indonesia’s first President. Lunch, then go to airport. During this tour you will get a feeling for the remoteness of some villages in the mountains, the beauty of Flores and study a bit of Indonesian history.
Cost per person twin share including transfers to and from Ende, accommodation, all meals, tours, park and guide fees.
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