Timor Leste is a country populated by a lot of different ethnic groups. They all speak their own language and follow their own cultural practices. This shows in their day to day life, architecture and food. This round trip shows you the foundation of the newest nation in South East Asia. Learn how the timorese fought against colonialism and how they grow together as one. See where they live, grow their crops and build their homes. Experience the beauty of the island of Timor.
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The island of Bali is known for its vast culture and spectacular landscapes. See the most famous temples and learn more about the belief system behind the characteristic architecture. See the differences between Pura Tanah Lot, Pura Besakih and Pura Beji. Ubud in the island's highlands is known as a cultural center with many resident artists. Visit the Neka Museum and a fascinating dance perfomance in Ubud.
The neighboring islands Bali and Lombok are separated by the Wallace Line. Their landscape and wildlife are very different but their people share a common history. Balinese kingdoms extended to Lombok for several centuries. This round trip combines the mystical atmosphere of Bali with the stunning beaches in Lombok. Start with the most important temples in Bali. The temples Pura Tanah Lot and Pura Besakih are cultural highlights of the island. Fly to Lombok and visit the traditional villages of the sasak people to learn more about traditional handicraft and daily life.
Mount Rinjani is the highest rise on Lombok island. The 3,726m high volcanoe is nestled amidst the Gunung Rinjani National Park and surrounded by tropical mountain-forests. The climb takes several days. You will start at the eastern slopes where you will set up camp for the first night. You will reach the crater rim mid morning the next day before you descend to Anak Segara lake. Experience the serene atmosphere inside the crater. You return via the north route back down the mountain.
Leave the diving spots of Bunaken island behind and travel trough the Minhasa Highlands. Take a week to explore the vast landscapes and pre-Christian cultures of North Sulawesi. You will start with the sights in Manado and then move on to the mountain resort of Tomohon. Climb the volcanoes Mahawu and Lokon-Empung. Some of the few volcanoes on the island. You will also have the chance to see the animals of the Tangkoko Nature Reserve. Watch tiny tarsier in their tree. The nocturnal primates are endemic to Sulawesi.
The Lesser Sunda Islands attract travellers with unique wildlife, volcanic landscape and a rich culture. The island of Flores is no exception. You will start off with a visit of Mount Kelimutu. According to local believes the three coloured lakes are a mystical place where the mundane world meets the divine realm. You will climb the volcano to see the sun rise over the crater rim. On your way to the western coast of the island you will visit traditional villages and learn more about the important art of weaving ikat fabrics. Every region and every ethnic group is discernable by a characteristic pattern. The remanants of a megalitic culture can be found in Bajawa. The highlight is a visit of the Komodo National Park and the famous komodo dragons. The endemic animals are kimited to the islands Komodo, Rinca and Padar.