Hiking & Trekking Tour - 8 Days/7 Night Tour Itinerary
Maumere - Kelimutu - Ngada Villages - Wae Rebo - Padar Island - Komodo Island
Day 1: Travel and departure to Flores Island
Pick up from airport in Maumere and transfer to beach resort east from Maumere. Depending on your choice you will stay in a comfortable and charming beach front bungalow in Amrita Beach Resort on the beautiful Waiara beach or in the stylish and as well comfortable bamboo cottage in Coconut Garden Beach Resort or in 4 Star Capa Maumere Resort . After your arrival on Flores use the rest of the afternoon to relax on quiet and beautiful volcanic beach with good swimming and snorkelling conditions.
Add an extra night in Maumere Bay, for Volcano Egon climing or Snorkelling & Island Hopping Excursion in Maumere Bay
Day 2 : From Maumere to Moni village at the foot of Kelimutu
In the morning we visit the market in Maumere (Pasar Alok) and the Bajo village Wuring. Then we drive to the mountain village Watublapi or Dokar with a long history of Ikat weaving. Here, we visit a demonstration of the weaving of Ikat fabrics and each step starting with spinning and dyeing of cotton up to the finished Ikat are vividly explained. Then we visit the Bikon Blewut Anthropology Museum in Ledalero, the viewpoint of Nilo with a large Holy Mary statue and continue to Paga Beach (with possibility for lunch) and have some time to relax on the wonderful Koka Beach. Then we visit the traditional village Sikka on the South coast of Flores. Enjoy wonderful views of the countryside with plantations and small mountain villages. In Sikka we visit a very interesting 150 years old Portuguese Church. Then we continue to Moni with stop at Wolowaru, where you can see traditional Lio houses. Accommodation in a bungalow in Kelimutu Eco Lodge which is remote located surrounded by beautiful natur just outside the Moni village.
Day 3 : The 3-colored Lakes of the Volcano Kelimutu - Bajawa
Kelimutu is a volcano near the Moni village in Central Flores in Indonesia. The Volcano Kelimutu consists of three crater Lakes, which have different colors because of minerals. The colors of the Lakes have changed several times dramatically over the last years. The Lunar of crater is a hideout of the spirits according to the beliefs of the locals. Then the souls of boys and girls live in the Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai , which change the color between turquoise, blue and white greenish In Tiwu Ata Polo the sinner wait till night, to fly up with the wind and destroy every living Intruder. This lake change the colors between red, dark green, dark red and green color. The souls of the ancients rest in the Tiwu Ata Bupu. The now almost black Lake was once dark blue then light blue to white. The name of Kelimutu itself in the local language means 'keli' = 'mountain' and 'mutu' = 'boiling'.
On this day, we have to get up early in the morning and after a cup of coffee or tea, we drive to the volcano Kelimutu. After 30 minutes we reach the parking lot, and here a pleasant walk about 1.5 km and 127 stairs leads to the terrace of Mount Kelimutu at 1690 m altitude. From here, you have wonderful views of all three colored crater Lakes of Kelimutu and the surrounding countryside. Approximately at 10am fog or clouds can come up and prevent the view so it is important to be up at least between 8 and 9. In the midst of this lunar landscape, the colors of the Lakes look spectacular. It's always a surprise what colors the Kelimutu Lakes will have when we visit.
On the drive down from mount Kelimutu to Moni we will be passing beautiful rice fields and tropical forests. Arrived in Moni, you can have breakfast at the hotel before we drive to Ende with stops
at the fruit and vegetable market in Nduaria , rice paddies in Detusoko and we will visit the village Wologai with well-preserved traditional houses in the for this region formerly typical Lioneser architecture. Lunch is served at a local restaurant in Ende.
In Ende we will visit the Museum Rumah Soekarno. It is the House where the first Indonesian President from 1934 to 1938 has spent his years in exile and it is believed that he was inspired here to the Indonesian national philosophy called Pancasila.
Then we continue to the largest town in the Ngadha district, to Bajawa. We stop at the Penggajawa Beach, which is littered with many colored stones. The stones are predominantly blue to turquoise, but also green and red stones are in between. The stones are collected by the local population and sold as building material. In the late afternoon we reach Bajawa. Accommodation depend on availability and your choice in Hotel Happy Happy or in Villa Manulalu.
Add an extra night in Bajawa, for Volcano Ineri climbing or hiking to more remote Ngada Villages around Bajawa
Day 4 : Bajawa - Ruteng - Denge/Dintor
After an early breakfast in hotel we will visit the small traditional village Luba and drive than to Bena, which is one of the the best preserved and best known traditional villages in Ngada district around Bajawa. The village consists of two rows of centuries old homes build from natural materials like wood, bamboo and the roofs are covered with alang alang. In the middle of the village, there are sacrificial stones and cult buildings which were used for ritual ceremonies and sacrificial offerings. Christians are the people, who today lives and works in this village but nevertheless, some of the old traditions and ancestor worship are still alive After visit of Bena we stop at wild hot springs and in Aimere, where we can see how people make Arak from the fruits of sugar palm in very traditional and basic way. Then we drive through a mountainous landscape to Ruteng and stop on nice view point to Ranamese See. In Cancar we will visit "spider web rice field" which are also called Lingko. After that we drive straight to Dintor and overnight in a nice located but very basic guesthouse close to the south cost.
This is a long day with driving and sightseeing. It can be made more relaxed if you have the time to add one more additional overnight in Ruteng.
Day 5 : Trekking Wae Rebo
Wae Rebo is an old village with unique architecture, which is isolated located in a beautiful mountain landscape in the Manggarai in West Flores. It comprises of 7 traditional circular and cone-shaped buildings called Mbaru Niang what means in the Manggarai language " Drum houses " . The village is only reachable on foot in about 3-4 hour hike (depending on your physical condition). The village offers visitors not only the opportunity to see authentic Manggarei architecture but also to participate in the life of the local community. The hike leads along a narrow path through dense rain forest with various ferns, orchids and palm trees and accompanied by the singing of many different birds.
On this day, you make a beautiful but demanding hike through lush green mountain countryside to the village Wae Rebo. Earlier, the people lived in huge round houses with space for up to 200 people. When the Dutch came, these homes were demolished because they were not hygienic in there opinion. So, this ancient treasure was lost. But hidden in the mountains a couple of this mythical cottages have been preserved and renovated by the local community together with a team of architects based in Jakarta and the Indonesian Government.
Wae Rebo is tucked away in a spectacular setting and is only accessible on foot. We are welcomed as guests of honor with a special ceremony. You stay the night in this village and have plenty of time to see the local way of life. Most people work from early morning until dawn in the gardens, are busy with harvesting coffee or with the traditional processing of coffee beans. You will be overwhelmed by the calm and the beauty of the place. There is no electricity, no cell phone signal, no Mopeds. You will stay at the Mbaru Niang, dine with the Wae Rebo community and sleep on a Tikar, a woven mat made of pandanus leaf and get an impression of how life was as extended families lived under one roof.
After visit the Wae Rebo village and lunch in the village, if your condition allows it, we can also walk down to Denge on the same day and instead to spend the night in Wae Rebo you can overnight in Dintor.
Day 6 : Wae Rebo - Denge - Labuan Bajo
After breakfast we start our hike back to Denge. The descent is shorter as the hike up yesterday and takes 1.5-2.5 hours, depending on the condition. In Denge, our car is waiting and we drive today to Labuan Bajo. In late afternoon we will reach Labuan Bajo and check in at the Golo Hilltop Hotel or in Puri Sari Beach Hotel in Labuan Bajo
Day 7 : Labuan Bajo - Padar Island - Rinca Island
Today start the day very early, because at 5:30 am we will pick you up in hotel for your day trip in Komodo National Park. We board a private boat in the port in Labuan Bajo and sail about 3.5 hours to Padar island. Here we take a hike to the spectacular viewpoint. Then, lunch is served on the boat while we sail further to Rinca island. After arrival on Rinca island we do a 1.5 hours hike where we will see not only the unique Komodo Dragons but also other wildlife like wild boars and Timor deer. Afterwards, we head back to the boat and sail to Labuan Bajo. Accommodation in Golo Hilltop Hotel or in Puri Sari Beach Hotel in Labuan Bajo
Would you like to spend also time with snorkeling in the spectacular underwater world of the Komodo National Park, at Pink Beach, Manta Point and see also the Komodo on Komodo Island, than it is necessary to spend one or more overnights on boat.
Day8 : Departure from Flores Island
The tour ends with the transfer to the airport or harbor in Labuan Bajo. If you have an afternoon flight , than we can offer optional half day excursion to Melo for performance of Caci - ritual whip fight dance .