Ende to Moni
When you arrive at Ende airport, you’ll be collected by your driver for a journey across beautiful countryside to the picturesque village of Moni. You’ll spend the night at a local homestay, where you’ll receive an incredibly warm welcome. You’ll stay in the guest quarters of the homestay separate from the family in a simple basic room without hot water, but the trade off is completely worth it.
Sunrise at Kelimutu volcano
Before dawn, you’ll set off to Kelimutu volcano for a spectacular sunrise. On a clear day, Kelimutu is one of the most amazing sights in the world. The three cater lakes change colour depending on the mineral content in the water. The local people believe that the lakes are the final resting place of the dead – one lake for the elderly, another for young people and a third for witches.
The climb up to the top of the Kelimutu volcano is fairly easy and you’ll do most of it by car, leaving you with just a steep flight of steps up to the highest point. From here, you can look out across all three crater lakes. Next, you’ll continue to Bajawa, visiting a small village with traditional wooden houses and high thatched reed roofs on the way. This is where the Ikats are made – intricately woven fabrics made up of individually dyed threads. You’ll arrive in the late afternoon.
Inerie volcano & Soa hot springs
Today, you’ll walk along the foot of Inerie volcano, visiting small villages as you walk in the shade of the towering bamboo forest. One of the most authentic villages is Bena, where the little houses with straw roofs are built in two rows along a line of megalithic stones. These stones are still used for sacrifice to the spirits. You can still witness ceremonies being carried out at the ritual houses.
In the afternoon, you’ll visit the hot springs at Soa, where you can wallow in the warm water. Many local people wash and scrub themselves in the springs, giving you a glimpse into real daily life. For many people, including the guides and drivers, this is the only place on Flores where they can find hot water.
Afterwards, you’ll drive back to Bajawa, where you’ll spend another night in your hotel.
Bajawa to Ruteng
Next, you’ll travel from Bajawa to Ruteng, crossing through isolated areas on the way. You’ll arrive in the cool town of Ruteng in the afternoon, leaving you plenty of time to explore and visit the lively market packed with colourful embroidered sarongs. You’ll stay in a simple but cosy hotel in Ruteng.
Ruteng to Labuan Bajo
Today, you’ll travel downhill towards Labuan Bajo, a nice beach-side town in a beautiful secluded bay; the gateway to the Komodo National Park. This is where the trip ends, leaving you to continue your adventure through Indonesia.
A peek at your accommodation