Flores is a paradise for trekking and hiking, ranging from low-impact walks to ambitious mountain climbing. As the island is part of the volcanic belt which stretches from Sumatra through Java and Bali to the Banda Sea, more than 17 volcanoes are situated on the island. Some of them offer great hiking and trekking options in impressive natural surroundings. For lower-impact explorations on foot, the Florinese forests are waiting with to entangle you with their rich tropical flora and fauna.
Your trekking trip can be perfectly combined with cultural visits to small, charming villages with bird watching or bathing under a refreshing waterfall or even in hot springs. Natural and cultural treasures can be found all over the island.
Trips to the higher, mountainous regions such as Ruteng, Bajawa, or Moni provide a more moderate to cool climate compared to the heat of the coastal areas. This may be a relief for people who have difficulties with the tropical heat. As the nights can get unexpectedly chilly, be sure to bring enough adequate clothing.
Many treks and hikes lead through rarely visited areas. It is therefore recommended to go with a local guide who makes sure that you will not get lost in the Florinese wilderness.
Presents (coffee, tea, sugar, clove cigarettes, as well as small souvenirs from your home country) are a sign of respect and politeness which will be highly appreciated. If you bring along some pictures of your family members or your hometown, you will surely have a good topic for starting a conversation with the local people.