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Flores Away from Mass Tourism – Part 3

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Ende: Stopover at the end of the world

After two exciting days beyond the usual itinerary on Flores we continue our journey. On the Transflores we travel to Ende. A city that is probably visited most often because of its name. We make a short stop and plan the journey to the Kelimutu. Because the city doesn’t really offer much.

Tip at this point:

Beside the minibus Gunung Mas, one travels best by collective taxi on Flores. For this, one simply asks at the reception of the accommodation when a driver is available the next day. A flat rate of 100’000 IDR (approx. 7.00 CHF) is usually charged – no matter how far you drive. Sometimes we drove by Gunung Mas and sometimes by collective taxi. For shorter distances without big luggage it is recommended to rent a scooter. Like almost everywhere in Asia.

Kelimutu: The spiritual volcano

Anyone who takes a closer look at Indonesia will sooner or later come across a picture with three prickly, turquoise crater lakes. This is the spiritual volcano Kelimutu. At its foot lies the small town of Moni, which serves as an ideal starting point for the volcano ascent. In the city of Ende we organize a shared taxi. Next stop: Moni.

After a few hours, we reach the picturesque town. On the same day, we are drawn to the turquoise blue crater lakes. The weather is phenomenal and we want to take advantage of it. We rent a scooter and drive to the national park Kelimutu. A well-developed path leads us on a 45-minute hike to the summit and we marvel at the three lakes in their full splendor. They change their colors periodically over the years. One of the lakes was red 20 years ago. Almost unimaginable. For people, it is a very spiritual place. They believe that the souls of the deceased find their last resting place in the lake.

A visit to the Kelimutu National Park is a more than worthy conclusion to the Flores tour. The place is simply magical!

Tip at this point:

If you almost want to have the volcano for yourself, it is best to leave in the afternoon. Many visitors of guided tours visit the volcano early in the morning. So we were the only visitors in the late afternoon with another Swiss couple and could enjoy the special place to the fullest.B

Back to Labuan Bajo

The plane takes us back to Labuan Bajo. In the city of Ende there is a small airport with good national connections in all directions. There are also flights to Bali. But we want to go back to the lively port city Labuan Bajo and spend our last days there away from the mass tourism in Indonesia.

Eventful days and the most intensive days so far are coming to an end. If you decide to visit the Komodo National Park, you should definitely take some time for Flores. If you prefer adventure and travelling off the beaten track, we can recommend Flores without any restrictions.

Photo and article by Pascal Ruettimann and Martina Krienbuehl, www.500daysofsummer.ch

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