Timor Trekking

Dili - Metinaro - Manatuto - Bacaua

Luro

Trek to Mt Hafa-Hafa (Gunung Hafahafa)

Cultural Program 

Trek to Mt Lagumau - via Baracafa &  Ossuwaso

Bacaua - Dili

Dili

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Weekly Market

Weekly Market

Visit the local market in Luro and get an insight into the local produce. The market draws communities from all over the Sub District to buy and sell produce, household items and livestock. The atmosphere is a unique experience.

Food Sourcing

Food Sourcing

Learn the climbing techniques, needed to source coconuts and enjoy in the fruits of your labour.

Horticulture

Horticulture

We learn about the horticultural techniques being used for increased food security.

Aquaculture

Aquaculture

We visit a fish farm and learn about its breeding program.

Daily Life

Daily Life

Witness subsistence farmers, going about their daily tasks, along our journey.

Christo Rei - Arieia Branca

Christo Rei - Arieia Branca

Occupying the hilltop headland of Cape Futucama is the 27m Christ statue Christo Rei. Climb the steps to learn about the religious statue built during Indonesian occupation and take in breathtaking views of Dili.

Trekking

Trekking

Our day treks take you into small communities and magnificent views.

Weave Dying

Weave Dying

Learn about the techniques of dying weave using local plant material and berries.

Bingo

Bingo

Join the local women of the community and play Timor Bingo and learn the local dialect (Sa Ani) and Tetun.

Sa Ani Band

Sa Ani Band

Be entertained by Luro's most contemporary rock outfit, the Sa Ani Band.

Weaving

Weaving

Learn the labour intensive, intricacies of local weaving and examine the colours and patterns used to represent the Luro community.

Coastline Journey

Coastline Journey

Take in the breathtaking views of the Timor coastline with its stretch of white sandy beaches and torquise waters.

Young People

Young People

View household daily chores and engage with the community

Following well worn paths

Following well worn paths

Follow with us, the community trails that lead from one village to another

Subsistence Farming

Subsistence Farming

Learn about subsistence farming and its variation through the seasons.

Daily Local Activities

Daily Local Activities

Observe the daily activities of the Locals.

Local Architecture

Local Architecture

Learn about the tall Fataluku Houses and how they are constructed, using stilts and thatched roofing. Inside we will see the main living room and learn about cultural customs.

Our Hosts

Our Hosts

Be hosted by the Luro community in their homes and get an insight into Timorese family life.

Education

Education

You will have plenty of opportunities to engage with young people of the community.

Local Market at Baucau

Local Market at Baucau

See Timorese tropical fruits and have an opportunity to view the local handicrafts of Baucau

Community Project

Community Project

You will have an opportunity to participate in a community project. Where you can teach the community new skills. ie: running a language class, organising a soccer match or teaching sewing to the women in the community.

Regional Cooking Techniques

Regional Cooking Techniques

Join in a local feast and get an insight into how produce is used.

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Luro / Baucau / Cristo Rei / Areia  Branca / Dili

 

 

This morning, we pack up and say goodbye to our Host families. Traditional tais will be available to purchase. Prices will vary from $80-$100, based on size and length. Unique to the region and woven using distinct colours and shades that reflect the weavers family of origin, we encourage you to consider buying one in memory of your unique experience. Although tais will be available to buy in Dili markets, many are synthetic and imported from Indonesia.

 

We descend the highlands of the Luro district, enjoying the picturesque view of the mountains we leave behind. We stop for lunch in Baucau and enjoy Sumatran style food, before we journey back to Dili.

 

We return to Hotel Esplanada in Dili for a well-earned swim and cocktail.

 

Meals:  Home Host Breakfast (Lunch & Dinner not included)

Accommodation:  Hotel Esplanada (Twin Share)

Luro

Timor Trekking
DAY 1   

Flights

 

There are two common routes to Dili, via Darwin and via Bali.

 

DAY 2   

Baucau / Luro

 

This morning we leave Baucau and travel to Luro. Ascending high into the mountains we experience the Lautem District greetings from the villagers as we pass by.

 

By lunchtime we arrive in Luro to the warm welcome of our Hosts. We share a group lunch prepared by local women of the community. 

 

After lunch you will be escorted to your accommodation and introduced to your host families. Enjoy some quiet time.  Before dinner we will have the opportunity to participate in a Tetum language lesson as well as learn some Sa Ani the dialect of the Sub Districts of Baracafa, Luro & Kotamutu. You will share dinner with your fellow traveller and start to become familiar with the layout of Luro, Tetum language and home traditions.

 

Meals:  Motel Breakfast | Group Lunch | Group  Dinner

Accommodation: Luro Home Hosting

Luro / Trekking Mt Hafa Hafa (Gunung Hafahafa)

 

 

This morning after breakfast we meet. Walking out of Luro, we begin a slow and steady ascent to the top of Mt Hafa Hafa (824 meters above sea level). From these heights you will see the spectacular coastline and rugged mountains and lush valleys. From the top of Mt Hafa Hafa the views are simply breath taking.

 

We visit the small village of Buanomar that sits at the base of Mt Hafa Hafa. We walk through the rice paddies, observing farmers at work and enjoy a traditional cooked Timorese lunch at Baracafa. After lunch we visit a traditional Timorese house, referred to as a Fataluka house. The high tapered roof and stilted structure is fascinating to view and will provide you with insight into how the traditional Timorese live. We then walk back to Luro, with a side track option to visit the local swimming hole (warning steep decent).

 

You will share dinner with your fellow travellers.

 

Meals:  Home Host Breakfast | Group Lunch @ Baracuffa | Group Dinner

Accommodation: Luro Home Hosting

DAY 3   

Trip Preparation

Requirements before you leave

Airport Arrival

What are the requirements in Dili upon arrival at the airport ?

 

Travellers must complete an arrivals card (available at the border post).

 

They must also demonstrate: Intention of a genuine visit (as tourist or business trip). Sufficient funds to support yourself for period of proposed stay without breaching visa conditions.

 

In addition travellers must:

 

• Hold a passport, or travel document, with an expiry date not less than 6 months from the date of entry into Timor-Leste. The passport must have at least a whole unused page for the visa sticker.

 

• Hold a return or onward ticket, or show ability to fund own departure.

 

• Pay USD$30 visa fee in cash upon entry. USD$10 upon exit.

 

Note that there are ATM facilities at the Dili Airport arrivals lounge.

 

 

Airport Transfer

How do I get to the Airport from a hotel in Dili ?

 

There are plenty of taxi’s at the Dili, which is only 6km from the Dili Airport

 

A standard fare to the Airport will be approximately US$15-20

 

Please note that many taxis are unmetered, so don’t forget to agree on a price before you start the journey.

 

Please be aware that new additional taxes have been added to taxi fares upon exit from the airport. 

 

 

Air Travel

What airlines fly to Timor Leste ?

 

There are two common routes to Dili, via Darwin and via Bali.

 

At the time of writing, most travel via Darwin.

 

 

Air North  (Darwin to Dili) 

www.airnorth.com.au

 

Qantas (Darwin to Dili)

www.qantas.com.au

 

Timor Air (Darwin to Dili)

www.flytimorair.com

 

 

 

Merpati (Denpasar/Bali to Dili)

www.merpati.co.id

 

 

Don't Forget

What last minute items should I remember >

 

  • Camera charger,

  • Memory card,

  • Plastic poncho (available from Priceline)

  • Mobile charger,

  • Adaptor for local power sockets 

  • Laundry bag

  • Water bottle or water bladder.

  • Small plastic/paper bags for personal rubbish (in your rooms). Rubbish will be bought back to Dili upon return from Luro.

  • Register with http://www.smartraveller.gov.au

  • Write down the hotel adress. You will need this for your arrivals card. 

 

 

 

 

Luggage

What are the baggage weight restrictions ?

 

Travel baggage weight is restricted on airlines. Most travellers can get 20kg per person plus 9kg carry on on flights from Darwin to Dili.

 

Any further excess is charged at $5/kg. (http://www.airnorth.com.au/about-airnorth/ngo-travel)

 

 

Medical Kit

What basic medical items should I consider ?

 

  • DEET based insect repellant,

  • Immodium for symtoms of diarrhoea, 

  • Ibuprofen or another anti inflammatory

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat

  • Tissues - for toilet breaks where toilet paper may not always be available.

 

Medical Requirements

What are the minimum physical requirements expected for the trek ?

 

Our trips bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility’ is required.

 

Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs and carry their own luggage at a minimum.

 

Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete the trip.

 

While Timor Trekking work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not our responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided.

 

 

Passport

What are the passport requirements ?

 

Expiry date must not be less than 6 months from the date of entry into Timor Leste.

 

Your passport must have at least a whole unused page for the visa sticker.

 

 

For up to date details check with the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade www.dfat.gov.au

 

Register Contact Details

Should I tell the Australian Government my travel plans ?

 

Yes, we advise you to register with the Australian Government, its quick and easy and takes only a minute.

 

Register  at     www.smarttraveller.gov.au

 

 

 

This information

I have a query ?

 

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date.

 

Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something.

 

If you have any queries, please contact us 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Insurance

Is travel insurance compulsory ?

 

Travel insurance is compulsory.

 

You will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance is provided.

 

When selecting a travel insurance policy please keep in mind that all travellers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue.

 

We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

 

 

Trip Grading

How do I prepare ?

 

On the trek walking will generally not exceed 4 hours in a day.

 

You should be comfortable with occasional rough terrain.

 

At any stage of the trek you can expect some steep climbs and descents and a wide range of weather conditions.

 

To prepare, thirty minutes of cardio exercise three times per week would be considered a minimum requirement to maximise enjoyment.

 

Speed is not important, stamina, confidence and balance are.

 

Be recommend bringing a fold up walking stick, which provide strong support during steep descents.

 

 

 

Vaccinations

What vaccinations will I need ?

 

In the past these have included Tetanus, Hepatitis B and Typhoid.

 

There is also an optional vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis.

 

It is recommended to take preventative Malaria tablets during your trip.

 

You should speak to your doctor before traveling.

 

For up to date information please visit www.dfat.gov.au/travel

 

 

Visa Requirements

Do I need to organise a visa before I go, if I am an Australian citizen ?

 

A visa is issued upon arrival for 60 days with an Australian passport.

 

 

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DAY 4   

Community Activity & Luro Home-Stay program

 

 

Early this morning, we venture into the bustling weekly produce market. You will have an opportunity to buy some fresh pastries from the market to take with you for morning tea.  We look inside the Luro Junior and Senior schools to say hello and have an opportunity to view the local Medical Centre.

 

We venture through the agricultural community, visiting vegetable gardens, rice paddies, a fish farm and enjoy a coconut morning tea. We then walk to Kotamutu where we will visit a Fataluku house and learn about why they are the iconic symbols of Timor. We finish the morning program with a visit to the Kotamutu primary school and share a delicious lunch, prepared by the local women of Kotamutu. 

 

In the afternoon we will participate in a community development activity which will give us an opportunity to share our skills with Luro people. We have dinner with our Home Hosts, followed by music and dancing, performed by Luro’s most contemporary outfit ‘The Sa Ani Dancers".

 

Meals: Home Host Breakfast | Group Lunch  @ Kotamutu | Group Dinner

Accommodation: Luro Home Hosting

The Trip

What to expect

Cash

What currency is used in Timor Leste ?

 

Timor is almost a completely cash economy and uses United States currency. 

 

Smaller bills are better  

 

There are a limited number of ATM’s in Dili. There is an ATM at the Airport. But no ATM in Baucau or Luro

 

We recommend bringing US$ from Australia.

 

Travel Ex is available at most airports in Australia

 

The cost of simple items is as follows

 

  • Bottle of Mineral Water    US$1.50

  • Can of Beer     US$2-US$3

  • Cup of Coffee      US$1.50

  • Satay Street Snack     US$1

  • Taxi ride     US$3

  • Taxi ride (airport) US$5-US$10

  • Meal in Cheap Restaurant    US$5-US$10

  • Meal in a good Restaurant     US$20-US$40

  • Souvenir T Shirt  US$15

  • Traditional (tais) WeavesUS$35-US$70+

 

 

 

 

Climate

What is the climate like in Timor Leste ?

 

Timor Leste has two seasons:

 

Wet: December to April

Dry: May to November

 

In the dry season the north coast sees little rain (although climate change is altering this); the cooler central mountains and south coast have an occasional shower.

 

Day temperatures are around 30°C to35°C (85°F to 95°F) year-round in the lowland areas, dropping to the low 20s overnight.

 

In Luro, warm-to-hot daytime temperatures drop to a chillier 15°C (60°F) at night, less at altitude.

 

At the end of the dry season in parts of the north coast the mercury hovers over 35°C

 

 

Communication

Where do I buy a SIM card ?

 

It is recommended to buy SIM cards in Dili for use in unlocked phones from Timor Plaza

 

Currently the SIM card that operates in Luro is by TELEMOR. SIM cards can be purchased in Dili.

 

There are vendors in Dili & Luro selling Pulsar (phone credit).

 

Phone credit is available in $1, $2, $5, $10 and $20s.

 

They can also make a great gift to your Luro Host.

 

 

 

 

 

Credit Cards & ATM's

Will there be ATM and Credit Card facilities along the way ?

 

No ATM or Credit Card facilities are available once we leave Dili.

 

ATM facilities are available at the Airport in Dili and at Timor Plaza.

 

We recommend that you organise the cash you will need, at the Airport in Australia.

 

 

Dietary Requirements

What about dietary requirements for travelers ?

 

We have created special meals to meet dietary requirements.

 

However if you require Gluten Intolerant, Vegetarian (vegan or non-dairy) meals, please advise us before booking.

 

If you have other special dietary needs, you are welcome to bring your own pre-packed snacks.

 

 

Equipment

Gear

 

Specialist gear required include walking boots and a day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gifts & Donations

What would be a practical gift to bring ?

 

The general advice is to source things locally in Dili instead of bringing them.

 

Bringing donated money then shopping in Dili reduces excess baggage, and it also contributes to the local economy.

 

Laptops are in high demand everywhere and 4-5 year old technology is acceptable. Old laptops for donation will be very much appreciated.

 

Baby clothing is also difficult to source for many village people, as are childrens DVD’s.

 

Other donation recommendations include, plastic clothes pegs, washing line rope, washing up brushes, laundry powder, recycled paper from work (there is little paper for children to draw on), crayons, texta’s & pens.

 

Please note that we will be stopping at Timor Plaza before we leave Dili on Day 1 to enable you to make purchases if you wish.

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Accommodation

Am I required to share ?

 

We do not require You to pay a surcharge for traveling alone.

 

We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender.

 

 

What is the Hotel like in Dili ?

 

The Hotel we will be staying at in Dili is Hotel Esplanada. The accomodation is included as part of the trip.

 

It is located a short walk from the local markets, restauraunts and bars. Taxis are available 24/7.

 

The hotel can be found at   www.hotelesplanada.com

 

 

 

 

Power

What electric plugs are used in Timor Leste ?

 

Power sockets are 2 round prong (European adapter) 

 

http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm

 

A power outlet will be made available to recharge phones and camera batteries. Please bring a converter. Converters can be purchased at airports.

 

We advise You to bring a torch.

 

Headlamps are useful for night-time toilet visits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Responsible Travel

What are some ideas on how I could travel sustainably ?

 

Timor Trekking is committed to offering low-impact tours that will benefit you and the Luro community alike. Our commitment to socially conscious, grassroots style travel includes working with the community, to develop a sustainable tourism opportunity that helps the Luro economy while minimizing negative environmental and cultural impacts.

 

We would like to give you a couple of tips to start you thinking about traveling sustainably.

 

Please bring rechargeable batteries, a battery charger (and plug adapter). Batteries are incredibly toxic and many places that we travel do not have proper disposal facilities. Rechargeables are best, but if this is not possible we recommend that you bring any used batteries back home with you for proper disposal.

 

Please ask before taking pictures. Just as you would not like to have a stranger come up to you and take a picture of you while sitting on your front porch either do the locals of the places that we visit.

 

 

 

 

 

Safety & Security

What about security ?

 

The Host Family premise will be reasonably secure.

 

There have been no reported thefts, when we have stayed in Luro. However we advise you to keep your valuables on you at all times.

 

 

Is Dili safe ?

 

Please take care when wandering about Dili on your own. Be safe and leave your passport, credit cards, traveller’s cheques and cash you don’t need in the hotel’s safety deposit box.

 

Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time.

 

Although Dili is generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

 

The availability of Taxi’s can be intermittent after 6pm, so dining within walking distance of the hotel is recommended.

 

East Timorese are honest and genuinely helpful and friendly, but be safe and enjoy the city!

 

 

 

 

 

Sanitation

Do I need to bring hand sanitizer ?

 

Hand sanitizer is a must. Bring a small bottle (from Australia) for your day pack.

 

 

School

Why are we visiting a local school ?

 

Subject to confirmation we plan on spending time sitting and teaching kids or participating in an activity.

 

Spending time in the classroom teaching English is a great experience for both.

 

School supplies such as puzzles, coloring pencils, chalk, paper are always welcome.

 

 

Sustainable Community Development

What is community based tourism ?

 

In partnership with the Luro community we have developed this ethical ecotourism itinerary, which includes and emphasizes community participation in its development.

 

The objectives of this community-based tourism is to help create employment, reduce poverty, and provide preservation of the local environment and local culture.

 

Sustainability offers great benefits to travellers, keeping destinations special, offering safe, and satisfying new experiences whilst having the opportunity to interact with happy locals, who are truly benefiting from your visit.

 

As a result we would encourage you to purchase snack and drink items in the villages, and purchase souvenirs and handcrafts from the locals (rather than in Dili’s markets).

 

 

 

 

What you carry

What am I required to carry ?

 

In your day-pack we advise you carry the following:

 

light plastic poncho,

water bottle or water bladder

camera gear,

valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc.

Small medical kit

Fold up hiking stick

 

A bum bag is always a good idea, so cameras and water can be easily accessed.

 

 

 

 

Wifi Acess

Is there WIFI access in Luro ?

 

WIFI is intermittent in Luro. We recommend that you change your SIM card upon arrival to a Telemor SIM which will give you phone coverage. Alternatively connect to Telstra Global Roaming before you leave Australia.

 

Phone credit (Pulsar cards) can be purchased for $1 - $2 at the local canteens in Luro and throughout Dili.

 

 

Markets

How valuable is the experience of shopping at the local markets ?

 

Local shopping provides important economic benefits to the local villages. It is also more economical than shopping elsewhere.

 

Local markets are a vibrant and enjoyable part of the Timor experience and should not be missed!

 

 

Outdoor Activities

What outdoor activities do the locals do ?

 

Luro kids love playing outdoor games like soccer and volleyball.

 

It’s not uncommon for 25 children to appear from the community. They go home at sunset or when the church bell rings at about 6pm.

 

You are welcome to bring soccer balls and pumps with you to give to the Luro community.

 

 

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DAY 5   

Trekking Mt Lagamau

 

 

Early this morning we drive out to the remote village of Oecussi, via Baracafa.  On our way we will have an opportunity to view the magnificent trellised landscape. You will also notice the Lopo and Ume Kebubu houses, infamous in the Oecussi region by the Dawan people.  From Oecussi we will begin the trek up to Mt Lagumau.  As we ascend we will experience the breathtaking views and lush landscapes of the mountains, looking off into the far distance we see Timor's north and south coastline.   

 

We return to Oecussi for a late lunch of local traditional Timorese flavours.  Late afternoon we take a road walk home via Baracafa to Luro, greeting children as they wander home from school. Following the downhill meander back to Luro, we will enjoy a well-earned beer, a rest and have an opportunity to share a final dinner.

 

Meals: Home Host Breakfast | Group Lunch @ Oecussi | Group Dinner

Accommodation: Luro Home Hosting

 

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Dili / Metinaro / Manatuto /Baucau

 

Upon arrival to Dili’s International Airport - Presidente Nicolau Lobato International, you will be issued with a 30 day travellers visa (USD $30). We will be there to greet you.

 

We stop at Timor Plaza to share in coffee, get money from the ATM, purchase SIM cards, have breakfast and buy gifts for our Home Hosts before we depart. We leave the city’s capital, a former Portugese settlement, established in 1669 and begin winding through the coastal mountain range. 

 

Along the journey we stop at Manatuto, a village specialising in pottery (a mixture of river clay and beach sand) and basketwork. We cross the Laclo River in Manatuto, the birthplace of Xanana Gusmão and continue on through Vemasse, where the countryside is devoted to rice paddies, before gently ascending up the forested Baucau plateau. Along the journey you will have an opportunity to see the circular houses and conical roofs of the Mambat people.  

 

We arrive in Baucau for late lunch, where you will notice that the menu is heavily influenced by South East Asia and likely to use ingredients including pork, fish, basil, tamarind, legumes, corn, rice, root vegetables and tropical fruit. Dishes that maybe available include Midarsin (pork ribs with tamarind juice and sweet soya sauce), Batar Da’an ( a unique pumpkin, corn and bean dish)  and Tapai (made from fermented rice and slightly alcoholic).

 

Baucau, was once the capital of Timor Leste, and is a popular weekend escape for the Dili Expat community. You will notice its bustling produce market, pink hotel, historic churches and crumbling sites - both tragic and inspiring to discover.  

 

After lunch we check into Tato Toti Guest House and have time for a siesta.  In the late afternoon we cool off with a refreshing swim at the local Baucau Pool.  In the evening we will have dinner at nearby hotel, Pousada de Baucau, the pink hotel.

 

Meals: Breakfast , Dinner & Lunch not included 

Accommodation:  Tato Toti Guest House

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES
DAY 7 

Dili

 

 

We explore Dili this morning, visiting historic ‘must see’ sights and museums that will give you insight into the history of this nation’s dramatic, post-colonial struggle for independence.  The capital has been recently anointed by José Ramos Horta as the ‘City of Peace’ and is a fascinating place to explore.

 

We warm up the muscles with a walk up the many steps to Cristo Rei, the 65ft Christ statue and local landmark. The views of Dili and the harbour are stunning and will provide you with an overview of the bustling city. We will explore the Santa Cruz Cemetery, where you will learn about its history, the 1991 massacre, the footage delivered to the world by British journalist Max Stahl and why it is cited as a turning point in Timor’s struggle for independence.

 

We then visit the Resistance Museum, a space that commemorates the 24 year struggle against Indonesian occupation through stories, photos and timelines. We lunch at a traditional Timorese cafe before wondering the Tais Market, a traditional Timorese mercado, where you will have an opportunity to buy customary jewellery, bags and handicraft.  

 

We return to Hotel Esplanada for a refreshing drink and an opportunity to meet international expats gathering for happy hour, while the sun sets across the esplanade.

 

There is an opportunity to gather for a group meal in the evening and share email addresses and photos.

 

Meals: Breakfast included

Accommodation: Hotel Esplanada (Twin share)

 

There is a real need for You to have a genuine spirit of adventure and be aware, You are part of tourism in its infancy. As such the daily itinerary maybe altered to address unforeseen circumstances and challenges. To prepare for this, ‘pack’ a flexible and relaxed attitude, bring a spirit of adventure and inquiry, a healthy sense of humor and a willingness to encounter the unexpected. With these essential items packed, we promise, You will find this trip to Timor Leste the adventure of a lifetime!

 

Please remember that you are embarking on an adventure, in a place and amongst people whose lives are very different from your own.  Many aspects of life in Timor Leste will seem unusual. Remember that these are often the same aspects that make it an exotic and attractive destination.

 

Other physical challenges you may face include rough, bumpy roads and changeable weather. It’s important you bring a healthy sense of humor and a willingness to encounter the unexpected.

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Dili

 

This morning our trip ends after breakfast. The friendly staff at Hotel Esplanada can help you book a taxi to the airport.

 

Consider spending a few extra days visiting Atauro Island (30km north of Dili) or Oecussi Island (West Timor). Ferries and Charter boats can be easily booked.

 

Diving in Timor-Leste (East Timor) is world class, thanks to a perfect mix of cool, deep water, undamaged reefs, under fished marine life and its prime location in the Coral Triangle.

 

The Triangle encompasses portions of two biographic regions, the Indonesian-Philippines Region (including East Timor) and the Far Southwestern Pacific Region. Recognized as the global epicentre of marine biodiversity, the Coral Triangle has the most diverse coral in the world, including 76% of the world’s coral and 37% of the world’s coral-reef fish.

 

Day trips are available through local tour operators, Timor Adventures.

 

 

Meals: Breakfast included

Accommodation: Check out of Hotel Esplanada at 10.00am

 

 

 

 

Saturday
DAY 8 

Physical requirements

 

While you are touring Timor, your safety and comfort depends a great deal on your physical fitness. So we recommend you undertake 2 months of training to prepare your body; so you are in peak physical fitness. You must be fit to very fit, with good endurance and cardiovascular strength. 

 

Your training should include long bush walks, uphills and downhills - the steeper the better, or walking up and down stairs is an ideal training method. Preparation for strength, stamina, endurance and cardio fitness will provide you with a good base for these day treks.  You should train in the hiking boots that you will wear for the trek so they are well worn-in and comfortable. On the treks we will generally not exceed 4 hours in a day.  At any stage of the trek you can expect some steep climbs and descents and a wide range of weather conditions.  Speed is not important; however fitness, stamina, confidence and balance will provide you with a safe experience.  It is paramount that all trekkers take out travel insurance with a reputable travel insurer that covers Timor Leste and Asia.  Upon booking it is mandatory that you provide us with your travel insurance details.

 

Trip Cost   AUD$1500.00

Timor Trekking
Timor Trekking

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