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    Flores, A Perfect Place for Exploring the Extraordinary

    Flores translates adventure travel in its own right. It is strangely hidden from the up-market adventurers who seasonally dock their yachts in Labuan Bajo, the nearest town to Komodo National Park. Flores is in fact the island for the many fantastic wonders, intertwining natural, cultural, and religious metamorphic genesis.

    The land seems to be rising from the depth as formations of subterranean rocks appear just on the southern roadside. The relatively recent introduction of Catholicism permeates right aside of ancient belief, widely symbolized by a cross or the effigy of Mother Marry stands by the side of an ancestral stone cemetery at the house yard. In Ende, the colors of the Kelimutu Lakes continue to change, and so will the phenomenal cultures of these extraordinary people.

    Its 350-kilometer length and the average of only 40-kilometer width will never fail to amaze those who seek further and deeper than the islands where Varanus komodoensis, the living dragon made its way to the New 7 Wonders of the World. The winding roads on the arid land remind adventurers of the slowly pushed geographical plate, causing the rippling hills, and unique vegetation once indicated by Alfred Wallace. Here, you are brought to a whole new wonder, a perfect place for exploring the extraordinary.

    Source: www.indonesia.travel

    Photos by Anggun Nugraha

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    Nov 2011

    Exploring Flores - Labuan Bajo - Cancar - Ruteng

    The Portuguese first arrived in the early 1500s, giving the island its name, which translates to “flowers” in Portuguese.

    Popular with backpackers for decades, idyllic Flores abounds with lush foliage and striking volcanoes, highlighted by the famous three-colored crater lakes by Mount Kelimutu.

    With so much emphasis these days on cultural and ethno-tourism, Flores is home to an array of authentic tribal villages with rich folklore and fantastic weaving traditions.

    On a road trip from Labuan to the old villages around Bajawan, guide John Bhago points out a cascade of stunning churches. Flores is the most Christian part of the world’s most populated Muslim-majority nation.

    Even more surprising than the soaring steeples and colorful depictions of Jesus and Mary, is seeing them alongside mosques. A must-stop is Ruteng — if only for a hike to the hills above Cancar Village — to savor the breathtaking views of the famed spider web rice fields.

    Framed by mountains, the fields tilled by indigenous Manggarai people resemble enormous cobwebs, or as another tourist quipped “alien landing fields.”

    Ruteng is also home to hot springs and the Liang Bua cave, where the remains of a unique species, called Homo Floresiensis, were discovered in excavations in 2003. The remains of Flores ancient ancestors are sometimes referred to as “hobbits” as excavations showed the people were just over one meter tall, much like the fictional characters in the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien.

    Dozens of traditional villages can be found around Ruteng and further east to Bajawa, with thatched-roof huts and communal areas seemingly unchanged for centuries.

    Bena is especially picturesque; it sits on a green plain with dazzling views of Mount Inierie, the largest volcano on the island. The houses are topped with hand-made spirit figures, like warriors, animals and tiny houses. Bena and some of the major villages can feel a bit tourist-trodden, but it’s easy to arrange homestays and treks to more distant villages.

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