Home to rugged and untouched beaches, dotted with traditional mountain villages offering panoramic views, East Timor, or Timor Leste, is one of the world’s last great off-the-beaten-track destinations. A land of true contrasts, explore Timor’s pristine reefs, sacred mountain temples and century old traditions. Asia’s newest country, once ravished by war has a dark but fascinating history which you will delve into to gain a sound understanding of how this paradise could once have been so unstable. Trek through jungles, embrace the charm of the Portuguese heritage and bump along dusty roads. Be one of the first few to venture through this country in depth as you embrace the warmth of the people, the culture and the infusion of European charm.
Day 1 - Arrival Dili
Welcome to Timor! Upon arrival, our English speaking guide will meet you at Nicolau Lombardo airport and set the scene introducing you to the recent history of resistance in this amazing half island. (D)
Overnight Portuguese Hotel or similar
Day 2 - Baucau
The fascinating story continues while you explore Dili from the panorama of Cristo Rei, the white sand of Areia Branca, to the resistance museum. Our tour guide will share their encyclopaedic knowledge of Timor-Leste’s history and culture.
After lunch its off to Baucau, Timor-Leste’s second largest city, a 3 hour stunning coastal drive. (B,L,D)
Overnight Pousada Baucau
Day 3 & 4 - Luro
Travel through traditional villages where time has stood still. Here you will be greeted by our friends at the Luro village who open their homes to visitors and share the delights of Timorese traditional culture, dance, song and food. After a 2 hour hike to Mt Huffa Huffa, wind your way down through rice paddies and be rewarded by a traditional meal. (B,L,D)
2 nights Traditional Homestay
Day 5 - Tutuala Beach
Travel 3 hrs to the very eastern tip of Timor. Take a short boat ride with local fishermen to the sacred island of Jaco. (B,L,D)
Overnight in a Beach Guesthouse
Day 6 - Com Fishing Village
This morning take a 1 ½ hr morning hike to view ancient cave art. After a short but bumpy drive arrive at the sleepy fishing village of Com, if you’re lucky, there will be crayfish for dinner. (B,L,D)
Overnight Beach Bungalow
Day 7 & 8 - Loi Hunu
Travel via Baucau into the mountains; after a 5hr drive you will arrive at the guesthouse in the middle of resistance country.
The following day take a 5 hr hike deep into the mountains to discover Mundo Perdido, the lost land. (B,L,D)
2 nights Mountain Guesthouse
Day 9 - Same
Today you will travel down to the South Coast, watch out for crocodiles along the way. Stay at the base of the mountains and learn about Dom Bom Ventura, Timor’s revolutionary who led the great and sadly losing battle to rid the country of its Portuguese invaders. (B,L,D)
Overnight Gia Ria Guesthouse
Day 10 - Hatu Builico
Travel up and up to Timor’s highest village as you prepare for a dawn climb to the summit of Mt Ramelau, Timor’s highest mountain. (B,L,D)
Overnight Mountain Guesthouse
Day 11 - Maubisse
Today you will visit a traditional village and participate in the traditional welcome ceremony. You will also be invited into a sacred house. Learn about the various seasonal ceremonies. You will then visit a local coffee farm and sample Timor’s famous organic coffee. (B,L,D)
Portuguese Style Pousada
Day 12 - Dili
Today is a long drive day back to Dili. On arrival, the remainder of the day is yours at leisure. (B,L,D)
Overnight Portuguese Hotel or similar
Day 13 - Departure
Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
- Return airport transfers
- 12 nights accommodation
- 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 10 Dinners
- Services of an English speaking local guide
- Transportation in an air conditioned vehicle
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary
- International and domestic flights
- Travel and medical insurance
- All services, meals other than those indicated above
- Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
- All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc
**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.
* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.
* A minimum of 2 adults is required to guarantee this departure.
A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.