East Timor, officially known as the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, is located in the Southeast Asian region. Not the usual choice as a travel destination for travellers, it has many to offer from historical sights to adventure activities. Do not be surprised to find yourself engaged by curious locals wanting to learn more about the “malae” – a local term for foreigner.
East Timor or Timor Leste, as it is sometimes called, has a rich cultural heritage with long standing traditions. This is thanks to its unique history of colonial periods and human habitation. East Timor is also slowly becoming a popular destination for ecotourism. It is home to the Nino Konis National Park, considered to be one of the last surviving zones in the world for tropical lowland rainforest with rich coastal environment.
Adventure seekers will also find themselves enjoying many of the exciting activities available in East Timor. Adventure travellers can dive and snorkel along the Atauro Island and Jaco Island coastlines or hike up Mount Kablaki and Mount Ramelau. If adventure is not what you seek, East Timor also has many cultural sites, including the Portuguese fortresses, historical churches and other cultural monuments and landmarks spread across the country.
When planning a holiday in East Timor, travellers will definitely spoilt for choice on where to go, what to see and what activities to do while in the country. Here are just a few of the top tourist spots in East Timor to add to the itinerary and should not be missed:
Mount Ramelau – The highest mountain in East Timor, Mount Ramelau is also officially known as Tatamailau or Tata Mailau. The mountain is located in the Ainaro district situated south of Dili, the capital of East Timor. Mount Ramelau is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is the site of the annual pilgrimage commemorating the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This religious pilgrimage occurs every March when many pilgrims hike to the peak where a 9.8-foot high statue of the Virgin Mary is located.
Cristo Rei of Dili – The Cristo Rei of Dili is a statue of Jesus standing 88.5 feet high on top of a globe. Also known as Christ the King of Dili, the statue is located at the end of the Fatucama peninsula and overlooks the ocean. Bolil or Mochamad Syailillah designed the Cristo Rei of Dili statue. To reach the Cristo Rei of Dili, visitors have to climb around 500 steps to the peak.
Atauro Island – A small island located north of Dili, Atauro Island is also known as Ilha de Atauro and Ata’uro. Some locals also refer to the island as Kambing Island. “Kambing” refers to goat in the local language and the abundance of goats in the island has led to its name. Atauro Island is a popular destination for its beautiful coral reefs and variety of bird species. The entire island has the distinction of being designated as an Important Bird Area by the BirdLife International.
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