Un­der­stand­ing Flo­res

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Stretch­ing from East to West, Flo­res cov­ers 360km of land cov­ered with smol­der­ing volcanoes, deep moun­tain­ous craters, ma­jes­tic lakes, hid­den beaches, hot springs, clear lakes, cool river ponds, thun­der­ing wa­ter­falls, vast open plains and spec­tac­u­lar rice fields. Many would know Flo­res as home to the mag­nif­i­cent Ko­modo dragon, a gi­ant lizard of pre­his­toric and Juras­sic-like fea­tures that pop­u­lates Flo­res’ Ko­modo and Rinca Is­lands. The Ke­limutu has also cre­ated a name for it­self; this in­ac­tive vol­cano lo­cated in cen­tral Flo­res hyp­no­tizes vis­i­tors with three brightly coloured crater lakes that changes colours with time from deep within its bow­els.

Wel­come to Flo­res, the stun­ning and al­most un­touched par­adise is­land that lies to the east of Bali, right af­ter the is­lands of Lom­bok and Sum­bawa with the is­land of Ti­mor to its west. Rugged and wild, Flo­res is the back­drop to some of the world’s most unique beauty and home to ex­tra­or­di­nary and as­ton­ish­ing wildlife, inimitable to only this part of the world.

Ex­plor­ers and travel enthusiasts would al­ready know by now that Flo­res is so much more than its Ko­modo Drag­ons and the Ke­limutu. With a long and colour­ful his­tory, vi­brant cul­ture and tra­di­tions, this ex­pan­sive land that spans over 8 main re­gen­cies awaits fur­ther dis­cov­er­ies. What won­ders does this is­land hold, and what magic that draws the ad­ven­tur­ous and the cu­ri­ous to travel far and wide to re­turn to its dis­tinct, rugged ter­rain. Al­most com­pletely shrouded in mys­tery, calls of the dark tan­gling jun­gles and windswept open plains can be heard by many.

The mys­ti­fy­ing cul­ture prac­ticed by the lo­cals of Flo­res has given many a small peek into fas­ci­nat­ing tra­di­tions and dis­tinc­tive lan­guages, which are all part of the is­land’s al­lure. Flo­res’ cul­tural rich­ness is im­pres­sive; its friendly in­hab­i­tants in­vite you to ex­plore and learn more about their cap­ti­vat­ing past and present way of life.

Their be­lief sys­tems, arts and cul­ture, tra­di­tions and his­tory are cru­cial el­e­ments in the mak­ing of the beau­ti­ful is­land Flo­res. In this guide­book, we strive to show­case the mag­nif­i­cence of this is­land that spans across districts, at­trac­tions, wildlife, land­marks and its peo­ple. Read on and ex­pe­ri­ence some of the most breath­tak­ing sites and ex­pe­ri­ences in the world.

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