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    • WAWO MUDA

      In 2001 a volcanic eruption in Central Flores created a massive crater, changing the skyline of the local area forever and turning a vast swathe of land into volcanic ash dotted with dead, branchless tree trunks defiantly pointing upwards to the sky. Water that entered this gigantic crater formed five lakes.Like the more famous Kelimutu crater lakes, the Wawo Muda lakes change colour according to the mineral content of the water. Unlike Kelimutu, however, the Wawo Muda lakes sometimes dry up, particularly during the dry season. When I visited in mid-April only two lakes were visible.

      Trekking to the Crater

      After driving for a short distance up through the town of Bajawa with my guide, Johannes, we paused at the entrance gate to the Wawo Muda area. There was nobody around so we continued on without being able to pay an entrance fee. Parking our motorbike at someone’s house, we continued on foot, uphill and along, and uphill some more. We passed coffee plantations; coffee from this area is exported as far as the US. Some brave locals rode their motorbikes up the steep and narrow country footpath, while others walked up the hill towards their plantations. Many vegetables and fruits are grown here, in addition to coffee, often in mixed plantations.

      Johannes pointed out interesting trees and plants along the way. I smelt the crushed up leaves of the eucalyptus tree which, here in Indonesia, is used to make an oil called minyak kayu putih, applied to the skin to relieve numerous ailments. I saw coffee beans before the roasting process, all wet and white, and I learnt how in Flores they plant a particular type of tree before planting the coffee plants; these trees, spread throughout the plantation, improve the quality of the coffee. I smelt the roots of a plant used to make tiger balm, and saw enormous bamboo growing by the side of the path. This root is used to make tiger balmAs we climbed higher I looked out across a breathtaking vista of the whole town of Bajawa with Mount Inerie in the background and many large hills surrounding it.

    Author

    Hello Travellers My name is Lucas, i'm a native of flores. I was born on 7th of January 1987. I was spended my senior school at Tourism for 3 years, and i took Hotel program, than i graduated on 2006. Now i'm working for tourism as a tour guide and tour operator in Labuan Bajo, before i build my own job as a tour operator, i has a lot of experienced for Hotel Reservation,Tour booked,tour guide, and handling cruise ship, I have been in Bali for five years, studied about Bali and Indonesia Tourism, than i've got it. Now i live in Labuan Bajo, the smallest town in the west part of flores island, though this small but this town is very popular, due to dragons Habitats and wonderfull marine life. as your tour organizer i would like to invite you to visit our homeland and our beautiful natures. Please see more all our Tour packages that we offer on our website, Check it out Regards LUCAS_OWNER OF KOMODO HEAVEN TOUR

    http://www.komodoheaventour.com

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