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.
Photos by Anggun Nugraha/www.indonesia.travel. Except for no.20-22 by Leonardus Nyoman.