"Three lakes and one volcano" Pulau Flores Things to Do Tip by global_explorer

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Kelimutu are the oldest and best known of all the touristdestinations of Flores. Allready in the era of the dutch colony it was visited. This volcano are easy to visit from the village of Moni, but go early, and watch the sunrise from the craterlakes. It is three craterlakes witch different colours. At the time of my visit they were black, coffebrown and turqoise. One period the lakes was blue, black and redish brown, some times ago they was olivegreen,turqoise and black. Changes in the mineralsolutions down there gives the colourchanges. The path take you to the point of inspiration, here you can lie on your belly right at the edge and look stright down to the watertables of two of the lakes, the socalled black lake lie a little by it self. Then follow the path around the twinlakes and go up to the high vantagepoint, the only point where you can see all three lakes at the same time. There is a local tale saying that the sole of thiefs and murderers go to the black lake (Tiwu Ata Polu), the soles of old people go to The turqoise lake (Tiwu Ata Mbupu) and the sole of young people to Tiwu Nua Muri- the green lake witch now has turned brown. When a young dutch tourist fell into the lakes, he choose right and fell into the green lake. Nothing was ever found of him, but the searchteam measured PH 0,5-the same of concentrated cloric acid, and a high concentration of poisonous gases in the air. So the device is: Enjoy the lakes, but with care!! From the top you have a nice wiew to a very lush landscape, allready a couple of hundred meters from the crater the forest begins.

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  • Written Sep 12, 2004
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