Another spectacular Indonesian sunrise featuring otherworldly landscape of Mount Kelimutu and its three differently coloured lakes: turquoise, green and the colour of a well know non-alcoholic beverage. It’s possible to hike around and get onto the rims for a closer look of these sulphuric beauties. Monkeys might be your only friends once the crowds disperse (a fraction of people compared to Mt Bromo). The 7km hike back to the village is a thrill in itself too. Cloud forest bursting with birds, very unusual and loud singing. The drive to the top of the mountain can be arranged in Moni.
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It is possible for up to eight people to rent a boat for USD300-400 in Labuan Bajo, Flores, for a two-day adventure to the lost world of the Komodo dragon. On day one you travel through Labuan Bajo’s archipelago for a bit of snorkelling among some of world’s most richest coral seas. Expect to see corals of all shapes and sizes and of all colours imaginable, fish to match and the odd turtle if you’re lucky. The approach to the island of Rinca was like arriving to King Kong country as you know that the beast is there: Komodo dragon is the largest lizard in existence! Night on the boat but not before witnessing the flying fox spectacle at dusk - the biggest flying mammal in the world. Day two to the island of Komodo for a scary but scenic hike with the ranger always on a lookout for dragons. More snorkelling off the paradise island of Kanawa before sailing back to Labuan Bajo archipelago. Dream!
The adventure starts at 4am in the village of Cemoro Lawang, Eastern Java. The 4x4 ride takes you to the viewpoint where in pitch black, probably wearing the rented jacket, you’re waiting for the sunrise. Slowly the darkness gives in and the silhouettes of mountains start appearing. The first morning light reveals the spectacular landscape with Mt Semeru in the distance, the highest mountain in Java; Mt Batok, beautifully grooved greenish cone of a dormant volcano; and of course, fuming Mt Bromo encircled by the sea of sand. It is possible to visit its rim by climbing 250 steps and the stop at the Hindu temple on the way there is obligatory.
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Torres del Paine is big, dramatic and contrasting with many wooded areas that add to its charm as well as to colours of the landscape. This is nowhere more evident than in Valle del Frances sector where hiking through the forest reveals a theatre of primeval nature performing live in front of your eyes - Paine Grande massif with its spectacular blend of granite and sedimentary rock, snow capped peaks, glaciers, glacial caves, rivers, waterfalls all shrouded in a lush blanket of dense woodland. Trekking further up you pass through a Tunguska-like lifeless forest before arriving at a small plateau, ending by being encircled by magnificent rugged mountain peaks, severe and barren.
Aim for a dry day to Potsdam which is on an easy S-bahn ride from Berlin. Follow the signs to the bike renting place upon leaving the station - it's only five minutes walk on the way to Potsdam centre. The 17km (11 miles) bike ride takes you through beautiful Potsdam, UNESCO Heritage site, to Sanssouci, baroque palace of Friedrich the Great, rococo OTT New Palace and myriad of other architectural curiosities in Sanssouci's opulent landscaped grounds. The trail continues through the stunning New Gardens with lakes and more palaces before crossing the Glienicke bridge immortalised in cold war films. Babelsbeg Park with its German film heritage is the oasis of tranquillity before the full circle is completed. Beautiful!
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