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Wonders of Timor-Leste

Rural landscape in Timor-Leste
Rural landscape in Timor-Leste. / ILO Asia-Pacific, Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

The island country of Timor-Lest has magnificent scenery, several interesting geological attractions, rich biodiversity, and promising archaeological finds. There are expected more discoveries in the future.

Map with the described wonders

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WorldViolet Top 11 wonders of Timor-Leste

Geological wonders

Mota Bandeira Falls

Ermera

An impressive waterfall – a stream falls down a vertical cliff.

Mota Bandeira Falls
Mare Naun Nura Springs

Aileu

A group of hot springs with water temperature 55 – 62 °C. Water is bubbling, has slight odor.

Oesilo mud volcanoes

Oecusse

Group of several active mud volcanoes.

Oesilo mud volcanoes
Rock formations of Osolata Beach

Baucau

Amazing hoodoos and standing stones in the beach.

Balancing rock in Osolata Beach
Noi Noi Kuru Cave

Lautém

Approximately 320 m long limestone cave with beautiful cave formations. Cave contains gours and also a shard of pottery and stone wall – a sign of human habitation. People have used the cave as shelter in 1975.

Marobo hot water spring

Bobonaro

Hot water spring in a beautiful mountain setting. In the past there have been built pools for collection of the water. Temperature of water – 46 – 47 °C.

Mainina Ponor

Lautém

In this ponor disappears water from the largest freshwater lake of Timor-Leste – whole Irasiquero River flows in it. Water continues to flow underground and discharges in the sea. Sacred place. Endemic fish Craterocephalus laisapi has been discovered in this short stream.

Archaeological wonders of Timor-Leste

Prehistoric paintings at Ile Kére Kére near Tutuala

Lautém

Exquisite, well-preserved paintings that are up to 30,000 years old. Contains Lene Hara Cave – limestone cave, where people have lived in several periods since 30,000 – 35,000 BP. The walls of the cave are adorned with prehistoric polychrome paintings, depicting geometric shapes, boats, animals, birds, and stylized humans. Here have been found petroglyphs as well. In this area are known at least six other caves with cave art including O Hi and Ile Kére Kére.

Prehistoric paintings at Ile Kére Kére, Timor-Leste
Laili Cave

Manatuto

In this cave people have been living at least 44.6 thousand years ago. It shows that humans arrived in Australia throuv Java and Lesser Sunda Islands.

Contemporary cultural wonders of Timor-Leste

Christo Rei of Dili

Dili

27 m tall statue of Jesus atop globe.

Cristu Rei in Dili
Jaco Island

Lautém

This island is covered with primeval forest and is considered to be sacred by local people – a place where the souls of deceased people go. Access to this island is forbidden.

WorldYellow Recommended books

East Timor: Island in Turmoil


Examines the history of the ethnic conflict in East Timor and its continuing effect on the people.

Timor-Leste Land of Discovery


Timor-Leste Land of Discovery is the first-ever coffee table book created depicting East Timor s landscape, cultural and underwater wonders, with text by President Bill Clinton, UN Secretary-General & Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan, President Xanana Gusmão, and Minister & Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta.


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