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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Top 11 wonders of Timor-Leste
Mota Bandeira Falls
An impressive waterfall – a stream falls down a vertical cliff.
Mare Naun Nura Springs
A group of hot springs with water temperatures of 55 – 62 °C. Water is bubbling, and has a slight odor.
Oesilo mud volcanoes
Group of several active mud volcanoes.
Rock formations of Osolata Beach
Amazing hoodoos and standing stones on the beach.
Noi Noi Kuru Cave
Approximately 320 m long limestone cave with beautiful cave formations. The cave contains gours and also a shard of pottery and a stone wall – a sign of human habitation. People have used the cave as shelter in 1975.
Marobo hot water spring
Hot water spring in a beautiful mountain setting. In the past, there have been built pools for collection of the water. The temperature of water – 46 – 47 °C.
In this ponor disappears water from the largest freshwater lake of Timor-Leste – the whole Irasiquero River flows in it. Water continues to flow underground and discharges into 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
Exquisite, well-preserved paintings that are up to 30,000 years old. Contains Lene Hara Cave – limestone cave, where people have lived for 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.
In this cave, people have been living for at least 44.6 thousand years ago. It shows that humans arrived in Australia through Java and the Lesser Sunda Islands.
Contemporary cultural wonders of Timor-Leste
Christo Rei of Dili
27 m tall statue of Jesus atop a globe.
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.
Examines the history of the ethnic conflict in East Timor and its continuing effect on the people.
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.