This morning we will head south on a narrow scenic road to the remote weaving village of Nggela, stopping along the way for photographs over the spectacular Mbuli Valley. The traditional boat-shaped village of Nggela has two rows of tall thatched houses facing each other across a central area dotted with stone tombs. The local Lio weavers produce some of the best quality ikat in the Ende Regency. Although the use of commercial cotton is now almost universal and many weavers have adopted synthetic dyes, we will still get to see examples of naturally dyed cloth and the ceremonial ‘lawo butu.’ We will enjoy a simple packed lunch and the villagers will brew us some of their local coffee. After exploring some of the traditional houses there will be plenty of time for textile shopping. This evening we will enjoy a traditional feast and cultural performance.
An early start today as we take a scenic drive up the side of the volcano to the car park at the entrance to Kelimutu National Park. From here it is a pleasant 30-minute-walk through woodland to the first viewpoint over the spectacular three-coloured crater lakes. Climbing the 236 steps up to the furthest viewpoint will give us a good appetite for the breakfast awaiting us back at the Ecolodge. We will then drive through yet more beautiful scenery on the way to Maumere Harbour, boarding the Ombak Putih in time for a late lunch.