As promised here is the beginning of my updates. While I am currently living in Sri Lanka I want to share with you a road trip myself and 3 friends went on to East Timor’s tallest mountain, Mt. Ramalou. Located in the middle of the country it is not the easiest of places to reach. I don’t remember the exact distance (maybe about 160 km from Dili), but the first 140 km took about 4 hours and the last 20 kilometers another 3 hours!!
It was great to get out of the “city” and see a little more of the country side. East Timor has an abundance of natural beauty and while the mountainous areas are some of the poorest and least accessible in the country, they also hold some of the most spectacular vistas, and kindest people there are.
Enjoy the trip!!
We were fortunate to have a 4 wheel drive car to ourselves. The rest of the country is not so fortunate and packed trucks and buses (with people sleeping on the top even) is a common sight on the ‘main’ roads.
Even when you do reach a sizable town, the traffic signs can be a bit confusing. As this little town’s sole stop sign the town council might have been a bit confused about where it would be most effective…
Our Posada (inn) for the night. The lonely planet lists a Posada that was actually closed. We were lucky that this one had been opened. It was very basic but the people were very friendly and we shared the food we brought and shared a meal with the caretakers and the guests (all Timorese).
Our room for the night. The Posada was full due to a teachers training going on in the town. However, 4 woman moved out and in with their coworkers and were kind enough to allow us to stay for the night. We started hiking in the middle of the night (around 2 am).