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East Timor : When and where to go?
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East Timor: Climate & Weather
The country experiences a tropical, warm and humid climate with a dry season from June to October and a rainy season from November to May, with average temperatures around 30 ° C, but can be much cooler at higher altitudes.
27°C - 80°F
Dili, updated 02:11 GMT
East Timor: Map
What to do in East Timor
Dili, the capital, is located on the north coast, and its historic center bears the architectural traces of the Portuguese occupation. In the month of April there is the Carnival of Timor, which is the most important annual festival. The city is booming and there are restaurants and shops that contrast strongly with the poverty of the rest of the country. You will notice the statue Cristo Rei, a Christ on a globe, offered by Indonesia to the people of East Timor.
In Bacau, also on the north coast, the superb colonial buildings are surrounded by lush vegetation, and lively markets will give you the opportunity to buy local produce and traditional fabrics.
Those who love white sand beaches and clear waters will go to the northern tip of the island in the village of Tutuala and then pass by the island of Jaco with its beautiful deserted beaches.
Hiking enthusiasts will climb to the top of Mount Tata Mai Lau, in the center of the country, and admire the magnificent landscapes on the way, then to Mount Kutulau, a little further north, and visit the village of Maubara and its Ancient Portuguese fort, and finally the lagoon with birds, with its sumptuous landscapes.
In the eastern part, Nino Koni National Park is home to one of the last remaining undisturbed rainforest areas where birds can be observed (there are at least 30 endemic species), diving and visiting prehistoric archaeological sites.
For diving, you will visit the island of Atauro or the island of Jaco. On Atauro, you will also discover beautiful wooden sculptures, which make its fame.
During your walks you will find fortresses, churches and other monuments of Portuguese origin. Also to see, the coffee plantations, this one having been one of the main products exported from the country. It is still very much appreciated today.
East Timor : The basics
A visa is required to enter the country, it is issued to you upon arrival.
The current currency is the US dollar (USD).
You will arrive by plane to Comoro International Airport, Dili, via Darwin in Australia. There are no airlines or railways in the country, but there are minibuses serving the cities around Dili, and you can also take the boat to the islands. You can also rent a car with or without a driver, or a motorbike.
Health: it is better to have up to date their traditional vaccines, and to be vaccinated against typhoid, hepatitis A and B, and possibly the rabies in case of long stay. Protect yourself also against malaria, and against mosquito bites. In addition, following an epidemic of avian fever, contact with poultry and their feces should be avoided.
Safety: it is better not to venture alone at night on the somewhat isolated roads.
Shopping: if you can afford it, you can bring back ikat, a traditional fabric dyed before weaving and featuring many patterns, embroideries and colors, to which one attributes magical powers. Otherwise you will find objects made of basketwork (mats, baskets, fans, hats, carpets, boxes), but also jewels of pearls and shells, or antique silver jewelry.