Kelimutu is the name of a long extinct volcano that has become commonly excepted as one the most and if not the most wonderful and fascinating natural sight in the whole Indonesian archipelago. Its distinct feature is the three huge colored lakes at the top. The largest of which is a bright turquoise, a close by green lake and slightly further away a black lake. These wonderful sights owe there interesting colours to chemical reactions that occur in the volcanic craters and more interestingly these colours change throughout time and even on a periodic fluctuation basis, only 30 years ago the green lake was a maroon brown colour.
The Kelimutu is an excellent and easy to experience adventure, if you would like to witness this and if you are in the area you would be crazy not to then be sure to at the top very early in the morning. This is due to the cloud cover that will often eventually build and cling to the mountain top and the at some point in the day and obliterated any view of anything from the view points at the top. The most practical and most popular way to se this is to stay at Moni which the last village reachable by road. For the most intense experience it is suggested that you begin the 4 hour walk to the top at around 2 o'clock, this way you will make it to the top for sunrise when there will be less people and you can witness the intensity of the colours rapidly increase as the tropical eastern sun rises and rewards you also with a clear view of the surrounding land. This is without doubt an unforgettable experience and once at the top there are a number of locals who offer breakfasts with incredible views, these are of differing quality so be sure to enquire perhaps before leaving as to where to eat, all places however are of inflated price ranges.
If you do not fancy the walk then there is always the truck that sets off at around 4am, this is a cheap method and although a little less romantic then making the trek, this can be a much more viable method for older and les able travelers. Another method is by the hiring of a horse, this is a little more expensive and usually ends up taking longer then walking. The truck returns at 7am although you will not be alone doing the two to three hour decent as most people stay a little longer and walk back. Also be aware of the Park entry post which is around halfway up the climb, it is likely to be unmanned in the early morning and easy to miss in the dark but be sure to contribute to the trust on the way back, the price is less than 2 dollars.
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