Timor Leste was one of the world’s newest countries at the time of my visit. This tiny nation earned its independence in 2003 from Indonesia which followed a civil war and instability. I had heard of many dangers and warnings against travel to Timor Leste immediately before my trip. When I actually the country seemed to be stable and looked like it had made some remarkable recoveries in such a short time. It seemed to me that the locals are very proud of their struggle and independence and hopefully will continue to progress towards peace and stability.
Becoming the country’s capital in 2002, Dili has made a remarkable recovery from the war with Indonesia and working hard to become recognized by the rest of the world. The civil war that followed East Timor’s independence further devestated this tiny nation, but the recent stability and enormous gains in security make the country safe enough for visitors. Some of the most interesting sites to visit are the museums of independence.
East Timor’s mini Rio De Janerio, Cape Fatucama has many similarities between the famous Brazilian city. Fatucama is formed by large steep tropical mountains descending into the sea and is surrounded by beautiful beaches on both sides. Every Friday night, festivals take place here with dancing music, and traditional local food up for sale. Also like Rio, Cape Fatucama even has a large statue of Jesus that was inspired by Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer.
Dare is located in the mountains of East Timor and is known for its small village atmosphere, large cathedral, and the World War II Memorial that was dedicated to the country by Australia.
East Timor is one of the best diving places in the world. Places like Com, Atauro island and even simply walking off random parts of the mainland offer amazing diving experiences.