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Kelimutu National Park: A Brief Guide to Visiting Nusa Tenggara’s Must-Visit Place

Kelimutu National Park is a must-visit tourist destination when you travel to Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Here, you can find the famous Mount Kelimutu, the main tourist attraction, where the three volcanic lakes are naturally carved at the top. The mineral lakes will change color following the change of light, which makes it really popular. From time to time, the lakes change their color completely—there’s a table of what color they were for every year going back 20 years in the national park.

Even so, the Mount Kelimutu lakes are not the only attraction the Park offers to its visitors to see. There is an official feeding ground you can find on the way down the volcano where you can go to feed the wild monkeys. Even so, you have to be really careful since those monkeys are sneaky buggers—after all, there’s always a risk of getting scratches or bites when you’re interacting with wild animals! And to get you unwind; visit the hot springs near the entrance of the Park. For a picnic, go to the waterfall.

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You don’t need to worry too much about accommodation since it’s plentiful. Your hotel may arrange transport for you too in the public cars. However, you’ll have to pay the price of a full route although you’ll get on only in Kelimutu. Hence, to reach Kelimutu, it will be cheaper to flag a bus or car in Kelimutu once you’re ready, although this also comes with some downsides too—it might take a longer time and only a little to no guarantee that the car would arrive on time.

Getting around Kelimutu, you can use ojek or rent a motorbike. The cars that are licensed to carry the public transport passengers are those with yellow-colored plates and will let you on anywhere you stop them. Alternatively, you can hike down to Ende from Kelimutu on foot, which isn’t so difficult considering how the hike goes down and the light forest. Plan carefully and make many memorable moments during your Kelimutu tour!

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Getting around the Famous and Amazing Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park is identified as a global conservation priority area by both the Conservation International and WWF. Located between the islands of Flores and Sumbawa of Indonesian archipelago, this natural wonder includes 3 major islands: Padar, Rinca, and Komodo, in addition to numerous smaller islands. Not only does the national park become the home to the famous Komodo Dragon, it also offers refuges for many notable terrestrial species. In addition to that, there’s also one of the richest marine environments in the Park.

To get in the Park, you can sign up for any Komodo National Park tours. You’ll reach the Komodo Island by ferry from the cities of Sape which drops off passengers once or twice each week. The islands have no port, so you’ll be unloaded onto small vessels that will take you to the only village on the island. Even so, do ensure to check beforehand since not all departures offer this service. Near Sape, you can go to Bima for flight to Denpasar, Bali. Note that the ferries from Sape may be suspended due to bad weather indefinitely as well.

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Without a doubt, the amazing Komodo Dragons make the main reason to travel to the Park. Even so, there are still so many natural attractions you can visit once you’re there. With its amazing marine environment, snorkeling and diving surely are a must-do activity when you’re there. The diversity of the Park’s dive sites is nearly unparalleled with gentle, warm reefs where hunderds of species of corals and fish live, along with the massive pelagics such as sharks and manta rays.

One important thing you have to bear in mind is not to do any tour without the presence of local guides. It’s for your own safety, for the Komodo Dragons are dangerous. Plus, remember that it’s not safe to drink any tap water. Purchase soft drinks and water instead. And if you plan to go trekking, be sure to bring a large bottle of water to enjoy your Komodo Island tour!

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Top 8 Beautiful Crater Lakes on Earth

There are few factors that can contribute to the creation of crater lakes such as, a meteorite, explosion cashed by human and volcanic activity. Following the crater formation, rain, groundwater circulation, or melted ice fill in the crater with water and creates a crater lake. Here are our selections of 10 amazing crater lakes on earth that become marvelous places to visit.

Albertine Rift, Africa

Volcanic explosion becomes the main reason that responsible for this crater lake development. Encircling this crater are some of the highest mountains found in Africa.

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Mount Mazama Crater Lake, USA

This marvelous Crater Lake is located in Oregon, US. It is considered as the deepest lake in the US with a 1,949ft depth! This lake is filled up by rain and snow that give this lake fresh water source.

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Heaven Lake, China, North Korea

Located in the Baekdu Mountain on the border of China and North Korea, this majestic Crater Lake was known first formed due to a volcanic explosion. It is now around 699 feet deep and the water turns to ice if you visit in October-May.

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Quilotoa Crater Lake, Ecuador

VEI-6 explosion 800 years ago caused the formation of this gorgeous Crater Lake. This mystic lake is now 820ft deep and promotes amazing view with greenish hue in light of the dissolved minerals in the water. Hot springs and fumaroles are also present on the lake.

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Kelimutu Crater Lake, Flores Island, Indonesia

Flores Island in Indonesia has 3 different crater lakes, one is a dazzling blue, while the other two are between red and green. All three crater lakes come from the same volcano, and why they have different colors is still a mystery.

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Deriba Crater Lake, Sudan

Exploded 3,500 years ago, The Jebel Marra Volcano formed this majestic crater lake in southern part of Sudan. There is a dormant volcano beneath the crater.

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Crater Lake Okama, Japan

Northern Honshu region has many active. Okama Crater Lake is loated in the central volcano. This Crater Lake changes colors with the weather, so, by the locals, this lake is also called as “Five Color Pond.” A volcano eruption in 1720 made this 200ft deep Crater Lake.

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Crater Lake Mount Ruapehu– New Zealand 

Mount Ruapehu is the most active (and largest) volcanoes in the world. The deep crater lake in Mount Ruapehu lies at the center of the 3 peaks.

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Top 5 Places in Paris for Sightseeing

If you are visiting Paris for the first time, you may be a little bit disoriented. Paris is a beautiful city; It is often difficult for people who visit Paris for the first time to know where to begin and what to see.  For Paris sightseeing tour, there is a long list of monuments and museums waiting for you. In our opinion, most of the city attractions are is great to see and explore, but there are several special tourist attractions that visitors, especially the fresh-timers would want to focus on. Here are some top 5 Paris sightseeing places, chosen by their popularity, visual appeal, and historical values.

  1. The Louvre Museum

To understand the Louvre inside and out, it might take half of your lifetime. The Louvre Museum has the world’s largest collection of pre – 20th century painting and sculpture. This museum is one of the best global tourist attractions. In this museum, you can see the famous “Mona Lisa” and “Venus de Milo”. There are also some wings with famous works of Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer and others.

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  1. Eiffel Tower

The famous Eiffel Tower represents Paris’ elegance. This iron tower was built for the 1889 World Exposition and designed by Gustave Eiffel. Eiffel has become the magnet of tourists and attracted over 220 million visitors since then. Eiffel tower beautify the Paris night sky with its dramatic light, and glitters up a storm every hour. This tower is also retrofitted with glass-floored observation platforms and solar panels –that will make your visit unforgettable.

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  1. The Cathedral of Notre Dame

No Paris trip would be perfect without visiting this majestic architecture from the 12th century. One of the most charming cathedrals in Europe, Notre Dame Cathedral showcases magnificent towers, spire, and statuary that will take your breath away. You would be very lucky to witness this spot that once was the heartbeat of Paris medieval time. This cathedral took over 100 years to complete. By visiting Notre Dame, you will find out why it is one of Paris’ best attractions.

Notre Dame Cathedral. I think this was taken from Pont de Sully, to the southwest.

Notre Dame Cathedral. I think this was taken from Pont de Sully, to the southwest.

  1. Musée d’Orsay

In Paris, you can also witness a literal and figurative bridge between classical and modern art by walking over Musée d’Orsay. This place hosts the world’s most remarkable collection of post-impressionist and impressionist painting. The Musee d’Orsay has light and airy rooms with three floors of modern wonders. In this place, you will have the chance to see some brilliant works of Delacroix, Van Gogh Manet, and more others.

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  1. Arc de Triomphe

Another marvelous Paris sightseeing place you can visit is Arc de Triomphe.. The arch’s amazing reliefs and sculptures commemorate Napoléon’s generals and soldiers. Furthermore, you can visit the Arc de Triomphe to experience a walk through the equally grandiose Avenue des Champs-Elysées.

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