Places to Visit in East Timor

Atauro Island
Atauro Island is a small island situated 25km north of Dili, East Timor, on the extinct Wetar segment of the volcanic Inner Banda Arc, between the Indonesian islands of Alor and Wetar. On August 11, 1975, when the UDT mounted a coup in a bid to halt the increasing popularity of Fretilin, the Portuguese Governor M├írio Lemos Pires fled to Atauro, from where he later attempted to broker an agreement between the two groups. He was urged by Fretilin to return and resume the decolonisation process, but he insisted that he was awaiting instructions from the government in Lisbon, then increasingly uninterested. The chaos ultimately led to the Indonesian occupation. The island became part of independent East Timor on May 20, 2002. Atauro is unusual in East Timor because many of the northern inhabitants are Protestants, not Catholics. They were evangelized by a Dutch Calvinist mission from Alor in the early 20th century. There are also some Protestants among the southern population, as well.               

Waterfront is in Dili, East Timor. Dili's lively waterfront is lined tangible references to East Timor's present and past. Groups of men pass hours playing cards or talking politics beneath the banyan trees. The beach in Dili is always bustling with activity in the morning.
Hatubuilico and Mt Ramelau      
Hatubuilico and Mt Ramelau are southwest of Dili and part of the Mambae region. It is a difficult climb and they should say so along with warnings about slippery rocks and landslides. It took us twice as long to get up and down as the book says it should.
Jaco Island         
Jaco Island is a small island in the Lesser Sunda Islands. The island is uninhabited. It is considered holy by the indigenous population and entering the island was forbidden. In our days, tourists are taken by fishermen to the island for diving and swimming. It is designated as a "Wild Area". It has beautiful sand beaches. Native birds include the Dusky Cuckoo-dove (Macropygia magna) and the Fawn-breasted Whistler, (Pachycephala orpheus). It is also part of the new Nino Konis Santana National Park.

Arte Moris         
Arte Moris is the first fine arts school, cultural center and artists’ association in East Timor. It is based in the capital, Dili. Founded following the violent Indonesian occupation. Its primary aim was to use art as a building block in the psychological and social reconstruction of a country devastated by violence, with special emphasis on helping its young citizens. The art center is housed on the former premises of the National Museum in Comoro, East Timor. Arte Moris provides art classes to local Timorese, sponsors advanced students, and manages the sale of artwork, both at their on-site gallery and at two up-scale hotels in Dili. Arte Moris also collaborates with the professional drama troupe Bibi Bulak ("Crazy Goat").

Cape Fatucama
Cape Fatucama is in East Timor. There's a sprinkling of popular beachfront bars and restaurants on the cape. This magnificent crescent of coast is sprinkled with restaurants and bars, as well as charming grottos and beaches.

Baucau is East Timor's second largest city, behind Dili. It is located on the northern coast of East Timor, east of Dili. Baucau is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baucau, one of the two Bishoprics in East Timor. It was founded on November 30, 1996, when the bishopric in Dili split. Its bishop is Basilio do Nascimento. Take a walk around the colonial centre of town. The abandoned and often scorched buildings are eerie reminders of a bygone era.

Santa Cruz Cemetery    
Santa Cruz Cemetery is in East Timor. Here was the shooting of East Timorese pro-independence demonstrators in the Santa Cruz cemetery in the capital, Dili, on 12 November 1991, during the Indonesian occupation of East Timor.
Jesus Statue
Jesus Statue stands on a headland to the east of Dili. The view from the statue across the bay to Dili is spectacular. From Dili, follow the main road east out of town. The statue is about 20 metres tall and stands on a globe of earth. The route from Dili along the beach and up the steps to the Jesus statue is popular with exercising internationals and local fishermen, and passes several niches representing the Stations of the Cross.

Resistance Museum      
Resistance Museum Located in East Timor. The 24-year struggle against the Indonesians is commemorated in the impressive new there’s a good timeline in English, plus photos and exhibits of the gear used by Falintil while they hid in the hills (satellite phones are the tools of the modern revolution). The catalogue is impressive.


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