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Sparrow Tours

Eco Discovery offers a range of tours covering the whole of Timor. Whether you would just like to tour around the capital Dili, go for a one day tour of the country side, a week or even longer tour of the country, we are here to provide you with our services. If our range of packages do not satisfy your specific needs talk to us and we'll do our best to tailor a tour for you on consultation. We will customize a tour, safari or trekking expedition to your requirements.
We are also specialized in real trekking adventures and our Special project for 5 years, the Australian WWII SPARROW FORCE Tours: 2/2nd and 2/4th Units History. This project has the blessing of many of our Sparrow Force Veteran Friends and their families.
Our tours are a safe, economical and comfortable way of getting to know East Timor. Why hire a car and go through all the expenses (hire fees, extra km fees, fuel, driver, Liability insurance etc…) and possible headaches (getting lost and not being able to communicate with the locals) when you can have value for your money with the convenience of a fully guided tour.
Our Drivers/Guides have an in-depth knowledge of the country, culture and terrain. Who better than the locals to show you the real East Timor.
So if you are coming our way and really want so see and experience East Timor, don't risk getting lost or getting less. Let us make your visit to East Timor a truly memorable experience!

Eco Discovery - your local Adventure Tour operator - invites you into the heart of Timor Leste (East Timor) and its people on an interactive tour of Discovery that will remain with you for some time!

 

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Dili

Approx. 4 hours
The tour includes drive by and visits to the major Government buildings, historic places, the Resistance Museum and CHEGA Exhibition where you can learn about the history of the struggle for independence. Visit lively markets, sea side drive all the way to the towering Statue of Cristo Rei and the newest Bronze Statue of Pope John Paul II which overlooks the Dili bay. As well, there are visits to monuments, the Presidential Palace, Santa Cruz Cemetery – site of the 1991 Dili Massacre where over 200 people were killed by the Indonesian military during a peaceful march. The tour will also climb the backdrop of Dili hills to the Australian WWII Dare Memorial for a birds eye view of the city.
When convenient to the group, we stop for refreshments.

Inclusions: 4WD vehicle/fuel/ driver-guide/bottled water

 1 DAY TOURS  Depart 08:00 am and return 18:00

 

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Balibo 5

North West coast- 5 murdered journalists Memorial

 

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Maubisse

Central mountain ranges- traditional villages

 

 

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Baucau

East Coast

 

 

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Mount Ramelau

1N-2D
Dili . Aileu . Maubisse. Hato Builiko. Mt Ramelau Summit

Drive up the central mountain ranges to Hato Builiko, the village at the base of Mt Ramelau. This drive will take you through historic places in Aileu and through a beautiful scenic drive. Take time for a break while preparing to start the 3 hour trek to the summit. Reach the summit in time to watch the spectacular sunset from 2963 meters above sea level, the highest point of the country. A statue of Our Lady was erected here by the Catholic Church during the years of Indonesian occupation, measuring 3 meters high.
Camp at the summit under the stars where the temperature drops to freezing overnight.
Watch the equally spectacular sunrise and after breakfast start the descent to the base.

Option 2 is to overnight at Hato Builiko and trek Mt Ramelau early to watch the sunrise.

Tour Cost:
 

Contact our office for more information and pricing

Groups size:
 

groups of 1-4 pax

Inclusion:
 

4 WD Vehicle, fuel, back up service, experienced local English or Portuguese & Tetum speaking tour guide.
Camping equipment: tents, sleeping mats, sleeping bags, camp kitchen set.

Personal Porters:
 

Timor stock horse or personal porters can be arranged if available at an extra cost of US$30 per horse/porter

Accommodation:
 

Night camp at the summit of Mt Ramelau/
Overnight at Hato Builiko Guesthouse at an extra cost of US$20 pp.

Meals:  
 
Allow US $35 per day for meals.
Note:
 

Package does not include Airfare costs, Visa and departure taxes, or meals.
Please bring along thermal clothing, sleeping bag and head lamps                                  

 

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Jaco

2N-3D

Dili . Manleo . Behau . Subao . Obrato . Manatuto. Laleia . Vemassi . Bucoli . Triloca . Baucau . Venilale . Seisal . Laga . Laivai . Lauten . Bearo .  Mehara. Tutuala. Jaco . Com

Travel the scenic coastal road, where the vegetation varies from mangroves, vast grassland, to white Eucalyptus growing in steep rugged mountains. Enjoy magnificent views of the ocean, coral reefs, white sand beaches, marble rock beaches, passing through various seaside fishing villages on the way to the town of Manatuto renown for its pottery and the large St. Anthony Statue.
Baucau is a picturesque seaside town with a Portuguese flavor. The silkworm farm at Triloca produces hand made silk products such as scarves dyed in natural colors extracted from leafs, roots, etc.... As well there is various other small industries of silk soap, arts crafts.

After this, drive by the coast past Laga’s salt Lake, ruins of a Portuguese fortress in Lautem, and the traditional villages of Lospalos before we reach Tutuala Village, on the way to beautiful and idilic Valu beach, with views to Jaco Island.

Visit Ili kere kere Caves with pre-historic paintings and take a trip to beautiful and pristine Jaco Island on an outrigger. Spend time swimming, snorkeling, exploring the island

Jaco Island is part of the protected Nino Konis Santana National Park. Situated at the eastern tip of East Timor. Jaco is blessed with amazing white sand beaches, pristine waters and low vegetation. Visitors can walk the beach, swim, snorkel…and fishing is allowed. Being “Lulic” (sacred) land to locals, overnight camp, has to receive approval from the local traditional chiefs.

Tour Cost:
 

Contact our office for more information and pricing

Inclusion:
 

4 WD Vehicle, fuel, back up service, experienced local English or Portuguese & Tetum speaking tour guide.
Camping equipment: tents, sleeping mats, sleeping bags, camp kitchen set.

Group size:
 

Groups of 1-4 pax

Accommodation:
 

Camping
Or Eco guesthouse at extra US$20 pp

Meals:
 
Not Included. Allow US $35 per day for meals.
Note:
 

Package does not include Airfare costs, Visa and departure taxes, or meals.

 

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Tradition Tour
7N/8D
Dili . Bobonaro . Ainaro . Baucau

This tour touches on tradition and culture. For 7 days, visit three different ethnic groups of Timor Leste; Regions of Bobonaro - Kemak people, Ainaro - the Mambae people and Baucau - the Makasae people.
Kemak and Mambae are the languages spoken by the people in the west & central ranges of Timor Leste. Both clans are consisted of many groups sharing a similar culture and way of life. Many of these clans still live in traditional thatched roof homes and depend on farming for self-subsistence. Makasae is the dialect spoken by a different clan in Baucau, situated on the Northern coast of the island. Though also farmers, the people living along the coast live off fishing from the rich northern seas resources.
All three areas have held on to their ancient traditional customs, and to this day, cultural identity is still of the up most importance to hold communities together and living in harmony.
Enjoy the ever changing scenery, from mountain ranges with a cool climate to the tropical warm coastal areas.

This tour will tap into the rich cultures of this clans, from visiting traditional “Uma Lisan” and understanding how traditional laws are still enforced, watch Tais weaving and other aspects of these communities.

Tour Cost:
 

Contact our office for more information and pricing

Groups size:
 

groups of 2-6 pax

Inclusion:
 

4 WD Vehicle, fuel, back up service, experienced local English or Portuguese & Tetum speaking tour guide.

 

Accommodation:
 

Guesthouses

Meals:
 
Allow US $35 per day for meals.
Note:
 

Package does not include Airfare costs, Visa and departure taxes, or meals.

 

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Tree to Cup – Coffee
7N/8D
Ermera . Ainaro . Aileu

Anytime from June to August, this tour takes you to the coffee regions of Timor Leste, well known for it’s Arabica, Robusta and Mocca coffee. For 7 days, visit different coffee areas of Timor Leste; At the district of Ermera, spend 3 days in a small private coffee plantation learning about the tree to coffee process; picking, peeling, drying, roasting and grinding in the traditional method to finally tasting the local brew.
An early rise to join a local family on their daily routine of going into a coffee plantation, picking the red ripe cherries, bring your pickings back to the house to be processed. This will be a hands on processing the cherries to the finished product.

Along the drives, Coffee cherries sales deals are often observed taking place alongside the roads. As well the aroma of coffee roasting is a constant reminder of what this tour is about. Coffee drinking will be much more appreciated beyond the instant lift it provides. The memory of aroma will forever be present at every coffee break!

 

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Tour Cost:
 

Contact our office for more information and pricing

Groups size:
 

groups of 2-6 pax

Inclusion:
 

4 WD Vehicle, fuel, back up service, experienced local English or Portuguese & Tetum speaking tour guide.

 

Accommodation:
 

Guesthouses

Meals:
 
Allow US $35 per day for meals.
Note:
 

Package does not include Airfare costs, Visa and departure taxes, or meals.

 

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SAFARI & TREKKING EXPEDITIONS
Custom Designed to requirements

These tours are a combination of scenic drives on all terrains crossing surfaced roads to real 4 wheel driving through river beds and unsealed roads around the country.

Let us take you to the “Heart of the Sleeping Crocodile”© on an interactive cultural experience, beyond what is commonly known.
Animist beliefs provide the background for the creation of legends and myths. Traditional rituals, stories, places, remain secret until revealed when we come across the right conditions for these new discoveries! Our people’s interpretation of life itself and of nature’s part in our daily lives is simple yet intriguing. This is how things happen in our part of the world! All it takes is an adventurous spirit to seize the opportunity when it presents itself, and absorb the experiences this country has to offer.

The ethnic and cultural diversity encountering many dialects, the change of scenic drives through magnificent coastal drop offs that extend deep into the ocean, to plains and majestic mountains and tropical rainforests with varied vegetation will, as we cross country, will keep you absorbed for the entire tour. Experience Timor-Leste and Discover its Secrets!

 

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TIMOR SPARROW FORCE TOUR & TREK

Sparrow Force in East Timor 1941-1943
The historic link

                                                A.I.C. 2/2nd 2/4th

2/2nd Dili 17-Dec-41 (3 PL)
JAPANANESE ATTACK 19-20 Feb 1942
2/4th 23-Sept-42 (3 PL)
 Tjerk Hiddes 15-Dec-42
HMS Arunta -9/10 Jan-43-
V P (ZS, SF) Gudgeon –11-Feb-43

Early in December 1941 Japan made a successful entry to WWII by invading Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) and South Pacific. The Australians anticipating a Japanese entry to Australia deployed the 2/40 Battalion in Kupang Dutch West Timor. Despite Portugal’s Neutrality, an Independent 2/2 Company (2/40 Battalion) was sent to Portuguese (East) Timor (Dili) from Kupang early in December 1941.
In February 1942 the Japanese landed 6,000 troops in Portuguese Timor and they were opposed by 300 Australians comprising of 2/2 I.C, reinforced in September by 2/4 I.C (south Coast).
Forced back into the mountains, the Australians organized a guerrilla war, living of the country and carried their wounded with them with the help of the brave Timorese creados. The Australians  refused offers of surrender, and became the only Allied Force between India and New Guinea to resist the enemy. Australians with the help of the east timorese, immobilized, at a very crucial time in the war for the Allies, over 30,000 Japanese troops, whom sustained a heavy toll.
A heroic campaign of bravery displayed under the hardest conditions.

After consultations with various concerned personalities including some surviving (Heroes) and their families, Australian and Timorese, Eco Discovery with their blessings, has developed some Tours and Treks which will operate from 2010.

  • AIC 2/2-2/4
  • Landing to Evacuation (Please contact us for details)

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