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Monday,  April 15, 2024 9:39 AM 

Intrepid to explore Southeast Asia's "newest and least-visited" destination

Intrepid to explore Southeast Asia's "newest and least-visited" destination
Intrepid has announced a new 9-Day Timor-Leste Expedition. (Intrepid Travel)
Pax Global Media

Later this year, Intrepid is launching a special itinerary that discovers the local Timorese way of life. 

A new 9-Day Timor-Leste Expedition will be a fully-inclusive trip, with provided meals, transportation, accommodations and activities. 

With a company mission to explore less-frequented parts of the world, Intrepid has created the remote trip to ignite new opportunities for adventure and connection.

Intrepid’s new trip was developed in partnership with Market Development Facility (MDF), a multi-country initiative promoting sustainable economic growth, with the purpose of supporting local communities, expanding the potential of tourism in Southeast Asia and delivering travelers alternative destinations for culturally rich and wildlife-dense adventure travel experiences.

Timor-Leste. (Intrepid Travel)

Intrepid’s new 9-Day Timor-Leste Expedition (from 2,805 USD) will depart for the first time on Oct. 15, 2023. Highlights include:

  • Hiking to the summit of Mt Ramelau, Timor-Leste’s tallest mountain, at sunrise.
  • Snorkeling from local fishermen’s boats at Atauro Island, a global hotspot for whales and dolphins with the most biodiverse marine protected coral reefs in the world.
  • Enjoying a local homestay to experience Timorese hospitality and daily life.
  • Discovering the capital of Dili, sampling traditional food, visiting the Tais market to learn about this traditional textile, and learning about the country’s complicated history during several tours, museum and cemetery stops.
  • Exploring local coffee farms, plantations and cafes to learn how coffee is produced here and understand its importance to local culture.
  • Visiting several social enterprises dedicated to supporting and empowering the people of Timor-Leste, including the Alola Foundation, an NGO aiming to improve the lives of women and children by addressing problems relating to education, economic development, maternal and child health, and gender inequality.

In 2002 after centuries of colonialism, Timor-Leste, the only Asian country entirely in the Southern Hemisphere, gained independence. 

Influenced by many distinct cultures, this developing nation is home to a unique set of traditions and beliefs. 

It is well known for its unmatched natural beauty, boasting stunning beaches, towering mountains, untouched coral reefs, and a wide range of endemic species including sea turtles, rare spotted cuscus, monkeys, and tokays, one of the world’s largest lizards.

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