Depart your ship and travel west along the esplanade through East Timor’s laid-back capital of Dili. Pass by many historical buildings, monuments & religious places including the Farol Lighthouse, Statue of Integration, & Dili’s oldest church, Motael.
Arrive at the Tasi Tolu Peace Park (Tasi-Tolu literally means “three sea’s” in local language). The area is of national cultural significance being an important symbol of the struggle for Independence, and was declared a national park in 2000. Next, travel to the Railaco Cooperativa Café Timor (CCT) Academy, founded in the wake of the destruction of much of East Timor after it gained independence from Indonesia in 1999. The coffee academy is home to the experimental farm where they are trialling a wealth of tropical fruits for commercial production including mango, mangosteens, passion fruit, pineapple and vanilla. Enjoy light refreshment before embarking on a tour of the farm visiting the wet processing plant for the coffee, where the bean is extracted from the “Cherry” and prepared for drying. Be delighted by a delicious buffet lunch before travelling to Gleno, the next village in the valley and home the colourful traditional markets. Return to your ship via via the CCT drying fields where the coffee is sun dried prior to roasting.
Don’t forget your camera!
Enjoy light refreshment at the Railaco Cooperativa Café Timor (CCT) Academy before enjoying a delicious buffet lunch.
To make your day as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat and SPF30+ or higher factor sunscreen. Make sure to bring bottled water.