Timor Leste aka East Timor is a tropical island 8 degrees south of the Equator. The country consists of half of the main island, Atauro Island north of Dili, Jaco Island at the eastern tip of the main island and the enclave of Oe-Cussi set within West Timor (Indonesia) Geographically Timor Leste is situated approximately 300 nautical miles North of Australia.
The country has two main seasons, the wet and the dry Season.
The average temperature is 32º Celsius although up in the highlands the temperature can drop to very cold at night.
The national languages are Tetum and Portuguese. Indonesian is also spoken as a working language and many more locals are speaking English.
The currency used is USD.
Timor Leste was colonised by the Portuguese for over four centuries and occupied by Indonesia for twenty four years. Prior to the Portuguese arriving here, Chinese merchants and people from nearby islands were already visiting and trading with Timorese people. Timor Leste was once known as the Island of Sandalwood.
The Indonesian occupation ended in 1999, when an overwhelmingly majority of the population voted for independence in a Referendum done under the auspices of the United Nations.
Over the next four weeks, more than 90% of the entire country’s infrastructure was burned and destroyed...
Fourteen years on, a still young nation of Timor Leste continues to rebuild from the ashes, facing many challenges, though now enjoying the much deserved peace and prosperity.
East Timor is a relatively small island nation yet full of surprises. "A great deal in a small package".
Its terrain changes from majestic mountain ranges, the highest peak being Mt Ramelau at 2963 meters above sea level, to grassy plains, tropical rainforests, swamps, white and black sand beaches and pristine coral reefs all within a few hours drive...
Its people are proud, shy, yet friendly. When engaged, will reward you with a prompt smile opening the door for a journey of adventure and discovery of places that only locals would know to share with You!
This is a mainly Catholic country where religion coexists with Animism, modern with the ancient and where many cultures intermingle. Animist beliefs and practices provide the background for the creation of legends and myths orally passed on from generation to generation.
Dili, the capital is becoming buzz y, other major towns are safe, laid back and still display much of the Old Portuguese architecture and monuments. The country is fast developing and becoming an attractive place for many Investors, and increasingly an Eco Tourism destination for visitors.