Photographer's Note

Flores is a beautiful island with a spectacular ridge of volcanoes and lush tropical vegetation.

One of the main attractions of the island is the Kelimutu volcano who is capped by three crater lakes.
These lakes has a particular historical sequence of color changes controlled by the changes in physico-chemical conditions.

The ascent to Kelimutu is quite easy: when the motorable road ends it's just a twenty minutes walk along a good path that leads you to the summit.
There are two viewpoints, the highest from where it's possible to spot also the third lake - alone on the back - and the lowest, near the steep partition between the two closed lakes.


Kelimutu is a small but well-known Indonesian volcano in central Flores Island with three summit crater lakes of varying colors. The western lake, Tiwi Ata Mbupu (Lake of Old People) is commonly blue. Tiwu Nua Muri Kooh Tai (Lake of Young Men and Maidens) and Tiwu Ata Polo (Bewitched, or Enchanted Lake), which share a common crater wall, are commonly green- and red-colored, respectively, although lake colors vary periodically.
Active upwelling, probably fed by subaqueous fumaroles, occurs at the two eastern lakes. The scenic lakes are a popular tourist destination and have been the source of minor phreatic eruptions in historical time. The summit of the compound 1639-m-high Kelimutu volcano is elongated 2 km in a WNW-ESE direction; the older cones of Kelido and Kelibara are located respectively 3 km to the north and 2 km to the south.
(from Wikipedia)

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