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A village visit involves a splendid but challenging 9km hike that takes three to four hours and winds past waterfalls and swimming holes, as well as spectacular views of the Savu Sea. A donation of 200,000Rp per person is expected for a visit, or 320,000Rp if you stay overnight in a mbaru tembong (traditional home). The next morning retrace your steps or hike another six hours over a pass to another trailhead; arrange for pickup here in advance.

Arrange for guides (400,000Rp) and porters (250,000Rp) at the local guesthouses. Don't expect to be automatically treated to indigenous music, dance and weaving demonstrations – these cost extra and are usually organised for larger tour groups. Be sure to start very early, to avoid the sweltering heat of midday. Bring water.

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