Kelimutu is an active volcano located at 1639 meters above sea level in Flores Island, Indonesia. What makes it special is the three lakes that change colors over time. Its last eruption was in the year 1968.
The most special part of Kelimutu are the three lakes located in the craters that are of different colors. They change colors overtime as a result of the chemical reactions of the minerals in the lakes; some studies say color changes can mean an impending eruption. Each lake has a name
Tiwu Ata Mbupu or Lake of the Elders
This is the westernmost lake and is dark blue. When I went it looked almost black, because it was still not lit by the sun.
Tiwu Ata Polo or Enchanted Lake
Enchanted Lake is the smallest and its color is clear turquoise. This is the one that amazed me the most because it is possible to get much closer than in the other two and the truth is that watching it from the edge it is very impactant.
From what I was told, a few years ago it was red.
Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai or Lake of Young Men and Women
This is the largest and warmest lake from the three and from which you can have a better panoramic view. Its present color is bluish turquoise.
A spiritual place
Locals believe that when someone dies their spirit will end up in one of the three lakes depending on their age and personality. According to tehir belief, spirits of parents and elders go to the Lake of the Elders, the young ones go to the Lake of Men and Young Women and the sprits of those who have committed a crime in their life, will go to the Lake Enchanted.
Following this legend, it is believed that the color of the lakes changes accordingly to the change of the mood of the spirits that inhabit there however, others defend that the changes of color signify political and cultural changes in the region.
I visited Kelimutu during my stay at Capa Resort: we got up at 2am, got into the car and started a 3 hour drive.
When I arrived I noticed that it was colder than what was expected, so I dressed in leggings and a jacket and began to walk with the rest of the group.
It was already dawning and the sky was dyed with beautilful colors.
First we head to the main summit, from where it is possible to see the three lakes.
The road is asphalted, with steps and not very steep. It is a short trail: we walked at with no rush and reached the top after 15-20 minutes.
On the way we could appreciate the sunrise. I wanted to see it from the top of the mountain, so I separated myself from the group and headed quickly to the top.
Once up, I was speechless. The lakes were gorgeous, especially the two that were separated by a thin wall, and the energy flowing in the air was unique. I sat and watched that natural beauty. I was excited; a puff of gratitude ran through every corner of my being.
Soon my companions arrived and we started to take photos. I decided to take a picture of myself doing the dancer pose. I had to repeat the pose 5 times because the rest of tourists and locals also wanted to take pictures and videos of me while doing the pose.
We stayed on top for a while, chatting and drinking hot tea. All the others were from Indonesia, so I used that time to learn new words.
When we finished, we head to Enchanted Lake, the only lake you can get closer to its edge.
I was literally astonished. The view was amazing! I stayed there until some monkeys woke me up from my dream.
They approached our bags, where we had bananas that we just bought for our breakfast. I watched them… they always make me smile.
And then we returned back. We had more adventures for that day, so it was time to leave.
Love and Gratitude