I did a one day motorcycle tour of the local area with Raphael and thoroughly enjoyed seeing beautiful Flores this way. He took me to places that I definitely wouldn’t have found by myself.
I was picked up from my hotel early in the morning and we set off, leaving the coast and heading inland. First stop, coffee at a little roadside stall. Great if you are a coffee lover! We then headed to our first stop which was a beautiful waterfall, with a pool where you can swim.
Raphael arranged a local guide to take me through the woods to see this. Just a 15-29 minutes walk. After that, we walked back a different way, through beautiful countryside, and at the end of the 30-40 minutes walk we had a coconut juice at a local lady’s house. Onward then to the volcanic lake with hot springs to wash your feet. We had lunch here which Raphael had provided. After a look around we headed on again and stopped to say hello to some Rapahel’s friends. Before I knew what was happening we had been invited in to chat and have lunch with them. It was a holy day so all the families were around and I was lucky enough to be able to share with them. We then headed on our way again through the countryside and had some stops along the way to admire the view, before going back to the hotel. Raphael was very easy to deal with and he has a very good level of English. Being from the area he has excellent local knowledge and is happy to chat about all kinds of stuff. He was punctual, honest and an excellent driver. I would happily use him again.
In August 2015 we booked a trip to Indonesia. Thanks to you we could discover FBI, Flores Beautiful Island. We were very lucky to have you as our guide. You showed us the most beautiful places around the island. Your personality; spontaneous, funny, smart, always helpful gave our trip another level.
Together we climbed the Kelimutu volcano, together we drunk tea and coconut juice, together we hiked on the dry Komodo Islands and did some snorkeling, together we visit marketplaces but you also brought us in contact with local people, we even went to a little party in Labuan Bajo. All these wonderful experiences made our trip around Flores unforgettable.
When we were not visiting markets, vulcanos or meeting local people, we were having fun together in the car or in our guesthouse. We had nice conversations about everything: we asked you many questions about Flores and you were curious about our lifestyle. You succeed very well in combining your studies and your work as guide.
We even had the impression that other tourist were jealous. Jealous on our guide Rafael 🙂
In the end we were sad to leave you. You were not a usual guide but a real friend and that made our journey to Flores so wonderful. We are very thankful.