Timor Leste: Beautiful Natural Gem for Eco-travelers

The exotic tropical island of Timor Leste remains unspoiled, making it a prime destination for serious eco-travelers. The small nation is setting standards in eco-cultural sustainability with its community–based tourism model.
By Pamela Grant

The Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, also known as East Timor, became the world's newest and first sovereign state in the 21st century in 2002 after gaining independence from Indonesia. Located in Southeast Asia on the eastern half of Timor Island, it is on the farthest island of the Lesser Sunda Islands and approximately 300 nautical miles from Australia.

With a terrain consisting mostly of rugged mountains and unmarred beaches, the small country is large in terms of environmental sustainability, making it a magnet for serious eco-travelers. Unspoiled, beautiful, culturally interesting, and inviting, Timor Leste is also a standard bearer for community-based tourism.

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