Finding things in Flores isn’t easy. Google Maps doesn’t work here, and Lonely Planet is not written for motorcyclists. Like Bali, the many agents in Labuan Bajo are eager to sell the service of a car-and-driver to chauffeur you wherever you want to go.

But at TerryTreks I don’t roll like that. I need to be in charge of where I’m going. And I don’t want to be trapped in the car-and-driver bubble.

Having your own scooter solves this problem. And the locals are friendly, so you can just stop and ask directions often.

That’s how we found the Cunca Rami waterfall, which was surprisingly far off the main road, up and down a really bad winding road. But don’t doubt the power of my trusty little scooter. That thing can go practically anywhere!

Behold the mighty scooter, workhorse of Indonesia.
Behold the mighty scooter, workhorse of Indonesia.

It would have been impossible to walk to the falls alone, but a local lady was waiting by the road to guide people. She failed to warn us that it was a really long, strenuous walk, so we were unprepared. We left our food, water, and rain gear in our bikes.

In Flores, you should never leave your rain gear behind. It rains practically every day. And it started to rain as soon as we left the waterfall, at the farthest possible point from our rain gear.

And when it rains, it rains hard! It was a long, cold, wet, miserable walk!

Despite the bad weather, it was a nice stop on the drive to Ruteng.

Little church at the start of the unexpectedly long hike.
Little church at the start of the unexpectedly long hike.
There was some beautiful scenery on the hike.
There was some beautiful scenery on the hike.
Our guides in the fields.
Our guides in the fields.
The waterfall was impressively located over rice terraces.
The waterfall was impressively located over rice terraces.
There was a nice pool for swimming.
There was a nice pool for swimming.
Our guides say goodbye
Our guides say goodbye
Terry
I'm Terry, former cubicle-dweller, and now traveler, photographer, writer, and entrepreneur. I quit my job in 2014 to travel to US national parks, then to South East Asia. I write about independent, flexible, long-term, budget travel. Sign up to my newsletter to get the latest news on what I'm up to. I hope you join me on my trek around the world.

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