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BAGUIA, BAUCAU DISTRICT, TIMOR-LESTE

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PHASE VII: TO BAGUIA

We set off as early as possible to drive to Baguia, initially eastwards along the coast and then turning south and heading into the mountains. The drive was very scenic with some extremely photogenic opportunities, so it took us longer than expected to reach Baguia on the eastern side of Mt Matebian, Timor-Leste's second highest mountain at 2376 m.

A view of the mountains from the Baguia road Intensive hill rice cultivation

Baguia was originally a Portuguese settlement with the remains of a fort outside town and another fortified enclosure in town which contained an old pousada for a later colonial period.

Baguia town The fortified enclosure in Baguia contains a later but also abandoned pousada

We arrived to find there really was a guest house in Baguia and, even better, it had five rooms available - we were the only guests. Hinrich and I got the "Xanana Suite" - the former guerilla leader and now Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão had stayed in this room.

The Guest House Vila Rabilai The hotel owner discussing the map
with Hinrich and Andrew