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Beloi to Anartutu

  • Start: Beloi
  • Finish: Anartutu
  • Distance: 10 km/6.2 mi
  • Walking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Difficulty: Medium-Hard
  • Highlights: Anartutu, often known to locals as the village of Makadade, is the highest inhabited area of Ataúro, and a beautiful village to spend a night after a long hike through the hills.
  • Trail Description: This path begins directly in front of Ataúro Beach House, or Compass Dive Resort; you will start by walking along the riverbed for approximately 30-40 minutes, before heading up a path to your right and beginning the steep ascent to a grassy plateau. The path can be difficult and unclear in some places, and there are very few people to ask for directions during the first two hours, so it is recommended that you hire a guide. Once you have reached the plateau, you will enjoy gorgeous, unparallelled vistas of the island, continuing along the main road for another two hours until you reach Anartutu. The head of the village (chefe suku) can host you for the night, or you can arrange for a local truck to take you back to Beloi in the afternoon. Be sure to check out the hand-made wooden teapots and other local handicrafts when you stop for lunch!
  • Equipment: Good walking shoes, walking pole, sunscreen, long shirt and pants (horse flies on trail). Bring at least four liters of water as you cannot buy any water on the path until you arrive in Anartutu.
  • Guide: Strongly recommended -- the path is difficult to find at times, especially in the first two hours, and the road is long and difficult with few people on the path to help guide you.
  • Variants: It is possible to take a truck up to Anartutu via the main road, but transport is infrequent and difficult to know the schedule. Walking along the main road instead of taking the shortcut through the riverbed is not recommended--will add an additional 3 hours to walking time.
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