Finding a good driver is always a problem and basically a deal between internet reviews and price.
I contacted several people and finally we decided for Sipri Muda.
I discussed with him the route and fixed the price. 4.200.000 IDR for 2 people.
Few days before landing in Labuan Bajo, he contacted me just saying that he got an important familiar appointment and he would have send his big brother, Agustin.
This is something that didn’t make us happy, anyhow we decided to trust him and we did our trip with Agustin.
Agustin is really first of all a great man and for sure a safe and relaxing driver.
In Flores, like in other part of Asia, the traffic has his own rules that we, western people, cannot understand. Everything look like a complete disordered mess… even though, Agustin let us feel relaxed and safe. He was always proud and curious about his land and we just felt like our “brother”.
He speak a really good English, his car is a Xenia, new, with air condition, really comfortable and last but not least, he is really helpful whatever you asked and he came always with us during the visit!
This is the trip we’ve done:
Day 1: Labuan Bajo – Todo Village (Manggarai tribe) – Spider web Rice Fields near Cara Village – Ruteng (overnight).
Day 2: Ruteng – Ranamese freshwater lake – Aimere arak distillery – Bajawa (overnight).
Day 3: Full day trip in Bajawa: Trekking to Tululela Village (1½ hours) – Gurusina Village (Ngada tribe) – Bena Village (Ngada tribe) – Mangeruda Hot Spring – Bajawa (overnight).
Day 4: Bajawa – Boa Wae Village – Viewpoint of Embulobo active volcano – Penggajawa blue stone beach – Ende – Saga Village (Lio tribe) – Moni (overnight).
Day 5: Moni – Kelimutu Crater Lakes – Maumere airport
This is the contact information:
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
WA number + 62 81 339 898 865