Countries that didnt Exist 25 years Ago
East Timor finally achieved independence in 2002, 27 strife torn and tragic years after initially declaring independence from Indonesia in 1975. Visitors will be rewarded with an intensely warm welcome from the locals. The easygoing capital Dili is a hub for thirsty UN and NGO staff looking for new drinking buddies, and across on sleepy Atauro Island, a fledgling ecotourism scene supports hiking and diving. Explore East Timor s Portuguese heritage amid the faded colonial architecture of Baucau, and check travel advisories on the country s security situation before leaving home.