Photo: La Popu Waterfall.

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La Popu Waterfall

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When you need a break from beaches and villages, La Popu (Laipopu) Waterfall has you covered. Easily reached from Waikabubak and Wanokaka, after a short walk through the jungle you are rewarded with a curtain of magnificent cascades, certainly one of the prettiest in Sumba.

Approximately 13 kilometres along the road south from Waikabubak, a fork east continues for another four kilometres, arriving at the entrance to Manupeu Tanah Daru National Park. Entry fee is 150,000 rupiah per person for foreign tourists (5,000 rupiah for Indonesians). We were then required to hire a local guide for 50,000 rupiah per person.

You can do it — really! Photo taken in or around La Popu Waterfall, Wanokaka And Lamboya, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

You can do it — really! Photo: Sally Arnold

The shaded walk to the falls is an easy 15 minutes alongside the gushing river. The path narrows in parts, and can be slippery. A steep section provides an improvised log ladder, aiding the climb — it’s not too high, and not difficult, but leads to the one obstacle of the walk — a scary looking, makeshift bamboo bridge suspended over the raging river. It’s wobbly but fine. We did ensure only one person at a time, however, if you have a problem with heights (or raging rivers) you may want to give it a miss.

A scramble over some rocky slippery boulders, and you’re at the falls. Water tumbles over large boulders and through trees in a series of mini-waterfalls. Keen photographers bring a wide-angle lens, or use your pano mode, as the spectacular wall of water is rather expansive. In dry season you can swim in the pools, at this time a pretty turquoise colour (so we’re told). We visited in heavy rain, and the brownish green water wasn’t as appealing nor safe looking. The return trip follows the ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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La Popu Waterfall
Around 17km southeast of Waikabubak

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