Sumba

The Rindi River valley

The Rindi River valley
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Unlike Flores, its volcanic neighbor to the north, Sumba was formed by an uplift of coral and limestone from the ocean floor. To the towering cones of Flores, Sumba responds with flat, grassy plains, and steep river canyons etched into the stone. Horses, buffalo, and cattle roam open pasture-lands, which seem to belong to a different nation than the lush tropical forests of Indonesia’s volcanic islands.